Holiday Happenings

Published December 2, 2015

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs hasn’t missed attending the Clawson annual tree lighting, and this year will be no different.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Santa to Clawson and give Santa the key to the city,” she said. “I enjoy seeing and meeting with the kids as they line up to see Santa. The joy, innocence and anticipation surrounds us, and the outcome is smiles all around.”

On a personal note, Luebs attends each year to have her photo taken with Santa to put on her father’s refrigerator as an ongoing tradition.

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Published December 2, 2015

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WATERFORD — Shopping local has never been more popular with consumers. But small businesses can’t always stay open as long as their big box competitors, and customers sometimes choose between conscience and convenience.

Luckily, the Oakland County Market will host its popular Holiday Shopping Nights again this year, so busy buyers can shop from local farmers and artisans during special evening hours.

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Published December 2, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The holiday lights will again be shining brightly on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, but the third year of the Winter Wonderland outdoor strolls will also feature the handiwork of local elementary school students.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The National Retail Federation estimates that almost half of all holiday shopping this year will be done with a click of a button rather than a trip to the mall, but while buying gifts online is convenient, it also comes with a few risks that could make your season not so merry and bright.

“So many people get so busy that they don’t think about the what-ifs,” said Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan in Southfield.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hanukkah is a season of fun and presents for many of metro Detroit’s Jewish families, but over in the Middle East, it has recently become a sizzling topic among archaeologists who are trying to discover the holiday’s historical roots.

The timing of the Hanukkah season moves around the Western calendar from year to year because the eight-day festival’s beginning is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 6 and lasts until Dec. 14.

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Published December 2, 2015

WARREN — ’Tis the season for giving.

That’s the philosophy behind two organizations seeking volunteers to help carry out their missions to benefit children and senior citizens.

Socks for Seniors, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is looking for coordinators in the Warren area to help with collecting socks this year for local senior citizens. The nonprofit community service project organizes, collects and distributes new socks for senior citizens in communities all over the country.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — The sidewalks were filled to the brim Nov. 23 as downtown Rochester was set aglow with 1.5 million points of light for the first time this holiday season.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Tablescapes of rarely seen china, glassware, linens and silver are the focus of the 44th annual Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk.

It’s about “showing respect for your guest — honoring them,” said MBH curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski. “Putting out your best things for them to enjoy. We did that in every room.”

The exhibit also features information about the proper etiquette and protocol of hosting, when entertaining appropriately was of great importance for Gilded Age elite.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will make its way through the streets of downtown this weekend, marking the 64th anniversary of what has become a cherished holiday tradition for many.

“You can’t come to the parade and not see people that you know that are going down Main Street,” Parade Chair Tim Crawford said.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, the 2015 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 December 1, 2015

BERKLEY — The holiday season is in full swing, as Hometown Holidays and the Holiday Lights Parade will return Dec. 5 to downtown Berkley.

Hometown Holidays is entering its third year as a daytime event that sees the Berkley Downtown Development Authority and local businesses collaborate to offer specials, treats and activities throughout the day leading up to the Holiday Lights Parade.

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Published December 1, 2015

UTICA — The sounds of carolers, sleigh bells and Santa’s belly laugh will fill the streets of downtown Utica beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

The city’s annual Christmas and tree-lighting program will feature the arrival of the jolly old saint on a fire truck, and together he and Mayor Jacqueline Noonan will light the decorations at Utica City Hall.

There will be a craft table set up for children to make a holiday decoration, and everyone will be invited to enjoy hot cider and doughnuts at the Utica Fire Department, located at 7609 Auburn Road.

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Published December 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Why just deck the halls when you can “put on your dazzle?”

That’s what’s happening at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center these days, according to President and CEO Annie VanGelderen, as the nonprofit art center gets ready to open its seasonal holiday shop, loaded with unique handcrafted gifts made by local artists.

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Published November 30, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Like so many of us, Joanne Ewald has been busy planning a holiday party. But her gathering, to be held on Friday, will be more than just a celebration of the season — it will be a celebration of hope for those who have gone without.

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Published November 30, 2015

FARMINGTON — Winter is here and the year is winding down, which means the annual Holly Days event is upon us.

“Holly Days is such a great family event, and a lot of the activities are free,” Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Communications and Events Kristin Curle Houchins said recently. “It is very nostalgic — a great way to enjoy the holidays and not spend a ton of money.”

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Published November 30, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s ready to help light up St. Clair Shores City Hall and tree this week.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will kick off with an opportunity to check out live reindeer starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at City Hall, 27600 Jefferson Circle Drive.

It’s “the event that starts the Christmas season” in St. Clair Shores, said Activities Committee Chair Maureen Wark.

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Published November 30, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 28, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union 1737 will he holding their annual Donuts with Santa event while simultaneously kicking off their Giving Tree program Dec. 5.

Firefighter Erik Evans said the event is always an enjoyable experience for the entire family.

“There will be free coffee, juice and doughnuts, and the children can meet with Santa and tell him what they want this year and get their picture taken,” said Evans. “It’s always a lot of fun.”

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Published November 27, 2015

Sterling Heights is getting ready to celebrate tradition and light the tree once more during its 39th annual A Sterling Christmas event Dec. 5.

Kyle Langlois, the city’s parks and recreation manager, said organizers plan to stay “about status quo” when it comes to the event’s offerings, adding that the event has grown to a point where “we’re pretty expanded out.” He said the city anticipates a turnout of around 4,000 people every year.

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Published November 27, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — “It’s one of the best streets in Mount Clemens.”

That’s how Marti Ellyson-Defer described the street chosen for this year’s 11th annual Christmas Walk, hosted by the Bath City Association of Mount Clemens.

The Dec. 10 walk will feature seven homes, which ticket buyers can tour while each homeowner describes their family’s Christmas traditions and the story behind their unique decorating ideas.

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Published November 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —  Several holiday shows will spread cheer this Christmas season at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, at Hall Road.

Audiences can enjoy a favorite Christmas show from their childhood or form new traditions, courtesy of the performers ready to hit the Macomb Center stage.

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