The Mid-Michigan region is all about that “northpole” aesthetic when winter arrives.  Saginaw and its surrounding towns and cities have a wealth of Christmas activities to engage with!  From Santa Houses to Christmas stores that are open 361 days a year, you can find something to do for everyone this holiday season.

Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw is part of the “Tri-Cities” or “Great Lakes Bay Region” portion of Michigan.  Located near numerous bodies of water, including the Bay area of “the thumb,” Saginaw offers both metropolitan and rural activity for the young and the young at heart! The city is home to such venues as The Dow Event Center (birthplace of the Saginaw Spirit hockey team) and the historic Temple Theater.  It is also home to the prestigious Saginaw Valley State University.  Due to its convenient location near the I-75 and M52 throughways it is often a stop-off point for people traveling back and forth to the northern parts of the state.

Traditional Christmas activities

Get in the Christmas spirit with traditional activities that remind you of the good old days:

  • Gather a group of friends to sing Christmas carols.
  • If it’s snowing, go sledding.
  • Visit Santa at a community location.
  • Set up a cookie exchange with your neighbors.
  • Drive to see neighborhood Christmas lights.
  • Host a white elephant gift exchange.
  • Go ice skating.

Christmas activities indoor

You don’t have to leave your home to get in the Christmas spirit. In fact, much of the holiday magic can happen right inside your own front door:

  • Decorate the Christmas tree with loved ones.
  • Host a cookie decorating competition.
  • Invest in an Advent calendar to do as a family.
  • Make popcorn garland.
  • Build a gingerbread house.
  • Watch your favorite Christmas movie.

Saginaw Christmas events

Here are some Christmas events specific to Saginaw and its associated townships:

Willing to travel?  Here are some awesome activities just a short drive from Saginaw!

Be sure to join us for Christmas Eve Service!

You’re invited to a Christmas Eve candlelight service at either 1:30pm or 3:00pm on December 24th. Visit for location and service info.

Check out our website for more information. We always welcome new friends to worship with us. Find a location that’s close to you! You can learn more about our beliefs and visit our video library to explore more topics like this one. You can also check out our events page to find out what fun new things we’re doing this season. 

About the Author: Jim Damman
You won’t find a larger campus pastor “geek” than Jim Damman! Jim is a self-proclaimed expert in cinema, board games, and anything from the 80s. Jim was a special education teacher for 17 years before being called into vocational ministry and moving from the country life to the Great Lakes Bay area as he helped plant our Saginaw campus. Jim is a father of five and spends his free time dissecting movies, playing the latest board games, and enjoying family time any chance he gets!

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