The Friday 5 — Nov. 22-24

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published November 20, 2019

1. Macomb County Santa Parade
Saturday, Nov. 23 • Mount Clemens

The 44th annual Macomb County Santa Parade will be held Nov. 23 in downtown Mount Clemens. It begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street.  

Over 120 parade units — including local Scout troops, service clubs, corporate sponsors, dance studios, youth groups, bands and floats — will be featured. High school marching bands include L’Anse Creuse North, Utica, Center Line and Harper Woods. The First Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps will also be playing live music. The highlight of the parade is the grand arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For more information, visit mountclemenssantaparade.com.


2.Chanu-Con Hanukkah festival
Sunday, Nov. 24 • Congregation Beth Shalom, Oak Park

Hanukkah doesn’t begin until sundown Dec. 22, but the celebration will get underway a bit early with the fourth annual Chanu-Con from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 Lincoln St. in Oak Park. 

The Chanu-Con Hanukkah festival will feature around 20 merchandise vendors, food vendors, a 50/50 raffle and live entertainment. There also will be activities for children with areas to craft candle hat menorahs, balloon animals and origami.

While the event has a Hanukkah theme, coordinator Beth Rodgers said that the day is for everybody who wants to attend, even if they don’t celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights. The event free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or call Congregation Beth Shalom at (248) 547-7970.

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3. Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition
Nov. 21-22 • Royal Oak Farmers Market, Royal Oak

On Nov. 21-22, the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, will transform into an artists market for the final art fair of the year. 

Now in its fourth year, the Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition will take place indoors from noon to 10 p.m. each day. The juried art fair featuring 60 artists will be paired with whiskey tasting, craft beer, fine wine and entertainment. More than 5,000 people are expected to pass through and do some holiday shopping.

The event is free to attend and will include live entertainment, food trucks, craft beer from Arbor Brewing Co. and wine from MANCAN Wine. New this year, a guided whiskey tour will serve as a fundraiser benefiting The Guild of Artists & Artisans. Tasting times will take place at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the whiskey tour, visit www.theguild.org or call (734) 662-3382.


4. ‘Elf the Musical Jr.’ 
Nov. 21-24 • Costick Center, Farmington Hills

The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre will open its fall 2019 season with six performances of “Elf the Musical Jr.” Nov. 21-24 at the Costick Center gymnasium, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. 

Based on the well-known holiday film, the musical will tell the story of Buddy the Elf and his journey to New York City to find his true identity and help New York residents remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

Thursday and Friday performances are at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday performances are at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased through the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre’s website. Tickets must be printed out and presented for entry. Tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. For more information, call the Costick Center at (248) 473-1800. 


5. Warren Symphony concert
Sunday, Nov. 24 • Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township

The Warren Symphony Orchestra will present "Through the Eyes of Dvorak: The New World Symphony" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

Tickets cost $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for college students, while K-12 students receive free admission. For more information, visit www.WarrenSymphony.org or call (586) 754-2950.


Staff Writers Alex Szwarc, Mike Koury, Sarah Wojcik and Jonathan Shead contributed to this report.