Fairytale Festival

Fairytale Festival will be kids event for sure, but most adults will love it too. There will be fairytale / fantasy themed vendors, the grounds and the house will be decorated in fairytale fashion and there will be fairytale characters and activities (think “Big Bad Wolf Howling Contest!”) There will be a STAGE where the goal is to have hourly entertainment and here’ll be a bouncy house, inflatable slide. In the evening, there will be an afterglow for the grown-ups who made the event happen! https://www.facebook.com/turnerdodgehouse

Experience the Holidays with Opportunity Arts:
The “12 Days of Holidays” Art Event Series will include a live holiday concert at one of Lansing’s most beautiful & historic buildings in Old Town, an indoor arts market at another beautiful & historic building, this one in Downtown Lansing, Community Caroling at Rotary Park, a poetry showcase, a holiday drawing class for adults, an artist talk & experience, holiday tea tastings, and for the kids, photos with Santa, Christmas cookie decorating, and an ornament painting class all of which are taking place at the newest arts space in South Lansing, The Opportunity Art Artitorium. The series culminates on Christmas Eve with the television premiere of the Songs of the Season Holiday Concert from the Turner-Dodge House simulcast on ABC & CBS at 11pm.


Opportunity Arts “12 Days of Holidays” Art Event Series. There will be 12 art events in 12 consecutive days from Dec. 13-24 throughout Lansing. The series will feature the Capital Regions’ most talented professional artists, & arts programming designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. There will be a Holiday Concert at the Turner-Dodge House, art classes for kids & families, a poetry showcase, a tea night, & an art market downtown. I hope you are able to attend at least 1 of the events!


Join us in your Ugly Sweater for late night shopping on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight.

Get your UGLY on and let’s have some fun! Late night shopping 6-midnight in Old Town. Participate in the Ugly Sweater competition to win a huge Old Town Gift Certificate basket.
Participating businesses:
Mother & Earth: Baby Boutique and Toy Shoppe
Bradly’s HG
Metro Retro
Oracle’s Apothecary
Thrift Witch
Old Town General Store
Katalyst Gallery
Retail Therapy
Absolute Gallery
Other Gift Card Donations from:
Old Town Lansing
Curvaceous Lingerie
Sweet Custom Jewelry

Lift Up Local in Old Town Lansing for the Holidays. Check out our commercial for the 2021 holidays. https://youtu.be/zzGscyFgw8o 

Winter Towns Holiday Fest
Saturday, December 11, 2021
This holiday season Michigan Premier Events is giving you the premier holiday shopping experience in Old Town, REO Town and Downtown Lansing.
Join us in a holiday experience with our local downtown districts to shop for your last minute gifts, dine and support local businesses for the holiday season. Some of the Holiday activities include strolling Nana and Santa Clause and The Grinch in Downtown Lansing, to holiday pop up market in REO Town and evergreen swag bar, handmade wreaths, florals, and other local creator’s work for sale in Old Town Lansing.
While you shop, purchase tickets to Warm Drinks and Dessert stroll. Sample warm delicious drinks and desserts from 7 participating food vendors while shopping for your last minute gifts on Dec. 11th from 11a.m. – 3p.m. !
Food vendors include:
Blue Owl (REO Town location only)
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn
Runabout Coffee
Social Sloth | Cafe & Bakery
Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe
The Creole Burger Bar & Southern Kitchen
Zoobies Old Tavern
Purchase tickets to Warm Drinks and Dessert Stroll
Click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/winter-towns-holiday-fest…
Look forward to a holiday fun of shopping local with holiday activities for family and friends all on Dec. 11.
For information & supporting opportunities, please email Ashlee@MichiganPremierEvents.com

The Friends of Turner-Dodge House and Lansing Parks and Recreation are hosting a Holiday Open House. Holiday decor by various businesses, organizations and individuals will adorn all 3 floors of the historic mansion. The Holiday Open House opens to the public on Saturday December 18th and runs thru Saturday January 1st. Hours are Tuesday- Thursday 1:00-7:00 PM, Friday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM. The festival will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 12:00-5:00 PM. $5.00 admission at the door, Children 12 and under are free. Proceeds from the Holiday Open House benefit the continued restoration and preservation of Lansing’s historic Turner-Dodge House. For more information about the Holiday Open House please contact Barbara Loyer Turner-Dodge House manager at 517-483-4220 or Barbara.Loyer@lansingmi.gov

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For Immediate Release:
Contact: Mike Marriott
The Arts Promoter
(631) 882-1195

Opportunity Arts Announces “12 Days of Holidays”:
12 Holiday Themed Art Events in 12 Consecutive Days
Opportunity Arts Presents “12 Days of Holidays”
December 13th – December 24th
Experience the Holidays with Opportunity Arts
Dates & Times Listed Below
For more information on the events & to purchase tickets visit:

