Holiday Family Events in Metro DetroitTree lighting ceremonies, holiday shows and SANTA, there's plenty to do during the Christmas season throughout Metro Detroit. Here is your full Kid's Holiday Guide, listed city by city, for... Holiday Family Events in Metro Detroit skip to Main Content

Holiday Family Events in Metro Detroit

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Tree lighting ceremonies, holiday shows and SANTA, there’s plenty to do during the Christmas season throughout Metro Detroit. Here is your full Kid’s Holiday Guide, listed city by city, for where to find it all!

 

Ann Arbor

KERRYTOWN TREE LIGHTING

Sunday, November 25

@ Kerrytown Market

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!

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 5-9

@ Wild Swan Theatre

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens and adapted for Wild Swan by Jeff Duncan with original music by composer Tom Schnauber, Wild Swan’s version of this wonderful holiday classic has been especially created for family audiences. “A Christmas Carol” tells of the astonishing transformation of miserly old Ebeneezer Scrooge after he is visited by three spirits on the night before Christmas.

 

HOLIDAY POPS

Friday, December 14

@ Hill Auditorium

Start your weekend with a festive mix of orchestra and voice, classical and pops at this annual A2SO tradition. It is the perfect way to welcome in this holiday season. Bring your family and friends for an evening of good music-making with some of our area’s most beloved choruses. It will be ear-to-ear grinning merriment concluding a surround of singers harmonizing Let There be Peace on Earth.


Auburn Hills

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 30 

@ Downtown Auburn Hills

A free family fun event featuring the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the Mayor lighting our enormous Christmas tree on the corner of Squirrel and Auburn Roads. Fabulous activities for the family including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, s’mores at the bonfire pit, holiday crafts and horse-drawn wagon rides!

 

FISH-MAS AT THE AQUARIUM

December 1 – 24

@ Sea Life Michigan Aquarium

Experience an underwater winter wonderland during FISH-MAS! Along with festive décor, little elves can write and deliver holiday cards to their favorite fishy friend and look for our Elf on the Shelf, Merlin!

 

HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR

December 1 – 23

@ Legoland Discovery Center

Build holiday memories in our mind-bopping, winter wonderland! Your little LEGO® lovers will have festive FUN FUN FUN all season with LEGO holiday activities.

 

BREAKFAST WITH MINIFIGURE SANTA

December 15 & 16

@ Legoland Discovery Center

Join us for Breakfast with Minifigure Santa at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for food, fun & photo ops! This special HO-HO-HO-liday event will have limited tickets, so book yours today to guarantee entry!


Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 30

@ Shain Park

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!

 

WINTER MARKET

November 30 – December 2

@ Shain Park

Shain Park will come alive with activity during the City of Birmingham’s nineth annual Birmingham Winter Markt event. Attendees will enjoy European food and drinks, gift items, holiday greens, crafts, ice carving demonstrations, live reindeer, warming stations, a Kinderhaus children’s activity area, the popular Santa Haus, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment. More than 50 venders will be at the event.

 

SANTA HOUSE

Weekends beginning December 2 

@ Shain Park

Throughout the entire holiday season, children are invited to visit Santa in his quaint “home” under the pavilion in Shain Park.

 

SUGAR PLUM TEA PARTY

Sunday, December 9

@ The Community House

Take a trip to the Land of Sweets with The Community House Dance Academy!  You and your little one will have the chance to dance alongside our ballet ensemble, make custom holiday crafts, and enjoy exquisite tea and punch fit for a prima ballerina!  Fancy dress is welcome and encouraged.

 

AFTERNOON TEA WITH PRINCESS & SANTA

Sunday, December 16

@ The Townsend

Our Children’s Princess Teas are Interactive for the First 45 Minutes with Singing and Dancing. We Will Have Food Stations and Fun for All Throughout….And Yes, Boys and Men love to Attend.


Bloomfield Hills

HOLIDAY SPLENDOR

November 30 – December 2

@ Cranbrook House and Gardens, Bloomfield Hills

Experience Cranbrook House while it’s decorated for the holidays. Get inspired by tree displays, explore the first floor exhibits on a scavenger hunt, watch trains roll down the track, and do some holiday shopping in our gift shop. This annual fundraiser presents fun for all ages! Santa sighting is Saturday, December 1.


Canton

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 1

@ Summit Canton

Breakfast with Santa Bring the entire family to enjoy a wonderful breakfast with Santa Claus! During the breakfast, kids can share their wish list with Santa, create a winter craft, and enjoy a Christmas story time. All children will receive a holiday souvenir, crayons, and placemat. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras.

 

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING

Wednesday, December 5

@ Summit Canton

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration Kick off the holiday season with the annual Township Tree Lighting Event. The ‘official’ tree will be lit in front of the Summit on the Park at 6:30pm and special festivities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Join us for seasonal entertainment, crafts, activities, refreshments, and visits with Santa!


