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Holiday Art Fair Returns to Midland Center for the Arts

The holiday shopping season is arriving quickly upon us and Midland Center for the Arts is bringing the annual Holiday Art Fair back to the Center Nov. 20 - 21. Guests will be able to wander through a trail of nearly 40 local artist vendors inside the Brick Lobby and go home with handmade items and special gifts for the most wonderful time of the year.

This annual family tradition returns to the Center for the first time following the pandemic, “each and every year, families look forward to kicking off the holiday season at the Center, and we are thrilled to bring local artists and our community together again for this favorite annual tradition,” said Anne Canvasser, Front of House Manager and organizer of the Holiday Art Fair at Midland Center for the Arts.

Artist booths will be placed throughout the building with Michigan handmade products including paintings, pottery, jewelry, ornaments, woodwork and much more. And the Center couldn’t forget the most important part of all, the one and only Santa Claus will be at the Holiday Art Fair to take the wishes of kids young and old.

But if you are truly looking to leap into the holiday spirit this weekend, you can also purchase a ticket for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical and gain free admission into the Holiday Art Fair taking place at the same time. “The sights and sounds of the holiday season will be in full swing this weekend as we bring the most famous reindeer of all into the Auditorium, and celebrate the works of locals artists with the Holiday Art Fair,” added Canvasser. “With all of the activities taking place at the Center for the holidays, there are fun and exciting activities for the entire family.”

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars onto the stage with all of your favorite characters from the TV special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. This adventure teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Tickets for this musical production can be purchased online at, and made possible through the generous support of Greenleaf Trust.

Guests looking to attend the Holiday Art Fair can also purchase tickets now at, or by calling the Ticket Office at 989-631-8250. Museum Members will be able to enjoy the event for FREE with a sneak peek on Nov. 20, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., and individuals and families with sensory sensitivities can access a social story prepare for their experience at the Holiday Art Fair by visiting our website at

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Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday is the former Director of Communications at Midland Center for the Arts. Telling the stories of artists, innovators and modern day explorers!

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