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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: December 6-8

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Whether you have a free Saturday morning or a full weekend of festivities to plan – if you’re looking for fun things to do with your kids in Metro Detroit this weekend, LittleGuide Detroit has you covered! From FREE museum admission to Santa and holiday shows  – there’s lots to do this weekend.

 

ALL WEEKEND

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ROCHESTER HILLS

November 9 – December 22

@ Meadowbrook Theater, Rochester

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic captivates audiences for the 38th year with the tale of a mean-spirited miser and the ghosts that haunt him. Celebrating 38 years of holiday magic!

 

WILD LIGHTS

November 16 – January 5

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

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.

 

WAYNE COUNTY LIGHT FEST

November 21 – December 31

@ Merriman Hollow Park, Westland

The Wayne County Lightfest is a holiday tradition for families all over the Metro Detroit area! The Lightfest offers five miles of colorful displays! Don’t forget to stop at the Santa’s Shelter for refreshments and photos with Santa at the end of the Lightfest, which is Warrendale Park.

 

SANTA’S ROCKIN’ LIGHTS

November 22 – December 31

@ Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights

Santa’s Rock n Lights is a drive thru Christmas light show experience. This is a totally new tradition in which the lights are animated to Christmas music instead of just your traditional still displays. We invite you to load up family and friends to watch the action of lights dancing to music all from the warmth of your car!

 

SANTA AT THE GMRENCEN

November 29 – 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.

 

HOLIDAY WALK: LANDMARK IN LIGHTS

November 29 – December 23

@ Meadowbrook Hall & Gardens, Rochester

Experience the wonder of our more than 50 magnificent trees—including a 10-foot tall Poinsettia tree created by 150 live plants, dazzling trimmings, and lights galore!

 

THE BIG, BRIGHT LIGHT SHOW

November 29  – January 5

@ Downtown Rochester

The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday lightThis spectacular show will go on everyday until January 5th.

 

VISIT WITH SANTA

November 29 – December 24

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Take off on a thrilling expedition to the North Pole for a visit with Santa and history’s pioneering aviators. On this holiday adventure, little explorers will travel through our Heroes of the Sky exhibit and land in the workshop of the greatest tinkerer and toy maker of all time.

 

SOUTHGATE’S WINTER WONDERLAND

December 6 – December 7

@ 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!

 

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET WITH DETROIT SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

December 6 – December 7

@ Ford Community And Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

Enter the world of the timeless yuletide fantasy with Ballet Americana’s production of The Nutcracker, accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 6 – December 7

@ Bonstelle Theater, Detroit

Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dickens’ classic story. Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas at the Bonstelle Theatre.

 

DECEMBER DANCE CONCERT AT THE MUSIC HALL

December 6 – December 7

@ Music Hall Center, Detroit

Watch as the dance companies come together to celebrate contemporary dance masters from around the world in one thrilling weekend.

 

HERITAGE HOLIDAYS

December 6 – December 7

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Create a new family tradition! Stroll through the park and enjoy the holiday decorations and spectacular lights, visit with Santa in the mill and make crafts in our heated holiday tent.

 

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

December 6 – December 7

@ Redford Theatre, Detroit

In this modern holiday classic, Chevy Chase struggles with an epic light display, visiting hick relatives and a holiday bonus at work that doesn’t appear to be coming. Watch the nostalgic movie on the screen once again!

 

A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 6 – December 8

@ Fifth Corner, Saline

The well-loved Dickens’ tale gets a new look as it is populated with familiar fairy tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebeneezer Scrooge), Prince Charming and Cinderella (as Mr. and Mrs.Crachit), and the Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and Queen of Hearts (as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future). Many other well-known characters are in this fun-filled adaptation that stays true to the warmth and heart of this classic.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 6 – December 8

@ Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Wild Swan’s version of this wonderful holiday classic has been especially adapted from the Dickens’ original for family audiences by Co-Artistic Director Hilary Cohen, who also directs the production. 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.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: PRINTMAKING NOTECARDS

December 6 – December 8

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts Artmaking Studio, Detroit

Use foam printing plates, water-based inks and a wooden stylus to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand-pulled prints on paper. Fold in half to make a card.  Envelopes are provided!

 

CHRISTMAS AT CROSSROADS HOLIDAY MAGIC 2019

December  6 – December 8

@ Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Flint

One of Mid Michigan’s favorite holiday traditions. You’ll find costumed villagers, live entertainment, model trains and craft demonstrations, holiday music and, of course, visits with Santa himself.