Chelsea

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & SANTA ARRIVES

Friday, November 30 / 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

@ Pierce Park, Chelsea

The 31st Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive community celebration that kicks off the holiday season. Sounds of the holiday season will be performed by members of the Chelsea Middle School Choir followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and a visit from a very special guy in the big red suit to add to the holiday festivities!


Clinton Township

THE NUTCRACKER

November 30 – December 2

@  Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Come celebrate the season with a holiday favorite. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker will be offered in collaboration with the Macomb Ballet Company, choreographed by artistic director Amber Megna Michalik, and assistant directors Sarah Komara and Mary Sherman. The Nutcracker will entertain and delight audiences of all ages from the moment they get caught up in the party scene to the final waltz. There is a cast “Meet and Greet” following all five shows.

 

CHRISTMAS AGLOW

Saturday, December 1

@ Clinton Township Civic Center

Clinton Township is officially “Aglow” at this event. This long standing tradition of the Township will once again mark the opening of our holiday season.  Bring your whole family and join neighbors from across Clinton Township at a night full of fun.  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.

 

HOLIDAY EXPRESS

Saturday, December 8

@ Joy Park

The Polar Express story will be read as the train begins its journey, while families feast on hot chocolate & cookies, sing carols and more!  The train boards at Joy Park on 24001 Joy Boulevard, south of Hall Road and east of Gratiot.  Be sure to bring your camera for capturing those special moments with our favorite holiday guests!

 

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Saturday, December 22

@  Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

One of the most popular family holiday classics of all time! This timeless production tells the story of a miraculous encounter between Amahl, a boy with a lame leg, and the Three Kings. Menotti’s opera presents an inspiring message of how faith, charity, and love can work miracles.


Dearborn/Dearborn Heights

VISIT WITH SANTA

Friday, November 23 – Monday, December 24

@ The Henry Ford Museum

Christmas Time is Here, so come visit The Man with All the Toys in a mid-century modern photo-op inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames. While visiting Santa, discover a typical Christmas morning scene from the 1960s, complete with the latest toys and a sparkling aluminum Christmas tree. Bring your own camera to capture memories. Free with museum admission.

 

HOLIDAY NIGHTS

Weekends beginning November 30

@ Greenfield Village

Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warm bonfires: the sounds of carolers, fiddlers and sleigh bells: and other yuletide activity during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Every lantern-lit path takes you to a new winter wonder to discover. Strap on a pair of ice skates, send a shout-out to Santa and his magnificent reindeer, find your reflection in a handcrafted ornament and nestle into a horse-drawn wagon for a sing-along through Greenfield Village.

 

HOLIDAY NIGHTS SUPPER WITH SANTA

Weekends beginning November 30

@ Greenfield Village

Following your horse-drawn ride to A Taste of History Restaurant, your family will partake in a casual buffet-style holiday turkey dinner perfect for kids! Each family will have the opportunity to meet and take your own photo with Santa*. Children will also be able to make a special holiday keepsake-craft. Then, to get you in the mood for the fun at Holiday Nights, a holiday sing-along and farewell to Santa as he’s whisked away in a special Model T. To end our Supper and begin your Holiday Nights experience, all will be invited to join our singers in a caroling procession to the Village Pavilion to see our impressive holiday model train display.

 

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET WITH DETROIT SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Saturday, December 1

@ Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

Enter the world of the timeless yuletide fantasy. Accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE-LIGHTING & SING-ALONG

Monday, December 3

@ Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

Join us as we mark the beginning of the end-of-the-year holidays at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. There will be live music, tree lighting ceremony, a sing-along with the mayor and visits with Santa!

 

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS FAMILY PARTY

Sunday, December 9

@ Arab American National Museum

It’s time to celebrate! Revel in the spirit and joy of the season at AANM’s FREE Countdown to Christmas Family Party featuring seasonal crafts, cookie decorating, Maples Elementary Arabic Music Ensemble performance and a visit from Santa Claus!

 

SANTA VISITS

Tuesday, December 11 & Monday, December 17

@ John F. Kennedy Jr. Library

Christmas is near, and Santa is coming to the libraries! He will read stories especially for the season. All ages are invited. There will be plenty of time at the end of the program for children to meet Santa- feel free to bring a camera if you wish to take photos.


Detroit

DETROIT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 16

@ Campus Martius

The tree lighting ceremony will feature a Michigan-grown, 60-foot Norwegian Spruce wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. The event begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public. Enjoy a magical evening of stage and rink performances to kick off the holiday season in the city.

 

ELF THE MUSICAL

November 20-25

@ Fox Theatre

Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

 

HOLIDAY HEADQUARTERS

November 23 – December 22

@ GM Renaissance Center

Pack up your sleigh with holiday spirit and make your way to the GMRENCEN to visit your favorite red-suited man. Children and guests can meet Santa in the Jefferson Lobby, off of Jefferson, for complimentary photographs and to tell Santa what’s on their wish-list. Head upstairs during the week and check out the pop-up shops featuring over 30 Detroit vendors.

