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JTV and Experience Jackson team up to bring you the most extensive promotion and coverage of the area’s many community events.  Each day, we post a rundown of the day’s events and activities to help you choose where to go, what to see and what to do in the Greater Jackson area.  For a complete look at upcoming events, the Experience Jackson Events Calendar is the most complete and up-to-date resource for area happenings.  Find out what’s happening at Experience Jackson and tune in for photo and video coverage on JTV and JTV.TV.

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Events Of December 4, 5, And 6, 2020

Events of December 4, 5, and 6, 2020

Friday, December 4

Shop Local, Eat Local, Spend Local,  Enjoy Local. Support our local small businesses by shopping and ordering takeout or delivery at our local shops, stores, and restaurants. By supporting local businesses, you’re helping our economy to grow and our community to thrive. Now, more than ever, let’s unite our community around what can happen when we shop local, eat local, and support local. We’re encouraging everyone to stay united to stop the spread and think local first this holiday season.

Photo: Since 1969, Walt’s Health Foods’ fruit baskets have been a Christmas tradition.  The baskets include fruit (oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, pears, bananas, green and red apples), cookies, crackers, nuts (mixed or cashew), sausage, and cheeses.  There is always something that will keep anyone happy and satisfied! Fruit baskets range from $15.00 to $100 a basket.  Walt’s also offers nut trays (almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts) in several different sizes.  Come in during the holiday season to see the many different displays of gift ideas!  You can place your order by calling (517) 784 0568.  102 West Michigan Avenue, Downtown Jackson.

The Ella Sharp Museum is excited to announce Free Days at the Ella sponsored by Lammers Heating and Air Conditioning Inc, proudly serving Jackson since 1965. Enjoy free admission on Friday, December 4; Saturday, December 5; and Sunday, December 6, 2020.  The featured exhibit is Spirited: Prohibition in America, a new exhibition on view from November 11 – January 7, 2021. During the era of Prohibition, Americans no longer could manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. Spirited explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in the battle against the bottle.  Additional exhibits include Jackson & the Roaring 20s, Jackson History, Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, and Never Enough Time. For information on exhibits please visit Ella’s website: https://ellasharpmuseum.org/exhibits/  Hours of operations are Wednesday -Saturday 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

ARTitude Holiday Marketplace.  The pop-up holiday marketplace in Downtown Jackson is open now through December 24th.  There is a variety of gifts for purchase from local and regional artists and vendors. Shop beautiful handmade jewelry, cards, ornaments and other unique holiday gifts. Support local and support #artsinjackson!  With retail still open at a 30% capacity, please #MASKUP and practice social distancing!  135 West Cortland Street (former Vermeulen’s), downtown Jackson.  Hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

Nite Lites Drive Thru Christmas Light Show.  Every night through December 31, 2020.  Michigan International Speedway.  US 12 Entrance Only.  12626 US-12, Brooklyn.  Hours:  Sunday thru Thursday, 5:30 PM to 9 PM.  Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10 PM. Pricing: $25 per car/vehicle (Sunday thru Thursday), $30 per car/vehicle (Friday & Saturday).  $45 per limo/motorhome/mini bus.  $100 per tour bus.  Most credit cards accepted.  We DO NOT accept “tap and go” cards or Apple Pay.

The Salvation Army of Jackson County  Red Kettle Campaign. The classic Red Kettles will be located at: Walmart, Sam’s Club J.C. Penny’s, Polly’s locations, Kroger, Big Lots, Blaine’s, and Jackson Crossing Mall -Pet Smart, Gordon’s, Dollar Tree, Bed Bath and Beyond. Bell ringers will be following all CDC guidelines and have been trained in COVID – 19 safety protocols. 

The Merry Mile.  Calhoun County Fairgrounds.  The Merry Mile 2020 is back!! Bigger and better than ever! More lights, more to see and enjoy, and lots of ooohs and ahhhs.  $10 per car/truck/van, $20 per bus (larger groups w/15+ people).  Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1054580801659081/

Saturday, December 5

The Ella Sharp Museum is excited to announce Free Days at the Ella sponsored by Lammers Heating and Air Conditioning Inc, proudly serving Jackson since 1965. Enjoy free admission on Friday, December 4; Saturday, December 5; and Sunday, December 6, 2020.  The featured exhibit is Spirited: Prohibition in America, a new exhibition on view from November 11 – January 7, 2021. During the era of Prohibition, Americans no longer could manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. Spirited explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in the battle against the bottle.  Additional exhibits include Jackson & the Roaring 20s, Jackson History, Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, and Never Enough Time. For information on exhibits please visit Ella’s website: https://ellasharpmuseum.org/exhibits/  Hours of operations are Wednesday -Saturday 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

The 12th Annual MIS Cares Charity Track and Toy Drive.  Michigan International Speedway, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All guests are welcome to spread some holiday cheer to local charities and take a lap around the two-mile oval. Donate a non-perishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy and take a lap around the track in your own vehicle.  Track drive participants should enter the speedway through the US Highway 12 entrance and follow the signs to the drop off spot. Guests will be directed to follow the signs to enter the racetrack, where they will take 5 laps at highway speeds around the two-mile oval.  The track laps are limited to passenger vehicles only, no motorcycles. No passing of other vehicles will be allowed at any time. The driver of the vehicle must be 21 years of age, provide a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. All participants will need to sign a waiver before driving on the track. Seatbelts and headlights must be on at all times.

