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Kids can be expensive, but doing fun things with them doesn’t always have to be. Here are the top FREE things to do with kids in Metro Detroit in December.

 

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

November 29 – December 1

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

Stop in every Saturday and Sunday starting the weekend after Thanksgiving to tell him what’s on your Christmas list and get a jolly holiday photo!

 

THE BIG, BRIGHT LIGHT SHOW

Daily In December

@ Downtown Rochester

You are invited to brighten your holidays in Downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light.

 

SANTA AT THE GMRENCEN

December 1 – December 23

@ Renaissance Center, Detroit

Children can get in the holiday spirit and meet Santa in the Jefferson Lobby for complimentary photographs, giveaways and a chance to tell Santa what’s on their wish-list.

 

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST

Weekends In December

@ Heritage Park, Taylor

The magical winter wonderland includes hundreds of animated characters, dozens of Christmas scenes and beautiful holiday light displays. Visitors have an opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

 

BIRMINGHAM SANTA HOUSE

Weekends In December

@ Shain Park, Birmingham

Throughout the entire holiday season, children are invited to visit Santa in his quaint “home” under the pavilion in Shain Park. The Santa House is accessible to all and barrier free.

 

HOLLY DICKENS FESTIVAL

Select Weekends In December

@ Holly Dickens Festival, Holly

The official oldest, Longest-Running Dickens’ Themed Event in the United States is back.  The Festival spans THREE weekends, beginning with a LIGHTED PARADE! The parade will be followed immediately with the arrival of Santa Claus in Historic Downtown Holly for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony.

 

HOLIDAY MARKET

Select Dates In December

@ Eastern Market, Detroit

Holiday Markets are back! In addition to our Saturday Market that operates year-round, we have seven additional markets for all your holiday shopping needs in 2019!

 

PROJECT ART

Wednesdays In December

@ Detroit Public Library, Campbell Branch, Detroit

Looking for an after school activity?  Stop into the Detroit Public Library’s Campbell Branch every Wednesday for FREE art classes.

 

PROJECT ART AGES 4-7

Thursdays In December

@ Detroit Public Library, Elmwood Park Branch, Detroit

Free after school art classes for ages 4-7. Must register at: enroll.projectart.org or see Librarian.

 

ART WITH MS. ELISE

Thursdays In December

@ Detroit Public Library, Wilder Branch, Detroit

Get creative and express yourself with our after school art classes. For Ages 6 -13.

 

VISIT SANTA AT VILLAGE CENTER MALL

Thursdays & Saturdays In December

@ Village Center Mall, Milford

Santa will arrive in Milford on Saturday, November 30th during the parade and will stay in town to meet all of you!

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Fridays in December

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups in Prentis Court. Watch as these young players hone their craft or even sit down to test your own skills.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturdays in December

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

Huntington celebrates the Flint Institute of Arts by providing everyone access free of charge every Saturday.

 

FAMILY TOURS

Sundays In December

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Your guide for family tours awaits by Artie the Donkey. Weather permitting, your adventure may include outdoor objects.

 

REINDEER FROM THE NORTH POLE VISIT WIEGAND’S

Sunday, December 1

@ Ray Wiegand’s Nursery & Garden Center, Macomb

Special visitors from the North Pole fly down to visit for the day. Stop by to see the reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh. Mrs. Claus and Santa will both be here for photos so bring your cameras.

 

PUPPET PERFORMANCE: NATIONAL MARIONETTE THEATRE PRESENTS PINOCCHIO

Sunday, December 1

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Following the iconic hero inspired by Carlo Collodi’s, The Adventures of Pinocchio, David Syrotiak’s National Marionette Theatre’s Pinocchio features intricately carved marionettes and vibrant hand-painted scenery to tell the beloved tale of a puppet’s journey to become a real boy.

 

KERRYTOWN TREE LIGHTING

Sunday, December 1

@ Kerrytown Market, Ann Arbor

Join Santa to light our holiday tree in the Kerrytown courtyard. It’s a wonderful way to ring in the season with caroling and candle luminaries!

 

WALLED LAKE’S ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Monday, December 2

@ Walled Lake City Library, Walled Lake

Along with the lighting of the city tree, enjoy pictures with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, festive crafts, a visit from Santa, and cookies & hot cocoa at the fire station.