 

WINTERFEST

December 6 – 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!

 

ROBOLIGHTS

December 6 – December 8

@ Museum Of Contemporary Art, Detroit

In Robolights Detroit, visitors are invited to wander along pathways inside of a dazzling carnival filled with sculptures of towering robots, dinosaurs, alien spacecraft, and fantastical creatures from the future, all painted in a wondrous array of vivid colors and wrapped up in thousands of lights.

 

BIRMINGHAM SANTA HOUSE

December 6 – December 8

@ 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.

 

BLAKE’S FAMILY HOLIDAY: U-PICK TREES

December 6 – December 8

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

Find your Christmas Tree at Blake’s! Enjoy our Apple Barn Holiday Market featuring warm donuts, peppermint hot chocolate, holiday gifts, wreaths, Christmas decor, bonfires, craft beer, hard cider, and much more!

 

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST

December 6 – December 8

@ Heritage Park, Taylor

This 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.

 

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!

 

2019 KRIS KRINGLE MARKET

December 7 – December 8

@ Downtown Rochester

The 12th annual Kris Kringle Market is a European style, open-air market featuring fresh greens & wreaths, handcrafted gifts and specialty foods for the holiday. A feast for the senses, visitors can enjoy the sounds of holiday music, the aroma of roasted almonds and kettle corn and the ambiance created by individual tents adorned with garland and lights. Even Santa will visit with the little ones.

 

HOLLY DICKENS FESTIVAL

December 7 – December 8

@ Holly Dickens Festival Grounds, Holly

The official oldest, Longest-Running Dickens’ Themed Event in the United States is back!

 

HOLIDAY SPLENDOR: SANTA SIGHTING

December 7 – December 8

@ Cranbrook House & Gardens, Bloomfield Hills

Children of all ages will be entertained with a scavenger hunt while waiting for their turn to see Santa. Families will also enjoy viewing a variety of trees, trains, and other holiday displays in the charming manor.

 

FREE FAMILY FUN! GALLERY ADVENTURES

December 7 – December 8

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Docents will provide pop-up tours and engagement activities for children and their families! Family Games and activities in French galleries on Saturdays and Native American galleries on Sundays.

 

SANTA VISITS MAYBURY

December 7 – December 8

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

While you wait to see Santa, the Farm grounds and barn will be open along with our General Store so you can visit the animals as they prepare for the winter ahead, do some Christmas shopping and crafting, enjoy the bonfire, and sip on some warm cocoa and tasty treats.

 

REINDEER DAYS

December 7 – December 8

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm, Taylor

Meet live reindeer & Santa Claus, visit with our farm animals, do crafts & more!

 

MOMMY & ME BRAID WORKSHOP

December 7 – December 8

@ Aniba’s Exotic Braid Academy, Dearborn

We welcome all levels to our workshops and our experts are equipped to handle all hair types. Everyone from the beginner to the expert will learn how to style children’s hair with a focus on construction, appropriate care, and breakdown.

 

A PIONEER CHRISTMAS

December 7 – December 8

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

Enjoy Christmas festivities like the pioneers and the area’s early settlers. There will be yummy treats to sample, historical trivia, and a bake sale.

 

FRIDAY

BOWL WITH SANTA

Friday, December 6 / 9:00am – 12:00pm

@  Escape, Troy

Meet the big man himself! Bring the kids to bowl, brunch (donut bar included) and visit with Santa! Kids 4 and under are FREE!

MORNING MUNCHKINS

Friday, December 6 / 10:30am – 11:15am

@  Red Oaks Nature Center, Madison Heights

Bring your munchkin to Red Oaks Nature Center for a favorite story and related hands-on, nature-based discovery activity.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, December 6  / 12:00pm – 4:00pm / 4:30pm – 7:30pm

@ Troy Gymnastics Center, Troy

Kids 12 months through 5 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours.  If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

SENSORY SENSITIVE SANTA

Friday, December 6 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@  Apollo Early Childhood Center, Highland

Join us in a sensory-sensitive setting where we will watch Holiday Movie Classics, do some holiday crafts and visit with Santa (if and when ready-no pressure). Parents are welcome to take their own pictures during the entire event, including time with Santa. And just for fun, everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas!

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, December 6  / 4:00pm – 8:00pm

@ 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.

 

KERRYTOWN KINDLEFEST 2019

Friday, December 6 / 4:00pm – 10:00pm

@ 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 more.