 

A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS

Sunday, November 25

@ Music Hall Center

Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas! Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits

 

NOEL NIGHT

Saturday, December 1

@ Midtown

Come to Midtown Detroit and enjoy this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house that presents free activities including: horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 150 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances. Free and open to the public!

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE FORT

Saturday, December 1

@ Historic Fort Wayne

Christmas at the Fort is a day of guided tours providing a glimpse of Christmas traditions throughout American History. Meet soldiers and civilians from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish-American War and learn how Christmas was celebrated in their eras.

 

JINGLE BELL RUN

Saturday, December 1

@ The Corner Ballpark

Get in the spirit on race day by wearing a costume and tying jingle bells to your running shoes. Sign up for the nation’s largest holiday fun run series and help us conquer the nation’s leading cause of disability. Because event details change as the date gets closer, please check out the main page for pricing and logistics.

 

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Saturday, December 1

@ Redford Theatre

Watch a holiday classic, in an old-fashioned theatre. Miracle on 34th St – When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

 

SCROOGED

Saturday, December 1

@ Redford Theatre

Watch a holiday classic, in an old-fashioned theatre. Scrooged – A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

 

MENORAH IN THE D

Sunday, December 2

@ Campus Martius

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.

 

HIP HOP NUTCRACKER

Thursday, December 6

@ Masonic Temple

A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City.

 

THE SANTA CLAUS

Friday, December 7

@ Redford Theatre

Watch a holiday classic, in an old-fashioned theatre. The Santa Claus – Divorced dad Scott Calvin has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. After he finds a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard.

 

CORKTOWN-A-GLOWOW

Saturday, December 8 

@ Corktown

Stop by Corktown all day on Saturday, December 8th for heaps of holiday fun and family friendly festivities throughout the neighborhood including time with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony.

 

THE SNOWMAN

Saturday, December 8

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Based on the award-winning children’s book by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman comes to life on the big screen! The DSO performs Howard Blake’s memorable soundtrack while the animated classic plays above the orchestra. Come inside from the cold to enjoy this and other musical winter favorites!

 

HOLIDAY BREAKFAST

Saturday, December 8

@ Outdoor Adventure Center

The holiday season is a time for good food, great quality time with friends and family, and lots of joy! Join us for a family friendly breakfast that features all three! We will have breakfast foods, crafts, games & a holiday magic show featuring Bafflin’ Bill!

 

HOME ALONE

Saturday, December 8

@ Redford Theatre

Watch a holiday classic, in an old-fashioned theatre. Home Alone – An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

 

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Saturday, December 8

@ Redford Theatre

Watch a holiday classic, in an old-fashioned theatre. A Christmas Story – In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

 

WINTERFEST: MULTI-CULTURAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN THE LOG CABIN

Sunday, December 9

@ Palmer Park

Bring your whole family for an afternoon of old-fashioned holiday fun at WinterFest, a multi-cultural holiday festival at the historic Log Cabin. Enjoy Christmas magic with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse and carriage rides through the woods, holiday ornament making and music as well as Hanukkah with the Downtown Synagogue and Kwanzaa with the Wright Museum of African American History.

 

SUPPER WITH SANTA

Monday, December 10 & 17

@ The Whitney

Bring the kids and spend some special one on one time with “The Big Guy”.   Reservations for this event are limited.  We will be serving our regular ala carte and kid’s menus for this event.

 

BELLE ISLE HOLIDAY STROLL

Friday, December 14

@ Belle Isle State Park

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is pleased to partner with the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory for the
5th annual Belle Isle Stroll. Families are invited to visit all three attractions for good holiday fun. At the Dossin, families can enjoy hot cocoa
and cookies, holiday music and free winter-themed crafts.

 

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE

Saturday, December 15

@ Fox Theatre

This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.

 

SELFIES  WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 15 – Sunday, December 16

@ Beacon Park

Put on your best holiday outfit and head to Beacon Park Detroit to see Saint Nick. While you’re there grab a bite to eat at one of several food trucks or head into Lumen Detroit for a snack and drink. Don’t forget to snap a few photos with the larger-than-life holiday light installations that transform the park into a winter wonderland! In addition to selfies with Santa, come enjoy activities for the whole family to enjoy, including make and takes.

 

SANTA BRUNCH

Sunday, December 16

@ Foundation Hotel, Detroit

You better not pout, you better not cry, you better watch out I’m tellin’ you why — Santa Claus is comin’ to town! We will be hosting a very special Santa Brunch on Sunday , December 16th from 10:30a-2p, featuring our normal brunch menu. Our VERY special guest, Santa Claus himself, will be on site, as well as a a special pop up shopping experience with our friends from LEGO!

