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The more the merrier: Local events brighten the holidays

Metro | Published November 4, 2021


METRO DETROIT — That chill in the air means the holidays must be getting close. To get yourself in the mood, why not check out one — or two — of the many festive events in C & G Newspapers' coverage area? Come back here often as our we'll update the list daily until the end of the year.


Wednesday, Dec. 8
Holiday luncheon • Longacre House, Farmington Hills
The Women's Business Committee and Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce will host a holiday luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills. Guets can partake in a catered meal, cash bar, prizes and a business card raffle for a basket of cheer. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers, with proceeds benefiting the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families. To register, visit or call (248) 919-6917.

‘Michigan Holiday Season Memories’ • Zoom
The Blair Memorial Library in Clawson will invite co-authors Gail Offen and Jon Milan to discuss "Michigan Holiday Season Memories - Up Grand River Ave & Beyond" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. The duo will use archival photos and film footage to show nearly 100 years of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Email using  the subject line "Holiday" to receive a meeting link.

Holiday concert • First Congregational Church of Royal Oak
The Heritage Concert Band will perform holiday songs at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, 1314 Northwood Blvd. The performance is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

Thursday, Dec. 9
'Winterfest' • Regina High School, Warren
Regina High School, 13900 Masonic Boulevard in Warren, will host its 2nd annual "Winterfest" from 6 to 9 p.m. The outdoor event will feature performances by the Regina Choral Ensemble, a reindeer petting zoo, pop-up shops, a tree-lighting ceremony, hot cocoa and treats, and more festive activities. Admission is free, but those who register at will receive a coupon for a photo with Santa.

'Joyous Sounds of the Season' concert • Birmingham First United Methodist Church, Birmingham
The Birmingham Musicale’s string ensemble, choral ensemble and organist Doris Hall will perform the “Joyous Sounds of the Season” concert at 1 p.m. at Birmingham First United Methodist Church, 1589 W. Maple Road. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Create a holiday card for assisted living residence • Miller Branch Library, Warren
The Miller Branch Library, 5460 Arden, inside the Warren Community Center, will invite people to create a holiday card or two between noon and 7:30 p.m, and the library will send them to a local assisted living residence. All supplies will be provided. For more information, call (586) 751-5377.

Friday, Dec. 10
Holiday concert • St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Rochester
The Rochester Symphony Orchestra will perform a holiday concert at 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Road. Admission is $25 for adults $25 and $5 for students. Guests are asked to bring children’s mittens, hats, scarves and books for the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan. For more information, visit or call (248) 651-4181.

‘It’s a Wrap’ fundraiser • Harrison Township Public Library
The Harrison Township Public Library, 38255 L’Anse Creuse St., Suite A, will host the "It’s a Wrap" fundraiser at 6 p.m. Paper, trimmings and supplies will be available for free for those who bring in their gifts. For a donation, the HTPL Friends will wrap presents for you. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (586) 329-1261.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Tree lighting • Warren City Square
The city of Warren will host its annual tree lighting ceremony from 5 to 8 p.m. at Warren City Square, 1 City Square. Additional activities will include photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, a parade, glow skate, carolers from the Warren Civic Theatre and free ornaments.

Tree lighting • Memorial Park, Center Line
Center Line Parks & Recreation will hold its 69th tree lighting ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Park, 25355 Lawrence in Center Line. There will also be free hot cocoa, pony rides, a petting zoo and photos with Santa. For more information, call (586) 757-1610 or email

Make a snowman craft • Franklin Public Library
The Franklin Public Library, 32455 Franklin Road, will offer a snowman craft, story and snack for children at 2 p.m. To register, call (248) 851-2254 or visit

‘Royal Oak Jingle’ • Downtown Royal Oak
The Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority will host its “Royal Oak Jingle” at various downtown locations. The Winter Market will feature hand-made gifts, live entertainment, cocktails and cocoa from noon to 10 p.m. A light parade will begin at 7 p.m. Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 to 10 p.m. Other activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with reindeer and, if passes are still available, a cookie crawl from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information and to check on availability, visit

‘Soulful Santa Celebration’ • Southfield Pavilion
Southfield Parks & Recreation will host its "Soulful Santa Celebration" from 12 to 2 p.m., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. Visit and take photos with Black Santa, listen to storytelling, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, bring home a craft, watch the Impulse Dance Academy dancers and browse the vendor marketplace. Admission is $3 for Southfield residents ages 2 and older and $5 for nonresidents; adults must also have a ticket. Purchase at or in person at the Parks & Recreation Information Desk, 26000 Evergreen Road. For more information, call (248) 796-4620.

