Holiday Happenings

Published November 30, 2016

ROCHESTER — Just in time to kick off holiday shopping, downtown Rochester’s European holiday market will return this weekend.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority’s ninth annual Kris Kringle Market will be held 4-10 p.m. Dec. 2 and noon-10 p.m. Dec. 3 on West Fourth Street, between Main and Walnut. Inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas market, Rochester’s open-air holiday market will offer food, holiday shopping and live entertainment.

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Published November 30, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High School junior Sydney Floyd is considered the driving force behind an initiative to collect new or gently used mittens, hats and scarves for the East Detroit Community Clothing Closet. 

With help from culinary arts program instructor Philippa Lobaido, Floyd and the rest of the school’s culinary arts students will be able to make a difference in someone’s life.

Lobaido sat down with her students to come up with a solution to help those in need during the winter season.

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Published November 30, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Familiar stories will be told on the stages of Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players this holiday season.

Meadow Brook will present “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 23. The theater has staged the holiday classic of a mean-spirited miser and the ghosts that haunt him every year for more than three decades.

“This is our 35th year,” said Erica Nowak, MBT marketing director. “People who came as children to see it are now bringing their kids. It is a family tradition for many people.”

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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 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

ROCHESTER — The 65th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will march to town this weekend, celebrating the mystery and magic of the holidays with a “Holiday Masquerade.”

Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, the 2016 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will roll down Main Street, from the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads south to Third Street.

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Published November 30, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — It takes almost 50 people to assemble and add lights to the dozens of Christmas trees that fill every nook and cranny of Meadow Brook Hall.

“I’ve learned to pick the shorter trees to work on,” said MBH volunteer Marianne Raffin. “The ballroom has very tall trees.”

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Published November 30, 2016

FRANKLIN — The people of Franklin are inviting the public to kick off the holiday shopping season in style with the annual Sip, Shop and Stroll event.

Sip, Shop and Stroll is organized by Main Street Franklin, which promotes local businesses in the historic village. The event was created to provide people with an opportunity to begin their holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere and in a way that allows them to shop locally.

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Published November 30, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The season of sweets is upon us, and Preservation Bloomfield is celebrating with its annual Gingerbread Luncheon fundraiser at the Townsend Hotel.

The annual event will once again showcase the work of local bakers and confectionery artisans, who have crafted gorgeous gingerbread houses for the occasion.

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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

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 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 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

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 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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