The Friday 5 — Dec. 14-16

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published December 13, 2018

1. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
Now through Dec. 31 • Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo is bringing a warm glow to dark, chilly winter nights with its Wild Lights display on select evenings throughout December, including this weekend, Dec. 14-16.

During Wild Lights, the front half of the zoo will feature trees, buildings and an array of animal sculptures illuminated by more than five million LED lights. Visitors can also enjoy special activities and entertainment.

Tickets are sold for specific times, with time slots beginning at 5:30 p.m. each day of the display. Prices range from $11 to $17 in advance and cost $17 at the gate. Parking costs $8 per car.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit detroitzoo.org/events/zoo-events/wild-lights.


2. Caroling in the City
Sunday, Dec. 16 • Rochester

Warm up those voices and get ready for an evening of musical merriment during Caroling in the City this Sunday, Dec. 16, in downtown Rochester.

Caroling in the City runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street, between Second Street and University Drive, which will be closed to traffic during the event. In addition to singing, activities will include an ugly sweater contest at 6 p.m., a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 7:20 p.m., a Christmas cookie station and more. The Rochester Community Carolers will lead the crowd in the event’s grand finale, “The Whobilation,” as the singers join with the community for caroling around the city’s new 21-foot Christmas tree in the middle of Main Street.

For more information, call (248) 656-0060 or visit www.DowntownRochesterMI.com.

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3. Meadow Brook Holiday Walk
Now through Dec. 23 • Rochester

Meadow Brook Hall is aglow for the holidays, and visitors can take a self-guided tour of the historic home in its seasonal splendor during the annual Holiday Walk through Dec. 23.

Constructed in the late 1920s, Meadow Brook Hall was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. This holiday season, the hall is decked with more than 50 dazzling Christmas trees, including a massive poinsettia tree featuring 150 live poinsettias.

Meadow Brook Hall is located at 350 Estate Drive in Rochester Hills, on the campus of Oakland University. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on some days. For tickets and a full schedule of Holiday Walk events, call (248) 364-6200 or visit MeadowBrookHall.org.

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4. ‘A Golden Age Holiday’
Sunday, Dec. 16 • Grosse Pointe Park

Enjoy a performance of holiday classics from the golden age of Hollywood while helping to support local theater during Grosse Pointe Theatre’s “A Golden Age Holiday” Sunday, Dec. 16, at The ARK at St. Ambrose in Grosse Pointe Park.

The event — a fundraiser for GPT — will start with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by the musical revue at 5:30 p.m. The performance includes show-stopping numbers from stage and film and pays homage to stars like Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. The show features more than 40 songs, including “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “That’s Entertainment,” “Happy Holidays” and “We Need a Little Christmas.”

The ARK is located at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 15020 Hampton Road, north of Jefferson Avenue, in Grosse Pointe Park.Tickets cost $75 per person or $125 per person at the Star Supporter level. Advance reservations are recommended. For tickets or more information, call GPT at (313) 881-4004 or visit www.gpt.org.

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5. ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’
Dec. 14-16 • Royal Oak

Stagecrafters will present the final weekend of its production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" Dec. 14-16  at the Baldwin Theatre, located at 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak.

The play, rated PG, is a fantastical adventure about how Peter Pan came to be. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.  

Tickets cost $27. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.stagecrafters.org or call (248) 541-8027.


Staff Writers Mary Beth Almond, Linda Shephard and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.