Santa visits • Stage Nature Center, Troy
The Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Hwy. in Troy, will offer Santa visits during multiple time slots. Children ages 3-8 can participate in socially distanced visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, give him a letter to take back to the North Pole, and bring home a craft and gift bag. Tickets cost $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. To sign up for a session, call (248) 688-9703.

Give to Toys for Tots, get a free photo with Santa • Sundquist Pavilion, Farmington
GLP Financial Group will collect items for Toys for Tots from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sundquist Pavilion, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. While there, get a free photo with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, listen to carolers and participate in family activities. The event is part of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Holly Days.” For more information, visit

Christmas tree lighting and fireworks celebration • Memorial Park, Utica
The city of Utica will host a Christmas tree lighting and fireworks celebration at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park, 7530 Auburn Road. The Utica Fire Department will sponsor “Stuff an Ambulance” to benefit Toys for Tots. The Utica High School Marching Band will perform holiday favorites. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by sleigh, and kids can visit and take photos with the man in red after the ceremony. Other scheduled guests include FOX 2 News anchor Roop Raj, who will serve as master of ceremonies, and Detroit Red Wings legend Darren McCarty.

Showing of ‘The Grinch’ (2018) • Roseville Public Library
The Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., will show “The Grinch,” the 2018 version featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, at 1 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. Click here to register.

'Art & Craft Show' • Troy Athens High School
Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R, will host its "30th Annual Festival Art & Craft Show" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 200 crafters are scheduled to attend. Admission is $3, but free for children 12 and younger. Masks must be worn. For more information, visit

Santa Station coming to Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum • St. Clair Shores
The Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores will bring the Santa Station to the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road, behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The socially distanced event will allow children to meet Santa safely. The group is hoping to have tents outside to provide shelter for waiting families.

Tree lighting • Municipal Park, Lathrup Village
The city of Lathrup Village will host its tree lighting from 5 to 8 p.m. at Municipal Park, 27400 Southfield Road. Activities, giveaways, hot chocolate and crafts will also be available. For more information, visit

Sunday, Dec. 12
'Holiday Spectacular!' concert • Royal Oak Middle School auditorium
The Royal Oak Concert Band will present its "Holiday Spectacular!" at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave. The concert will feature traditional music for Christmas, Hanukkah and a festive sing-along. The ensemble will collaborate with the PRISM Men's Chorus. Additionally, the show will include a set by the Woodward Avenue Jazz Orchestra. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and younger, and tickets can be purchased at the door or at

Christmas concert • Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Woods
Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd. in Grosse Pointe Farms, will host a Christmas concert at 3 p.m. The $25 tickets can be purchased at or at the door 30 minutes prior to the show. For more information, email or call (313) 885-4842.

Senior club performs ‘Sounds of the Holidays’ • Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills
The Farmington Friends of the Library will invite The Farmington Musicale to present its “Sounds of the Holidays” program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. For more information about the free event, call (248) 553-0300.

‘Service of Lessons and Carols’ • St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester
St. John Lutheran Church musicians and choirs will present the “Service of Lessons and Carols” at 2 and 4:30 p.m. The century-old worship format combines scripture readings, choral anthems and familiar carols sung by the congregation. The church is located at 1011 W. University Drive in Rochester. For more information, call (248) 402-8000 or visit

'Storytime and Donuts with Santa' • Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms, will invite children ages 2-12 to attend "Storytime and Donuts with Santa" from 10 to 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit

'Caroling in the City' • Downtown Rochester
Downtown Rochester will host "Caroling in the City" from 5 to 8 p.m. around the Christmas tree in the middle of Main Street. Wear an ugly sweater, partake in the cookie station and belt out a holiday favorite with choirs and carolers. Learn more about this and other local events at

Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra holiday concert • Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods
The Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra will perform a holiday concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. The cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (60 and older), $5 for college students and free for kindergarten through 12th grade. Audience members must wear masks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Advent/Christmas organ concert • Our Lady of La Salette Church, Berkley
The Ministry of Music at Our Lady of La Salette Church, 2600 Harvard Road in Berkley, will invite organist Dr. David O. Wagner to play works from the Advent and Christmas season at 4 p.m. Dec. 12. The concert will double as a rededication of the 1967 M. P. Moller pipe organ that was recently restored. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (248) 541-3762, ext. 17.

