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Get into the holiday spirit at a tree lighting ceremony near you. Come together with neighbors to sing carols, do crafts, and of course, light up the tree!
Friday, November 16/ 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
@ Campus Martius, Detroit
The tree lighting ceremony will feature a Michigan-grown, 60-foot Norwegian Spruce wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. The event begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public. Enjoy a magical evening of stage and rink performances to kick off the holiday season in the city.
Friday, November 16/ 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ The Village of Rochester Hills
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, and the excitement of the City of Rochester Hills Holiday Lights Display! Join in as you begin the countdown for Santa’s arrival and children’s eyes will sparkle when they flip the magical switch to illuminate the Village’s 25-foot Christmas tree. Don’t forget to look to the sky for an extra special display of lights that are sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. It’s the perfect way to kick off the season, and it’s only at the Village of Rochester Hills!
Friday, November 16/ 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
@ Downtown Northville
Join the thousands of parade goers as the holiday season officially kicks off with the Holiday Lighted Parade. Bands, dancers, floats and of course, Santa, make this annual favorite a great family tradition!
Friday, November 16/ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
@ Downtown Wyandotte
Visitors are welcomed to the Tree Lighting, at the intersection of Sycamore and Biddle Avenue, where they are given jingle bells to join in with the Roosevelt High School Choir. Festive decorations surround the guests along with live reindeer and other cheerful booths full of fun. The cookie walk will also be taking place that night as well!
Friday, November 16/ 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
@ Downtown Allen Park
Tree lighting ceremony at the Historical House followed by lighted Christmas parade from the Historical House, down Park Avenue to Philomene, ending at the Allen Park Community Center.
Saturday, November 17/ 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
@ Downtown Brighton
Holiday Glow officially launches the holiday season in Livingston County with special performances from the Nutcracker Ballet, horse drawn hay rides, the popular Jollie Choo-Choo train, a nativity petting farm, a visit from Emma the Elf, a station to write letters to Santa, pictures with the reindeer, arts and crafts, tasty holiday treats, a warming tent and of course, Santa!
Saturday, November 24
@ Heritage Park, Taylor
The City of Taylor will welcome in the holiday season during its annual Winterfest on Saturday, November 24. The celebration will include the first-ever Winterfest 5K, holiday parade, opening of Santa’s Magic Forest, Fill the F-350 Toy Drive, official tree lighting celebration and fireworks display.
Sunday, November 25/ 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
@ 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!
Tuesday, November 27/ 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
@ Waterford Township Hall
Celebrate the season with a variety of activities including: crafts, cookie decorating, Pontiac-Waterford Big Chief Chorus, performance by the Waterford Mott Jazz Band, a opportunity to write a soldier a letter, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and your chance to see a reindeer up close.
Tuesday, November 27/ 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
@ Macomb Township Parks & Rec
This FREE EVENT begins outside with caroling, a greeting from township officials, the arrival and greeting of SANTA and concludes with the lighting of the tree. After the ceremony join us inside the recreation center for a warm festive celebration that includes visits with Santa, refreshment stations, children crafts & activities and “carol-o-ke” entertainment.
Tuesday, November 27/ 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ Burgh Historical Park, Southfield
Head to Burgh Historical Park for Southfield tree lighting & visits with Santa.
Friday, November 30 / 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ Shain Park, Birmingham
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!
Friday, November 30 / 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
@ Pierce Park, Chelsea
The 31st Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive community celebration that kicks off the holiday season. Sounds of the holiday season will be performed by members of the Chelsea Middle School Choir followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and a visit from a very special guy in the big red suit to add to the holiday festivities!
Friday, November 30 / 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ Novi Civic Center
Celebrate the season with a tree lighting, fireworks, Santa visits, kids crafts, a craft show, petting farm, reindeer, S’Mores, Train Rides, and more!
Friday, November 30 / 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ 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!
Saturday, December 1 / 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
@ Fraser Parks & 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!
Saturday, December 1 / 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
@ 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!!
Sunday, December 2 / 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
@ Livonia Civic Center
The parade will begin at Frost Middle School, continue north on Stark, east on Lyndon, north on Farmington, and east on Civic Center Drive ending in front of City Hall. Once at City Hall, Mayor Wright will be joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting festivities. Afterward, youngsters are invited to visit Santa at the Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library where they can also enjoy crafts, entertainment and refreshments.
Monday, December 3 / 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Dearborn
Join us as we mark the beginning of the end-of-the-year holidays at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. There will be live music, tree lighting ceremony, a sing-along with the mayor and visits with Santa!
Tuesday, December 4 / 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
@ Farmington Hills City Fire Department
The beautiful trees at City Hall will be illuminated as well as a 20-foot candle that represents our commitment to peace and unity in Farmington Hills. Throughout history, lights have been a universal symbol of hope, wisdom and perseverance; regardless of background, tradition, culture, or belief. Lights represent that we as a people have hope for the present and the future. Please join us for this traditional community event! Santa will make a visit and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Wednesday, December 5 / 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
@ Summit Canton
Annual Tree Lighting Celebration Kick off the holiday season with the annual Township Tree Lighting Event. The ‘official’ tree will be lit in front of the Summit on the Park at 6:30pm and special festivities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Join us for seasonal entertainment, crafts, activities, refreshments, and visits with Santa!
Thursday, December 6 / 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
@ Shelby Township Municipal Grounds
Welcome Santa, sing carols and join us to share in the spirit of Christmas as we light the big township tree. Visit with St. Nick afterwards to deliver your wish list, enjoy kids’ crafts and partake in delicious cookies, hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast. We’ve even got horse-drawn wagon rides and food trucks like Crepe-Day Twah and Mac Shack for feasting. This year’s theme is “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” so expect a fun guest.
Friday, December 7 / 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
@ Downtown Royal Oak
The Royal Oak Holiday Glow will feature traditional holiday activities like photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, letters to Santa and caroling. A warming tent on Fifth Ave will house a Winter Market, hot beverages, bar and music. There will be live ice carvings each day of a life size sleigh and reindeer.
Friday, December 7 / 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
@ Ypsilanti District Library
Join us at 5:30pm for cookie decorating and hot chocolate. At 6pm the Ypsilanti Community Choir will lead caroling followed by a visit from Santa and photo-ops! Sponsored by the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti.
Saturday, December 8 / 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
@ Corktown, Detroit
Stop by Corktown all day on Saturday, December 8th for heaps of holiday fun and family friendly festivities throughout the neighborhood including time with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony.
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..