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10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Metro Detroit Style
Whether you’ll be in town visiting family or are local and looking to start new traditions, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the holidays in The D. Here are 10 ideas for how to make the most of this holiday season.
1. Be there for the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Christmas is in the air. Celebrate its arrival on Friday, Nov. 18 at the tree lighting ceremony in Campus Martius Park. The ceremony also marks the opening of the Campus Martius ice rink.
2. Watch America’s Thanksgiving Parade, then cheer on the Detroit Lions.
No Thanksgiving in the D is complete without watching The Parade Company’s creations float down Woodward Avenue and, of course, Lions football. We’ll leave it up to you whether you want to brave the elements (and traffic) or enjoy them from the comfort of your own couch.
3. Find Santa at a local mall — and do some holiday shopping while you’re there.
Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and Somerset Collection in Troy all offer visits with the Big Guy and plenty of stores at which you can check off all the items on your holiday shopping list. While you're on this side of town, check out more things to do in Macomb or Oakland.
4. Check out a holiday light display.
Brighten your holidays at any of the amazing light shows around town, including Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo and the Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester.
5. Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
There's no better place to celebrate the holiday — which runs from Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, to Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 — than at the world's largest institution dedicated to the African-American experience.
6. Celebrate Hanukkah at Menorah in The D.
The annual community-wide event is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Campus Martius/Cadillac Square. Prior to the Menorah lighting ceremony, enjoy lots of family fun, including clown and magic shows, face painting, a zip line experience and more.
7. See a Christmas classic on stage.
Hip Hop Nutcracker and Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker are all playing at the Fox Theatre. Reserve your tickets here.
8. Enjoy a meal out with family and friends.
Cooking can be a holiday tradition for many people, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take a turn in the kitchen — and there are plenty of metro Detroit restaurants from which to choose.
9. Check out Noel Night.
More than 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and Michigan Science Center, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 3. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by more than 200 area music, theater and dance groups. The evening's festivities will culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band.
10. Attend Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.
Step into a Christmas card from the past at Holiday Nights, where you'll find lantern-lit paths, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides and Santa with live reindeer. A spectacular fireworks display provides a dazzling finale to each evening.
Bonus: Hang out at Corktown-a-Glow.
A day-long holiday celebration featuring holiday shopping and dining specials, caroling, hot cocoa and a festive tree lighting on Trumbull and Bagley in the evening. The event itself is free and includes a complimentary shuttle to travel to a variety of businesses.
By: Lori Bremerkamp
Photo Credit: Justin Maconochie of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House