‘Home For the Holidays’ concert • Ferndale High School
The Ferndale Community Concert Band will perform a free show, “Home For the Holidays,” at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest. There will also be a bake sale. For more information, visit or check out the group on Facebook.

'Hope Triumphant' • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Novi
The Novi Choralaires will present the Christmas concert “Hope Triumphant” at 4 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28000 New Market Road in Farmington Hills. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door.

Monday Dec. 13
'Elegant Christmas Luncheon' • Royal Park Hotel, Rochester
The Rochester Symphony Guild, which supports the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and its programs, will host the "Elegant Christmas Luncheon" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive in Rochester. Shop the silent auction tables and partake in the raffles, eat gourmet food and try a seasonal drink and dessert, and listen to singer Matthew Duncan perform holiday songs. Tickets cost $55; parking is free. For more information, call (248) 425-2505 or visit

Tuesday, Dec. 14
Holiday luncheon and business awards ceremony • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
The Novi Chamber of Commerce will host a holiday luncheon and business awards ceremony from noon to 2 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. Participants can also network from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and help the Novi Youth Assistance “Adopt-A-Family” program by donating unwrapped toys for children 12 and younger. The cost is $35 per person and $200 for a table of six. For more information, visit or call (248) 349-3743.

Holiday light tour for seniors • St. Clair Shores
The St. Clair Shores Senior Center, 20100 Stephens St., will offer a holiday light tour around the city from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5. There is also a dinner planned afterward. Sign up by visiting the office. For more information, call (586) 445-0996 or visit

'Blue Christmas' service for remembrance and hope • St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Madison Heights & Zoom
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 1434 E. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights, will host "Blue Christmas" at 7 p.m. The candlelight service will feature scripture, music, prayers and words of encouragement and hope for those feeling down during an otherwise joyous time of year. People of all faiths — or no faith — can attend. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow. The event, done in coordination with St. Matthew's & St. Joseph's Episcopal Church Detroit, will also be livestreamed. Visit and click on the Zoom button. For more information, call (248) 585-9591.

‘Home for Christmas’ concert • Rochester Adams High School, Rochester Hills
The Rochester Community Concert Band will present its “Home for Christmas” concert at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Rochester Adams High School, 3200 W. Tienken Road in Rochester Hills. Santa will conduct “Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis” and “Sleigh Ride,” then be available for photos in the lobby after the free show. Masks should be worn. For more information, visit or email

Wednesday, Dec. 15
Christmas concert and singalong • St. Lucy Catholic Church (gym), St. Clair Shores
The Belgian American Association Band will play a Christmas concert with a singalong from 7 to 8 p.m. in the gym at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 23401 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores. The show is free, but donations will be accepted. For more about the group, which is celebrating its 90th year, visit

‘A Holiday Recital’ • National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, 2100 W. 12 Mile Road in Royal Oak, will present “A Holiday Recital,” featuring singer Angela Theis and pianist Timothy Cheek, at 7 p.m. For more information about the free performance, visit or email

‘Legends of Christmas and Winter Monsters’ • Zoom
The Royal Oak Public Library will invite author and cryptozoology researcher Shetan Noir to discuss “Legends of Christmas and Winter Monsters” at 7 p.m. on Zoom. To register for the free program, visit

Thursday, Dec. 16
Holiday party • Helm at the Boll Life Center
The Helm at the Boll Life Center, 158 Ridge Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, will host its annual holiday party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for members and $18 for nonmembers. For reservations or more information, call (313) 882-9600 or visit

Thursday, Dec. 16-Monday, Dec. 20
Drive-thru holiday lights • MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi
The MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road in Novi, will host a drive-thru holiday lights event. The cost is $10 per vehicle. While registering by Dec. 16, participants can order a cookie and hot chocolate to-go box for $2 each to nosh on during the 15-20 minute experience. For more information, call (248) 347-3860 or visit

Friday, Dec. 17
Holiday concert • Royal Oak High School
The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra will perform a holiday concert at Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Blvd., at 8 p.m. A face mask must be worn regardless of vaccination status. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, visit or call (248) 549-0262.