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, December 6 / 5:00pm – 10:00pm

@ 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 / 5:00pm – 11:00pm

@ 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!

 

DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING

Friday, December 6 / 5:30pm – 7:00pm

@ 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.

 

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & SANTA ARRIVES

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 6:30pm

@ 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!

 

WALK WITH SANTA

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

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

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ 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.

 

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Downtown Auburn Hills

Join us for an evening of holiday celebration as Santa, Mrs. Clause and the Mayor light our Christmas tree!

 

DADDY DAUGHTER LUAU

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Pittsfield Township Community Center, Ann Arbor

Join us for an evening with your kaikamahine. An evening filled with music, dancing and refreshments. Daughters will receive a special gift and an opportunity to purchase a keepsake photo.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Rochester Hills

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.

 

MINECRAFT NIGHT

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham

Come hang out and play Minecraft on our custom server! There will be both survival and creative areas to enjoy either individual play or with friends. Play at your own level and explore all the aspects of a multi-player MineCraft experience within the safe, controlled environment of The Robot Garage. For grades 1-9.

 

BIRMINGHAM TREE LIGHTING

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Shain Park, Birmingham

Friday, December 6th at 6 p.m., 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!

 

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Friday, December 6 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Novi Civic Center, Novi

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

 

WINTER WONDERLAND 2019

Friday, December 6 / 6:30pm – 9:00pm

@ 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!

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Friday, December 6 / 7:00pm 

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Grab the family and grab some tickets to cheer on the Detroit Pistons basketball team as they play another exciting season of games!

 

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, December 6 / 7:00pm – 8:30pm

@ Chesterfield Township Parks & Recreation, Chesterfeild Township

The 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!

 

AIRTIME TEEN NIGHT

Friday, December 6 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Airtime Trampoline, Troy

TEEN NIGHT is every first Friday of the month. Fun for ages 13-17 years.

 

 

SATURDAY

JINGLE BELL RUN DETROIT

Saturday, December 7/ 7:30am – 10:30am

@ The Corner Ballpark, Detroit

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.

 

WINTERFUN FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 7 / 8:00am – 10:30am

@ Downtown Pontiac

There will be 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.

 

TINY TOTS: UNCLE JERRY AND FRIENDS

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am   – 11:00am

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit

Uncle Gerry and Friends from the world-renowned Music Together® program lead a fun-filled and interactive concert of classic children’s songs.

 

KID’S FALL COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 11:30am

@ Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit

We have classes for kids, at beginner & intermediate levels.  Reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly. Recommended ages 8-12.

 

CANDY CANE HUNT

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Apollo Early Childhood Center, Highland

Kids will get to search an outside course for candy canes and create cheerful holiday crafts! Hot chocolate will also be served to help warm up the festivities!

 

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!!

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS-FREE!

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 1:30pm

@ Farmington Civic Theater, Farmington

Enjoy free movies 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.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym, Detroit

Every Saturday adults and kids alike can learn how to leap, jump, and fly through our obstacle course and training apparatus.

 

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ Mill Race Village, Northville

The Children’s Christmas Workshop is held at the church at Mill Race Village, open to children First Grade through Sixth Grade. Participants are able to build or craft 7 secret gifts to share with their family

 

MAKE SOMETHING SATURDAYS

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day change-makers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

 

FREE ADMISSION @ MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

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

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

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

 

HOLLY DAYS

Saturday, December 7 / 10:00am – 8:00pm

@ Riley Park, Farmington

Holly Days has been a tradition in Farmington for many years. Victorian carolers, hot cocoa and chili will keep the shoppers warm along with the heat from wood burning fire pits. Pictures with santa, activities with santa’s elves, free movies and a tree lighting!

 

GAMEBOTS

Saturday, December 7 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Have a blast creating robotic games each week while learning about robotics. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, programming, and pulleys as they create fun to play games. Whether creating pinball machine, duck hunt or a ring toss game, your child is sure to have fun building, learning, and playing.

 

FAMILY DISCOVERY DAYS: SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS

Saturday, December 7  / 10:30am – 12:00pm

@ Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center, White Lake

Let our classroom become your craft room.  We’ll have materials and ideas for everyone to make natural or recycled ornaments that are fun to create and good for the earth!

 

FAMILY CONCERT: WINTER WONDERLAND

Saturday, December 7 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Max M Fisher Music Center, Detroit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Orchestra Hall. This exciting program features favorites from FrozenThe Polar Express, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and more.

