The Friday 5 — Dec. 1-3

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published November 30, 2017

1. Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade
Dec. 3 • Downtown Rochester

The annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will return to downtown Rochester this weekend. The parade will head down Main Street, from the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads, beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 3. This year's parade will celebrate a “vintage Christmas” theme in honor of Rochester's bicentennial.

The parade will feature over 100 units, including floats, bands, dancers, horses, Scout groups, churches, community organizations, businesses, nonprofits and more.

Before the parade, early birds will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus noon-1 p.m. in a warming tent on the west side of Fourth Street and Rochester Road.

A live stream of the parade will be available at or at

For more information about the parade, call (248) 651-6700 or visit

Related story: Hometown Christmas Parade to roll down Main Street Dec. 3

2. Nintendo Art Show opening
Dec. 2-3 • Phoenix Café, Hazel Park

The Phoenix Café in Hazel Park will be closing permanently at the end of 2017. Before it does, the venue will be holding one last event — a Nintendo Art Show. The art show opening will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, and go until 1 a.m. Dec. 3. The exhibit will be open Dec. 2 through Dec. 16.

The all-ages show opening will feature a full gallery of Nintendo-themed art, a costume contest, a “Super Smash Bros. Melee” tournament with a cash prize, gaming stations, vintage toys, a DJ, vendors and more.

The Phoenix Café is located at 24918 John R Road, just south of 10 Mile Road, in Hazel Park.

For more information about the costume contest and the “Super Smash Bros. Melee” tournament, contact Viktor Moon at (586) 801-3302. For more information about the Phoenix Café, call (248) 376-7658.

Related story: Nintendo Art Show will be Phoenix Café’s final art opening

3. A Sterling Christmas
Dec. 2 • Sterling Heights' city center parking lot

The annual A Sterling Christmas holiday celebration will take place even closer to Sterling Heights’ city center when it returns Dec. 2.

The event will be held from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

This year’s event will be staged across Utica Road, within the parking lot of the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center, which contains City Hall, the Police Department and the library.

The event will feature a tree lighting, wagon rides, a carousel, visits with Santa, a petting farm, pony rides, and cocoa and cookies. The historic Upton House will be open to the public as well.

Visitors should park in the lots by the 41-A District Court building, Stevenson High School and the west side of City Hall. They also may park by the Sterling Heights Senior Activity Center, where shuttles will be available to transport visitors to the event site.

For more information, visit or call (586) 446-2489.

Related story: A Sterling Christmas is coming back to town

4. Detroit Urban Craft Fair
Dec. 1-3 • Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Detroit Urban Craft Fair will return for it 12th year this weekend. The fair will take place 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St. in Detroit.

Admission costs $10 on Friday and $1 Saturday and Sunday.

The juried fair will feature over 100 handmade crafters and indie artists. Fair attendees are also afforded the opportunity to interact with the participating crafters while shopping for locally and regionally made goods.

In addition to the crafts, the event will also feature food, music and stations for kids.

For more information, email or visit

5. Polar Express holiday party
Dec. 1 • Barnes & Noble, Rochester Hills

Barnes & Noble, located at 2800 Rochester Road in Rochester Hills, will hold a special holiday event — Polar Express Storytime — from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is presented by Hamlin Elementary School.

Plenty of holiday activities will be featured at the event, including coloring and crafts. The main event — the Polar Express story telling — will kick off at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (248) 853-9855.