 

CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Monday, December 2

@ Clarkston Independence District Library, Clarkston

Come celebrate the Holidays with us!  We’ll create some festive decorations, enjoy some treats of the season and maybe, if we are lucky, Santa might be there!

 

DOWNTOWN GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Monday, December 2

@ Downtown Garden City

You do not want to miss this family fun Garden City tradition. Refreshments will be served and of course, Santa is expected to make an appearance. Ho ho ho!!!

 

BUSY BODIES STORYTIME

December 2, 9, & 16

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Help your little one develop early literacy skills while enjoying music, movement, and dancing, along with stories, finger plays, and rhymes.

 

TREE LIGHTING

Tuesday, December 3

@ Waterford Township Hall, Waterford

Celebrate the season with a variety of activities including: crafts, cookie decorating, Pontiac-Waterford Big Chief Chorus, performance by the Waterford Mott Jazz Band, a opportunity to write a soldier a letter, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and your chance to see a reindeer up close.

 

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & AFTERGLOW

Tuesday, December 3

@ Macomb Township Parks & Rec, Macomb

This FREE event begins outside with caroling, a greeting from township officials, the arrival and greeting of Santa and concludes with the lighting of the tree, with refreshment stations, crafts, and other children’s activities.

 

TREE LIGHTING & VISITS WITH SANTA

Tuesday, December 3

@ Burgh Historical Park, Southfield

Enjoy the Tree Lighting and visits with Santa! Don’t forget your camera!

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS CELEBRATION

Tuesday, December 3

@ Farmington Hills Fire Station, Farmington Hills

The beautiful trees at City Hall will be illuminated as well as a 20-foot candle that represents our commitment to peace and unity in Farmington Hills. Santa will make a visit and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

 

TREE LIGHTING 

Wednesday, December 4

@ Summit, Canton

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Township Tree Lighting Event.  Join us for seasonal entertainment, crafts, activities, refreshments, and visits with Santa!

 

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Wednesday, December 4

@ Blair Memorial Park, Clawson

The evening includes caroling and the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck! Refreshments to follow at City Hall. Don’t forget to visit the library first to make a natural ornament to hang on the tree that the birds can enjoy!

 

MOMMY & ME HIKES

Thursday, December 5

@ Marshbank Park, West Bloomfield

We invite you and your child to join our Naturalist on a nature discovery and exercise walk.

 

MILFORD’S CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, December 5

@ Downtown Milford

A community favorite, the seasonal event brings strolling entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday caroling, special promotions and deals at downtown stores and restaurants as well as a highly anticipated visit from Santa Claus in Center Street Mall.

 

ROYAL OAK TREE LIGHTING

Thursday, December 5

@ Downtown Royal Oak

Come gather in Downtown Royal Oak to celebrate the open of the Holiday Season at Washington Ave & Fifth Street.

 

CHRISTMAS AGLOW

Thursday, December 5

@ Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, Shelby Township

Visit with Santa after he lights the tree, enjoy kids crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, a marshmallow roast and horse-drawn wagon rides.

 

WINTERFEST

December 5 – December 8

@ Downtown Belleville

This four day holiday event will have something for everyone in the family.  There will be lots of food, activities, live music, animals, crafts, and it is home to the Jingle Bell Run, the Christmas Parade, and even holiday fireworks!

 

ROCK N’ RHYME

December 5 & 12

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Nursery rhymes, songs, stories, and bubbles followed by free play for those who wish to stay.

 

KERRYTOWN KINDLEFEST

Friday, December 6

@ Kerrytown Market, Ann Arbor

Family-friendly, and keeping in the spirit of an outdoor holiday market, there will be pretzels, bratwursts, roasted nuts, Glühwein (a mulled wine) and beer, fire pits to keep warm and for s’more roasting, caroling, strolling musicians, Santa, lots of lights and of course shopping!

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, December 6

@ Cranbrook Institute Of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Cranbrook Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month.

 

TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL

Friday, December 6

@ Wixom Community Center, Wixom

Join us for a fun-filled night as we welcome the holiday season to Wixom! Our giant tree will come alive when Santa and his reindeer arrive! There will be carols being sung, crafts to do, and a chance to tell Santa your Christmas wishes.

