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The Friday 5 — Dec. 6-8

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published December 5, 2019

1. A Sterling Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 7 • Dodge Park, Sterling Heights

The 43rd annual A Sterling Christmas will be held 5:45-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights.

Admission is free and open to people of all ages. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable canned or boxed foodstuffs to donate. Find out more information by visiting sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2700.

In addition to a tree lighting, guests can enjoy a carousel, horse-drawn wagons, pony rides and a petting farm. Santa Claus will return to greet the kids. The Dodge Park pavilion ice rink will welcome skaters. Visitors may listen to Christmas carols, and should temperatures dip, they can warm up at a fire. People can pose for photos in the life-size snow globe.

Related story: A Sterling Christmas to bring cheer with life-size snow globe


2. ‘Elf the Musical Jr.’
Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 • Warren Community Center

Anyone looking to get into the Christmas spirit should head over to the Warren Community Center this weekend for the Warren Civic Theatre’s production of “Elf the Musical Jr.”

The musical is based on the 2003 film “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell. Buddy, a young orphan, accidently crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is then raised by Santa’s elves, unaware that he is actually a human being.

In “Elf the Musical Jr.,” the cast of characters is between the ages of 7 and 18. Showtime is at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, and 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

The Warren Community Center is located at 5460 Arden Ave. in Warren. Reserved seating costs $12 for adults or $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at WarrenCivic.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006.

Related story: Warren Civic Theatre celebrates Christmas with ‘Elf the Musical Jr.’


3. Berkley Holiday Lights Parade
Saturday, Dec. 7 • 12 Mile Road, Berkley

The 15th annual Berkley Holiday Lights Parade and tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Berkley.

The parade will feature marching bands from Berkley High School and Chandler Park Academy, more than 50 participating Berkley groups and community organizations, and Santa Claus himself.

On 12 Mile Road, the parade route will travel east from Cummings Street to Coolidge Highway and end at City Hall, 3338 Coolidge Highway. The parade will end with Santa Claus descending from his sleigh float to officially light the tree. He will then take visits from children inside the nearby gazebo.

Related story: Holiday Lights Parade to celebrate 15 years in Berkley


4. Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec. 8 • Main Street, Rochester

The Rochester Area Hometown Christmas 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.

It will feature over 100 units, including floats, bands, dancers, horses, Scout groups, elected officials, churches, community organizations, businesses, nonprofits and more. It will wrap up with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the final float, donated by Bordine’s Nursery.

Following the parade, the public is invited to a free community afterglow party with Santa and Mrs. Claus 4-5 p.m. at Bordine’s, 1835 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.

Those who would prefer to stay indoors can watch a livestream of the parade provided by Rochester Hills TV at rochesterhills.org or facebook.com/rochesterchristmasparade.

Related story: Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade to draw thousands downtown


5. ‘Holiday Belles’ tours of Ford House
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 5-8 • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

1969 was the year that brought us Woodstock, the moon landing and the establishment of PBS. It was also a year in which Eleanor Ford hosted a festive holiday celebration in December for her granddaughters, Lynn and Sheila, and about 600 guests.

The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House  is inviting the public to take a trip back to that time — and that party — this holiday season. Through Jan. 5, visitors to the historic estate in Grosse Pointe Shores will be able to see the house decked out in décor created to replicate that special event while they learn more about the family and the special relationship between Eleanor and her grandchildren during guided “Holiday Belles” house tours.

To add to the festivities, the Ford House is offering a pop-up shop by Detroit boutique The Peacock Room Dec. 5-7, during which visitors can purchase vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry, handbags, capes and more.

Although visitors can purchase a house tour in conjunction with the pop-up shopping events, no admission is necessary for those who wish to shop only.

The Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, between Vernier and Nine Mile roads. For tour reservations or more information, visit fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222.

Related story: ‘Belles’ will again be ringing in the holidays at Ford House