Christmas Events Metro Detroit 2018

Christmas Events Metro Detroit 2018 – Christmas and Holiday events, tree-lightings, Santa Claus arrivals, parades, craft shows & things to do in Detroit, Oakland County, SE Michigan and the Metro Detroit area during the Christmas and Holiday season.


Feature Photo Image Credit – The Village of Rochester Hills with permission

Village of Rochester Hills Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6p-9p
Rochester Hills Christmas Events – Village of Rochester Hills Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams Rd and University, Rochester Hills, MI)
Once again the Village will come to life with over 850,000 lights that will illuminate all at once! In addition to lighting our 25 foot tree, we will welcome Santa to the Village for another year of free visits. The fun starts at 6p, the tree-lighting takes place at 7p. For more info, visit

November 16 through Christmas Eve
Rochester Hills Christmas Events – Village of Rochester Hills Santa Claus
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams and Walton, Rochester Hills, MI)
Santa and his helper are available in a beautiful setting at the Village of Rochester Hills. Kids can meet Santa, sit on his lap and discuss their Christmas wish. Bring your own camera as photography packages are not available. Santa visits at the Village of Rochester Hills are always FREE! SPECIAL NEEDS SANTA INFO / SANTA CLAUS PET PHOTOS INFO Santa Visit Days – November 16,17*,18**23,24,25,30 December – 1,2,7,8,9,13,14,15,16,20,21,22,23,24. Visit for hours / more info.

Christmas Events Metro Detroit 2018

Auburn Hills Christmas Events 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018 through Christmas Eve
Auburn Hills Santa Claus Visits – Santa’s Flight Academy at Great Lakes Crossing
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI, District 7 of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
The larger-than-life re-imagination of the North Pole is paired with state-of-the-art technology that enables children to partner with Santa’s Elves to prepare his sleigh for its journey around the world. Children become a member of Santa’s flight crew, get fitted in virtual elf gear, and help fix Santa’s sleigh. At the end is an opportunity for pics with Santa himself! Pics, video, review

Saturday, November 10, 2018 through Christmas Eve
Auburn Hills Christmas Events – Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops (Great Lakes Crossing, 248-209-4200)
Bass Pro hosts Santa Claus (and tons of free Christmas fun for kids at Bass Pro) daily through Christmas Eve. You can even get a free photo with Santa while enjoying the free fun! MORE INFO and times for Santa’s daily appearances and for a list of all the free fun holiday games, crafts and activities happening each day! Details

November 30, 2018 from 6p-9p
Auburn Hills Christmas Event – Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
MOMS Memorial (Auburn Rd at Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills, MI)
Tree lighting events include visits with Santa & Mrs Claus, wagon rides through Downtown Auburn Hills, s’mores, keepsake photos & more! All events are FREE.

Nightly at 5p from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day
Auburn Hills Christmas Events – Our Dancing Lights Holiday Lights Display
Our Dancing Lights (3111 Paramount Lane, Auburn Hills, MI 48326)
Back for 2018! you’ll see a 50,000 light display synced to your favorite Christmas songs! Donations accepted in front of the display go to The Rainbow Connection of Oakland County. For more info

Berkley Christmas Events 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018 all day / see page for details
Berkley Christmas Events – Hometown Holidays
Downtown Berkley
A full day of fun activities including a petting zoo and pony rides for kids, special Christmas and holiday sales at Downtown Berkley shops, the lighted parade with Santa, the annual tree lighting and more. Tree lighting takes place at 5:30p. Sponsored by Berkley DDA.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10a-4p
Berkley Christmas Event – Candy Cane Lane Craft Show Berkley
Berkley Community Center (2400 Robina, Berkley, MI)
FREE admission. Lunch available for purchase. Event features handmade items, hourly raffles, bake sale, and more. Contact Barb 248-217-7027 for more info.

