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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

PUPPET PERFORMANCE: NATIONAL MARIONETTE THEATRE PRESENTS PINOCHIO

November 29 – December 1

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

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

 

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.

 

ROBOT ODYSSEY

November 29 – November 30

@ Cranbrook Institute Of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Guests are invited to fill their Thanksgiving break with robots at Cranbrook Institute of Science! Robot Odyssey is the perfect event to entertain aspiring engineers of all ages.

 

CHICKADEE CHOWDOWN

November 29 – November 30

@ Kensington Nature Center, Milford

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience you can have no place else.  At Kensington Metropark Nature Center, a variety of winter songbirds will eagerly fly to your hand for seeds. Learn about why this happens and how to recognize the birds you’ll see during this one-hour program.

 

HOLIDAY HERITAGE FAIR 2019

November 29 – November 30

@ The Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site, Shelby Township

Enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities, including visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, carolers and live entertainment, historic buildings and vehicle tours, a greatly-enhanced lights display, all-new animated light show, and the first Christmas Car Contest, all included with admission.

 

THE ILLUTIONISTS: MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS

November 29 – November 30

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

 

DISNEY’S FROZEN JR.

November 29 – November 30

@ Canton Village Theater, Canton

The enchanting modern classic of Disney’s Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage.

 

CHRISTMAS AT CROSSROADS HOLIDAY MAGIC 2019

November 29 – December 1

@ 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.

 

HOLLY DICKENS FESTIVAL

November 29 – December 1

@ Holly Dickens Festival Grounds, Holly

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

 

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

November 29 – December 1

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

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

 

PUMPKIN CHUNKIN

November 29 – December 1

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Ann Arbor

We will be building our own pumpkin launching devices and creating some pie in the sky with mini pumpkins and other objects. Activities are included with admission and suitable for all ages.

 

BIRMINGHAM SANTA HOUSE

November 30 – December 1

@ 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.

 

FREE FAMILY FUN! GALLERY ADVENTURES

November 30 – December 1

@ 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.

 

THE NUTCRACKER

November 30 – December 1

@ The Detroit Opera House, Detroit

BalletMet returns for its eighth visit to the Detroit Opera House with its beloved traditional production of The Nutcracker.

 

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST

November 30 – December 1

@ 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.

 

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!

 

FRIDAY

THE GROSSE POINTE SANTA CLAUSE PARADE

Friday, November 29 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@  Downtown Grosse Pointe

Join us for a beautiful, fun filled morning and enjoy our community together to kick off the holiday season.

 

THANKSGIVING BREAK ART CAMP WITH MISS LINDSEY

Friday, November 29 / 10:00am – 1:00pm

@ Steinway Piano Gallery, Commerce Township

Miss Lindsay’s Art Room is a place where kids can express themselves freely and creatively! Students will get to choose their own subjects and explore with several different mediums and techniques.

 

FREE ADMISSION @ MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER

Friday, November 29 / 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.

 

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS OPENING DAY!

Friday, November 29 / 10:00am – 8:00pm

@  Three Cedar’s Farm, Northville

Get yourself in the Holiday spirit by spending an afternoon at Three Cedars! With Christmas trees, wreaths, hot cocoa, train rides,  and of course Santa Claus, you can be certain that there will something for everyone! Even our Talking Christmas Tree will make it’s debut!

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, November 29  / 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!

 

FAMILY TOURS-THANKSGIVING TOURS

Friday, November 29 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Your guide for family tours awaits in the Great Hall. Weather permitting, your adventure may include outdoor objects.

 

THANKSGIVING FOR NATURE

Friday, November 29 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Heritage Park, Farmington

Get outside after the Thanksgiving Holiday! Drop-in for a self-guided scavenger hunt to find out why we can be thankful for all of nature’s gifts!

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, November 29  / 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.

 

DICKENS CAROLERS

Friday, November 29 / 5:00pm – 7:00pm

@ The Mall At Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

Enjoy and sing along to your favorite holiday songs with the Dickens Carolers as they stroll around the mall! Perfect way to get into the holiday spirit with the family!

 

SANTA’S ARRIVAL AND TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 29 / 6:00pm – 6:30pm

@ Kellogg Park, Plymouth

Welcome Santa to Plymouth as he helps light up the Holiday Tree at Kellogg Park!

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Friday, November 29 / 7:00pm 

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Bring the family downtown to Little Caesars Arena and cheer on your favorite basketball team!

 

FANTASY OF LIGHTS PARADE

Friday, November 29 / 7:00pm – 8:30pm

@ Downtown Howell

A Howell tradition as a kick-off to the holiday season! Enjoy dozens of illuminated floats and parade entries, animal entries, marching bands and Santa!

 

SATURDAY

59TH ANNUAL SANTALAND PARADE

Saturday, November 30 / 8:00am – 12:00pm

@ Garden City High School, Garden City

Garden City’s oldest event celebrates in 59th year with floats, bands, performers, characters, marchers, classic cars, Santa and more.

 

CHARACTER BREAKFAST

Saturday, November 30 / 9:00am – 12:30pm

@ Hessell’s Greenhouse, Shelby Township

Kick off the Festive Season and join us for our first ever Character Breakfasts! Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character for this meet and greet.

 

SANTA WALK/SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Saturday, November 30 / 9:30am – 2:30pm

@ Downtown Birmingham

Kicking off the Small Business Saturday shopping extravaganza, this event will welcome Santa to town during a celebration complete with ringing sleigh bells, stops at various stores with giveaways, and concluding at Santa’s quaint home in Shain Park.

