Having Fun in Holly
Arts & Culture
Holly offers residents and guests plenty of opportunities to have fun. The Blue Heron Theatre Company performs 3-5 shows per year at the Karl Richter Campus Auditorium. History enthusiasts can relive the glory days of Holly’s railroads at the Detroit Model Railroad Club or delve deep into our heritage at the Hadley House/Holly Historical Museum. The Great Lakes Artisan Village in the historic downtown offers original pieces from Michigan artists.
Starstruck Dance Studio and On Stage School of Dance feature dance lessons and performances for a variety of styles. Capital Music offers personal instrumental lessons for guitar, fiddle, piano, mandolin, and all brass instruments.
Dining, Entertainment & Nightlife
The Historic Holly Hotel offers patrons world-class fine dining, with a roaring comedy club downstairs. Holly hosts a variety of restaurants, including the renowned Bittersweet Cafe, Fire and Ice cafe, ice cream and coffee shops. For a night out, head out to happening hot-spots, like the Blackthorn Pub, a traditional Irish Pub, and Broadstreet Station in the historic downtown. J’s Bar and Grill and Martini’s Bar and Grill offer live entertainment and karaoke on the weekends. Capital Music on Alley St. features live musical performances and open mic nights.
Movies in the Village presents classic and current movies in an intimate theatre setting. During the summer months, Main Street Holly DDA and the Holly Area Community Coalition sponsor “Movies on Battle Alley”, outdoor movies for kids and families.
Holly is home to the world-famous Dickens Old Fashioned Christmas Festival, December 9-11, 2011, and the home of the first official Patriot Week festival, September 11-17. Holly also celebrates Community Play Day (September 15, 2012), Celebrate Summer in Holly (June 21-24, 2012) and many other fantastic community events. Main Street Holly DDA sponsors Holly-ween, a community Halloween celebration and Ladies Night Out in May and November.
Parks, Playgrounds, Sports and Recreation
There are activities for every sports enthusiast out there in Holly! Holly Township Parks & Recreation offers adult softball leagues and many other fitness and recreational programs, as well as managing public swimming at Holly High School. Headwaters Trails, Inc., sponsors several canoe/kayak events on the Shiawassee River. The Holdridge Lakes Mountain Bike Trails in Holly Township are groomed and maintained by the Flint Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association.
The Village of Holly is also home to five parks: Crapo Park and Cyclone Park in the downtown, Lakeside Park on picturesque Bush Lake, Ganshaw Park overlooking Bevins Lake, and Waterworks Park on the Shiawassee River. Sorensen Park is operated by Holly Township Parks and Recreation, and Patterson Elementary and Holly Elementary offer public playgrounds for kids and grown-up kids.
Holly is also home to Seven Lakes State Park and the Holly Recreation Area in neighboring Groveland Township. Both parks provide rustic and modern camping, swimming and water sports, hiking, hunting and fishing.
For winter-lovers, Holly’s lakes are ideal for ice-fishing. Mt. Holly on Dixie Highway is Southeast Michigan’s premiere ski resort, and the Village hosts ice-skating and 3-on-3 hockey at the rink at Lakeside Park.
Holly’s Historic Downtown is a booming shopper’s paradise, with stores and boutiques full of Michigan-made and hand-crafted products, specialty food items, clothing and antiques. Winglemire Furniture and Joseph’s Oak Shop are sesquicentennial Michigan businesses. Most stores are open after 5 p.m. and have special hours and sales during community events.
The North District of Holly provides the necessities of life in one convenient location, including groceries, sundries, dry cleaning, flowers, hardware, and auto supplies.