May 28, 2012
This Weekend: Holiday Magic Parade, Wayne County Lightfest
Holiday celebrations arrive early with family fun activities and events aplenty hitting southeast Michigan the weekend of November 19-21, 2010
December is right around the corner – and this weekend's festivities are a primo preview of the festive fun to come. From parades to the twinkling lights and art shows, the holidays are upon us, and with that, tons of stuff to do as a family.
First up: the Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak. Santa Claus is coming to town – some say it's his first local stop! – at this ninth annual event. Bring the whole family to the downtown area to watch the parade, which features floats from the Parade Company, along with marching bands, dance troupes and the man of the hour – Santa! Also, the Marine Corps will be on site collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots, so bring a gift and help out those in need.
Another holiday tradition, the Wayne County Lightfest also kicks off at Hines Park in Westland. Watch as the park transforms into a winter wonderland complete with colorful lights and holiday-themed decorations. The Thursday opening night fun includes free refreshments, live entertainment, fireworks and the official "Lights On" ceremony. Then check out this four-and-a-half mile winter wonderland – touted as the longest drive-thru light display in the Midwest – through Dec. 31.
It's also the first weekend to check out the Cars, Trees & Traditions exhibit at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. Show your kids the history of the holidays, spanning eight decades, through 23 different trees, adorned with ornaments from the early 1900s through the 1980s. Chrysler vehicles are showcased, too.
The holiday fun continues at the Northville Christmas Market, where you and your family can do some holiday shopping. There is a parade on Friday at 6:30 p.m., along with activities, music and an appearance from Santa. Don't miss a ride on the Northville Express!
At Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, scope out the work of more than160 exhibitors at Santa's Craft Castle. Year 27 promises a variety of handmade items that are both original and distinctive.
Friday until Sunday, head out to Novi for the Metro Detroit Pet Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace. Bring your furry friend (on a short leash, maximum six-feet) along for the event, where you will learn about pet ownership, training and health care. There'll be pet contests, too, as well as an appearance by world-renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell.
Or, if you're out in Washtenaw County this weekend, why not catch a stage performance? The Ypsilanti Youth Theatre presents The Emperor's New Clothes from Friday until Sunday.
Also on Sunday, get in the Thanksgiving spirit at Turkeys & Tots at Metro Beach Metropark. Kids will participate in activities, including making crafts as well as hearing stories and learning about Thanksgiving. It's a fun, educational thing to do with your child this weekend.
Find loads more fall fun in metro Detroit, the Ann Arbor area and all of southeast Michigan here in Metro Parent's Calendar.