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The Friday 5 — Dec. 7-9

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published December 6, 2018

1. Royal Oak Holiday Glow
Dec. 7-8 • Downtown Royal Oak

The city of Royal Oak will ring in the holiday season with a new two-day festival called Royal Oak Holiday Glow. The festival will take place on Washington Avenue, between Fifth and Seventh streets, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The festival will include giant hot air balloons along Washington Avenue, horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a holiday market inside a 7,200-square-foot heated tent, live ice carving, a cookie crawl and more.

For more information, including specific event times, visit

Related story: Royal Oak introduces 2-day Christmas festival

2. Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival
Saturday, Dec. 8 • Ferndale

Ferndale’s 18th annual Holiday Ice Festival will return to the city’s downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, near Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road.

The family-friendly festival will include dozens of ice sculptures, including some carved live on-site; free photos with Santa; hayrides around town; live reindeer; Christmas carolers; lunch with Santa at Rosie O'Grady's; and much more. For more information, call (248) 546-1632 or visit

Related story: Ice sculptures, Santa coming to Ferndale

3. Jingle Journey
Sunday, Dec. 9 • Mount Clemens

Eat, sing, meet Santa, get creative and delight your love of trains during the Mount Clemens Jingle Journey, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at multiple locations in Mount Clemens.

This annual event will have something for the entire family, with holiday activities taking place at the the Crocker House Museum, 15 Union St.; the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place; the Michigan Transit Museum, 200 Grand Ave.,;  and the Gratiot Valley Model Railroad Club, 281 North Ave.

A free shuttle will be available from site to site, and entry fees vary at each location.

Related story: Jingle Journey lands in Mount Clemens

4. Hanukkah parades
Saturday, Dec. 8 • Farmington Hills
Sunday, Dec. 9 • Huntington Woods

The age-old story of Hanukkah is on its way to Huntington Woods and Farmington Hills this weekend.

In partnership with Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit and Congregation B’nai Moshe, a Hanukkah parade with floats designed by Hillel students is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Farmington Hills and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Huntington Woods. After each parade, there will be a celebration that includes menorah lightings, hay rides, and a holiday open house with treats and beverages for all ages.  

To register for one or both parades, visit Locations of the starting and ending points of each event will be provided after registration.

Related story: Hanukkah parade to ‘help spread light’ to Huntington Woods, Farmington Hills

5. Deck the Paws
Saturday, Dec. 8 • Madison Heights

The holidays aren’t just for humans — at Deck the Paws 2018, pets can get into the spirit too.

Deck the Paws, a fundraiser for the Madison Heights Animal Shelter, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Madison Heights Public Library, located at 240 W. 13 Mile Road. The event will feature photo opportunities for the family with Santa — pets included — along with a bake sale, a rummage sale, raffle prizes and more. Ornaments will also be available in both red and green for $6 apiece, and each one is made from your pet’s paw print in clay, then baked at home.

Admission to the event is free, but the Santa pictures cost $5 per photo. Dogs must be on a leash at all times; cats must be in a carrier or in a harness with a leash.

Related story: Pet pictures with Santa to help save lives of shelter animals

Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik, Mike Koury, Sherri Kolade, Julie Snyder and Andy Kozlowski contributed to this reported.