 

HOME ALONE WITH THE DSO

Wednesday, December 19

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy one of the most beloved holiday films of all time projected on a giant screen in stunning High Definition accompanied by the Detroit Symphony live in the splendor of Orchestra Hall. John Hughes’ charming and hilarious story about family…John Williams’ captivating score…and the young Macaulay Culkin who captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.

 

A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL

December 20-22

@ Fox Theatre

From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La LandA Christmas Story, The Musical, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.

 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Share Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition with family and friends and thrill to the spectacle of the season. Lawrence Loh leads a sparkling celebration with carols and classics that sells out year after year – and yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!

 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

December 21 & 22

@ Redford Theatre

Watch a holiday classic, in an old-fashioned theatre. It’s A Wonderful Life – George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

 

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

Sunday, December 23

@ Fox Theatre

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Dove of Peace Tour brings world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and a two-dancer Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan – the Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.


Dexter

CORNMAN FARMS HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY

Sunday, December 9

@ Cornman Farm

Get into the holiday spirit at the Cornman Farms’ Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 9th from 5-7pm!  Featuring holiday carols by University of Michigan’s Dicks and Janes a cappella group, signature Cornman Farms’ snacks, including sweet and savory pancakes, mini savory pies, hot chocolate and a cash bar for the adults. We hope you join us for this casual, family-friendly evening.

 


Farmington/Farmington Hills

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Tuesday, December 4 

@ Farmington Hills City Fire Department

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. Throughout history, lights have been a universal symbol of hope, wisdom and perseverance; regardless of background, tradition, culture, or belief. Lights represent that we as a people have hope for the present and the future. Please join us for this traditional community event! Santa will make a visit and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

 

COOKIES WITH SANTA

Wednesday, December 5

@ Longacre House

‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through Longacre House, children sat for songs led by Santa in his red blouse. The cookies were decorated by children with care, in hopes that Santa would still be there. They get in line to meet Santa before bed, while visions of Christmas dance in their head.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 9

@ Longacre House

Santa Claus is coming to town for breakfast at the historic Longacre House. What do you know about Rudolf? Santa will share the secrets and sing songs. Come with Christmas lists ready to share with the jolly man himself and make sure to bring a camera to capture the special moment. Registration is required for both adult and child.


Ferndale

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 1

@ Gerry Kulick Community Center

Step into Santa’s sleigh and travel to different countries around the world while you learn what Christmas means to them! As you visit each Country, you will create a themed holiday decoration that represents their tradition to fill your goodie bags and decorate your home.

 

HOLIDAY ICE FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 8

@ Downtown Ferndale

Ring in the holidays with DowntownFerndale’s annual Holiday Ice Festival, Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 4pm! Come for plenty of traditional holiday-time activities for the whole family to enjoy. Experience downtown as it transforms into a winter wonderland with nearly 50 magnificent ice creations lining streets! Watch the ice carvers as they chain-saw, chisel and shape blocks of ice into magical holiday masterpieces.


Garden City

SANTALAND PARADE

Saturday, November 24

@ Garden City High School

The 58th Annual Garden City Downtown Development Authority Santaland Parade, Saturday at 10am. This year’s parade will feature three Grand Marshals including Miss Michigan USA Alyse Madej, American Legion Teacher of the Year Carla Young and Actor/Model Michael Pack. This yerar’s parade will again include the Great Lakes Garrison Star Wars costuming group, classic cars, three marching bands, the Crampton Brothers Band, the American Legion Riders, the Redford Unicylce Club, the Shriner Tin Lizzies, Stan the Magical Fireman, scout groups, dignitaries, floats and more!


Grosse Pointe

SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Friday, November 23

@ Downtown Grosse Pointe

Santa is coming to town in the parade! Find a seat along Kercheval from Lewiston to Cadieux and enjoy the fun.

 

COOKIES WITH SANTA

Select dates beginning December 2

@ Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Listen in as your little ones share their Christmas wishes with the elf himself. Santa will make his annual stop in Josephine Ford’s Playhouse to visit with your children.


Howell

FANTASY OF LIGHTS PARADE

Friday, November 23 

@ Downtown Howell

Don’t miss this traditional start of the Holiday Season in the Howell area! This spectacular nighttime parade includes dozens of illuminated floats, marching bands and Santa Claus.


Lake Orion

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE

Saturday, December 1 

@ Downtown Lake Orion

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


Livonia

DONUTS WITH SANTA

Sunday, November 25

@ Embassy Suites, Livonia

The 2nd Annual Donuts With Santa with appearances by the Snow Queen and Frozen Princess Anna.

 

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

Sunday, December 2 

@ Livonia Civic Center

The parade will begin at Frost Middle School, continue north on Stark, east on Lyndon, north on Farmington, and east on Civic Center Drive ending in front of City Hall. Once at City Hall, Mayor Wright will be joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting festivities. Afterward, youngsters are invited to visit Santa at the Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library where they can also enjoy crafts, entertainment and refreshments.