The Jackson Symphony Guild Virtual Holiday Ball.  The virtual evening is open to all and includes music, sing-a-longs, a live auction, and lots of entertainment. Most importantly, it’s a great way to show your support for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra by bidding and donating in advance and during the event.  To register to bid text jsgholidayball2020 to 243725. You can bid on the silent auction until 10:00 PM on December 5th. The live auction with Tim Bos takes place at 9:10 PM on December 5th. Be sure to register in advance.  The virtual ball schedule and how to connect:  The link to connect to the live event on YouTube will be provided on the JSO website holiday ball page on Saturday, December 5th at approximately 6:30 PM. Register to bid and you’ll also get a text with the link. Text jsgholidayball2020 to 243725

6:55 – 8:00 PM Pre-concert dinner music

8:00-8:30 PM Random Acts of Music

8:30-9:40 PM LIVE PRODUCTION

Highlights 

         8:30 PM Welcome

         9:10 PM Live Auction and Fund a Need

         9:40 PM Closing remarks and Edelweiss sung by Mike Lee

         10:00 PM Silent auction closes

         9:40 PM Music provided by Life Support

ARTitude Holiday Marketplace.  The pop-up holiday marketplace in Downtown Jackson is open now through December 24th.  There is a variety of gifts for purchase from local and regional artists and vendors. Shop beautiful handmade jewelry, cards, ornaments and other unique holiday gifts. Support local and support #artsinjackson!  With retail still open at a 30% capacity, please #MASKUP and practice social distancing!  135 West Cortland Street (former Vermeulen’s), downtown Jackson.  Hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

Nite Lites Drive Thru Christmas Light Show.  Every night through December 31, 2020.  Michigan International Speedway.  US 12 Entrance Only.  12626 US-12, Brooklyn.  Hours:  Sunday thru Thursday, 5:30 PM to 9 PM.  Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10 PM. Pricing: $25 per car/vehicle (Sunday thru Thursday), $30 per car/vehicle (Friday & Saturday).  $45 per limo/motorhome/mini bus.  $100 per tour bus.  Most credit cards accepted.  We DO NOT accept “tap and go” cards or Apple Pay.

The Salvation Army of Jackson County  Red Kettle Campaign. The classic Red Kettles will be located at: Walmart, Sam’s Club J.C. Penny’s, Polly’s locations, Kroger, Big Lots, Blaine’s, and Jackson Crossing Mall -Pet Smart, Gordon’s, Dollar Tree, Bed Bath and Beyond. Bell ringers will be following all CDC guidelines and have been trained in COVID – 19 safety protocols. 

Sunday, December 6

The Ella Sharp Museum is excited to announce Free Days at the Ella sponsored by Lammers Heating and Air Conditioning Inc, proudly serving Jackson since 1965. Enjoy free admission on Friday, December 4; Saturday, December 5; and Sunday, December 6, 2020.  The featured exhibit is Spirited: Prohibition in America, a new exhibition on view from November 11 – January 7, 2021. During the era of Prohibition, Americans no longer could manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. Spirited explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in the battle against the bottle.  Additional exhibits include Jackson & the Roaring 20s, Jackson History, Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, and Never Enough Time. For information on exhibits please visit Ella’s website: https://ellasharpmuseum.org/exhibits/  Hours of operations are Wednesday -Saturday 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

ARTitude Holiday Marketplace.  The pop-up holiday marketplace in Downtown Jackson is open now through December 24th.  There is a variety of gifts for purchase from local and regional artists and vendors. Shop beautiful handmade jewelry, cards, ornaments and other unique holiday gifts. Support local and support #artsinjackson!  With retail still open at a 30% capacity, please #MASKUP and practice social distancing!  135 West Cortland Street (former Vermeulen’s), downtown Jackson.  Hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

Nite Lites Drive Thru Christmas Light Show.  Every night through December 31, 2020.  Michigan International Speedway.  US 12 Entrance Only.  12626 US-12, Brooklyn.  Hours:  Sunday thru Thursday, 5:30 PM to 9 PM.  Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10 PM. Pricing: $25 per car/vehicle (Sunday thru Thursday), $30 per car/vehicle (Friday & Saturday).  $45 per limo/motorhome/mini bus.  $100 per tour bus.  Most credit cards accepted.  We DO NOT accept “tap and go” cards or Apple Pay.

The Salvation Army of Jackson County  Red Kettle Campaign. The classic Red Kettles will be located at: Walmart, Sam’s Club J.C. Penny’s, Polly’s locations, Kroger, Big Lots, Blaine’s, and Jackson Crossing Mall -Pet Smart, Gordon’s, Dollar Tree, Bed Bath and Beyond. Bell ringers will be following all CDC guidelines and have been trained in COVID – 19 safety protocols. 

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