 

DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING

Friday, December 6

@ Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti

Join us for cookie decorating and hot chocolate.  The Ypsilanti Community Choir will lead caroling followed by a visit from Santa and photo-ops!

 

BIRMINGHAM TREE LIGHTING

Friday, December 6

@ Shain Park, Birmingham

The community will come together with Santa and Birmingham’s Mayor for live caroling and the lighting of a 35-foot holiday tree with more than 40,000 LED lights!

 

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AND SANTA ARRIVES

Friday, December 6

@ Pierce Park, Chelsea

The 32nd Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive community celebration that kicks off the holiday season. A special visit from a very special guy in the big red suit to add to the holiday festivities!

 

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Friday, December 6

@ Novi Civic Center, Novi

Tree lighting, Fireworks, Santa Visits, Kids Crafts, Craft Show, Petting Farm, Reindeer, S’Mores, Train Rides, and food!

 

WINTER WONDERLAND

Friday, December 6

@ Troy Civic Center Campus, Troy

Meet Santa at the Tree Lighting, have hot cocoa, watch a family holiday film, follow the Storybook Trail, build an igloo, get your face painted, and many more fun activities for the entire family!

 

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, December 6

@ Chesterfield Township Parks & Rec

This night will be full of festive fun and traditional holiday activities which include: cookies, beverages, rolls/chili samples, a small craft project, coloring contest, wagon rides, peaceful holiday music performed by the Anchor Bay High School Flute Choir, letter writing and visits with Santa!

 

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, December 6

@ Downtown Auburn Hills

Join us for an evening of holiday celebration as Santa, Mrs. Clause and the Mayor light our Christmas tree! Don’t forget to stop by the DEN for pictures with Santa and take a carriage ride through Downtown.

 

WALK WITH SANTA

Friday, December 6

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

Join Santa and Blaine Fowler for a Holiday Health pledge kick-off, including dancing and a stroll around Oakland Mall.

 

SOUTHGATE’S WINTER WONDERLAND

December 6 – December 7

@ Whispering Woods Kiwanis Park, Southgate

Join us at the newly renovated Kiwanis Train Park (corner of Leroy and Trenton) for Southgate’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Christmas Express Train Rides!

 

WINTER MARKET

December 6 – December 8

@ Downtown Birmingham

Attendees will enjoy European food and drinks, gift items, holiday greens, crafts, ice sculptures, live reindeer, warming stations, a Kinderhaus children’s activity area, the popular Santa House, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment.  More than 60 vendors will be at the event!

 

WINTERFEST 2019

December 6 – December 8

@ Downtown Belleville

For four days you can enjoy lots of food, activities, live music, animals, crafts, and it is home to the Jingle Bell Run, the Christmas Parade, and even holiday fireworks!

 

NOEL NIGHT

Saturday, December 7

@ Midtown, Detroit

Noel Night is a Cultural Center-wide holiday open house that presents free activities including: horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 100 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances. We’ll have holiday performances, Black Santa, arts & crafts, and giveaways, just to name a few.

 

HOLLY DAYS

Saturday, December 7

@ Riley Park, Farmington

Holly Days is a community event, hosting Victorian carolers, hot cocoa around fire pits to stay warm, even Focal Point Studios graciously photographs children with Santa free of charge! The Elves Workshop will host a holiday craft for children and stories with Mrs. Claus to keep the little ones excited for the season. You can also enjoy free select movies at the Civic Theater and special shopping sales at participating shops.

 

WINTERFUN FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown Pontiac

There is a Gallery of Ice with live ice carving competition, a petting farm with adorable animals, live Santa reindeer, s’mores, a children’s WinterART Center that allows kids to participate in several different craft projects, get their face painted and much, much more.

 

 CANDY CANE HUNT

Friday, December 6 / 10:00am – 11:00am

@ McHattie Park, South Lyon

Come kick off Cool Yule with the annual Candy Cane Hunt! Join SLARA and the South Lyon Masonic Lodge as we provide cookies, hot chocolate, the candy cane hunt and the big guy himself…SANTA!!