Macomb

ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & AFTER GLOW

Tuesday, November 27/ 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

@ Macomb Township Parks & Rec

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. After the ceremony join us inside the recreation center for a warm festive celebration that includes visits with Santa, refreshment stations, children crafts & activities and “carol-o-ke” entertainment.


Milford

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Thursdays, November 29

@ Downtown Milford

Santa Claus is coming to town during Milford’s annual Christmas Open House. 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 with Santa Claus in Village Center Mall.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. when the jolly old man arrives on Main Street aboard a Milford Fire Department fire engine.

 

VISIT SANTA AT VILLAGE CENTER MALL

Thursdays & Saturdays beginning November 29

@ Village Center Mall, Milford

Every Thursday night until Christmas, he’ll be at Village Center Mall from 6pm to 8pm, and every Saturday from 10am to 12pm. Keeping your time with Santa personal, there won’t be a professional photographer at the mall. You are encouraged to bring your own camera to document your Santa sighting.

 

S’MORES AND SANTA

Saturday, December 8

@ Kensington Metro Park, Milford

Visit with Santa, make s’mores around the campfire, drink hot chocolate, hear a story and create some crafts. Program is geared toward small children.

 

SNACKS WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 9

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

A holiday season tradition at the Farm! Each visit includes a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride, a holiday sing-a-long, (complete with cozy blankets, song sheets, and jingle bells), snacks, (fruit, cookies, juice, hot cocoa, and coffee), and most importantly, a visit with Santa by the Christmas Tree!

 

SNACKS WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 15 & Sunday, December 16

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

A holiday season tradition at the Farm! Each visit includes a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride, a holiday sing-a-long, (complete with cozy blankets, song sheets, and jingle bells), snacks, (fruit, cookies, juice, hot cocoa, and coffee), and most importantly, a visit with Santa by the Christmas Tree!


Northville

NORTHVILLE HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE & COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 16

@ Downtown Northville

Join the thousands of parade goers as the holiday season officially kicks off with the Holiday Lighted Parade. Bands, dancers, floats and of course, Santa, make this annual favorite a great family tradition!

 

PANCAKES AND PAJAMAS

Saturday, December 1

@ Northville Community Center

Welcome Santa to town with a rise and shine pancake breakfast. The holly, jolly event will include Pictures with Santa, breakfast, crafts, sing-alongs and goodies. Advanced ticket sales are sold by specific event time.

 

WHOVILLE 5K

Sunday, December 2

@ Northville High School

Join us on December 2, 2018 for the first ever Whoville 5k in Northville- complete with a 5k run/walk, a kids’ fun run and all the characters you love from your favorite Christmas story! PLUS… there will be enough hot chocolate and treats for everyone (even the Grinch!)

 

SANTA VISITS & OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 9

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

We wish you and yours all the best and to say thank you for your support of the Farm, we offer free Santa Visits at the Farm along with a  Holiday Open House for everyone of all ages to view the farm in all its winter beauty.  You will be able to walk around the Farm, through the barns, engage with the animals and notice how Nature is preparing them with winter coats for the cold months ahead.  Our General Store will be open and stocked with wonderful gifts and delicious treats including warm cocoa and cider.  We’ll have a bonfire, activities for the kids and a family photo booth.

 

AMAZING CLARK’S WINTER FUN MAGIC SHOW

Wednesday, December 12

@ Northville District Library

A mystifying and fun celebration of everything exciting about the winter season! 100 FREE TICKETS available today at the Information Desk five minutes prior to the event.

 

HOLIDAY FUNTASTIC NIGHT

Friday, December 14

@ Northville Community Center

Tis the season to enjoy a night of cookies, hot chocolate, and a classic holiday movie. Kids will also make crafts and write letters to the North Pole. You never know who may stop by and visit… A guest appearance by Santa!

 

SANTA VISITS & OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 15 – Sunday, December 16

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

We wish you and yours all the best and to say thank you for your support of the Farm, we offer free Santa Visits at the Farm along with a  Holiday Open House for everyone of all ages to view the farm in all its winter beauty.  You will be able to walk around the Farm, through the barns, engage with the animals and notice how Nature is preparing them with winter coats for the cold months ahead.  Our General Store will be open and stocked with wonderful gifts and delicious treats including warm cocoa and cider.  We’ll have a bonfire, activities for the kids and a family photo booth.

 


Novi

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Friday, November 30 / 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

@ Novi Civic Center

Celebrate the season with a tree lighting, fireworks, Santa visits, kids crafts, a craft show, petting farm, reindeer, S’Mores, Train Rides, and more!

 

LUNCH WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8

@ Novi Civic Center

Join Santa and Mrs Claus on Saturday, December 8th at the Novi Civic Center! $14 includes a ticket to the Novi Youth Theatre production of Elf Jr.