Birmingham Christmas Events 2018

Weekends Friday, November 24, 2018 through Christmas Eve
Birmingham Christmas Events – Birmingham Carriage Rides
Near Santa House (corner of Henrietta and Merrill, Birmingham, Michigan)
Enjoy the 2018 Christmas season with an old-fashioned carriage ride through Downtown Birmingham. These are FREE and first-come, first-served. Birmingham Principal Shopping District. Schedule

Friday, November 30 (4p-9p), Saturday, December 1 (10a-9p), Sunday, December 2, (10a-4p)
Birmingham Christmas Events – Birmingham Winter Markt 2018
Attendees will enjoy European food and drinks, gift items, holiday greens, crafts, ice carving demonstrations, roaming winter princesses , live reindeer, warming stations, a Kinderhaus children’s activity area, the popular Santa House, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment. Event is hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District. More info

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 6p
Birmingham Christmas Events – Birmingham Holiday Tree Lighting
Shain Park (S Bates St. and W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI, 48009)
Jump into the Holiday spirit with a night that brings the festive lighting of the winter season and the opening of Santa House. Enjoy live Christmas caroling and the lighting of the 35-foot tree with more than 40,000 LED Christmas lights. Event is hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District.

Friday, November 30, 2018 through Christmas Eve (various dates)
Birmingham Christmas Events – Birmingham Santa House
Shain Park (S Bates St and W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI, 48009)
Children may give Santa their list and have their picture taken with him. A donation may be given to help a local charity. Hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District. Schedule

Clarkston Christmas Events 2018

Christmas tree lightsSaturday, December 1, 2018 from 2p-6p
Clarkston Christmas Events – Inaugural Holiday Market
Bay Court Park (6970 Andersonville, Clarkston, MI 48346)
Get a jump on holiday shopping while enjoying hot chocolate, caroling, s’mores, holiday lights, and so much more. FREE admission & FREE hot cocoa. For more info, call 248-625-8055.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 6p-8p
Clarkston Christmas Events – Village of Clarkston Holiday Open House
Downtown Clarkston
Join the Village of Clarkston for the annual Holiday Open House. Stroll from shop-to-shop for sips, snacks and special discounts. This is a FREE event. For more info, please call 248-343-3337

Clawson Christmas Events 2018

altSaturday, November 10, 2018 from 9a-4p
Clawson Christmas Events – Christmas in Clawson Craft Show
Clawson High School (101 John M Clawson, MI 48017)
A variety of exhibitors will be displaying their crafts! Come enjoy a wonderful lunch, while you get your holiday and personal shopping done. For more information call 248-840-8938.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:30p
Clawson Christmas Events – Christmas Tree Lighting
Memorial Park at Blair Memorial Library (416 N Main St Clawson, Michigan 48017)
The evening includes caroling and the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck! Refreshments to follow at City Hall. Event is held rain, snow or shine. for more info.

Detroit Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 from 5p-midnight
Detroit Christmas Events – Campus Martius Park Tree Lighting
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Following the tree lighting Campus Martius Park Ice-Skating season begins! Enjoy holiday food and beverage offerings, carriage rides, visits with Santa, holiday shopping, and much more!

Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9a
Detroit Christmas Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2018
Woodward and Kirby, Downtown Detroit, Michigan
Hundreds of thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. Santa Arrives in Detroit! Parade Route info

Fridays & Saturdays – November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 from 6p-midnight
Detroit Christmas Events – Campus Martius Park Carriage Rides
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
See Downtown Detroit like you never have before – from inside an enchanted horse drawn carriage. Carriage rides take off from the Woodward Esplanade, directly south of Campus Martius Park. Rides are $10 per person and last about 15 to 20 minutes. On site only. No advanced reservations are accepted.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5p-10p
Detroit Christmas Events – Noel Night 2018
Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area (between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis)
Over 60 participating venues will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances. For more info…

Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2p-5p
Detroit Christmas Events – WinterFest
Palmer Park (910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit, MI 48203)
Enjoy Christmas magic with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse & carriage and hayrides through the woods, sweets, treats and hot cocoa, holiday ornament making and music with violinists from Detroit Youth Volume and excerpts from Dream Arts Co. musical “Madeline’s Christmas.” Celebrate Hanukkah with the Downtown Synagogue and Kwanzaa with the Wright Museum of African American History. Admission is free with small donation requested for the rides. For more info, visit