 

PONTIAC HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, December 7

@ Pontiac City Library

The Pontiac Public Library partners with the Holiday Extravaganza to bring the community fun holiday events!

 

FREE ADMISSION @ MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER

Saturday, December 7

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Enjoy free general admission which includes 250+ hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, Spark!Lab from the Smithsonian, Kids Town gallery, STEM Playground space and more.

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Saturday, December 7

@ Farmington Civic Theater, Farmington

Free movie with a donation to the Farmington Area Goodfellows in the form of new unwrapped toys, new books, new batteries, bag of nonperishable, canned/boxed food with 2021 expiration dates and beyond.

 

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO WHISTLE STOP

Saturday, December 7

@ Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc., St. Clair Shores

We will have wish lists available for the kids to fill out for Santa to take to the North Pole. Santa will read “The Polar Express” to the children. Following the story they can line up for a picture with Santa. Bring your camera to capture the moment!

 

SANTA COMES TO WHVP

Saturday, December 7

@ Westland Historic Village, Westland

Santa Claus is returning to the Westland Historic Village this year! Bring you kids out so they can let him know what they want for Christmas this year.

 

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Weekends In December

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

Stop in every Saturday and Sunday starting the weekend after Thanksgiving to tell him what’s on your Christmas list and get a jolly holiday photo!

 

STORYTIME WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 7

@ Macdonald Public Library, New Baltimore

Santa will be here to take gift requests and read a Christmas story.

 

CHRISTMAS IN FRASER

Saturday, December 7

@ Fraser City Hall, Fraser

Join us as we ring in the Holidays at City Hall! We will sing Christmas carols, followed by refreshments and the welcome of Santa to Fraser!

 

BERKLEY HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown Berkley

Berkley Holiday Lights Parade has over 50 groups and organizations participating, all decked out in holiday lights. Santa will light the Christmas tree at City Hall immediately after the parade. Carriage rides are available on Rosemont for a small fee immediately after the parade.

 

COOL YULE LIGHTED PARADE & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown South Lyon

The event kicks off with a lighted parade making its way through downtown to the Witch’s Hat Depot and Historic Village. There will be a tree lighting ceremony after the parade and a chance to get your picture taken with Father Christmas, enjoy a holiday story read aloud in the school house and enjoy some holiday-themed entertainment.

 

A STERLING CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 7

@ Dodge Park, Sterling Heights

Everyone is invited to ring in the holiday season with a variety of family fun activities including tree lighting, holiday music and caroling, visits with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, petting farm, refreshments, pony rides, carousel, train rides, ice skating, warming fires and more!

 

HOLIDAY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown Wayne

Join us for our annual Tree Lighting. There will be free cookies and hot chocolate, Santa in the museum for the kids, firepit warming stations, a Petting zoo, Carriage Rides and more.

 

CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown Trenton

The downtown streets will be all aglow with hand-held candles illuminating the parade route. We will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to town as well.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown Lake Orion

Lake Orion is home to one of the few nighttime holiday lighted parades in Michigan. In fact, it’s the second largest lighted holiday parade in the nation!!

 

FARMINGTON TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 7

@ Governor Warner Mansion, Farmington

Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live music and tasty refreshments.  Take a tour of the decorated mansion! The Mansion will also have a Holiday Boutique.

 

CHRISTMAS AGLOW

Saturday, December 7

@ Clinton Township Civic Center, Clinton Township

Boys and girls will have a chance to personally visit with Santa and give him their Christmas list. Enjoy the music of the season, ice sculptures, horse drawn trolley rides, and light refreshments as we usher in the holiday season.

 

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

December 7, 14, & 21

@ Trenton Cultural Center, Trenton

Santa will be visiting the Trenton Cultural Center! Bring your camera and while you’re there, make sure to play the Christmas Scavenger Hunt!

 

SENSORY-FRIENDLY SANTA

Sunday, December 8

@ Fairlane Town Center, Dearborn

Children with autism and their families are invited to meet Santa in a safe and sensory-friendly environment!

 

SANTA CARES-A HOLIDAY SENSORY EVENT

Sunday, December 8

@ Laurel Park Place Mall, Livonia

People within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa.

 

SANTA CARES: A SENSORY-FRIENDLY SANTA PHOTO EXPERIENCE

Sunday, December 8

@ Macomb Mall, Roseville

Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours.