 

GINGERBREAD HOUSE CHALLENGE

Tuesday, December 18

@ Novi Public Library

Make and decorate your own gingerbread house. All supplies provided.


Plymouth

SANTA ARRIVES IN KELLOGG PARK

Friday, November 23

@ Kellogg Park

Santa is in town to hear what good little boys and girls want for Christmas.

 

CHRISTMAS IN PLYMOUTH

Thursday, December 6

@ Downtown Plymouth

Downtown Christmas shopping event with carriage rides, wagon rides, caroling, music and a festive Holiday atmosphere. City sidewalks dressed in holiday style. Horse-drawn carriages, shopping specials, dining specials, live street music, caroling, live reindeer, appearances by Santa and his elves, and more!


Pontiac

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA ANNUAL PARADE

Saturday, December 1

@ Downtown Pontiac

The festivities for its 37th annual year will bigger and better. There will be over 100 of your favorite costume characters handing out FREE hugs, beautiful professional floats from The Parade Company, professional balloons, marching bands, fire trucks and choreographed dancers all joining together to bring you a memorable parade.

 

VISIT SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS

Saturday, December 1

@ Pontiac City Library

Crafts, refreshments and so much more. After the Holiday Extravaganza Parade has finished, enjoy Santa’s favorite refreshments, hot cocoa and candy canes, with the big man himself. Santa is excited to visit with the boys and girls and hear about their holiday wishes!

 

WINTERFUN FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 1

@ The Crofoot

The WinterFUN Festival is a great opportunity for families to come together to participate in several activities. There is a Gallery of Ice with live ice carving competition, a petting farm with adorable animals, live Santa reindeer, s’mores and much, much more. There is also a children’s WinterART Center that allows kids to participate in several different craft projects, get their face painted and much, much more.


Rochester/Rochester Hills

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

November 9 – December 23

@ Meadowbrook Theatre, Rochester

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic captivates audiences for the 37th year with the tale of a mean-spirited miser and the ghosts that haunt him. Celebrating 37 years of holiday magic!

 

LIGHT THE VILLAGE

Friday, November 16

@ The Village of Rochester Hills

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, and the excitement of the City of Rochester Hills Holiday Lights Display! Join in as you begin the countdown for Santa’s arrival and children’s eyes will sparkle when they flip the magical switch to illuminate the Village’s 25-foot Christmas tree. Don’t forget to look to the sky for an extra special display of lights that are sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. It’s the perfect way to kick off the season, and it’s only at the Village of Rochester Hills!

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 1

@ Meadow Brook Hall

Children of all ages will enjoy this wonderfully festive event. Don’t forget to bring your appetite, your Christmas wish list, and your holiday spirit, because Santa would love to have breakfast with you.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAY HULLABALOO

Sunday, December 2

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

The Happy Holiday Hullabaloo – With the holidays right around the corner it’s time to ring in the new year and celebrate our families by taking everyone out to Lost Lake Nature Park for an afternoon of ornament making, carols, popcorn-stringing, refreshments and more! We will be taking hikes out into the woods to collect natural materials to turn into hanging ornaments inside, playing some festival holiday games, and even going on a scavenger hunt outside for missing prizes!

 

STORYTIME WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

On Saturday, December 8th, come and gather at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve for our annual Story time with Santa event.  The nature center will be decorated for the holidays, Santa’s helpers will be here making sure all the good children are having fun by helping them build a toy, having tea time all while they wait for a magical visit with Santa.  Visit the log Little House at the edge of the woods to make a backyard treat for our feathered friends and carry the cheer throughout the preserve listening to carolers while playing a few fun games.  This is a special event that celebrates the natural beauty of the preserve and brings the community together to celebrate the season.

 

SUPPER WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 9

@ Meadow Brook Hall

Children of all ages will enjoy this wonderfully festive event. Don’t forget to bring your appetite, your Christmas wish list, and your holiday spirit, because Santa would love to have supper with you.

 

FOUR FEET DOWN THE TRAIL – A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR ME

Monday, December 10

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

With one of our favorite holidays right around the corner it’s only fitting that we put together our own miniature Christmas Tree. I wonder if Santa will have a present to go beneath it?

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 16

@ Meadow Brook Hall

Children of all ages will enjoy this wonderfully festive event. Don’t forget to bring your appetite, your Christmas wish list, and your holiday spirit, because Santa would love to have breakfast with you.

 

CAROLING IN THE CITY

Sunday, December 16

@ Downtown Rochester

Join us for more holiday spirit than you can shake a candy cane at! Christmas Around The World Choirs, Christmas Cookie Station and the debut of the Rochester Community Carolers and so much more! You won’t want to miss it when we transform Downtown Rochester into Whoville with the grand finale of the community caroling around the Christmas tree in the middle of Main Street.

 

FOUR FOOT HOLIDAY PARTY

Monday, December 17

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

This will be the last four foot class of 2018, so we better make it count. We will be celebrating each other, our caregivers, and the entire world as we put together gifts to give one another and listen to a story about the holidays.