Friday, Dec. 17- Saturday, Dec. 18
‘Peace on Earth’ holiday concerts • The Hawk Community Center, Farmington Hills
The Farmington Chorus will perform its “Peace on Earth” holiday concerts at 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mainstage Theatre inside The Hawk Community Center, 29995 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at For more information, call (248) 473-1850.

Friday, Dec. 17- Sunday, Dec. 19
‘Victorian Christmas at the Village’ • Troy Historic Village
The Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, will host “Victorian Christmas at the Village” from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19. Experience Christmas during the mid-1800s with reenactors, and take part in carols, crafts, and hot cider and cocoa. Tickets cost $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information, visit

‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose’ • Owen Jax Recreation Center, Warren
The Warren Civic Theatre will present “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose: A Live Radio Play” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18 and 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Owen Jax Recreation Center, 8207 E. 9 Mile Road. Admission costs $14 for ages 13 and older and $10 for 12 and younger. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, Dec. 18
'Breakfast with Santa' • Lathrup Village City Hall
The city of Lathrup Village will host "Breakfast with Santa" from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road. Register at

‘Pop’s Christmas Light Parade’ • Downtown Mount Clemens
Pop’s Sweet’s An Treats, 90 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens, will host its second annual “Pop’s Christmas Light Parade” at 5 p.m. Participants are asked to decorate their vehicles and drive around downtown. For more information, visit or call (586) 430-1638.

'Crafts with Santa' • Hazel Park District Library
The Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, will host “Crafts with Santa” from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees can also get their photo taken and receive a present from the man in red. Masks are required. To register, call (248) 546-4095.

Sunday, Dec. 19
Holiday concert • St. Mark Lutheran Church, Roseville
The Metropolitan Detroit Chorale, Macomb Brass Works and Melodies of Metro Detroit will perform a holiday concert at 5 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 26830 W. Park St. in Roseville. Masks are required. For more information, visit or call (586) 792-7464.

‘A Joyful Noel’ concert • Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods
The Detroit Concert Choir will present “A Joyful Noel” at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. Admission costs $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, visit or call (313) 882-0118.

‘Mingle, Jingle and Jam with Marge’ • Crocker House Museum, Mount Clemens
The Crocker House Museum, 15 Union St. in Mount Clemens, will host “Mingle, Jingle and Jam with Marge” from 1 to 4 p.m. Take a tour of the historic building, try a sweet holiday treat, get a kit to make a Victorian-themed ornament and listen to live music. Admission is $10. For tickets, call (586) 465-2488 or email

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Holiday program • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Royal Oak
The Royal Oak Musicale will present a free holiday program at 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 814 N. Campbell Road. For more information, visit or call (248) 542-0415.

'Holiday Community Sings with Matt Watroba' • Zoom
The Farmington Community Library will offer "Holiday Community Sings with Matt Watroba" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Lyrics will be projected on a screen while the guitarist leads the singalong. Click here to register. For more information, call (248) 553-6880.

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Tree lighting • St. Peter Catholic Church, Mount Clemens
St. Peter Catholic Church, 95 Market St. in Mount Clemens, will host a tree lighting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Santa will arrive on a fire truck, and guests can enjoy live Christmas music and caroling. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, a bike raffle and treats and refreshments. St. Vincent de Paul Society will be on site for those seeking assistance during the holidays. The event is in partnership with St. Mary Catholic School, also in Mount Clemens. For more information, call (586) 468-4578, email or visit

Friday, Dec. 31
‘Harry Potter’-themed New Years Eve ball drop • Sundquist Pavilion, Farmington
The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Harry Potter”-themed New Years Eve ball drop from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Sundquist Pavilion, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. For more information, call (248) 919-6917 or email

Judelaires concerts • Various locations
The Judelaires, a holiday choral group, will perform multiple local concerts in December:
• Dec. 14, 7 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake St. in St. Clair Shores
• Dec. 16, 7 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church, 38750 Ryan Road in Sterling Heights
No tickets are required. For more information, email

'Tunnel of Lights' • Blossom Heath, St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation will host its “Tunnel of Lights” event from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 17-19 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. The activities will change each day, but include carolers, visits with Santa, dancers, musicians, food trucks, a holiday merket and more. To see the full schedule, visit

