The Friday Five — Nov. 17-19

Your guide to the weekend's events

Metro | Published November 13, 2023


1. Holiday/tree lightings
Nov. 17 • Various locations

Lighting of 64-foot Michigan-grown Norway spruce, performances by Olympic figure skaters, live music, holiday shopping, food trucks and more, 4-9 p.m., Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., also skating with Santa noon-4 p.m. and ugly sweater party 6-10 p.m. Nov. 18, plus skating with "Frozen" characters noon-4 p.m. Nov. 19,

Fireworks, tree lighting, Santa visit, live music, character meet-and-greets, and holiday market, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17, Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, 44175 12 Mile Road,

Rochester Hills
Holiday music, Santa visit, fireworks, food trucks, stilt walkers, fire performers, appearances by The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, and more, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17, 104 N. Adams Road,

Read the story: Village of Rochester Hills to host annual ‘Light the Village’ celebration

2. Santa parade
Nov. 18 • Mount Clemens

10 a.m., along Main Street from Church Street to Clinton Street,

3. Craft shows/holiday markets
Nov. 17-19 • Various locations

Holiday market, live entertainment and nonperishable food drive, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 18  and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 19, 211 W. Troy St. near Allen Road,

Read the story: Jingle & Mingle comes back for year 2 with holiday market

Mount Clemens
Shop for gifts and décor by more than 100 Michigan fine artists and crafters, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-18 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19, then daily (except Mondays and Nov. 22-23) until Dec. 23, Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place,

Royal Oak
More than 140 vendors expected, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18, Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Blvd.,

• More than 100 vendors expected, also raffles, cookie walk, pierogi, pies, fresh green wreaths and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18, De La Salle Collegiate High School, 14600 Common Road,

• Juried craft show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19, Warren Woods Tower High School, 27900 Bunert,

4. Celebration of Dreams
Nov. 19 • Shelby Township

Magic show, holiday raffles, silent auction, dinner and kids fashion show, 5 p.m., The Palazzo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke Ave.,

5. Festival of Trees
Nov. 17-19 • Rochester

Viewing of locally made trees, wreaths and centerpieces, cocktail preview with refreshments, silent auction and cash bar 7 p.m. Nov. 17, open to public 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 18 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19, Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave. in Rochester,

There's a flurry of activities expected from now until the end of the year. Click On the 'Nice List': Christmas, holiday events in 2023 for more.

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