 

SANTA CARES: A SENSORY-FRIENDLY SANTA PHOTO EXPERIENCE

Sunday, December 8

@ Great Lakes Crossing, Auburn Hills

Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours.

 

SOOTHING SANTA

Sunday, December 8

@ The Mall At Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours.

 

HOLIDAY SHOWPLACE

Sunday, December 8

@ Gerry Kulick Community Center, Ferndale

Whether you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas or in the market for something crafty, come and check out our Holiday Showplace!

 

DETROIT LIONS WATCH PARTY

Sunday, December 8

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Sports tailgates at Beacon Park welcome Detroit Football fans of all ages to cheer on the Lions for their away games. Watch the game on the big screen (10’x20’) and enjoy music, lawn games, signature drinks from Lumen, and tailgate fare.

 

A FROZEN WONDERLAND

Sunday, December 8

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

Head to Blake’s for a day of Frozen fun! Meet your favorite princesses, Anna and Elsa in front of our 20ft Olaf! Santa will be stopping in for some of the fun too!

 

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Sunday, December 8

@ Trenton Cultural Center, Trenton

“All Creatures Great and Small” featuring Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom will be on site.  Experience this live holiday petting zoo featuring exotic animals of all shapes and sizes. Don’t forget your camera!

 

WINTERFEST: MULTI-CULTURAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN THE LOG CABIN

Sunday, December 8

@ Palmer Park, Detroit

Reopening the Log Cabin in the winter — which has been closed for most of the past 40 years — with this magical and inclusive celebration, will be an enriching and memorable event for all ages.

 

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS FAMILY PARTY

Sunday, December 8

@ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

Revel in the spirit and joy of the season at AANM’s FREE Countdown to Christmas Family Party featuring an exhibit scavenger hunt, cookie decorating, seasonal crafts, storytime + a visit from Santa Claus!

 

MERRY & BRIGHT: LIVONIA’S HOLIDAY PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING

Sunday, December 8

@ Civic Center Library, Livonia

Merry & Bright: Livonia’s Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting  will feature floats, high school bands, honor guards, entertainers, cheer teams, scout groups, Santa and Mrs. Claus and more.

 

WHS WASSAIL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, December 8

@ Gibson House, Wixom

You are all invited to the Gibson House for our annual Christmas party, affectionately known as the Wassail! On this day, the Wixom Historical Society welcomes everyone from the community to our old-fashioned, family-friendly gathering. Old friends and newcomers are warmly invited.

 

STEAM STUDIO

Wednesday, December 11

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Dig into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with STEAM Studio! You can get hands-on with robots, fiber-optics, programming, and more as you build and create with cool tech.

 

JOEL TACEY’S WACKY WINTER COMEDY SHOW

Wednesday, December 11

@ Northville District Library, Northville

A frosty, fantastic celebration of wintertime fun with silly snowballs, a mischievous sled, multiplying candy canes and more!

 

SANTA CLAUS VISITS

December 11 & 16

@ John F. Kennedy Jr. Library, Dearborn Heights

Santa will read stories especially for the season. Afterward, children can meet him, and parents can take photos. Don’t forget your cameras and your Christmas wish list!

 

BELLE ISLE HOLIDAY STROLL

Friday, December 13

@ Belle Isle Aquarium, Detroit

The annual Belle Isle Holiday Stroll is a free event that has brought hundreds of families, thousands of people to Belle Isle each winter for an evening packed with holiday celebration all across the Island for the last 30+ years.

 

CANDY CANE LANE AT THE AMP

Friday, December 13

@ Amp Brighton Amphitheater At Mill Pond, Brighton

Get free pictures with Santa, walk through a magical candy cane inflatable tunnel, enjoy some hot cocoa & cookies, meet special holiday guest characters, get creative at a Christmas coloring table, and of course enjoy Christmas music and downtown holiday lights.

 

CANDY CANE EVENT

Friday, December 13

@ Williams Recreation Center, Detroit

Kids 12 and under are invited to come out for crafts, games, face painting and SANTA!

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA SLEEPOVER

Friday, December 13

@ Roberto Clemente Recreation Center, Detroit

Kids 13 and under are invited for a special sleepover with activities, games and SANTA!

