Holiday Happenings

Published November 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With hot cocoa, reindeer and, of course, Santa Claus, the annual St. Clair Shores tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 2 is sure to get you in the mood for the holiday season.

A decades-long tradition, members of City Council have fond memories of the annual event, especially visiting with Santa’s furry friends.

City Councilman John Caron said his favorite part of the tree lighting each year is the reindeer.

“It’s a cool attraction to see how the kids react. Cool to see reindeer in the city.”

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Published November 30, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but Holly Days and the Holiday Lights Ceremony are already almost here.

The cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills are celebrating the winter season with Holly Days 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3 in downtown Farmington and the Holiday Lights Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Farmington Hills city campus.

 

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Published November 29, 2016

ROCHESTER — For over 40 years, Rochester-area firefighters and volunteers have hit the streets of Rochester with red cans around their necks to collect money for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House food pantry during the annual Rochester Goodfellows paper sale campaign.

But this year, an attorney general’s opinion has forced volunteers to abandon the streets and move the campaign to the Kris Kringle Market Dec. 2-3.

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Published November 29, 2016

FERNDALE — Some people might not be a fan of the cold, but one good part of the winter season is the return of the Holiday Ice Festival, which will return for its 16th year in downtown Ferndale.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The festivities will start with the arrival of Santa Claus on the Ferndale Fire Department’s Engine No. 1 at Ferndale’s makeshift North Pole at Schiffer Park, on West Nine Mile Road and Planavon Street.

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Published November 29, 2016

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Cider Mill will be host to a special event, promoted as the first public menorah lighting for the Franklin and Beverly Hills area.

The lighting will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 25. The menorah was designed and the construction headed by Rabbi Bentzi Geisinsky, of the Chabad-Lubavitch Synagogue, and his wife, Moussia. It will stand 8 feet tall and will be covered with more than 1,000 tiles.

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Published November 29, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Thanksgiving has passed. So go ahead, give into it: It’s time to start decorating for Christmas.

If you need a little inspiration before you deck your halls, head over to Cranbrook House and Gardens this weekend for the second annual Holiday Splendor event. The rooms of the historic estate will be filled with one-of-a-kind Christmas trees, each decorated in its own theme, from classic elegance to contemporary beauty.

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Published November 28, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — An evening of festive fun and free family activities awaits residents in Warren and Center Line Dec. 3.

Both cities plan to host their own community tree-lighting events that night, and both communities have a lot of fun on the schedule.

Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said a day of activities will get going at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 with free ice skating at City Square on Van Dyke, north of 12 Mile Road. Skate rental will cost $3 and a variety of other activities are planned. 

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Published November 25, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods got into the holiday mood Nov. 16 with its annual tree-lighting ceremony at the Harper Woods firehouse.

Each year, the community kicks off the holiday season by turning on its Christmas lights for the first time and sharing some holiday cheer.

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Published November 23, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — It’s no secret that people in Clawson love the holidays.

From holiday craft shows to special luncheons to lighting up the community Christmas tree, the spirit is ongoing throughout the season.

“The spirit of the holiday is alive and well in Clawson,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “Kids and adults alike enjoy meeting Santa, and it is the beginning of the holiday season promoting caring, sharing and big hearts.”

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Published November 22, 2016

Troy families who make the Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at Troy City Hall an annual tradition will have more to do after the lights turn on, when the annual event will combine with additional activities offered at the Troy Public Library and the Troy Community Center.

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Published November 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — With the early days of December on the horizon, Shelby Township and Utica will host their annual family Christmas programs to jump-start the holiday season.

Shelby Township’s Christmas Aglow will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the township municipal grounds. Utica’s Christmas tree-lighting program will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Utica Fire Department.

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Published November 22, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Christmas, the city of Sterling Heights’ annual holiday event, promises to mix the old and the new as the tradition gets ready to mark its 40th year.

According to Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois, the event will offer free family fun for thousands of people in Dodge Park Dec. 3.

Langlois said turnout depends on the weather, as it does for all outdoor events. 

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Published November 22, 2016

CENTER LINE — Residents of Center Line are being invited to join their neighbors as they bring joy and light to the long, dark nights ahead.

The Center Line Beautification Commission’s “Light up the Sky” contest is again underway. Owners of homes and businesses are invited to decorate for the holidays and a chance to earn recognition among the city’s best, brightest and most tastefully done holiday displays. 

Judging by members of the commission is set to commence at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. 

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Published November 21, 2016

FRANKLIN — Piñatas for Christmas? It may not sound like a natural match, but the Franklin Public Library will be leading a class to teach people how to make their own festive, holiday-themed piñatas filled with Christmas treats.

The class will teach attendees how to make trinket boxes in a variety of shapes and styles and fill them with treats.

The program will be led by Helene Dupris-Bonafoux, a Troy resident who created prettylollie.com, a craft site with various crafts and do-it-yourself projects.

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Published November 19, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mino Watanabe’s artwork is inspired by many different aspects of her personality.

Her “Vegetable Spirit” series is taken from her love of food, particularly vegetables, and their association with earth and soil.

“I like mushrooms and how they degrade into the soil,” Watanabe said.

With the help of close friend Gary Watts, she was able to express her love for the environment and nature.

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Published November 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While you’re preparing to sit down to turkey and stuffing, local merchants are getting ready to kick off the holiday season with an elf, a tree, singing and dancing.

Light Up the Night will light up the Nine-Mack Merchants Association 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 1. This is the fourth year that the merchants in St. Clair Shores’ downtown area have kicked off the holiday season with shopping specials, a tree lighting, dancers and more.

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Published November 17, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Fire Department, the Eastpointe Goodfellows and the Kiwanis Club of Eastpointe are working together to make sure that no child goes without a Christmas.

The organizations will have a fundraiser at Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant, 24443 Gratiot Ave., from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Kiwanis Club of Eastpointe President Claudia Magnotte is looking forward to the fundraiser. 

“The Kiwanis Club is hoping to help make the fundraiser a huge success to let people know Goodfellows is still around,” said Magnotte.

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Published November 17, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — With the holidays around the corner, both Roseville and Eastpointe are getting into the “most wonderful time of the year” spirit.

Every year, the cities bring the community together for their tree-lighting ceremonies.

At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Roseville will host its 30th annual tree lighting and sing-along at City Hall Plaza, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

The mayor and City Council will lead attendees in the sing-along with help from Elsa and Anna of the Disney movie “Frozen.”

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Published November 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Don’t be fooled by those warm temperatures and the sunshine we’ve enjoyed well into November. The holidays are sneaking up on us.

And if you’re ready to get into your Santa Claus gear and set out for some holiday shopping, there’s really only one place to start: the great independent stores right next door.

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