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Two adorable little sisters eating red apples covered with sugar icing on traditional Christmas market. Children enjoying sweets, candies and gingerbread on magical Xmas time.

The holiday season is in full swing! Enjoy the family time together and make great memories at these fun events!

 

ALL WEEKEND

A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL

December 20 – 22

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A Christmas Story, The Musical, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage!

 

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!

 

HOLIDAY NIGHTS IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE

Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

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.

 

WILD LIGHTS AT THE DETROIT ZOO

Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

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.

 

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST

Sunday, December 1 – December 23

@ Heritage Park, Taylor

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.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23

@ Meadowbrook Theater, 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!

 

VISIT SANTA @ THE GMRENCEN

Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23

@ GM Renaissance Center, Detroit

When you think Detroit, you can’t help but think of the Renaissance Center. The iconic three tower building on the Riverfront is easy to find and hard to forget. Stop by the RENCEN to say hi to Santa and get your picture for FREE!

 

INDOOR SNOWBALL FIGHTS & ICE FISHING

Saturday, December 22 & Sunday, December 23

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Michigan is well known for its snowy & frigid winters. Come experience some of winter’s favorite activities – but in the comfort of a warm building! Prizes are included for participants. Happens intermittently throughout the day.

 

POLAR EXPRESS 3D

Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

The Christmas tradition continues in the Giant Screen Experience! The Polar Express has delighted families for years at The Henry Ford. Join us again for the adventure, excitement, and magic of this holiday classic. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Be sure to make it a part of your festivities this year!

 

TINKERBELL VISITS STORYLAND

Saturday, December 22 & Sunday, December 23

@ Northville Marquis Theatre, Northville

Join Tinkerbell as she visits classic storybook lands and characters, and helps save the day when friends are in need. Live on the Marquis Theatre stage! Tickets available at the door or from the Theatre Box Office

 

FISH-MAS WEEKENDS

Saturday, December 22 – Sunday, December 23

@ Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Auburn Hills

Experience an underwater winter wonderland at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium during Fish-mas, select weekends in December! 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!

 

HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR WEEKENDS

Saturday, December 22 – Sunday, December 23

@ Legoland, Auburn Hills

It’s the most Bricktacular time of the year! 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

 

COSMIC CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 21 & Saturday, December  22

@ Sloan Museum, Flint

Enjoy a Christmas light show made right here at Longway Planetarium. This show features 16 songs to fill you with cheer, including holiday classics, some new hits, and a few fun oddities, all set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Friday, December 21 – Saturday, December 22

@ Redford Theatre, Detroit

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.

 

WAYNE COUNTY LIGHTFEST

Thursday, November 15 – Monday, December 31

@ Merriman Hollow Park, Westland

Join us for the LIGHTS ON CEREMONY on Thursday, November 15 as we kick off the 25th Anniversary of the Lightfest with music, refreshments and fireworks! Lightfest will be open nightly from November 15 – December 31 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Monday – Friday and 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN

Friday, December 14 – January 12

@ The Detroit Opera House

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

 

FRIDAY

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Friday, December 21 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Goldfish Swim School (Canton, Farmington Hills, & Rochester)

Join us for Family Night Out from 6:30-8:00pm! We will have crafts, food, open swim and raffles! Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family Pre-registration is required for this event.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: LUMINARIES

Friday, December 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Detroit Institute of Arts

Explore infinite patterns and colors using tissue paper on a simple glass jar that you can illuminate at home with a small candle, like a tea light.

 

PJS AND A PRINCESS (PARENTS NIGHT OUT)

Friday, December 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Tea Party Castle, Shelby Township

Whether you have to get some last minute shopping/wrapping done or just need a night to yourself, here’s your chance! Drop off your child (ages 4+) in their PJs for a fun evening of movies, snacks, dancing and crafts with a Princess and Prince host! Friday, December 21 from 6:00-9:00pm. $25 per child and $20 for additional siblings.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Friday, December 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Livonia Community Recreation Center

Parents, enjoy a night to yourselves while we provide food and entertainment for your children. Every 3rd Friday of the month your kids will have a blast in the leisure pool, eating pizza & pop, rock climbing, playing board and video games and watching a movie. Send your kids off to have fun while you relax and take a much-deserved break.