Farmington Christmas Events 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10a-8p
Farmington Christmas Events – Holly Days
Downtown Farmington
Greens, Gifts and Giving. Victorian carolers, hot cocoa and chili will keep shoppers warm along with the heat from wood-burning fire pits dotted around Riley Park and the Sundquist Pavilion. Enjoy Santa photos for the kids and FREE holiday movies (with a donation) at the Farmington Civic Theater. For more info, contact the Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 6p-8p
Farmington Christmas Event – Governor Warner Mansion Christmas Tree Lighting
Governor Warner Mansion (33805 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI)
Visit with Santa, live music, refreshments, tours of the decorated mansion. This is a FREE event. For more info, call 248-474-5500 ext 2225.

Farmington Hills Christmas Events 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4p
Farmington Hills Christmas Events – Christmas Choral Concert
Finnish Center Association (35200 Eight Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, 48335)
Finnish and English carols and seasonal music. Tickets at the door are $10, Adults; $5, 5-12; under 5, FREE. For more info, 734-464-1513/

christmas treeTuesday, December 4, 2018 at 6:30p
Farmington Hills Christmas Events – Holiday Lights Ceremony 2018
Farmington Hills Fire Department HQ (31455 W 11 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336)
During the Annual Holiday “Lights” Ceremony, the beautiful trees at City Hall will be illuminated as well as a 20-foot candle, which represents commitment to peace and unity in Farmington Hills. Santa will be on hand and refreshments will be served at the Fire Station Headquarters after the ceremony.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10a-4p
Farmington Hills Christmas Events – Holiday Shopping Expo 2018
Costick Center (28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan)
The Costick Center in Farmington Hills is hosting a Holiday Shopping Expo to showcase a variety of vendors and crafters. Shop from over 50 vendors. This is a FREE event. Call 248-473-1800 for more info.

Ferndale Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5:30p-8p
Ferndale Christmas Events – Iron Ridge Tree Lighting Celebration
Iron Ridge (1030 Woodward Hts, Ferndale, MI 48220)
Santa and Mrs Claus photos (bring your camera, live music, Holiday Market, pop up tree lot, and more. This is a FREE event. Food and retail available for purchase. For more info,

Ice SculptureSaturday, December 8, 2018 from 10a-4p
Ferndale Christmas Events – Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival 2018
Downtown Ferndale
The Holiday Ice Festival is a hometown-celebration of the holiday season, featuring a display of ice sculptures lining the streets. Santa will be there for FREE photos from 10a-noon. Call 248-546-1632 for more info or visit the Ferndale DDA.

Flint Christmas Events 2018

Thursdays, November 29, 2018 through Sunday, December 31, 2018 (THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, AND SUNDAYS at 7p TH, FR, & SA & 3p on SU
Flint Christmas Events – Cosmic Christmas Light Show
Longway Planetarium (1310 E Kearsley St, Flint Township, MI 48503, 810-237-3400
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. Get tickets at or call 810-237-3400 for more information.

Grosse Pointe Christmas Events 2018

Noon-7:30p Wednesdays-Saturdays, and noon-4p Sundays from November 23 – January 6
Grosse Pointe Shores Christmas Event – Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Tours
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236)
“The tour of the main floor also features stories and photos of the Ford family’s Christmas traditions and other grand receptions and parties held at the estate, while the tour of the second floor allows visitors to explore the personal spaces of the home.” These events sell out quickly. Daytime tour tickets (through the 4:30 tour) are sold at the Visitor Center, first come, first served, no reservations. Evening tours (5p-7:30p Wednesdays-Saturdays) are sold in advance online advance at

Harrison Twp Christmas Events 2018

Hazel Park Christmas Events 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 6:30p
Hazel Park Christmas Events – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Hazel Park Viking Ice Arena (1555 E Woodward Heights, Hazel Park, Michigan, 248-546-5700)
There will of course be a school band & choir along with free skating & hot chocolate. It’s good old-fashioned family fun.

