Weekend Roundup: ’twas (almost) the Night Before Christmas edition

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus … right down Front Street. We’ve got a full slate and we’ll take you right up to Christmas Eve. Thanks Downtown TC & Shorts for pics!


Mens-NightDowntown TC Men’s Night is a Traverse City tradition where merchants entice men to shop with food & drink (it’s not rocket science). There’s also in-store specials, gift-wrapping, refreshments and downtown prize drawings. The Wrapup Party happens at Ecco

The Workshop is holding “Sausagefest” tonight from 4-8 PM. If you buy a beer, you get a brat (while supplies last) and the music from Josh Davis and Joe Wilson starts right at 4. The big lot next to them has free parking after 4 too.

West Bay Beach is your OFFICIAL STARTING LOCATION for Men’s Night 2013 from 5-9 PM. They’ll be serving complimentary hor d’oeuvres, specialty orange and cherry infused bourbon old fashioned cocktails and sending you on your way with a gift bag full of surprises!

Men’s Night is Jazz Night at Northern Natural featuring $3 Pints, gift wrapping on all wine bottle and mug club memberships and live Jazz! They’ll be crafting snowflakes too – Cider House Rules!!!

The Little Fleet continues to buck the gender trend. Last Thursday they did Men’s night and tonight it’s the ladies’ turn. DJ Acupunk will be on hand to spin some sweet grooves to shake your caboose to (bring your vinyl ladies) and they’ll have some delectable, lip smacking cocktails on special. GIRL POWER!

The 2nd Annual 104.5 BOB FM Poker Run & Wrap Up Party kicks off at Brew Traverse City at 5, where you’ll receive your first poker card in a sealed envelope. Collect the remainder of your cards at our Men’s Night sponsors join them at Ecco | Traverse City for the finale party. Free food, drink and the best poker hand wins a downtown shopping spree valued at $500. Gift wrapping by donation benefits The Children’s Advocacy Center. So come party with us while you get your gifts wrapped and escape the cold. Tons of free prizes to win as well.



Downtown TC Christmas

Unsilent Night at Left Foot Charley starts at 6 PM. Unsilent Night is an original composition written specifically to be heard outdoors in December. It takes the form of a street promenade. Each Participant gets one of four tracks of music and carries boom boxes or anything that amplifies music and simultaneously start playing the music. If you don’t have a portable music player, you are still more than welcome to participate in the walk and hear the music. More boom boxes makes it better though and there’s an iPhone/iPad App. Gather at 6, walk from 6:30pm-7:15PM and wrap up with free hot (non-alcoholic) cider, cookies and vintage Christmas tunes on the Wurlitzer jukebox.

There’s a Wine Dinner at Black Star Farms Friday night featuring Executive Chef Jonathan Dayton’s artfully prepared dishes. Click for the details.

Join Billy Strings & Don Julin at InsideOut on Friday night is your grandaddy’s bluegrass delivered with a pedal to the metal intensity of a moonshine runner. There’s also Blake Elliott and the Robinson Affair at The Workshop Brewing Company (8-11) and E Minor at Northern Natural (8-10).



Parallel 45's Ben Whiting gets ready for the Green Room Romp

Parallel 45’s Ben Whiting gets ready for the Green Room Romp

Traverse City Indoor Farm Market is from 10-2 in the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. It’s the perfect start place to start your shopping with fresh foods & food products.

Join Castle Games at Right Brain Brewery for a fun filled day of games! From 1-8PM you can bring a game or use one of their with your friends and neighbors. Kid Friendly!

Procrastinators Unite! at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons combines holiday fun with the chance to get all of your shopping done! Enjoy festive horse-drawn carriage rides around the snowy Village from 2-5 and then from 5-9pm finish your last-minute shopping with holiday snacks and beverages from unique Village merchants. Also on Sunday till 4 if you’re really the procrastinating type!

Parallel 45 presents “The Green Room Romp” from 7-10 PM. It’s a holiday party with a play inside! Enjoy the best from the local music, food, and drink scenes along with a one-night-only performance of The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), delicious hors d’oeuvres from former Tapawingo chef/owner Pete Peterson’s boutique catering service, a hosted drink (and also a cash bar), goodie bags stuffed with local treats, and a chance to win some great prizes.


Join the Appleseed Collective at Stomcloud Brewing Co in Franfort for the Ugly Sweater Party. Wear your ugly sweater because there’s a prize for the worst. Drink & food specials as well.


Ugly Sweather Party at Short's

Ugly Sweather Party at Short’s

If you’ve still got your ugly sweater handy, head up to Short’s in Bellaire for the original Ugly Sweater Party! The ugliest sweater winner receives merch and gets the Short’s logo added to their ugly sweater!

Here’s a real treat! Bob Bernard and the Waltz Posse will be at Northern Natural for Earthwork Music Monday from 6-8 PM accompanied by local hard ciders, wines and small plates. Check out the video below!

There’s also Open Mic w/ Blake Elliot at Left Foot Charley (7 PM) and Monday Trivia from 7-9 PM at The Workshop.


The Boathouse invites you to Christmas Eve Dinner  featuring special Christmas entrees from 4-9 pm.