Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 30 – December 2The holiday season is in full swing! Enjoy the family time together and make great memories at these fun events! ALL WEEKENDWAYNE COUNTY LIGHTFEST Thursday, November 15 - Monday, December 31@... Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 30 – December 2 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 30 – December 2

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

 

ALL WEEKEND

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.

 

CRY IT OUT – GIVEAWAY 

Thursday, November 15 – Sunday, December 9

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared new mom experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. Cry it Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.

 

WILD LIGHTS AT THE DETROIT ZOO

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

@ 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.

 

THE NUTCRACKER

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, 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.

 

VISIT WITH SANTA AT HENRY FORD MUSEUM

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

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.

 

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

@ 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.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

@ 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!

 

HOLIDAY SPLENDOR

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, 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!

 

HOLIDAY NIGHTS SUPPER WITH SANTA

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

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*

 

VISIT SANTA @ THE GMRENCEN

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

@ 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!

 

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

@ Stagecrafters, Royal Oak

Peter and the Starcatcher is the fantastical adventure about how Peter Pan came to be. On a ship bound for the island of Rundoon, three orphan boys befriend Molly, daughter of Starcatcher Lord Aster, who is on a secret mission for the Queen of England. Their precious cargo is starstuff, powerful magical dust that must not fall into the wrong hands. When the villainous Black Stache and his band of pirates attack the ship, one orphan finds his courage and a legend is born.

 

HOLLY DICKENS FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2

@ Downtown Holly

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

 

TINKERBELL VISITS STORYLAND

Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2

@ 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 1 – Sunday, December 2

@ 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!

 

FRIDAY

COSMIC CHRISTMAS

Friday, November 30 / 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

@ 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.

 

HERITAGE HOLIDAY AT THE HISTORIC CENTER

Friday, November 30 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Create or continue a wonderful family tradition. Stroll through the park and enjoy the holiday decorations and spectacular lights, visit with Santa and make holiday crafts. Enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa as you watch the blacksmith working in his shop. Cut a log cookie with a two man saw to make an ornament. Photo vignettes will help you create memories. Visit the Clydesdale horses in their show stalls and enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride. Vote for your favorite decorated tree at the Festival of Trees. Dress for the weather.

 

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Friday, November 30 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Novi Civic Center

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

 

25TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 30 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ 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!

 

WALK WITH SANTA

Friday, November 30 / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

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

 

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & SANTA ARRIVES

Friday, November 30 / 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

@ Pierce Park, Chelsea

The 31st Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive community celebration that kicks off the holiday season. The activities start with the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park on Friday, November 30th.

 

SATURDAY

JINGLE BELL RUN DETROIT

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

@ 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. Because event details change as the date gets closer, please check out the main page for pricing and logistics.

 

WINTERFUN FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 1 / 8:00 am – 10:30 am

@ The Crofoot, Pontiac

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. Don’t miss out … ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!!

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 1 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am

@ 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. Online registration is not available. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Summit of the Park during normal business hours. Ticket sales begin Nov 1 and will conclude Nov 29. Seating is reserved by table location only on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

PANCAKES AND PAJAMAS

Saturday, December 1 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am

@ 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.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 1 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Gerry Kulick Community Center, Ferndale

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.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

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

@ Meadowbrook Hall, Rochester

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.

 

SANTA’S WORKSHOP

Saturday, December 1 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Make this Christmas Season special with a visit by ‘ole St. Nick himself and enjoy a holiday snack, games, crafts and more!   Use your own camera to capture the perfect holiday memory! Spaces are limited.

 

COCO & CRAFTS WITH SANTA

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

@ Troy Historic Village

New in 2018, 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.

 

MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER FREE DAYS

Saturday, December 1 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

@ 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. Planetarium theater tickets will be available for purchase online and at the box office during your visit. Visit Mi-Sci.org for showtimes.

 

VISIT SANTA AT VILLAGE CENTER MALL

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

@ Village Center Mall, Milford

Santa’s Coming to Visit at Village Center Mall. He’ll arrive on Saturday, November 24th during the parade and will stay in town to meet all of you.On Thursday,November 29th, during the Christmas Open House, he’ll be in his sleigh on Main Street to visit Center Street Park at 6pm.

 

LUNCH WITH THE CLAUSES AT THE PETTING FARM

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

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm, Taylor

Get in the spirit of the holidays by having lunch with Santa and Mrs Claus at the Petting Farm! 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

 

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA ANNUAL PARADE

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

@ 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. The parade route will begin on Cesar E. Chavez Ave at the Oakland Livingston Human (OLHSA) and continue down Saginaw Street and ends at the Pontiac City Square (Lot 9).

