The Friday Five — Dec. 16-18

Metro | Published December 13, 2022


1. Victorian Christmas
Dec. 16-18 • Troy

Experience the holidays as they were celebrated during the 1850s and '60s at the Victorian Christmas event this weekend at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road. Costumed reenactors will perform activities of the season, such as decorating and exchanging gifts. Families can partake in carols, crafts and shopping, listen to music, and enjoy hot cider and cocoa. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $10 for Troy Historical Society members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information and tickets, visit

2. Wreaths Across America
Dec. 17 • Clinton Township

National Wreaths Across America Day — which remembers the fallen heroes who served in the U.S. military — will be held at noon Saturday at Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road in Clinton Township. The annual event will feature a color guard, a flyover, the playing of taps and the laying of wreaths over the graves of veterans. For more information, visit

3. 'Home for the Holidays' concerts
Dec. 16-18 • Detroit

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will play carols and classics for two hours during each of its six "Home for the Holidays" concerts this weekend at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. The performances are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday; all will include an appearance by Santa Claus. For more information and tickets, visit

4. 'Brightest and Best' holiday concerts
Dec. 16-17 • Farmington Hills

The Farmington Chorus will perform its "Brightest and Best" holiday concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at The Hawk - Farmington Hills Community Center, 29995 W. 12 Mile Road. The group is comprised of about 80 members from metro Detroit, and will be accompanied this weekend by a viola player from the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. For information about tickets, call (248) 473-1850 or email For more information about the shows or to inquire about becoming a member, visit

5. 'Menorah in the D'
Dec. 18 • Detroit

This Sunday is the first night of Hanukkah, and Campus Martius in downtown Detroit will celebrate with "Menorah in the D" at 5 p.m. Festivities will include the lighting of a 26-foot-tall Detroit Menorah; a fire show and strolling entertainment; face painting, crafts and games for kids; glow-in-the-dark giveaways; complimentary soup, snacks and cider; a kosher food truck; photos with Dreidel Man and Smile Man; and more. Can't attend in person? Sign up for a lamplighter kit and interact on a live screen at the event via Zoom. For more information, visit

Bonus: Ice skating

While a number of rinks have skating for the rest of the month and into 2023, here's a quick schedule for this weekend:

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Road,, call (248) 651-4440, ext. 289, for open/closed status

Royal Oak
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Centennial Commons, 221 E. 3rd St.,

11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit,

Sterling Heights
Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Dodge Park Farmers Market Pavilion, 40260 Utica Road,, (586) 446-2700

The Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, is set to open in mid-December. Look for updates at

The Rink at Mae Stecker Park, 8600 24 Mile Road in Shelby Township, also has yet to open, but those interested in the rotation of open skating and hockey can get updates by texting @mspicerink to 81010.

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