The Friday 5 — Nov. 17-19

Your guide to this weekend's events

Online Only | Published November 16, 2017

1. Santa Claus is coming to Mount Clemens
Nov. 18 • Downtown Mount Clemens

The holiday season will officially get underway Nov. 18 when Mount Clemens presents the 42nd annual Macomb County Santa Parade downtown. 

This year's parade starts at 10 a.m. with a route along Main Street from Church Street and continuing six blocks to Clinton Street. Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey said the holiday tradition is a community celebration that involves the entire county. 

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2. Fireworks to light up the Village
Nov. 17 • Rochester HIlls

Join the Santa parade Nov. 17 and watch the Village of Rochester Hills turn on its holiday lights with a fireworks display.

The shopping center's annual Light the Village holiday tradition includes music, entertainment, food and more. 

Santa will begin visits with children that night at 8 p.m., continuing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24. A special Santa "pet night" will be held 3-6 p.m. Nov. 19 for a $10 donation. 

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3. Christmas memories take the stage
Nov. 10-Dec. 24 • Rochester Hills

Playgoers will find holiday classics on the Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players stages this season. 

Meadow Brook Theatre will present its 36th annual performance of "A Chrismas Carol" Nov. 10-Dec. 24 on the campus of Oakland University. 

Tickets range in price from $28 to $43 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at (248) 377-3300 or visiting Groups of eight or more should call (248) 370-3316.

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4. Bloomfield Hills High School students perform 'A Chorus Line'
Nov. 16-18 • Bloomfield Hills

The Bloomfield Hills High School drama department is preparing to break a leg and cut a rug with its new production of the Broadway classic "A Chorus Line."

The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18 in the high school's performing arts center. Tickets can be purchased at and cost $15 for students and seniors, and $18 for general admission. 

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5. Guardians for Animals Pet Expo returns to Madison Heights
Nov. 18 • Madison Heights

There will be countless animals available for adoption at this year's Guardians for Animals Pet Expo, as well as opportunities for low-cost microchipping to help dogs and cats find their way home if they go missing, with free microchipping available for the family pets of military members and first responders. 

Guardians for Animals, or GFA, is a nonprofit network that provides financial and logistical support for 15 no-kill rescues and shelters. This is the 12th year that GFA has held the Pet Expo, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Madison Place, 876 Horace Brown Drive in Madison Heights. 

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Staff writers Andy Kozlowski, Brendan Losinski, Linda Shepherd and Julie Snyder contributed to this report.