The Friday Five — Jan. 6-8

Metro | Published January 4, 2023


1. Mini Masquerade Party
Jan. 7 • Clinton Township

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library is promising big fun with its Mini Masquerade Party this Saturday. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., kids in grades 6-12 can partake in tiny treats, crafts, games and activities at the Main Branch, 40900 Romeo Plank in Clinton Township. Guests are encouraged to "come dressed to impress" in masks and costumes. And because it's an after-hour program, nobody will be admitted once the doors close at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, visit or call (586) 226-5020.

2. Harry Potter and the Holiday Skate
Jan. 7 • Farmington

Originally scheduled for New Year's Eve but postponed due to rain, Harry Potter and the Holiday Skate will now take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. Children and adults can dress up as their favorite characters for a chance to win prizes. A ball drop to kick off the new year will happen at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person or $30 per household. For more information, visit or, or call (248) 474-5500.

Sterling Heights
Another special outdoor skating event will take place on the east side. The Dodge Park Ice Rink, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, will host a 1970s-themed glow stick progam from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. (The location will hold similar events with an '80s theme on Jan. 14, '90s on Jan. 21 and 2000s on Jan. 28.) For more information, visit or, or call (586) 446-2711.

3. Traditional Ice Harvesting Open House
Jan. 8 • West Bloomfield

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society's Traditional Ice Harvesting Open House will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road. Attendees can see the methods and tools used, and — weather permitting — can cut a block of ice and make an ice cone. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451.

4. Auto swap meet and bridal expo
Jan. 7-8 • Novi

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, will hold two events this weekend.

The Detroit Automotive Swap Meet will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Guests can find parts that are "new, used, shiny and restorable." Tickets cost $10 for men; women and children 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

The Novi Bridal Expo will welcome love birds from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Couples will find "exhibitors, fashion, prizes and surprises," along with the chance to meet with vendors. Tickets cost $15; register in advance at and be entered into 10 special drawings. 

Parking for all events costs $5. For more information, visit or call (248) 348-5600.

5. Holiday leftovers
Ongoing • Various locations

St. Clair Shores
While the entertainment portions of the event ended before Christmas, Tunnel of Lights can still be viewed nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. until Jan. 15 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores. For more information, visit or call (586) 445-5350.

As part of The Big Bright Light Show, businesses in downtown Rochester will continue to be Illuminated nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight until Jan. 21. During this same time period, folks can search the city for 12 5-foot fiberglass snowmen on display for the inaugural Snowman Stroll. For more information about both activities, visit

Royal Oak
This will be the final weekend for Wild lights at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For more information, visit or call (248) 541-5717.

A few miles north, the "Christmas Through the Years" exhibit can be viewed from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until Jan. 28 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum at the Royal Oak Fire Department's Northwood Station, 1411 Webster Road. For more information, visit or call (248) 439-1501.

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