The Friday Five — Dec. 1-3

Your guide to the weekend's events

Metro | Published November 24, 2023


1. City holiday celebrations
Dec. 1-3 • Various locations

German-themed Winter Markt features 70-plus artists and vendors, foods and beverages, live entertainment, activities and more, 4-9 p.m. Dec. 1 (tree-lighting at 6 p.m.), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2 (meet winter princesses 12:30-3:30 p.m.) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St.,

Chesterfield Township
Tree-lighting and Santa and Mrs. Claus visit, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Chesterfield Township Offices, 47275 Sugarbush Road,

Noel Night includes holiday shopping at local businesses, pop-up winter marketplaces, crafts, Santa visit, food trucks, performances by 80-plus music, theater and dance groups, and more, 5 p.m. Dec. 2, more than 100 institutions in Midtown,

Read the story: Midtown Detroit gears up for 49th annual Noel Night


Holly Days and Light Up the Grand Parade include activities and market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and parade from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Farmington, also tree-lighting at 6:30 p.m. at Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., see full schedule at

Santa visit, petting zoo, s’mores, cookies and hot cocoa, live music by Fraser High band, and more, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Fraser City Hall, 33000 Garfield Road,

Read the story: ‘Christmas in Fraser’ celebration returns Dec. 2

Marine City
Santa visit, craft show, live music, caroling, characters and more, 10 a.m. Dec. 2, 480 S. Water St.,

Kris Kringle Market, 4-10 p.m. Dec. 1 and noon-10 p.m. Dec. 2, West Fourth Street between Main Street and Walnut Boulevard,

Read the story: 16th annual Kris Kringle Market returning to Rochester

St. Clair Shores
Tree-lighting, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, hot cocoa and doughnuts, free ornaments and hot dogs, and more, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1, St. Clair Shores City Hall, 27600 Jefferson Ave.,

• Jingle Mingle includes sales, crafts and more, noon-5 p.m. (tree-lighting at 4:45 p.m. outside Greater Chiropractic) Dec. 2, 23230 Greater Mack Ave.,

• SCS Holiday Lights Parade features nearly 200 vehicles traversing various streets, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, starts at South Lake High School, 21900 E. Nine Mile Road, and ends at Dragons Landing, 24409 Jefferson Ave., see full route at

Sterling Heights
Tree-lighting, holiday music with caroling, Santa visit, petting farm and pony rides, horse-drawn wagon and train rides, ice skating (opens Dec. 1), warming fires and more, 5:45- 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road,

Tree-lighting, Santa visit and local high school choirs and drumline, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Veterans Plaza in front of Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road,

Tree-lighting, live music, ice skating, parade, Santa photos, wagon rides and more, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2, Warren City Square, One City Square,

2. Christmas parade
Dec. 3 • Rochester

Marketed as largest Christmas parade in Michigan, features more than 100 entries — including floats, marching bands, community groups and Santa and Mrs. Claus — traversing 1.5-mile route on Main Street, 2 p.m.,

3. Holiday stage shows
Dec. 1-3 • Various locations

'The Nutcracker'
Performance by Macomb Ballet Company, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2, and noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Macomb Center for the Perfoming Arts on Macomb Community College - Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township,

• Performance by Eisenhower Dance Detroit Youth Ensemble, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 (Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3), Seligman Performing Arts Center at Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills,

‘A Nice Family Christmas’: 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, also Dec. 8-10 and 14-16, Farmington Players Barn, 32332 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills,

‘A Christmas Carol’: 8 p.m. Dec. 1, and 2 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3, also Dec. 7-24 (except Dec. 11-13 and 18), Meadow Brook Theatre on campus of Oakland University, 378 Meadow Brook Road in Rochester,

‘Jingle Babs’: 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3, also Mondays and Fridays-Sundays until Dec. 18, Ringwald Theatre at Affirmations LGBTQIA+ Community Center, 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale,

4. Cocoa and Crafts with Santa
Dec. 2-3 • Troy

10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days, Troy Historic Village, 60. W. Wattles Road, registration required,

Read the story: Cocoa and Crafts to return to the Troy Historic Village

5. Tunnel of Lights
Dec. 2-3 • St. Clair Shores

Open daily starting Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m., select dates include live entertainment, holiday market, food trucks and Santa visit, Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave., see full schedule at

Read the story: Tunnel of Lights, Holiday Market to brighten festive season in SCS

Bonus: Holiday concerts
Dec. 1-3 • Various locations

Presented by Birmingham Concert Band, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 3, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1800 W. Maple Road,

Clinton Township
• Presented by Motor City Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Hope United Church, 35127 Garfield Road,

• Featuring harpist Christa Grix, 2 p.m. Dec. 3, Clinton-Macomb Public Library - Main Branch, 40700 Romeo Plank Road,

Grosse Pointe Park
Music from around the world, performance by Grosse Pointe Community Chorus, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Clare of Montefalco Church, Mack and Whittier,

Grosse Pointe Woods
Performances by Grosse Pointe South Choir, 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center, 707 Vernier Road,

Performance by Symphonia Chorale, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, United Methodist Church, 298 Main St.,

Royal Oak
Jazzy renditions of holiday classics performed by Paul Keller Ensemble, 8 p.m. Dec. 2 (pre-show eats and treats at 7 p.m.), Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette,

St. Clair Shores
Performance by St. Clair Shores Community Chorus, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Lake Shore High School, 22980 13 Mile Road,

Related: Macomb Township student lives her life in song

Sterling Heights
• Presented by Motor City Chorale, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Ephrem Catholic Church, 38900 Dodge Park Road,

• Handbell/pipe organ concert, 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Utica United Methodist Church, 8650 Canal Road, (586) 731-7667

Performance by Troy Community Chorus, 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R Road,

White Lake Township
Performance by Symphonia Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Road,

There's a flurry of other activities expected from now until the end of the year. Click On the 'Nice List': Christmas, holiday events in 2023 for more.

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