(Lansing, MI) – Opportunity Arts, a local arts company that works with some of the top artistic talent in the state, is happy to announce their newest holiday themed art series coming to the Capital Region this December. “12 Days of Holidays” will run from December 13th through December 24th with a plethora of art events taking place at multiple venues throughout Lansing. The events collectively will include Visual Art Displays, Live Music, Interactive Performing & Visual Art, Holiday Themed Art Classes & Workshops, Photography, Poetry, an Art Market, Holiday Tea, & Christmas Cookie decorating, all culminating with a Holiday Concert featuring world renowned vocal performers that will air as a simulcast on ABC 53 WLAJ & CBS 6 WLNS at 11pm Eastern Time on Christmas Eve. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be making appearances throughout the series. For more information & to stay up to date visit: www.opportunityarts.org/12-days-of-holidays.html

“My team & I at Opportunity Arts have put together a bunch of different Holiday themed art events that our local community can enjoy while celebrating the season,” said Mike Marriott, owner of Opportunity Arts. “We are also excited to showcase the amazing artistic talent that will be on display throughout the festivities.” Tickets will be available in the coming weeks on the Opportunity Arts Website & Social Media Platforms as some times and venues are still being finalized. There will be ticket packages available for those who want to attend multiple events. Sponsorship Opportunities are also available to local businesses who wish to be a part of the festivities. A generous portion of the revenue raised during this series will go directly to the creatives and artists involved in the events. Below is a list & description of all 12 events in the series.

“12 Days of Holidays” 
Experience the Holidays with Opportunity Arts

Monday, December 13th – 7pm (Ticketed Event)
Monday Night Masterpiece with Sarah Renee Sanders – The Lighter Side of the Holidays:

Sarah Renee Sanders, the owner of Contrasted Content, holds an Art History Degree from Lansing Community College and will be discussing the lighter side of Holiday Art through the years.
Location: The Opportunity Arts Artitorium at Cedar Street Art Collective (1705 S. Cedar Street)

Tuesday, December 14th – 7pm (Ticketed Event)
Songs of the Season:

A Live Holiday Concert featuring internationally acclaimed vocal performers Stephano Andreotti & Sarah Elizabeth Wallace, along with esteemed concert pianist Liudmila Bondar. This event will be recorded for television. In partnership with the Turner Dodge House, and the City of Lansing.
Location: The Turner Dodge House

Wednesday, December 15th – 5:30pm (Ticketed Event)
Ornament Painting with Autumn Hopkins:

Bring the kiddos to paint & take home Holiday Ornaments with Michigan State University Alumni, the 2021 Ralf Henrickson Award Winner & Second Overall Top of the Town Artist Autumn Hopkins.
Location: “Santa’s Workshop” (The Opportunity Arts Artitorium at Cedar Street Art Collective – 1705 S. Cedar Street)

Thursday, December 16th – 5:30pm (Ticketed Event)
Pictures with Santa:

Avoid those lines at the mall. Come and get your kiddos pictures taken with Santa. Photo packages available via photographer Michaela Clark.
Location: “Santa’s Workshop” (The Opportunity Arts Artitorium at Cedar Street Art Collective – 1705 S. Cedar Street)

Friday, December 17th – 6:30pm (Ticketed Event)
Three Wise Men:

Come experience the talent of Poets Keyante Saxon, Morgan Madden, & Torrey Gray. This event is more geared to an adult audience as opposed to small children.
Location: To Be Announced

Saturday, December 18th – Afternoon – Specific Time To Be Announced (Free Event with Vendors & Shopping)
Walking in a Winter Wonderland:

Get that last minute Holiday shopping in at this Downtown Holiday Art Market featuring some of Capital Regions’ most gifted Artistic Entrepreneurs selling some of their most impressive holiday creations. Gifts available for any budget. This event is in partnership with Downtown Lansing Inc.
Location: Downtown Lansing – Specific Indoor Venue To Be Announced

Sunday, December 19th – 1:00pm (Free Event)
Community Caroling:

Come join some of the Capital Regions top vocal performers for a community sing along. As Buddy the Elf said, “Best ways to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
Location: To Be Announced

Monday, December 20th – 7pm (Ticketed Event)
Monday Night Masterpiece with Sarah Renee Sanders – The Darker Side of the Holidays:

Sarah Renee Sanders, the owner of Contrasted Content, holds an Art History Degree from Lansing Community College and will be discussing the darker side of the Holidays through the years.
Location: The Opportunity Arts Artitorium at Cedar Street Art Collective (1705 S. Cedar Street)

Tuesday, December 21st – 6pm (Ticketed Event)
Holiday Tea with SippaSanity:

Celebrate the aromatic arts with Laura Showers, the owner of SippaSanity Tea. Special Holiday Teas will be available, as well as tastings, & tea education.
Location: The Opportunity Arts Artitorium at Cedar Street Art Collective (1705 S. Cedar Street)