Highland Christmas Events 2018

Village Christmas LightsMonday, December 3, 2018 at 7p
Highland Christmas Events – Highland Tree Lighting
Veteran’s Park (Livingston and John St)
Annual tree-lighting ceremony features caroling, cider, cookies, crafts, and a visit from Santa Claus. After Santa arrival, activities take place across the street at 205 W Livingston. For more info, visit the Highland DDA.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10a-noon
Highland Christmas Events – Great Candy Cane Hunt
Apollo Center (2029 N Milford Rd, Highland MI 48357)
Search for candy canes in an outdoor snowy course, make festive crafts, enjoy Holiday stories, receive special treats, and more. Call 248-676-8390 or visit to register.

Holly Christmas Events 2018

altSaturday, November 3, 2018 from 9a-4p
Holly Christmas Events – Annual Holly Holiday Art & Craft Show
Holly High School (6161 E Holly Rd, Holly, MI, 48442)
130 + Juried Exhibitors, food Available, free Parking, strollers welcome. $2 per person. For more info, Lisa Benavides at

November 23 (at 7:30p) 24, & 25, December 1 & 2, December 8 & 9 from 11a-6p Saturdays, noon-5p and Sundays
Holly Christmas Event – Holly Dickens Festival 2018
Step back into time as you stroll the streets, visit the shops, pubs and eateries in quaint downtown Holly, getting caught up in the story of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Bring the whole family and get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping. Lighted Parade on Friday, November 23 to kick the events off. For more info, visit

Lake Orion Christmas Events 2018

Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day (5p-10p Sun-Thu / 5p-11p Fri-Sat
Lake Orion Christmas Event – Lights On Lake Orion
Lights on Lake Orion (439 Shady Oaks, Lake Orion, MI 48362)
Lights On Lake Orion features around 20,000 Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music. FREE but donations accepted for The Daisy Project non-profit which helps families with special needs children. More info

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 5:30p
Lake Orion Christmas Event – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Children’s Park (Downtown Lake Orion)
Enjoy Small Business in Downtown Lake Orion and then the tree-lighting ceremony. Meet Mrs Claus and her reindeer and enjoy the tree-lighting ceremony near dusk.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6p
Lake Orion Christmas Events – Orion Lighted Parade
Downtown Lake Orion
Sponsored by the Orion Area Parade Company. The parade boasts dozens of float entries each year, from civic organizations, dance studios, scouting troops, local dignitaries, marching bands, school groups and more. The event is capped off with a special visit by Santa himself, much to the joy of the young and old in the crowd lining the village streets. For more info, visit

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4p
Lake Orion Christmas Events – The North Oakland Concert Band presents “Wondrous Night”
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church (2700 Waldon Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48360)
Small ensembles will be playing to greet the audience starting at 3:30p followed by a concert featuring popular and classical holiday music. This is a FREE event. For more info,

Lathrup Village Christmas Events 2018

Madison Hts Christmas Events 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 6:30p
Madison Hts Christmas Events – Holiday Tree Lighting
Civic Center Plaza at the Gazebo
The Mayor will welcome Santa and present him with an official key to the City. Visitors will enjoy cookies and cocoa while listening to seasonal music. Following the tree lighting program, children may wish to get their photos taken with Santa and Mrs Claus inside the Breckenridge Room of the Library. As this event is privately sponsored, the Mayor asks the community to help keep this tradition going, by making a donation payable to “City of Madison Heights – Christmas Light Fund.”. For more info, call 248-589-2294.

Metro Detroit Christmas Events 2018

Milford Christmas Events 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:30
Milford Christmas Event – The Big Reveal
Downtown Milford
Stores on Main Street in Downtown Milford reveal festive holiday Christmas and holiday window displays to their stores. Come downtown and watch the kids “unwrap” the storefronts. Local merchants will wrap their storefronts on Tuesday, get busy, and reveal their holiday best on Thursday night.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10a
Milford Christmas Events – Downtown Christmas Parade
Downtown Milford
Come out to the annual Milford Christmas Parade, one of the longest-standing Main Street traditions around. Wonderful holiday event for the entire region. Come early! Main Street fills up fast. For more info, call 248-684-9719.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 6p-9p
Milford Christmas Events – Christmas Open House
Downtown Milford
Enjoy the winter wonderland with strolling entertainment, special promotions at a variety of shops and restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday caroling and of course, a visit with Santa. Santa Claus arrives at 6p. For more information, call 248-684-1975 or visit