'Holidays at the museum' • Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, will host "Holidays at the Museum" from 12 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 19 and 27-30. Take a guided tour of the 1840s farmhouse to see vintage Christmas decorations, and check out the model railroad exhibit in the calf barn. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free for members. For more information, visit

'The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon' • Ridgedale Players Theatre, Troy
The Ridgedale Players, 205 W. Long Lake Road in Troy, will offer a satirical take when it presents "The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon" Dec. 10-12 and 17-19. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and the curtain drops on Sundays at 2 p.m. Reserved seats cost $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. To purchase, call (248) 988-7049 or visit

Dominic’s Christmas Wish • Benefitting Macomb County homeless shelters
For the ninth year, Dominic’s Christmas Wish — a Roseville charity organized by 12-year-old Dominic Miller — is collecting new unwrapped books, pajamas and toys for children and teens in homeless shelters in Macomb County. The items can be mailed to or dropped off at 15325 Evergreen Ave., Eastpointe, MI 48021, and will be delivered by mid-December. For more information, visit

Toys for Tots • Farmington Hills Police and Fire departments
The Farmington Hills Police and Fire departments are accepting new unwrapped toys until noon Dec. 17 at the police department, 31655 W. 11 Mile Road, and at the fire department headquarters, 31455 W. 11 Mile Road. For more information, call (248) 871-2629.

Holiday shows • Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township
The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, on the campus of Macomb Community College, will feature the PRISM Men’s Chorus’ “Holiday Concert — Simply the Best” Dec. 10, “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas” Dec. 11 and Macomb Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 17-19. In addition, "The Nutcracker Sweet Tea" will provide treats from the Land of Sweets, lunch, story time, a craft, and photo and autograph opportunities with hostesses Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy Dec. 18. For tickets and more information, call (586) 286-2222 or visit

Goodfellows seeking donations for families during holidays • Madison Heights Police Department
The Madison Heights Goodfellows is asking for money and new unwrapped toys for families in need. The donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Madison Heights Police Department, 280 W. 13 Mile Road. Checks should be addressed to the Goodfellows.

Toys for Tots donation dropoff • Anthology of Rochester Hills
Anthology of Rochester Hills, an assisted living and memory care facility at 1775 S. Rochester Road, is accepting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. For more information, visit (248) 841-4210 or visit

‘Starry Lights’ • Edsel Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores
The Edsel Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, is hosting “Starry Lights,” an outdoor winter light walk, Thursdays through Sundays until Jan. 9. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Snacks and warm beverages will be available at the estate’s concession stand, as will dinner at its new restaurant, The Continental. For more information, including hours, visit, email or call (313) 844-4222.

‘Wild Lights' • Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak, is hosting “Wild Lights” on select nights until Jan. 9. Attractions include more than 5 million lights, 445 illuminated trees, 283 lighted sculptures and a 16-foot walk-through ornament. For more information, including times and pricing, visit

Winter fun take-home kits • Shelby Township Library
The Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke Ave., is offering winter fun take-home kits featuring activities and treats for kids in grades 5 and below. Pickup will be Dec. 11. To register or for more information, call (586) 739-7414 or email

Donate toys, clothing to kids • Neighborhood House, Rochester
Neighborhood House is asking for donations of new toys and clothing for children in the greater Rochester area whose families are facing financial hardship. Items may be dropped off at: Retro Fitness, 637 North Main Street; Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road; Auburn Hills City Manager’s Office, 1827 North Squirrel Road; Oakland Township Hall, 4393 Collins Road; and Neighborhood House, 1720 South Livernois Road. For more information, visit

‘A Very Golden Girls Christmas’ • Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale
The Ringwald Theatre, located inside the Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center, 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, is performing “A Very Golden Girls Christmas, Vol. 2 (An Unauthorized Parody)” on select dates until Dec. 20. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and cost $25; Sundays are at 3 p.m. for $25; and Mondays are at 8 p.m. for $15. For more information, visit

‘Big, Bright Light Show’ • Downtown Rochester
The annual “Big, Bright Light Show” illuminates businesses from 5 p.m. to midnight until Jan. 2, then nightly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Jan. 15. For more information, visit

‘A Christmas Carol’ • Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester
Meadow Brook Theatre, 378 Meadow Brook Road in Rochester, on the campus of Oakland University, is presenting “A Christmas Carol” on select dates until Dec. 23. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (248) 377-3300 or visit

