The Friday 5 — Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published November 29, 2018

1. Potters Market
Nov. 29-Dec. 2 • Southfield

Shop for one-of a-kind holiday gifts and unique home decor from more than 140 artists during the 43rd annual Potters Market — the largest pottery sale in the country — Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The free event will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Parking at the pavilion is free. For more information, visit www.thepottersmarket.com.

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2. Rock 4 Tots
Dec. 1-2 • Clinton Township

Two days of music for a good cause is on tap this weekend as part of the Rock 4 Tots fundraiser for the Clinton Township Goodfellows, taking place Dec. 1-2 at Freddy’s Bar & Grill, 40000 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

The event, which raises money for toys for the Goodfellows’ “No Child Without a Christmas” campaign, will include 58 musical acts throughout the weekend — each playing 20-minute sets — from 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, and then continuing from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs either $5 or a new, unwrapped toy. For more information visit www.rock4tots.org or www.clintontownshipgoodfellows.com.

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3. Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec. 2 • Rochester

The Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will bring plenty of holiday cheer to downtown Rochester this Sunday, Dec. 2.

The parade will roll down Main Street, starting at the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads, beginning at 2 p.m. and will head south to Third Street. The parade will feature over 100 units, including floats, bands, dancers, horses, Scout groups, churches, community organizations, businesses, nonprofits and more.

The parade, which Parade Chairman Tim Crawford said is the largest Christmas parade in Michigan, draws over 75,000 spectators each year, with many of them setting up chairs and blankets along the parade route as early as 8 a.m.

For more information, call (248) 651-6700 or visit www.rrc-mi.com.

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4. Birmingham Winter Markt
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 • Birmingham

Downtown Birmingham’s Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St., will be illuminated with more than 60 booths featuring holiday crafts and decorations, art from local makers, home décor, giftware and more during the annual Birmingham Winter Markt this weekend.  

The Winter Markt will kick off Nov. 30 at the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and will last through Dec. 2. The event is modeled after the old-world Christmas markets of Europe. Among the finds at the Winter Markt will be holiday greens, ice sculptures, live reindeer, warming stations and a Kinderhaus children’s activity area not far from the popular Santa House, where the main man himself will be available for meet-and-greets.

The Markt will be open 4-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information, including a complete schedule of entertainment and a list of vendors, visit BirminghamWinterMarkt.org.

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5. Cranbrook Holiday Splendor
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 • Bloomfield Hills

Cranbrook House & Gardens will present its annual Holiday Splendor fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Cranbrook House, 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills.

Guests are invited to experience the house fully decorated for the holidays, get inspired by tree displays, explore first-floor exhibits on a scavenger hunt, watch trains roll down the track and do some holiday shopping. Admission costs $20 for the general public, $10 for children ages 5-10, and is free for kids 4 and younger. For more information, call (248) 645-3149 or visit housegardens.cranbrook.edu.


Staff Writers Kayla Dimick, Nick Mordowanec, Mary Beth Almond and Tiffany Esshaki contributed to this report.