 

NOEL NIGHT

Saturday, December 1 / 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

@ Midtown Detroit

The 46th annual Noel Night is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st, 2018! With over 110 participating venues and 150 free performances and activities, five hours of fun just doesn’t cut it anymore. Noel Night’s is extending the long-standing tradition with new daytime and nighttime hours.

 

BOWL WITH SANTA

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

@ 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!

 

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET WITH DETROIT SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

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

@ Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

Enter the world of the timeless yuletide fantasy. Accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets range in price from $35 – $20 (service fees not included). Reserved Seating.

 

A VISIT WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS

Saturday, December 1 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Charter Township

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. Admission by advance ticket purchase only. Tickets go on sale November 1 at the Park Office of Lake St. Clair Metropark.

 

VISIT SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS

Saturday, December 1 / 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

@ 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!

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE FORT

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

@ Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit

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.

 

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Saturday, December 1 / 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Redford Theatre, Detroit

Michael Hauser, local historian and co-author of “Hudson’s: Detroit’s Legendary Department Store” will introduce the film and talk about the golden age of JL Hudson’s.

 

CHRISTMAS IN FRASER

Saturday, December 1 / 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

@ Fraser Parks and Recreation

Join us as we ring in the Holidays at City Hall! We will sing Christmas carols, enjoy refreshments and welcome Santa to Fraser! Smores, Music, Performances and more! All ages are welcome and encouraged. This is a free event. Please dress for the weather.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE

Saturday, December 1 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ 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!! The event—sponsored, planned and coordinated by the Orion Area Parade Group (OAPG) — takes place starting at dusk, the first Saturday each December.

 

HERITAGE HOLIDAY AT THE HISTORIC CENTER

Saturday, December 1 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Create or continue a wonderful family tradition. Stroll through the park and enjoy the holiday decorations and spectacular lights, visit with Santa and make holiday crafts. Enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa as you watch the blacksmith working in his shop. Cut a log cookie with a two man saw to make an ornament. Photo vignettes will help you create memories. Visit the Clydesdale horses in their show stalls and enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride. Vote for your favorite decorated tree at the Festival of Trees. Dress for the weather.

 

CHRISTMAS AGLOW

Saturday, December 1 / 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ 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.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, December 1 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 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!

 

 

SUNDAY

SENSORY SENSITIVE SUNDAYS AT CHUCK E. CHEESE’S

Sunday, December 2 / 8:00 am – 10:00 am

@ Chuck E Cheese, Canton

Chuck E. Cheese’s now offers a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure families who have children with autism and special needs have a fun filled visit.

 

LUNCH WITH SANTA – CAMP ROTARY

Sunday, December 2 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Enjoy lunch and a visit with Santa. Make a holiday craft to take home and go for a horse-drawn wagon ride, weather permitting. Use your own camera to capture special holiday moments.  Please preregister. Two times at 11am and 1pm at Camp Rotary!

 

DOWNTOWN LIONS TAILGATE & WATCH PARTY

Sunday, December 2 / 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Join us at Beacon Park for five family friendly Detroit Lions tailgates, watch parties and two very special ticket giveaways! This event is free and open to the public.

 

HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR WEEKENDS

Sunday, December 2 / 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

@ 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

 

MICHIGAN FIREHOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, December 2 / 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.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAY HULLABALOO

Sunday, December 2 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

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!

 

LIGHT BULB ORNAMENTS

Sunday, December 2 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Stony Creek Nature Center, Shelby Township

Come get ready for the holidays with handmade, made from nature ornaments and decorations.  Make ornaments for yourself or as a gift! Ages 5 and up.

 

WHOVILLE 5K

Sunday, December 2 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Northville High School

The Mayor of Whoville is coming to Northville, and he’s bringing the Mrs., the Things, the Cat in the Hat and more!

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!)

 

ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER

Sunday, December 2 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. A fun new Theatreworks USA musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).

 

FAMILY YOGA

Sunday, December 2 / 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Detroit Mama Hub

Family yoga invites the whole family – moms, dads, caregivers, babies and toddlers to join us for family fun on the mat.

 

COOKIES WITH SANTA

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

@ Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

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.

You can snap your own family photos to cherish this holiday moment. Santa will send each child home with one of his favorite sweet treats!

 

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

Sunday, December 2 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Livonia Civic Center Library

Merry & Bright: Livonia’s Holiday Parade will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.  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.

 

MENORAH IN THE D

Sunday, December 2 / 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

@ Campus Martius Park, Detroit

The Menorah In The D is a 26′ menorah which stands in downtown Detroit during Chanuka. The evening of festivities include strolling entertainment, Chanukah Gelt for the children, dancing dreidels & dreidel mascot, Mitzvah station and horse-drawn carriage rides and more. The Menorah Lighting Ceremony begins at 5pm.

 

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

 

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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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