 

FIREFIGHTERS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 14

@ Wixom Community Center, Wixom

The Wixom Firefighters Foundation is having a breakfast with Santa. This annual event includes a pancake breakfast and a visit from Santa for children ages 10 years and under.

 

COFFEE CLUB

Saturday, December 14

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

Donuts, coffee and a nature walk.  What a great way to start your weekend! Join us!

 

HOLIDAY ICE FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 14

@ Downtown Ferndale

Watch the ice carvers as the saw, chisel, and shape blocks of ice into wonderful masterpieces! Visit Santa and get your picture taken, and even take a hayride around town!

 

HARTLAND’S POLAR EXPRESS DAY

Saturday, December 14

@ Cromaine District Library. Hartland

Celebrate the 7th Annual Hartland’s Polar Express Day with activities throughout Hartland’s Historic Village. FREE and open to the public!

 

DIYPSI HOLIDAY MARKET 2019

Saturday, December 14

@ Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti

Over 100 of the best makers in the midwest will be there selling their amazing selection of handmade holiday gifts!

 

4TH ANNUAL CORKTOWN AGLOW

Saturday, December 14

@ Corktown, Detroit

Stop by Corktown on Saturday, December 14th for heaps of holiday fun and family friendly festivities throughout the neighborhood including time with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony.

 

FATHER CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 14

@ Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

The annual visit by the real McCoy, Father Christmas! In town for one day only before he departs for points unknown. A great photo opp!

 

REINDEER GAMES

Saturday, December 14

@ Trenton Cultural Center, Trenton

Santa and his live reindeer will be flying in from the North Pole to our very own Cultural Center! Bring the family for magical Christmas memories that will last a lifetime!

 

HOLIDAY PARTY

Saturday, December 14

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Tis’ the season! Come decorate a gingerbread house and watch a holiday movie at the Library.

 

COUNT ME IN! SPECIAL NEEDS STORYTIME

Saturday, December 14

@ Canton Public Library, Canton

This is a sensory-friendly story-time filled with picture books, preschool songs and simple sign language especially designed for patrons of all ages with special needs and their families and/or caregivers.

 

DEXTER DAZE LIGHT PARADE

Saturday, December 14

@ Downtown Dexter

What a great way to Celebrate the season with family & friends in our wonderful community!  Come to shop, visit, dine and watch the glorious lighted floats as they parade down Main Street in Dexter!

 

ROYAL OAK JINGLE

December 14 – December 15

@ Downtown Royal Oak

This family fun weekend will feature traditional holiday activities like photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, trackless train and caroling.  There will also be a warming tent to house a winter holiday marketplace, hot beverages and live music.

 

FREE FAMILY ACTIVITY SERIES

December 14 & 21

@ Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit

Whether art, music, dance, acting, or some other interest inspires you, you’ll find a host of different activities to keep you and your loved ones occupied at Detroit’s flagship history museum.

 

SANTA IS VISITING THE NATURE CENTER

Sunday, December 15

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

The big man himself, dressed in red and so merry, will ask if you’ve been bad, and your parents will say, “not very.” Come with your cameras and wish lists galore. There’s no fee for attending. See what’s in store.

 

SANTA AT THE FIRESTATION

Sunday, December 15

@ Trenton Fire Department Station 1, Trenton

Santa and his helpers will be making their debut at Trenton Firestation 1 located at 200 Maple for “Santa at the Station”.

 

CAROLING IN THE CITY

Sunday, December 15

@ Downtown Rochester

Join us for more holiday spirit than you can shake a candy cane at! Christmas Choirs, Ugly Sweater Contest, Christmas Cookie Station, Strolling Carolers and the return of the Rochester Community Carolers!

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Tuesday, December 17

@ Farwell Recreation Center, Detroit

Families with children ages 6+ are invited to Farwell Recreation Center for a day of games and fun sponsored by the Farwell Advisory Council.

 

HOLIDAY PARTY

Tuesday, December 17

@ Carl Sandburg Library, Livonia

Join us for a fun family evening of running model trains, creating holiday crafts, yummy treats, giveaways and a special meet-and-greet from 6-7 PM with Princess Elsa and Olaf from Frozen!

