Holiday Happenings

Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Eastpointe and Roseville will hold tree-lighting ceremonies and celebrations during the first week of December, with both cities including in the festivities visits from Santa Claus, activities and songs.

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Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Local teenagers will bring in the holiday season in December with themed plays at Eastside Teen Outreach and East Detroit High School.


The outreach organization has a rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life” set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5. According to Eastside Teen Outreach co-founder Deena Trocino, the play will not only feature local teens, but also former members of the defunct Eastpointe Players community theater group.

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Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Not quite finished with your holiday shopping at the end of Black Friday? Well, there’s more time, as well as more deals and even some fun to be had on Small Business Saturday Nov. 28.

In Mount Clemens, many of the small business owners that operate in the downtown area agree that while Small Business Saturday gives them that extra boost in revenue, it’s simply just a fun day.

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Published November 21, 2015

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HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park is a small town with a big heart. For more than 30 years, the community has pulled together each holiday season to assemble goods for struggling families in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale. And this year will be no different.

From now through Nov. 30, those in need can fill out applications for the Holiday Baskets at the Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, near John R, or at any of the school buildings.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The holiday season is upon us, and the city of Rochester is doing its part once again to spread some cheer.

Downtown Rochester will transform into a European holiday market next weekend for the eighth annual Kris Kringle Market.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The lobby of the Royal Park Hotel was abuzz Nov. 11 as families and children anxiously waited for hotel executive pastry chef Mark Slessor to unveil this year’s giant gingerbread house, which Slessor said is his team’s “biggest and best” candied confection to date.

This was the eighth anniversary of the event. The 8-foot-tall gingerbread structure was once again created for a sweet cause — to support The Salvation Army’s 2015 Red Kettle Campaign.

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Published November 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township’s hometown Christmas event, Christmas Aglow, which has been a community staple for more than three decades, will return at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The free event will feature a multitude of elements designed to provide family fun, spread cheer and promote Shelby Township recreation.

New this year is the addition of a costumed Minion character from the movie “Despicable Me.”

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Published November 19, 2015

Black Friday is coming, and a majority of Michigan retailers are not expecting a black mark on their economic forecasts for the holiday shopping season, according to a recent survey.

An Oct. 26 press release from the Michigan Retailers Association revealed that its Michigan Retail Index shows respondents predicting an average sales increase of 2 percent this holiday season.

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Published November 18, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Michelle Weiss, marketing coordinator for the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, said she’s noticed something surprising over the past few years. In her neck of the woods, there seems to be more excitement about the Saturday after Thanksgiving than Black Friday.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Family, friends and fun will combine this weekend for a downtown tradition to start the holiday season.

The 14th annual Holiday Magic Parade will begin marching along downtown streets at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The parade will start at Lincoln and Washington and head north on Washington to Fourth Street, where it will head west and end at Lafayette.

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Published November 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shopping for loved ones and book lovers gets a little easier around this time of year with the Shelby Township Library’s Christmas book-bundle sale.

The sale features approximately 300 bundles of books — grouped by topic and age group — for $6 each. It runs through Dec. 22 at the library, located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

Maryann Ross, library bookstore director and vice president of the nonprofit group Friends of the Shelby Township Library, said preparations for the book sale begin as early as April.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — The holiday season is fast approaching, but Ferndalians won’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to get their holiday cheer fix, as the third annual Holiday Hoof and FestivALE events will return Nov. 21 to downtown Ferndale.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — People searching for that perfect Christmas gift will have an opportunity to do so at Farmington Hills’ Holiday Shopping Expo.

The expo takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 11 Mile Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmington Hills Deputy Director of Special Services Bryan Farmer said the expo allows people to get a look at different types of crafts they might not find in a normal store.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

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Published November 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to bring trees, tablescapes and a host of other items home for the holidays this weekend during the second annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees fundraiser.

The event kicks off with a cocktail preview 7-11 p.m. Nov. 20, where the items will be up for auction for the first time.

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Published November 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS — As the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade marks its 40th anniversary this year, many of the parents who’ll be bringing their wide-eyed kids to watch for Santa Claus are the same ones who lined the parade route in those early years as wide-eyed kids themselves.

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Published November 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — With its 1.5 million points of holiday light, The Big, Bright Light Show may look like something that can only be found in a dream. But this year, it’s also turning dreams into reality for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Big, Bright Light Show, downtown Rochester has partnered with The Rainbow Connection, a nonprofit organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses across the state.

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Published November 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families are preparing to gather and express thanks for what they have, two local groups hope that residents will spread their blessings to others in time for the holiday season.

The St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee and the Luella M. Harden Foundation, run by the owner of Butter Run Saloon, have teamed up to “stuff a bus” with brand new toys and nonperishable food to be distributed through St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids and local food banks this Christmas.

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Published November 16, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A new date for the Macomb County Santa Parade means the event will be a little bit longer this year and there will be more new floats and participants, one organizer said.

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Published November 12, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For many, gifts under the Christmas tree and the joy of unwrapping them are among their most cherished childhood memories.

But consider yourself fortunate if you have such memories — there are many kids who come from struggling families where a merry Christmas is no guarantee.

That’s where the Goodfellows come in. Their motto is “No child without a Christmas,” and they honor this by raising money to purchase Christmas gifts for the kids of families just barely getting by.

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Upcoming Events

Grosse Pointe City
League of Women Voters discussion
7-9 p.m.
Grosse Pointe Public Library Central Branch
Rochester Hills
Annual River Day logo contest
ongoing
Clinton River Watershed Council
Sterling Heights
Free dementia workshop
6:30-9 p.m.
SarahCare Daytime Senior Care and Activities

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