 

KNITTING IN NATURE: SHARING STITCHES

Saturday, November 30 / 10:00am  

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

From beginner to expert, let’s get together, relax, knit, crochet, teach and learn. Have a cup of coffee, a treat or two and make some new friends.

 

MILFORD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, November 30 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Downtown Milford

Watch the beautiful floats, listen to the holiday music, and get a chance to see Santa himself as he starts off the holiday season for spectators!

 

MACOMB COUNTY SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Saturday, November 23 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Downtown Mount Clemens

A Family Tradition for Over 40 Years! Mount Clemens has been ushering Santa Claus into the heart of  Macomb County with an annual parade on the day after Thanksgiving every year since 1975.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 30 / 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.

 

MAKE SOMETHING SATURDAYS

Saturday, November 30 / 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 SATURDAYS

Saturday, November 30 / 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.

 

TAYLOR WINTER FESTIVAL

Saturday, November 30 / 10:00am – 6:00pm

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm, Taylor

The City of Taylor will welcome in the holiday season during its annual Winterfest on Saturday, November 30. The celebration will include the Winterfest 5K, holiday parade, opening of Santa’s Magic Forest and official tree lighting celebration and fireworks display.

 

GAMEBOTS

Saturday, November 30 / 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.

 

LITTLE SCIENTIST CLUB

Saturday, November 30 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Ann Arbor

Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through our Little Scientist Club. Our youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more.

 

BABY PLAY

Saturday, November 30 / 10:30am – 12:00pm

@ Troy Public Library, Troy

Explore self-paced activities that support brain development, motor skills, and language skills of 0-2 year olds. Make new friends, too!

 

FUNRAGEOUS PRINCESS PARTY

Saturday, November 30 / 11:00am – 8:30pm

@ Funrageous, Livonia

This will truly be a magical day for you and your princess! Dress up like your favorite movie princess and come party with Real Life Sized Princesses.

 

MADE IN THE MITTEN HOLIDAY MARKET 2019

Saturday, November 30 / 2:00pm – 10:00pm

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

The Made In The Mitten Holiday Market features the work from more than 125 local Michigan artists and businesses. Kids can get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus enjoy a hot cocoa bar with all the sprinkles and toppings you can imagine, make a Michigan ornament, and enjoy Christmas music while you bounce away on the bounce house!!

 

EVENING OWL PROWLS

Saturday, November 30 / 6:00pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Learn about the habits and habitats of these extraordinary birds.  After an indoor presentation we’ll head out on the trails and see if we can lure in a Screech Owl or two with recorded calls!

 

25TH ANNUAL TREE LIGTHING CEREMONY

Saturday, November 30 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Downtown Auburn Hills

Join us for an evening of holiday celebration as Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Mayor light our Christmas tree! Stop by the den for pictures with Santa, take a carriage ride through Downtown, enjoy s’mores around the fire pit, and see an amazing performance by the Avondale High School Choir.

 

NEW HAVEN PARADE OF LIGHTS AND TREE LIGHTING

Saturday, November 30 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Village Of New Haven

Entertainment and Tree Lighting will be at Fountain Park. All are invited back to the New Haven Fire Department afterwords for have a light snack and beverage with Santa.

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 30 / 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!

 

DIVE-IN MOVIE: FINDING DORY

Saturday, November 30 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Mack Indoor Pool, Ann Arbor

Bring your own inner tube for this fun family event!Watch Finding Dory (Rated PG) as you swim!

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, November 30 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

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

 

SUNDAY

SOOTHING SANTA

Sunday, December 1 / 9:00am – 11:00am

@ The Mall At Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

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

 

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, December 1 / 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!

 

WINTER BIRDING

Sunday, December 1 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Hudson Mills Activity Center, Dexter

With the leaves off the trees we should get some glimpses of our less common year-round species. Great for the beginning birder as well as seasoned watcher.

 

SANTA CARES: A SENSORY-FRIENDLY SANTA PHOTO EXPERIENCE

Sunday, December 1 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

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.

 

3RD ANNUAL DONUTS WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 1 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ Embassy Suites, Livonia

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…

 

VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS

Sunday, December 1 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Ray Weigand’s Nursey & Garden Center, Macomb

Grab your kids, their lists, and make this Christmas memorable by bringing the whole family to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photos will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own camera.

 

REINDEER FROM THE NORTH POLE VISIT WEIGAND’S

Sunday, December 1 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Ray Weigand’s Nursery & Garden Center, Macomb

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

 

FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS BALL

Sunday, December 1 / 2:00pm – 9:00pm

@ II Gather, Auburn Hills

A Royal Fairytale Christmas Ball held in one of the area’s most elegant event destinations! Filled with magical experiences for the whole family including singing, dancing and character performances to excite the imagination.

 

MISTLETOE AND HOLLY CONCERT

Sunday, December 1 / 4:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Finnish Center & Hall, Farmington

The Finnish-American Singers of Michigan present Mistletoe and Holly featuring Finnish Carols and Traditional Favorites!  After the concert a luncheon will be served, included in ticket price.

 

KERRYTOWN TREE LIGHTING

Sunday, December 1 / 5:00pm – 6:00pm

@ Kerrytown Market, Ann Arbor

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

 

TAKE HER TO OUR COURT BASKETBALL CLINIC

Sunday, December 1 / 5:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Take Her to Our Court is a 1 hr. clinic for Dads and Daughters to attend together and is hosted by some of the best youth coaches in the NBA! Join us for the opportunity to learn about the basics of basketball and train like the pros! Not only will you improve your fundamental skills, but you’ll have a lot of fun doing it! All skill levels are welcome!

 

MARTIAL ARTS SELF PROTECTION MINI SERIES

Sunday, December 1 / 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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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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