 

STEM: GINGERBREAD ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

Tuesday, December 17

@ Novi Public Library, Novi

Make and decorate your own gingerbread house. All supplies provided. Ages 4-8

 

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT

Tuesday, December 17

@ Walled Lake City Library, Walled Lake

Bring kids ages 4+to the Library for a few hours while you finish up your holiday shopping. The kids will listen to stories, play games and have way too much fun to miss you.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Tuesday, December 17

@ Farwell Recreation Center, Detroit

Families are invited to Farwell Recreation Center for a day of games and fun sponsored by the Farwell Advisory Council. For ages 6+

 

VAMOS A LEER

Wednesday, December 18

@ Ferndale Public Library, Ferndale

Stories and songs in English and Spanish for children 18m and up and their caregivers.

 

RUDOLPH’S REINDEER BASH

Wednesday, December 18

@ Kemeny Recreation Center, Detroit

Kids ages 6-12 are invited for a holiday celebration at Kemeny!

 

NATURE AT NIGHT

Thursday, December 19

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Our winter walks will include candle-lit trails, listening for owls and coyotes, and celebrating the seasonal changes that winter brings to our Michigan backyards.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Thursday, December 19

@ Crowell Recreation Center, Detroit

Families are invited to Crowell Recreation Center to celebrate the holiday.

 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

Thursday, December 19

@ Butzel Family Recreation Center, Detroit

Join this holiday event for kids ages 6 to 17. There will be music, entertainment, a gift exchange, dinner and more.

 

ENGLISH-ARABIC STORYTIME

Saturday, December 21

@ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

A storyteller will read picture books in both English and Arabic, teaching a few Arabic words and phrases. Following the story, there will be time for free play, crafts or games in the library.

 

SATURDAY STORYTIME: IT’S GRINCH DAY!

Saturday, December 21

@ Waterford Township Public Library, Waterford

It’s Grinch Day!  Wear green.  Hear the classic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.  Decorate an ornament to keep.  Play Pin the Heart on the Grinch and Grinch Heart Hunt games.  Enjoy a Grinchy treat and juice.

 

NATURE HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Saturday, December 21

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Make paper snowflakes and ornaments using natural materials. Take your creations home to decorate just in time for the holidays! All ages welcome. Free with Admission.

 

HEILMANN HOLIDAY BREAKFAST

Saturday, December 21

@ Heilmann Recreation Center, Detroit

Children 12 and under are invited to a holiday celebration at Heilmann.

 

FAMILY MOVIE: THE GRINCH (2018)

Saturday, December 21

@ Waterford Township Public Library, Waterford

Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book returns to the screen in a new animated feature.  Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, drinks, and snacks.  No peanuts, please.  We’ll provide the “green” popcorn.

 

MENORAH IN THE D

Sunday, December 22

@ Campus Martius Park, Detroit

The Menorah In The D is a 26′ menorah which stands in downtown Detroit during Chanuka. The evening of festivities include strolling entertainment, Chanukah Gelt for the children, dancing dreidels & dreidel mascot, Mitzvah station and horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

 

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

Sunday, December 22

@ Sterling Inn & Banquet Center, Sterling Heights

Shop for those last minute items with our amazing Vendors.  There will be raffles, food, fun and a visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and Santa Jack Skelington.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: WINTER VILLAGE

December 27 – December 31

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Join us in the DIA’s art studio  for this community based art making experience, where participants will use a wide variety of materials to create a large rendition of a Winter Village.

 

NOON YEAR’S EVE

Tuesday, December 31

@ Clarkston Independence Library, Clarkston

Count down to mid-day as we ring in 2020 at this free New Year celebration for children of all ages!

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE KIDS COUNTDOWN

Tuesday, December 31

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Dress to impress at this event which will offer all the fun and excitement of a traditional New Year’s Eve party, including a countdown and ball drop, while allowing you and the kiddos to be home and tucked safely into bed long before the clock strikes midnight.

 

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About Mary Furgason

Mary Furgason is a fitness instructor and writer on LittleGuide Detroit. She lives in western Oakland County with her husband and four kids. Mom of kids in pre-school through high school she knows the ins and outs of motherhood and the best things to do with kids of all ages.

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