Royal Oak

WILD LIGHTS

November 17 – December 31

@ Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display.  For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.  Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages. Children younger than 2 are admitted free.

 

ROYAL OAK HOLIDAY GLOW

Friday, December 7 

@ Downtown Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Holiday Glow will feature traditional holiday activities like photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, letters to Santa and caroling. A warming tent on Fifth Ave will house a Winter Market, hot beverages, bar and music. There will be live ice carvings each day of a life size sleigh and reindeer.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Enjoy breakfast with your favorite holiday friends at the 15th annual Breakfast with Santa at the Detroit Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. The buffet-style waffle breakfast also includes a special gift for each child, arts and crafts, photo opportunities and a visit from Santa.

 

DINNER WITH SANTA

Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Celebrate the holiday season with a feast at the Detroit Zoo’s Dinner with Santa at Wild Lights. This event takes place in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery during our spectacular holiday light display. The buffet-style dinner also includes a special gift for each child, arts and crafts, and a visit from Santa as well as admission to Wild Lights.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 15 – Sunday, December 16

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Enjoy breakfast with your favorite holiday friends at the 15th annual Breakfast with Santa at the Detroit Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. The buffet-style waffle breakfast also includes a special gift for each child, arts and crafts, photo opportunities and a visit from Santa.

 

COOKIES WITH THE CLAUSES

Thursday, December 20

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Bring the little ones for a personal visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus during Wild Lights! Listen to a special story read by Mrs. Claus and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. You’ll even get to make a special treat to leave for Santa’s reindeer when they visit your home. Photo opportunities with Santa will also be available.


Shelby Township

LIGHT BULB ORNAMENTS

Saturday, December 2

@ Stony Creek Nature Center

Come get ready for the holidays with handmade, made from nature ornaments and decorations.  Make ornaments for yourself or as a gift!

 

CHRISTMAS AGLOW

Thursday, December 6

@ Shelby Township Municipal Grounds

Welcome Santa, sing carols and join us to share in the spirit of Christmas as we light the big township tree. Visit with St. Nick afterwards to deliver your wish list, enjoy kids’ crafts and partake in delicious cookies, hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast. We’ve even got horse-drawn wagon rides and food trucks like Crepe-Day Twah and Mac Shack for feasting. This year’s theme is “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” so expect a fun guest.

 

PIONEER CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 8

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

Whether you’re looking for a new family tradition, some crafts to make or you just appreciate homemade baked goods, Pioneer Christmas at the nature center is a must-see event. Come celebrate the way the pioneers and early settlers of the area would have. Visit our pioneer cabin and see the time-appropriate decorations and even make some of your own. We will be offering warm cups of hot chocolate to go with your holiday cheer.

 

SNACKS WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 9

@ Stony Creek Nature Center

Bring your list and visit Santa. There will be seasonal crafts, guest musicians and goodies to eat. Photos with Santa are taken on your own device.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8

@ Shelby Township Senior Center

Enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the senior center. Tickets are limited for this annual family-style breakfast event that features pancakes, sausage and a beverage. Kids will also have a chance to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Breakfast is served by volunteers from the Eisenhower High School Key Club. Santa is a busy man, so meals begin at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. sharp. Be sure to pre-register as there are no tickets available at the door.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 9

@ Shelby Township Community Center

Enjoy pancakes, sausage and a drink at our family-style breakfast and give children the chance to meet Santa Claus without having to wait in line at the mall. Mrs. Claus and her friends will be there to visit and entertain while guests enjoy crafts.

 

DINNER & DANCING WITH SANTA

Thursday, December 13

@ Cherry Creek Golf Club, Shelby Township

Join Santa and his friends for a family event at the Cherry Creek Banquet Center in Shelby Township. Arrive at 6 p.m. and get ready to dance with a festive DJ. A delicious buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and soon after you can meet Santa and his friends Frosty and Rudolph the Reindeer. Children will receive a small gift so remember your camera.

 

HOLIDAY STORYTIME WITH MRS CLAUS

Saturday, December 15

@ Shelby Township Library

Visit with Mrs. Claus to hear favorite holiday stories and join in singing classic holiday songs. Children will also make a holiday craft to take home. Be sure to have a picture taken with Mrs. Claus by the glow of the library’s Christmas tree!

 

SANTA VISITS THE NATURE CENTER

Sunday, December 16

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

Our animals are excited for Santa’s yearly visit to the nature center. Have you sent Santa your wish list yet? Give it to him in person right here. He may even bring Mrs. Claus with him to help give out treats.


Southfield

TREE LIGHTING & VISITS WITH SANTA

Tuesday, November 27

@ Burgh Historical Park, Southfield

Head to Burgh Historical Park for Southfield tree lighting & visits with Santa.

