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The Friday 5 — Dec. 13-15

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published December 12, 2019

1. Rock 4 Tots
Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday Dec. 15 • Freddy’s Bar & Grill, Clinton Township

The annual Rock 4 Tots fundraiser raises money for toys that are delivered to children as part of the Clinton Township Goodfellows’ “No Child Without a Christmas.” It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 15, at Freddy’s Bar & Grill, 40000 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

This year, there are 56 musical acts expected to hit the stage for 20-minute sets, performing their own jams along with some holiday tunes.

Santa Claus will be on hand from 2 to 6 p.m. each day to take photos with attendees young and old. There will also be raffles, including prizes of two electric guitars from Guitar Center. Guests wearing sweaters on Saturday or pajamas on Sunday will be entered in a random drawing for a special prize each day.

Admission costs either $5, or a new, unwrapped toy. Donations can be mailed directly to the Goodfellows, c/o Rock-4-Tots, P.O. Box 380643, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Checks must be made payable to the Clinton Township Goodfellows.

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2. Caroling in the City
Sunday, Dec. 15 • Main Street, Rochester

People of all ages can spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear for the third annual Caroling in the City event 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

The event will feature Christmas choir performances, a free Christmas cookie station, strolling carolers, an ugly sweater contest at 6 p.m., a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by former Rochester Mayor Rob Ray at 7:20 p.m., and the return of the Rochester Community Carolers.

Related story: Caroling in the City event to spread cheer

3. Royal Oak Jingle
Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday Dec. 15 • Main Street, Royal Oak

On Dec. 14-15, Royal Oak will present its signature holiday event, Royal Oak Jingle.

A holiday cookie crawl with take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14. The holiday light parade along Main Street will kick off at 6 p.m. Dec. 14, and a tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade at Third and Main streets. There will also be a free holiday market open all day both days, as well as opportunities to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and reindeer, and go on horse-drawn carriage rides.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for several events, including the cookie crawl and horse-drawn carriage rides.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

4. Holiday Ice Festival
Saturday, Dec. 14 • Schiffer Park, Ferndale

The 19th annual Holiday Ice Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in downtown Ferndale. The main hub, or North Pole, for Holiday Ice will be located at Schiffer Park, near Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road.

Right at the start of the event, at 10 a.m., Santa Claus will arrive on a Ferndale fire truck. He’ll be available to take free photos from 10 to 11 a.m., and from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kris Kringle then will make his way to Rosie O’Grady’s from noon to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. The Ferndale Community Concert Band also will be in attendance to provide live holiday music.

In addition to Santa Claus, the North Pole will be the home to a warming tent and the pickup and drop-off site for an urban hayride. The free hayride will move through downtown Ferndale and operate from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be an appearance by Mr. Peanut and his Planters Nutmobile from noon to 2 p.m., where people can have tours and take photos of the Nutmobile.

A highlight of every Holiday Ice Festival is the ice sculptures that decorate the entire town. This year’s event is no exception, as more than 35 ice sculptures, from R2-D2 to Princess Peach, will be on display.

For more information on the Holiday Ice Festival and other holiday-related events in Ferndale, visit

Related story: Holiday Ice Festival turning 19 in downtown Ferndale

5. Jingle Bell Run
Sunday, Dec. 15 • Shelby Township Community Center, Shelby Township

At 9 a.m. Dec. 15, join the local community at the 10th annual Shelby Township Jingle Bell Run/Walk to raise money for local charities.

The run will feature a 5K — 3.1 miles — stretching from the Community Center up Van Dyke Avenue and throughout the municipal campus. There will also be raffles, snacks, free coffee and hot chocolate, and awards for top runners.

Each year, between 500 and 600 people attend the festive event.

Those interested can register even the morning of the run. The cost to register for the event is $30 per person.

For more information or to register, visit or

The Shelby Township Community Center is located at 51960 Van Dyke Ave.

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