Mt Clemens Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018, 2018 at 5p
Mt Clemens Christmas Event – Downtown Mt Clemens Christmas Open House & Tree Lighting
Downtown Mt Clemens
Santa Claus will arrive by horse-drawn sleigh at 6p. Enjoy a personal visit with Santa and take your own photos. Activities include free horse drawn trolley rides, and children’s activities at different Downtown businesses. Many businesses will also feature special sales, giveaways, and refreshments. Info – 586-469-4168 or

Northville Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018at 6:30p
Northville Christmas Events – Holiday Lighted Parade
Downtown Northville MI
Ring in the Holiday Season with the annual Holiday Lighted Parade in downtown Northville, the official kickoff to Northvile’s Hometown Holidays. For more info, visit

altSaturday, November 17 from 10a-4p and Sunday, November 18 from 11a-3p
Northville Christmas Events – Greens Market Weekend
Northville Town Square
Vendors from the Northville Farmers Market will be at Town Square and will feature wreaths, seasonal baskets and much more. For more info, call 248-349-7640.

Sunday, November 18, 2018 from noon-4p
Northville Christmas Events – Christmas in the Village
Mill Race Village Northville
Enjoy have snacks, carolers, the Weavers will be demonstrating their craft and the Northville High School band will play a few numbers. St Nicholas may make an early appearance. For more info, call 248-348-1845.

Friday, December 7 (9a-8p), Saturday, December 8 (9a-5p), Sunday, December 9 (11a-4p)
Northville Weekend Events – Handcrafters Tinsel & Treasures
Northville Community Center (303 W Main St, Northville, MI 48167)
39th Annual Handcrafters Tinsel & Treasures show featuring dozens of art and handcrafted exhibitors offering holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, Christmas decor, and much more. FREE parking. $4 admission. Kids 12 & under are FREE. For more info, email

Novi Christmas Events 2018

fireworksFriday, November 30, 2018 from 6p-9p
Novi Christmas Event – Light Up The Night Novi
Novi Civic Center (45175 West Ten Mile, Novi, Michigan)
Tree Lighting at 6:15pm, Santa visits, live reindeer, FIREWORKS, refreshments, and more. This is a free event. More info

Oak Park Christmas Events 2018

Ortonville Christmas Events 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 3p
Ortonville Christmas Event – Downtown Ortonville Christmas Parade
Downtown Ortonville
Enjoy activities and shopping throughout the day and visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus after the parade. For more info, call 248-627-8070.

Oxford Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6p-8p
Oxford Christmas Events – Soup & Sweet Stroll
Centennial Park (Downtown Oxford)
Holiday fun and the tree lighting is at 8p. School choirs, petting farm, soups & sweets on Washington Street, Santa Claus, and more. $5 per adult or $10 per family. For more info, call 248-770-8587.

paradeSaturday, December 1, 2018 at 2p
Oxford Christmas Events – Oxford Christmas Parade
Centennial Park (Downtown Oxford)
Enjoy holiday fun in Downtown Oxford. Festivities start at noon with, vendors, music, crafts, and more. Parade starts at 2p. For more info, call 248 628-0410.

Pontiac Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 6p
Pontiac Christmas Events – Tree of Hope Lighting
50th District Court House, Pontiac, MI
Enjoy the many youth choirs that will entertain after the 6p tree lighting.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8a-10:30a (WinterFUN Festival) Parade at 11a
Pontiac Christmas Events – Holiday Extravaganza Parade and WinterFUN Festival
Downtown Pontiac
Gallery of Ice, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Petting Farm, Children’s WinterART, Face Painting, Puppet Show, Crafts, Community Art Painting, Popcorn Hot Cocoa, S’mores and much more on Saginaw Street in Downtown Pontiac. All events are FREE. Meet Santa & Mrs Claus after the parade at the Pontiac Public Library. More info

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 4p
Pontiac Christmas Events – CAROLS
All Saints Episcopal Church (171 W Pike St, Pontiac, MI 48341)
An afternoon of Bates & Alfred Burt’s original carols. Enjoy the sounds of “Caroling, Caroling”, “Some Children See Him” and “The Star Carol” in the the historical All Saints’ Episcopal Church. For more info, email

Ray Christmas Events 2018

December 1, 8, 9, 14, & 15 from 6p-9p each night
Ray Christmas Events – Heritage Holidays at the Historic Center
Wolcott Mill Metropark – (65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096, 586-752-5932,
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. $5. Location is Wolcott Mill Historical Center at 64162 Kuntsman Rd, Ray, MI. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required for these events. Daily & Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at OR visit your local Metropark today.