 

THE CHANUKAH BASH

Sunday, December 9

@ Congregation Shaarey Zedek

We hope you’ll join us for the 8th night at our first annual Chanukah Bash! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday for families with children ages 0 to 4 with something for every kid and kid at heart. Event includes a menorah lighting, latkes, storytime, a mitzvah and more!

 

PJS & PANCAKES WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 15 

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Celebrate the Holiday season with a visit from Santa during story time, games pancakes, crafts, and more!


St. Clair Shores

A VISIT WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS

Saturday, December 1

@ Lake St. Clair Metropark

Tired of waiting in long lines during the holiday season? No lines here – join us for this unique event where games are played, crafts are made and snacks are served while you get to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa’s helpers will take your photos, but you are welcome to bring your own camera and snap as many photos as you please.


Taylor

TAYLOR WINTER FESTIVAL

Saturday, November 24

@ Heritage Park

The City of Taylor will welcome in the holiday season during its annual Winterfest on Saturday, November 24. The celebration will include the first-ever Winterfest 5K, holiday parade, opening of Santa’s Magic Forest, Fill the F-350 Toy Drive, official tree lighting celebration and fireworks display.

 

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST

Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, December 23

@ Heritage Park

Santa’s Magic Forest — Downriver’s finest holiday display — is open weekends from Thanksgiving Weekend through Christmas in the Heritage Park Activity Building. 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.

 

LUNCH WITH THE CLAUSES AT THE PETTING FARM

Saturday, December 1

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm

Get in the spirit of the holidays by having lunch with Santa and Mrs Claus at the Petting Farm!

 

REINDEER DAYS

Saturday, December 8

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm

Santa and his real reindeer come to the Petting Farm at Heritage Park!

 

REINDEER DAYS

Sunday, December 9

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm

Santa and his real reindeer come to the Petting Farm at Heritage Park!


Troy

WALK WITH SANTA

Friday,November 30

@ Oakland Mall

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

 

COCO & CRAFTS WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 1

@ Troy Historic Village

Families are invited to register for a fun-filled morning of Christmas craft-making, plus holiday matching game, festive story with Cheddar the Mouse, sweet treats, and of course, a special visit with Santa Claus for each child. Space is extremely limited for this year’s program, so advance registration is a must.


Walled Lake

BOWL WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 1

@ Wonderland Lanes, Walled Lake

Ho-ho-ho, boys and girls, it’s Christmastime! Before Santa has to jet around the world and deliver gifts, spend an afternoon with him and his friends from WB Parks at Wonderland Lanes. See if you can beat Santa in a game, get your picture taken with him, collect a goodie bag and have some great family fun!


Waterford

ELF JR. THE MUSICAL

November 16-18

@ Starlight Theater, Waterford

Watch the junior version of the beloved Christmas movie Elf.

 

WATERFORD TREE LIGHTING

Tuesday, November 27

@ Waterford Township Hall

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.

 

STORYTIME: GRINCH DAY!

Saturday, December 1

@ Waterford Township Public Library

Students in grades preschool through second grade are invited to join us for stories and crafts on the first Saturday of the month.  Today’s theme: Grinch Day! Wear green! Hear the classic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Decorate a Christmas ornament to keep.  Pin the heart on the Grinch and Grinch Heart Hunt games.  Grinch juice and a treat will be provided!

 

A DECEMBER TEA

Saturday, December 8

@ Waterford Township Public Library

Join us for a fun, but relaxing time of tea, or your favorite hot beverage.  There will be cookies, music, and gift making in celebration of the season.


West Bloomfield

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8

@ Orchard Mall, West Bloomfield

Come enjoy Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Orchard Mall. Breakfast will be served buffet style, compliments of Zoes House of Pancakes, located in the mall! Santa & Mrs. Claus will be the guests of honor for pictures!


Westland

WAYNE COUNTY LIGHTFEST

November 15 – December 31

@ Merriman Hallow Park

Cruise Hines Drive and enjoy the Christmas lights.


White Lake

FAMILY NATURE CLUB: NATURE HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Saturday, December 1

@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake

We provide the materials and projects, you provide the crafting power.  Each participant will take home at least three nature and sustainability-inspired items to gift or keep. This program is ideal for families with preschool to early elementary age children.

 

SNACKS WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 8

@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake

It’s Christmastime and we can’t wait for Santa to arrive. He’ll be here to visit with boys and girls who are eager to share their Christmas list with him. Children will also decorate a delicious cookie and have fun making holiday crafts. Use your own camera to capture the perfect holiday memory. This program fills quickly.


Wyandotte

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 16

@ Downtown Wyandotte

Visitors are welcomed to the Tree Lighting, at the intersection of Sycamore and Biddle Avenue, where they are given jingle bells to join in with the Roosevelt High School Choir. Festive decorations surround the guests along with live reindeer and other cheerful booths full of fun. The cookie walk will also be taking place that night as well!

 

 

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Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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