‘Holiday Walk,’ ‘Winter Wonder Lights’ • Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester
Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive in Rochester, on the campus of Oakland University, is hosting two festive events — the indoor “Holiday Walk” and outdoor “Winter Wonder Lights” — on select dates until Dec. 30. The former is celebrating 50 years with more than 50 trees, including a 10-foot tall poinsettia; the latter is a new self-guided tour featuring live organ music playing Christmas carols, glow-in-the-dark cotton candy, bonfires and more. The estate will also offer a “Holiday Tea” Dec. 14, and “Santa Saturdays” in December. For more information, visit

‘Operation Blue Sleigh Holiday Food & Gift Drive’ • Troy Police Department
The Troy Police Department is holding its 27th annual “Operation Blue Sleigh Holiday Food & Gift Drive” to help residents in financial need, as well as children who would otherwise not receive gifts. The department is working with community organizations to identify families facing hardships. Those wishing to assist can donate cash or gift cards. Email Officer Greg Pokley at or call (248) 680-7223 by Dec. 11.

‘Adopt a Family’ • Troy People Concerned
Troy People Concerned, which helps residents in crisis situations, said it receives more requests for assistance during the holidays than any other time of the year. Those wishing to donate can make a holiday food basket, adopt a family so they have gifts or donate grocery store gift certificates. For more information, call (248) 528-9199 or visit

Decorate ‘Winter Warmer Trees’ • Troy Women’s Association
The Troy Women’s Association is sponsoring “Winter Warmer Trees” at Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road; the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road; and the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road. Residents can donate new mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to hang on the trees. The items will then be distributed to local organizations supporting families and children in need. The Trees will be on display until Dec. 21.

Horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa visits • Downtown Birmingham
See the holiday lights and decorations in downtown Birmingham while on a horse-drawn carriage on select dates until Dec. 24. The free rides will begin at Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St. During this same period, Santa will be onsite to visit with children. For more information, visit or call (248) 530-1200.

Holiday market, mosaic exhibit • Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens
The Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens, is hosting its annual “Holiday Market” until Dec. 23. More than 115 Michigan artists selling more than 10,000 items are expected. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, visit or call (586) 469-8666.

'MerriMonth' • Downtown Berkley
Berkley’s Downtown Development Authority will host multiple “MerriMonth” events during December. The “Merry Fairies Scavenger Hunt” will happen throughout downtown until Dec. 31. “Merry and Bright Shopping Nights” will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday before Christmas. And the “Family Fun Shopping Trolley” will feature kid-friendly activities and surprises from the Merry Elves from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. For more information, visit

‘Holiday Lights at the Village’ • Troy Historic Village
The Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, will host “Holiday Lights at the Village” from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22-23 and 29-30. Check out the lights and decorations inside and out while going from building to building. Tickets are free for members and children ages 6 and younger, $7 for nonmember adults, and $5 for nonmmeber seniors and children 6-12. For more information, visit

Skating rink • Dodge Park, Sterling Heights
The Dodge Park Farmers Market Pavilion skating rink, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, is open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Exceptions are when the rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Sterling Heights residents and $5 for nonresidents. Skate rental costs $4; sharpening costs $5.

Meet Santa • Grosse Pointe
Children are invited to meet Santa and share their Christmas wish lists from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 and 18 in Santa’s Workshop, which has been built at the former Calico space at 17101 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe. These free events will also include holiday coloring and ornament making, story time with guest readers, space to write letters to Santa and hospitalized children, and a selfie station. For more information, visit or, or call (313) 886-7474.

Toy collection • Max Broock Realtors
Max Broock Realtors, Royal Oak, is collecting new and unused toys for Children's Hospital of Michigan until Dec. 15. Donations can be dropped off at 26236 Woodward Ave. or at the nearest Max Broock office. To make a monetary donation, visit

'Wayne County Lightfest' • Wayne County Parks, Westland
Wayne County Parks is hosting the "Wayne County Lightfest" from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays until Dec. 31, with the exception of Christmas Day. The entrance is located at 7651 N. Merriman Road in Westland. The cost is $5 cash for cars and $20 cash for commercial vans. There will not be a Santa Shelter, but there will be a concession stand and mailbox for Santa letters at Perrin Park, which is the halfway point. For more information, call (734) 261-1990 or visit

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