Rochester Christmas Events 2018

royal park hotelMonday, November 12, 2018 from 5p-9p
Rochester Christmas Holiday Event – Rochester Holiday Shopping Expo
Royal Park Hotel (600 E University Dr, Rochester, MI 48307)
More than 50 Downtown Rochester Businesses will be showcasing their products and services just in time for the Christmas and holiday season. Admission to the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo is free and includes light refreshments and door prize drawings throughout the evening.

Monday, November 19, 2018 from 6p-9p
Rochester Christmas Events – Lagniappe
Downtown Rochester
Favorite Lagniappe activities will return, including Big Bright Light Show debut, strolling carolers, and a visit from Santa Claus. For full schedule, visit

Daily through January 1, 2019
Rochester Christmas Events – Royal Park Hotel Holiday Express Gingerbread Train
Royal Park Hotel (600 East University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307, 248-652-2600,
Check out the lobby of the Royal Park Hotel to get into the holiday spirit. The GIANT gingerbread train was created with 200 lbs of gingerbread mix. Great for holidays pics and the aroma is mouthwatering. Plus, you can make donation to the Salvation Army at the Mitten Tree. More Info – Pics – Video.

Friday, November 30, from 4p-10p & Saturday, December 1, 2018 from noon-10p
Rochester Christmas Events – Kris Kringle Market
Downtown Rochester (W Fourth between Main St & Walnut)
Kris Kringle Market Rochester is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas Market and visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambiance of this open-air, holiday market. Shoppers will have choices of specialty foods, fresh greens and wreaths, and hand-crafted gifts for the Christmas season.

big bright light showMonday, November 19, 2018 through January 1, 2019 (5p-midnight daily)
Rochester Christmas Events – Big Bright Light Show
Downtown Rochester
See Downtown Rochester lit up in Holiday glory as the city is adorned with over 1.2 million Christmas Lights. Lights are on from 5p-midnight. Review, pics, more info

Friday, November 23 through December 23, 2018
Rochester Christmas Events – Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk
Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens (480 South Adams Rd, Rochester, MI 48309)
The Meadow Brook Hall annual Holiday Walk explores the Dodge and Wilson family’s winter traditions and activities they enjoyed while living on the Meadow Brook Estate. More Info – Pics.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10a-4p
Rochester Christmas Events – Oak Arbor Church School Christmas Craft Festival
Oak Arbor Church School (495 Oak Arbor Circle, Rochester, MI 48306)
Enjoy Christmas crafts and activtities, a raffle, food and beverages for purchase. Admission is FREE. For more info,

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2p
Rochester Christmas Event – Downtown Rochester Christmas Parade
Downtown Rochester MI
In its 67th year, the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade is the largest Christmas parade in Michigan with an average 3,000 parade participants that represent a collaborative effort among families, businesses, non-profit and civic organizations, as well as schools and universities. Hosted by Rochester Regional Chamber.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 5p-8p
Rochester Christmas Events – Caroling in the City
Downtwon Rochester
Enjoy live entertainment, sweets and, of course, caroling – all on Main Street with the backdrop of the stunning Big, Bright Light Show. For more information or to get involved, contact the Rochester DDA at

Rochester Hills Christmas Events 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10a-3p
Rochester Hills Christmas Events – Rochester High School Holiday Bazaar
Rochester High School (180 S Livernois, Rochester Hills, MI 48307)
The bazaar will host 200 artists (25% are new this year), small business owners, and direct sale vendors from all over Michigan and Ohio. Admission is $5. For more info, visit or visit eventbrite.

Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6p-9p
Rochester Hills Christmas Events – Village of Rochester Hills Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams Rd and University, Rochester Hills, MI)
Once again the Village will come to life with over 850,000 lights that will illuminate all at once! In addition to lighting our 25 foot tree, we will welcome Santa to the Village for another year of free visits. The fun starts at 6p, the tree-lighting takes place at 7p. For more info, visit

Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 1p-4p
Rochester Hills Christmas Event – Old-Fashioned Christmas
Rochester Hills Museum (1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309)
Model train display, wagon rides, crafts, snacks, and choir performances. Call 248-656-4663 for ticket info.

Romeo Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5:30p-9p
Romeo Christmas Events – Starlight Christmas 1865
Simpson Park Camp (70199 Campground Rd, Romeo, MI 48065)
Horse-drawn wagon or walking tours through lit paths on historic grounds. Live nativity scene with animals. Christmas carols with choirs, bonfire, home-baked cookies, hot chocolate, and more. This is a FREE Event with a $5 suggested donation. Horse-drawn wagon rides require advance reservation tickets at signupgenius dot com. For more info, call 586-752-3202.

Royal Oak Christmas Events 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9a-4p
Royal Oak Christmas Event – Holiday Arts & Crafts Marketplace
Royal Oak High School (1500 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, MI)
Fun, food and holiday shopping! Featuring more than 100 local artisans. Luncheon entrees and baked goods available for purchase. For more info,

November 17 – December 31, 2018 from 5:30p-9p (weeknights & Sundays) or 5:30p-10p (Fridays & Saturdays) (see dates below)
Royal Oak Christmas Event – Detroit Zoo Wild Lights
Detroit Zoo (8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067)
The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a half-mile trail through the front of the Zoo. Dates – November – 17,18,23,24,25,30
December – 1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30,31. Ticket info. Review / Pics / Info

Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 4p-9p (lighting takes place at 7p)
Royal Oak Christmas Events – Royal Oak Holiday Magic Market Place Marketplace
Royal Oak Farmers Market (316 E 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan)
The Royal Oak Farmers Market will host a Holiday Marketplace before, during and after the City Tree Lighting Ceremony. Local crafters and artisans featuring antiques, collectibles, crafts, & many downtown merchant booths. For additional information call 248-246-3276.

Shelby Twp Christmas Events 2018

Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10a-noon
Shelby Twp Christmas Events – Lunch & Skate with The Grinch
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Twp., MI 48317, 586-731-5006,
$10 includes skate rental, hot dog, drink, and snack. Bounce Zone included.

Southfield Christmas Events 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 6:30p
Southfield Christmas Events – Burgh Historical Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Burgh Historical Park (26080 Berg Rd, Southfield, MI)
Burgh Park Tree Lighting Ceremony where they will help city officials to kick off the holidays in Southfield.

Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6p-7:30p
Southfield Christmas Events – Read, Drink & Be Crafty
Southfield Parks & Rec Building RM 115 (26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48037)
Hosted by Southfield Youth Assistance & Southfield Parks & Rec. Enjoy FREE hot chocolate bar, crafts, games, raffles, pizza, books, photos, and more. FREE Gift for first 25 kids (and first 10 parents). $5 per child at the door or register at eventbrite. For more info, email

South Lyon Christmas Events 2018

altSaturday, December 1, 2018 from 10a-???
South Lyon Christmas Events – Cool Yule Festival
Downtown South Lyon
South Lyon whips up a full-day of Christmas and holiday fun with Cool Yule. The South Lyon community will celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Many free/low-cost family friendly activities will happen across the community culminating in the lighted parade through Downtown South Lyon.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:15p
South Lyon Christmas Event – Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt
McHattie Park (South Lyon, MI)
Bring your little one out to grab as many candy canes as they can find. Find the multi-color ones and get a prize. Children will be broken into age groups to ensure each child has a chance to grab a bunch of candy canes. Bring your own bag to fill up. Bring a camera for photo with Santa. This is a FREE event. For ages 3-10. Call 248-437-8105 for more info.