 

SATURDAY

YOGA/PLAY

Saturday, December 22 / 9:00 am – 9:45 am

@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale

Parents are invited to practice yoga in a nurturing space while their child enjoys playing with our beautiful toys or practicing yoga by your side. A teacher is available to supervise children playing during class. This class is open to parents/caregivers with children of all ages who wish to practice yoga without worrying about childcare.

 

BIRMINGHAM SANTA HOUSE

Saturday, December 22 / 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

@ Shain Park, Birmingham

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

 

JINGLE JUMP WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 22 / 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Total Sports Complex, Farmington

Inflatable Jump day with a guest appearance by Santa. We set up several bounces houses, foot darts and some soccer areas and allow kids an area to run around and let off some steam!

 

GRANDPARENT & GRANDCHILD COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, December 22 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit

Classes are $15 each – reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly! One ticket to the grandparent/grandchild class is good for two people. The topic of the class is Gnocchi.

 

SNOWFLAKE MAKING DAY

Saturday, December 22 / 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Snowflakes are unique and dazzling. Fold, cut, and create a nature themed snowflake to create your own winter wonderland.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS STORYTIME AND CRAFTS WITH COWBOY ALEX

Saturday, December 22 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Royal Oak Senior Community Center

Listen to Cowboy Alex read stories about the holidays, joke around with his puppet pals and do silly magic tricks. Plus, kids and parents will make an awesome holiday craft project using recycled material.

 

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Saturday, December 22 @ 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm 

@ Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township

New Production! 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.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Saturday, December 22 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham

Register to bring your kids to The Robot Garage for a Kid’s Night Out and they will LOVE that you’re leaving them behind for a night to yourself. Our amazing staff will lead LEGO and robotic activities for ages K-8.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Saturday, December 22 / 6:30 pm – 98:30 pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Kids can tumble, jump & play while their parents are away! Shop, dine, or catch a movie while your child is supervised in a safe environment and meeting new friends!

 

AARON RADATZ HOLIDAY MAGIC SHOW

Saturday, December 22 / 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton

Direct from his successful run in Las Vegas, magician Aaron Radatz returns to The Village Theater this December to celebrate the magic of the holidays with his action packed show of magic and comedy. This show is a great way for the entire family to celebrate the holidays together. To learn more about the entertainer Time Magazine called, “The magician to see,” visit www.aaronradatz.com. Rated: G. Approximate run time: 1¼ hr. All must have a ticket including children being held.

 

SUNDAY

STROLLER WORKOUT

Sunday, December 23 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am

@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale

Stroller workouts are weather permitting – classes may be held indoors as mommy and me workouts.

 

MICHIGAN FIREHOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, December 23 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti

The Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center’s mission is to enhance the appreciation of firefighting history through engaging and informative exhibits, as well as teaching and promoting fire safety and prevention.

 

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

Sunday, December 23 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Dove of Peace Tour at the Fox Theatre for three performances on Sunday, December 23. Presenting 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.

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Sunday, December 23 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Get ready for some DEEEETROIT Basketball! Cheer on Griffin, Drummond and the rest of the Pistons at Little Ceasars arena as they take on the Atlanta Hawks.

 

For MORE EVENTS happening this weekend, please check out our full EVENT CALENDAR!

 

Find Fall Favorites HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy these cool autumn days.

 

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Chrissy Hartig is a recent graduate of Wayne State University and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in the Metro Detroit suburbs, she moved to Midtown to be closer to the excitement of the city. She loves spending her time outdoors and enjoying nature in places like Belle Isle and the Riverwalk.

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