 

BEGINNING THEATRE FOR ALL ABILITIES

Saturday, December 7 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms

Join us for an hour of singing, dancing, and acting with curriculum specifically designed for those with special needs.  Everyone is welcome, everyone is supported.

 

LUNCH WITH SNOW QUEEN & SNOWMAN

Saturday, December 7 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

@ Primanti Bros., Novi

Tis the season! Bring the kiddos out to Primanti Bros. for a magical lunch with their favorite Snow Queen & Snowman! Crafts & giveaways provided (while supplies last).

 

FREIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 7 / 12:00pm – 4:30pm

@ Ypsilant Freighthouse, Ypsilanti

Join Ypsilanti Freighthouse for crafting, live music, storytelling, handmade goods and a visit from Santa during the annual Freighthouse Holiday Festival!

 

COCOA & CRAFTS WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 7 / 12:30pm – 3:30pm

@ Troy Historic Village, Troy

Spend time with Santa, make a simple holiday craft, decorate a cookie, and enjoy a special story with Cheddar the Village Mouse. Warm up with hot cocoa too.

 

BOWL WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 7 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Wonderland Lanes, Walled Lake

See if you can beat Santa in a game, get your picture taken with him, collect a goody bag and have some great family fun!

 

NOEL NIGHT 2019

Saturday, December 7 / 1:00pm – 10:00pm

@ 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. Free and open to the public!

 

DEER SANTA

Saturday, December 7 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Stage Nature Center, Troy

Santa’s reindeer are very famous, but do you know about the deer that live in Troy? Come and discover all about our local deer on our outdoor “Reindeer Trail”.  Santa will tell a few tales about his reindeer and life at the North Pole. Everyone will talk with Santa and receive a small gift.

 

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

Saturday, December 7 / 2:00pm – 4:30pm

@ Redford Theatre, Detroit

Kermit, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear do their own version of the Charles Dickens holiday classic about a bitter old miser’s visit from a trio of ghosts on Christmas Eve.

 

CHOW TIME AT THE FARM

Saturday, December 7 / 3:00pm

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Ever wanted to feed the pigs? Help farm staff to feed the pigs, goats, cows, and more. Young farmers will learn what each animal eats and why.

 

GRINCH TREE PAINTING

Saturday, December 7 / 5:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Plaster Playhouse, Shelby Charter Township

Each participant will paint a ceramic tree votive, make a Grinch themed craft, and have themed snacks!

 

CHRISTMAS IN FRASER

Saturday, December 7 / 5:30pm – 7:00pm
@ Fraser City Hall, Fraser
Join us as we ring in the Holidays at City Hall!  There will be s’mores, music, performances and more!
BERKLEY HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE

Saturday, December 7 / 5:30pm – 8:00pm

@ Downtown Berkely

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.

COOL YULE LIGHTED PARADE & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, December 7 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Downtown South Lyon

The event kicks off with a lighted parade. There will be a tree lighting ceremony after the parade and the buildings of the village will be open to the public. 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 / 5:45pm – 8:30pm
@ 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!

CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, December 7 / 6:00pm – 7:00pm
@ Downtown Trenton
The downtown streets will be all aglow with hand-held candles illuminating the parade route. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all are invited to Trenton City Hall for the Parade afterglow and parade awards.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE

Saturday, December 7 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Downtown Lake Orion

Lake Orion is home to one of the only 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 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ 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 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ 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.

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, December 7 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Gymtactics, Highland

Saturday Night Open Gym (Ages 6+) is an open play time for our older athletes. Come explore, flip, jump, and play!

 

HOLIDAY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Saturday, December 7 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Downtown Wayne

Join us for Wayne’s annual Christmas 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.

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, December 7 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

Glow skate is offered every Saturday night! Admission includes a complimentary glow necklace.

 

USA HOCKEY-TEDDY BEAR TOSS NIGHT

Saturday, December 7 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Be sure to bring a new stuffed animal to the game (or buy one here) to toss on the ice when Team USA scores its first goal! All stuffed animals are distributed through the United Way to local families for the holidays.

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Saturday, December 7 / 7:00pm – 12:00am

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come watch the Detroit Red Wings take on Los Angeles, Winnipeg, Arizona, San Jose and more at Little Caesars Arena!

 

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

Saturday, December 7 / 7:30pm – 10:30pm

@ Macomb Center For The Performing Arts, Clinton Township

With glittering costumes, high-kicking chorus girls, and an on-stage ice rink! The dazzling cast performs favorite songs including White ChristmasO Holy NightRockin Around the Christmas Tree, and more!

