Monday, November 18, 2013

Things to Do in Ann Arbor and Detroit This Holiday Season

Click the titles of the events to go to their specific pages with more info. Note: Not all events have pages.

Kerrytown Annual Tree Lighting Festival Dec 1st

On Sunday, December 1st, Kerrytown will have its annual tree lighting ceremony in the courtyard at 5pm. Enjoy Christmas carols and candle luminaries.

Every year during the first Friday in December, the shops and restaurants of Main Street in Ann Arbor hold Midnight Madness. Festivities begin at 7pm and end at, you guessed it, midnight. Enjoy special deals and sales to get you ready for the holiday season. Unfortunately, this year, the event comes after Hanukkah, but you can still snag some great deals at your favorite downtown stores. From 7 to 9, Santa and the Mrs. will be roaming the streets, and Downtown Home and Garden is offering roasted chestnuts, live music, and a SPECIAL SURPRISE. (Yes, all caps.) Enjoy Victorian caroling, Huron High School's A Capella Choir, and traditional folk dancing. Certain shops in Kerrytown are also participating.

While Midnight Madness is going on inside the Shops building, outside, enjoy the KindleFest and Lantern Parade with local artisans, live music, fire pits, German food and more!

Noel Night in Detroit is a big deal! Park on the outskirts and use a shuttle to get around to the over 75 participating venues, free of charge. Check out live music, theater and dance groups, the Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Museum of African American History, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and so much more. I went a couple years ago and plan to go again this year.

Santa Comes to Kerrytown Dec 7th, Dec 14th, Dec 21st
Visit with Santa at the Kerrytown Shops on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

Brew & Browse at Kerrytown Shops Dec 13th
Kerrytown Shops are open late, from 6pm to 9pm, offering "festive holiday spirits" for purchase, DJ Jeremy Wheeler dishing out holiday tunes, and a sneak peak of Tiny Expo wares.

The sneak peak is happening Dec 13th from 6pm to 9pm. Dec 14th features the whole deal from 10am to 7pm. Browse the wares of local artists and crafters in this annual indie arts and crafts event.

For Eastern Market's Winter Wonderland, bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots, and an empty stomach. There will be food trucks, holiday treats, music, and grab a cocktail while your browse through this indoor event. Located in Shed 5 from 5pm to 9pm.

My sore hands won't allow me to list all of the holiday events going on in the Detroit suburbs, so if you are looking for a list of Christmas events in places like Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Northville, and beyond, click this link here: Christmas and Holiday Events 2013 - Metro Detroit & Oakland County, Michigan.

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