Wednesday, December 22nd – 5:30pm (Ticketed Event)
Drawn to Holidays with Claude JP:

Bring the kiddos down to create a Holiday themed drawing with local visual artist & illustrator Claude Johnson-Perry. Each participant will bring home their own drawing.
Location: “Santa’s Workshop” (The Opportunity Arts Artitorium at Cedar Street Art Collective – 1705 S. Cedar Street)

Thursday, December 23rd – 5:30pm (Ticketed Event)
Christmas Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus:

Mrs. Claus will be helping children decorate Christmas Cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. If anyone knows what Christmas Cookies Santa likes, it’s Mrs. Claus.
Location: “Santa’s Workshop” (The Opportunity Arts Artitorium at Cedar Street Art Collective – 1705 S. Cedar Street)

Friday, December 24th – Simulcast at 11pm on ABC 53 WLAJ & CBS 6 WLNS
Songs of the Season Holiday Concert:

Highlights and Tunes from the Songs of the Season Live Concert from December 14th. Featuring internationally acclaimed vocal performers Stephano Andreotti & Sarah Elizabeth Wallace, along with esteemed concert pianist Liudmila Bondar performing from the Turner Dodge House. (The concert will also air on Christmas Day at 2:30am on CBS 6 WLNS, and at 6:30am on CW-5 ELAJ)
Location: The comfort of your home.

For more information on the “12 Days of Holidays”, and to purchase tickets visit:


We have many events coming to Old Town and want to make sure you are a part of the excitement. Please look at the events and let us know if you are interested in participating. We love it when we all come together to make Old Town buzz with visitors.

2021 Survey for Merchants and Businesses in Old Town Lansing

Help the Old Town Commercial Association to better serve our businesses and community. The OTCA is starting on a six-month strategic planning for the future of the organization. We are looking to discover the priorities that our community needs so we can better serve you. Please complete this survey to help us in this planning process.


Holiday Hullabaloo, December 4th

We are planning for Holiday Hullabaloo to happen in conjunction with Scrooge Scramble on Dec. 4. Participating businesses will have discounts, specials and more. We have a link below with the specials offered in 2019, please let Rita LaMoreaux know if you would like to participate and confirm the specials and events you would be offering that day. http://iloveoldtown.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/HH-Coupon-Sheet_final-1.pdf

Scrooge Scramble, December 4th

Ring in the holiday season on the River Trail! The OTCA will host its annual Scrooge Scramble 5K Run/Walk on to benefit our mission to revitalize Lansing’s Old Town district. Register online for the 5K at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Lansing/ScroogeScramble

Holiday Window Decorations by Local Artists

In the past the OTCA has expressed interest in holiday window decorations to make Old Town festive for the holidays. We have had some participation in the past, but know this is extra work for you.

This year, we are looking to bring in artists, some from Chalk of the Town, some from local galleries, MSU and beyond, to display their talents and holiday cheer on windows throughout Old Town while participating in a fun contest to help bring traffic downtown to view the windows and visit your businesses.

What we need from you, if you want to be a part of this festive event, is the donation of your window space and time for the artist to decorate the window from the inside of your store. We will have a designated week for the artist to work with you on a time to come in and decorate. Windows will be decorated with washable liquid chalk markers.

Since we know that your window space is valuable real estate, you’ll have the option of donating half your window space, all of your window space, or requesting a frame/border design.

At this point, we are simply reaching out to gage interest in this project since its success in making Old Town a decorated sight to see this holiday season is dependent on having a lot of windows decorated. If you are interested in donating some window space to an artist, please let us know by Tuesday Nov. 9 so we can move forward with next steps and share more details with those interested.

Winter Towns Holiday Fest Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Michigan Premier will be hosting a Winter Towns Holiday Fest event on Saturday, December 11. You may have received an email from them about this today. We are working closely with them on this event and will have more information for you next week regarding Old Town’s participation.

Thank you again for all you do for Old Town. If you are interested in being a part of these events, please let Rita know, rita@oldtownmainstreet.org or 517-974-5523.

HUGE BUILDERS RUMMAGE SALE! Wed Sept 9/22- Sun 9/26. 9am – 7:30pm

Attention Property Managers, house flippers, DIY’ers, Handymen and craftsmen!


New & used display cabinets, moldings, trims, counters and vanity tops of all material levels. Granite/Quartz & solid surface remnants, hardwoods & doors. Plumbing & electrical rough materials & finish fixtures. Wood, tile & composite flooring & flooring install materials. Exterior building materials, large & small tools, PumpJack & standard scaffoldings. Appliances, garage furnaces, wood burning add-on furnace, stainless steel and misc. sinks, bath accessories, mosaic tile, grouts & tile saws & MORE!

1236 Turner Rd, Lansing, MI 48906

517/749-1777 for more details