The Friday Five — Dec. 2-4

Metro | Published November 29, 2022


1. Potters Market
Dec. 1-4 • Southfield

More than 35,000 pieces from 124 artists will be available at the Potters Market from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday inside the Southfield municipal complex, 26000 Evergreen Road. Admission and parking are free, but the preview night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday will cost $10. Once a holiday tradition in Madison Heights but now a staple in Southfield, the event has been around for 45 years, and is back for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit

Read the story: Potters Market returns after two-year hiatus

2. Holiday concert/fundraiser
Dec. 4 • Utica

For 15 years, the Joy to You Project has collected, purchased and donated needed items for local women’s shelters. Each December, the organization has put on a holiday concert, called “Joy to You,” featuring local professionals to raise money and collect supplies. This year's performance will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 45160 Van Dyke Ave. in Utica. There will also be a bake sale and gift bazaar. Tickets cost $15 for students and $20 for adults. Organizers ask that attendees bring a donation for an essentials basket, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and tissue.

Read the story: Joy to You holiday benefit concert to help local shelters

3. Winter Markt
Dec. 2-4 • Birmingham

Experience the magic of the holidays with horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, caroling, marshmallow toasting, shopping for greens and more during the Winter Markt in downtown Birmingham. Hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with a tree lighting taking place at 6 p.m. opening night. Food and beverage vendors will feature European cuisine to go along with the German-themed event. The paths of Shain park will be lined with local artists, vendors, ice sculptures and other festive activities. For more information, visit

Read the story: Birmingham Winter Markt offers weekend of festive fun

4. Tree lighting ceremony
Dec. 2 • Troy

The city of Troy is inviting the public to get in the holiday spirit during its tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Plaza, outside the south entrance of Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road. Santa will enter with the Troy High School marching band, and later visit with children. The Athens High concert and treble choirs will also perform. Like the event itself, the hot cocoa and Timbits are free. 

Read the story: Troy gets into the holiday spirit with tree lighting, decorating contest

A number of other communities will host tree lightings and city-wide holiday events beginning Thursday:

Tree lighting and visits with Santa after Holiday Lights Parade, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 12 Mile Road from Bacon Street to City Hall,

Enjoy music, s’mores and more while meeting Santa at various parks Saturday — 1 p.m. at Harding Park, 1:30 p.m. at Wilson Park, 2:30 p.m. at Geary Park and 3 p.m. at Schiffer Park

Refreshments, live entertainment, reindeer and Santa, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, City Hall, 33000 Garfield Road,

Harrison Township
Tree lighting, visits with Santa and free cookies and hot cocoa, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Rosso Hall, 38151 L’Anse Creuse Road,

Macomb Township
Tree lighting, caroling, arrival of Santa, crafts, music, live reindeer and more, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, outside Township Hall and inside Recreation Center, 54111 Broughton Road, (586) 992-0710

Tree lighting, sing-a-long and visits with Santa, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave.,

Royal Oak
Tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate, live Nativity, crafts, choir, caroling and more, 5 p.m. Saturday, National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, 2100 W. 12 Mile Road,

Shelby Township
Tree lighting, crafts for kids, marshmallow toasting, horse-drawn carriage rides, train display, carols and photos with Santa, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, municipal campus, 52700 Van Dyke Ave.

Sterling Heights
Tree lighting, visit by Santa, caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, skating, warming fires and more, 5:45-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, (586) 446-2700,

• Winterfest features tree lighting, live performances from Regina Choral Ensemble, pop-up shops, petting zoo, pony rides, photos with Santa and more, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Regina High School, 13900 Masonic Blvd.

• Tree lighting, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, City Square in front of City Hall, Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road

5. Holly Days
Dec. 3 • Farmingrton

Holly Days will begin with the Greens, Gifts and Giving Market, toy train rides and more at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sundquist Pavilion in downtown Farmington. Also at 10 a.m., the Farmington Civic Theater will show popular Christmas movies for just the cost of a canned good donation. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mrs. Claus will tell her favorite holiday stories inside Essential Family Chiropractic, where unwrapped and unopened toys can be donated to Toys for Tots. From 1 to 4 p.m., Santa will listen to wish lists at the Farmington Garage. The main attraction will be the Light Up the Grand Parade at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, the singing of carols, live music, a tree lighting ceremony and more will take place at the historic Gov. Warner Mansion. For more information, visit

Bonus: Chanu-Con!
Dec. 4 • Oak Park

Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 Lincoln St. in Oak Park, will hold its seventh annual Chanu-Con! Chanukah festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Adults can browse the Safrai Art Gallery of Jerusalem artwork sale; kids can take part in yoga, play Chanukah bingo, make radio spots with a local Jewish station, enjoy face painting, jump in a bounce house and more. There will be food and vendor gift items available for purchase, as well as a 50-50 raffle. For more information, visit the event Facebook page at

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