Holiday happenings to check out around Greater Lansing


Old Town Scrooge Scramble 5K

For the safety of all participants, the Scrooge Scramble is going virtual this year. This is a family-friendly event open to walkers and runners of all ages. How does a virtual race work? Well, all you have to do is run a 5K and submit your official time by Saturday, Dec. 5. All participants will receive a finishing medal and a commemorative Scrooge Scramble beanie. First place medals will also be given to the top finisher in each age division for both men and women.

Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is $35. All proceeds go towards Old Town and the Old Town Commercial Association. To find out more, visit

Keto Through Christmas

The holiday season can present a challenge to anyone trying to stay on their diet. It’s typically a time for feasting with family or indulging in one-too-many baked goods. For folks looking to eat healthy during or after the holidays, Gilead Healing Center is hosting Keto Through Christmas — an informative seminar hosted by clinical nutritionist Helena Miller that offers an introduction to the popular “keto diet.”

Thursday Dec. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can RSVP by calling 517-336-8880 or 517-319-5818. This event takes place at the Gilead Healing Center at 306 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing. Registration is free.

Holiday Mason Jars

If you’re looking for the perfect handmade gift to give to a loved one this holiday season, look no further. Paint Your Poison is holding an online painting class perfect for those in need of a gift for grandma. Portions of the proceeds from each ticket sale will go towards The Village Lansing, a community organization that provides youth mentoring. For $35, you get a mason jar, acrylic paint, paint brushes, a candle and access to a live Zoom session where you can paint your jar step-by-step along with a professional artist.

Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jar kits are available for pickup or delivery within 20 miles of Lansing. More information about the event can be found at

The Holiday Lights Un-Parade

This year, in order to keep people safe from COVID-19, Ingham Co. Fairgrounds is putting on a Holiday Lights Un-Parade. That means that all the parade floats and lights can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your car. Floats will remain stationary on the midway at the fairgrounds, giving parade-goers ample space to drive through and admire the sights and sounds of Christmas. The Un-Parade is a free, family event.

Friday Dec. 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St.,  Mason.

Photos with Santa

Celebrating the holidays is going to be a little strange this year. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on classic Christmas traditions like having your child’s picture taken with Santa Claus. Based on current state regulations, face coverings for you, your child and Santa himself are required in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Through Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. You can book a reservation online at Santa will be sitting in front of the JC Penney in the Lansing Mall, 5330 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. 

REO Town Holiday Bazaar

The REO Town Marketplace is hosting a wide variety of local artisans this holiday season. Art, coffee, records, soap, jewelry — you can find all of this and more at the REO Town Marketplace. During this season of giving, you can shop local to find the perfect gift for your friends and family.

Until Christmas on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The REO Town Marketplace is located at 1027 S. Washington St., Lansing.


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