 

SUNDAY

SENSORY-FRIENDLY SANTA

Sunday, December 8 / 8:30am – 10:30am

@ Fairlane Town Center, Dearborn

Children with autism and their families are invited to meet Santa in a safe and sensory-friendly environment!  The winter wonderland setting itself will be adjusted so that there are no loud noises or flashing lights.

 

SANTA CARES-A HOLIDAY SENSORY EVENT

Sunday, December 8 / 9:00am – 11:00am

@ 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.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, December 8 / 9:00am – 12:00pm / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Kids 12 months through 23 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours. If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

SANTA CARES: A SENSORY-FRIENDLY SANTA PHOTO EXPERIENCE

Sunday, December 8 / 9:00am – 10:30am

@ 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 / 9:00am – 10:30am

@ 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 / 9:00am – 10:30am

@ The Mall At Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

Your ticket includes a family photo with Santa, singing and visiting with the Snow Queen and Princess Ann, ornament decorating, face painting, donuts, coffee/hot chocolate bar, letter writing station for Santa, holiday music, arts and crafts, holiday shopping and more…

 

HOLIDAY SHOWPLACE

Sunday, December 8 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ 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!  Vendors will specialize in handmade jewelry, art, home decor, and so much more!

 

A FROZEN WONDERLAND

Sunday, December 8 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm

@ 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! Take your own photos and then head over to meet Farmer Santa with an authentic country Christmas setting, like none other!

 

DETROIT LIONS WATCH PARTY

Sunday, December 8 / 12:00pm – 5:00pm

@ 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.

 

WHOVILLE 5K

Sunday, December 8 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Northville High School, Northville

The Whoville 5k is the silliest, zaniest, Grinchiest fun run in Michigan! Join us for a festive afternoon running through Whoville- complete with all the mischievous characters you grew up loving.

 

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Sunday, December 8 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ 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.

 

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM-SANTA VISIT

Sunday, December 8 / 1:30pm – 4:30pm

@ Westview Orchards & Adventure Farm, Washington Twp.

Let the kids visit with him while you enjoy a glass of Westview Wine or Hard Cider. Complimentary to families with a $10 purchase from our Farm Market or Winery that weekend. Start the holiday season off right and snap a selfie with Santa in front of our beautiful 8 foot Christmas tree!

 

ARCHERY 101

Sunday, December 8 / 1:45pm – 3:00pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Each week students will focus on a different part of the shot process with fun drills and games to help you learn the sport of archery! The program will cover equipment care and maintenance, the steps of shooting, basic score-keeping, and of course will provide plenty of shooting opportunities for students to refine their skills.

 

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS FAMILY PARTY

Sunday, December 8 / 2:00pm – 4:30pm

@ 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!

 

WINTERFEST: MULTI-CULTURAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN THE LOG CABIN

Sunday, December 8 / 2:00pm – 5:00pm

@ 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.

 

SUGAR PLUM TEA PARTY

Sunday, December 8 / 2:30pm – 4:00pm

@ Community House, Birmingham

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 Nutcracker performers, make custom holiday crafts and enjoy scrumptious treats!

 

OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS

Sunday, December 8 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.

 

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

Sunday, December 8 / 4:00pm

@ 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. Afterward, the Civic Center Library will host hot cocoa and cookies, entertainment, crafts and a chance for youngsters to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

 

HOLIDAY MAGIC WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 8 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@ Meadowbrook Hall & Gardens, Rochester

This event includes a Holiday Magic Show by “Baffling Bill the Magician” with his famous sidekick “Gus” the rabbit, story time with Santa (and a chance to tell him your holiday wishes with the perfect photo opportunity!), Holiday Crafts, Holiday Treats, and a self-guided Holiday Walk tour through the rooms of the Great Estate trimmed in opulent holiday décor.

 

WHS WASSAIL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, December 8 / 4:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Gibson House, Wixom

You are all invited to the Gibson House for our annual Christmas party, affectionately known as the Wassail! There will be refreshments; come and see our holiday decorations too. On this day, the Wixom Historical Society welcomes everyone from the community to our old-fashioned, family-friendly gathering.

 

MARTIAL ARTS SELF PROTECTION MINI SERIES

Sunday, December 8 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Auburn Hills Community Center Gym, Auburn Hills

This is a self-protection mini-series based on core principles within the martial science curriculum giving students a more in-depth look and practice at self-protection.

 

 

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

 

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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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