Troy Christmas Events 2018

FireworksFriday, November 2, 2018 at 7p
Troy Christmas Events – Here Comes Santa Claus
Oakland Mall (Macy’s North Entrance)
Santa Claus arrival with fireworks! Santa’s official welcome to Oakland Mall for the 2018 Christmas season. After the fireworks, head inside for live music and entertainment. Have your photo taken with him on the lower level of Macy’s.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9a-4p
Troy Christmas Events – Elf Shelf Troy
Troy High School (4777 Northfield Pkwy, Troy, MI 48098)
150 Booths of holiday shopping! Admission is $3. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more info, call 248-988-0426.

Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6:30p-9p
Troy Christmas Event – Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland
City Hall for Tree Lighting Troy Library & Troy Community Center
Sing carols and watch Santa light the City’s Christmas tree. After, join us at the library and community center for games, crafts, food, fun, visits with Santa, musical entertainment & more at Winter Wonderland. FREE for the whole family.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10a-5p
Troy Christmas Events – Merry Makers Market 2018
Balkan American Community Center (1451 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
100+ crafters & vendors, live holiday music, kids activiteis, door prizes & giveaways, food concessions for purchase. Cost is $2. For more info, call 248-809-9644

Walled Lake Christmas Events 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018 from 7p-9p
Walled Lake Christmas Events – Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
City Hall (1499 E West Maple, Walled Lake, MI)
Holiday Tree Lighting and visit from Santa Claus. Festivities start at the Walled Lake City Library (1499 E West Maple Road, Walled Lake, Michigan 48390) at 6p with a craft & special guests.

Warren Christmas Events 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9a-4p
Warren Christmas Events – Holiday Craft Show
Warren Community Center (5460 Arden, Warren, MI 48093)
Over 200 tables, several holiday vendors & more. Admission is just $1 per person. Call 586-268-8400 to purchase a table.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5p-8p
Warren Christmas Event – Warren Tree Lighting Ceremony
Warren City Square (Van Dyke N of 12 Mile Rd)
Visit with Santa, free ice-skating admission all day (skate rental available), horse-drawn wagon rides, refreshments, and more!

Waterford Christmas Events 2018

SantaTuesday, November 27, 2018 from 6p-8p
Waterford Christmas Events – Tree Lighting and Santa Celebration
Town Hall (5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI)
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. For more info, call 248-674-3111.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9a-5p
Waterford Christmas Events – Waterford Garden Club Greens Sale
Waterford Senior Center Gym (3621 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI)
One-stop holiday shopping featuring one-of-a-kind crafts to fit every budget. For more info, visit

White Lake Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18, 2018 (noon-8p FRI, 9a-5p SAT, 10p-3p SUN)
White Lake Christmas Events – Art and Greens Holiday Arts Market
Bogie Lake Greenhouses (1525 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake)
“Held INSIDE the 28,000 square foot climate controlled Bogie Lake Greenhouses guests can shop the artist booths nestled between festive displays of poinsettias and other holiday greens, one of the most unique settings for an art and fine craft market in all of Michigan. There will be some artist demonstrations and children of all ages can enjoy various activities in the Market.”. For more info, visit

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10a-noon
White Lake Christmas Events – Nature Holiday Crafts
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, Springs Metropark provides the materials and projects, you provide the crafting power. Each participant will take home at least three nature and sustainability-inspired items to gift or keep. This program is ideal for families with preschool to early elementary age children. Please preregister, 248-625-7280. $5 adult, $3 child or $10 per family. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required for these events. Daily & Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at OR visit your local Metropark today.

Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6p-8p
White Lake Twp Christmas Events – White Lake Community Tree Lighting
Fisk Farm (9180 Highland Road, White Lake Township, MI 48383)
Library staff and the ‘Friends of the White Lake Township Library’ will host a Gingerbread House Contest and children’s crafts. Please visit the library’s web site for more information. Plenty of Christmas events and fun.

Wixom Christmas Events 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5p-11p
Wixom Christmas Events – Holiday Tree Lighting
Wixom Community Center
Pics with Santa, crafts for kids, Christmas carols, a beer tent, live music, horse and carriage rides, fire & ice tower, and more! For more info, call 248-624-2850.

Wolverine Lake Christmas Events 2018

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