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Holiday Displays and Tree Lightings in Southeast Michigan

'Tis the season for family fun! Gather the kids and head to these 2013 holiday events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties to make it merry.

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Festival of Trees, Dearborn

Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2013

  • Address: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Times: 2-7 p.m. Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 25-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 27, closed Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, free/under age 2
  • Phone: 248-336-2331

Check out the enormous public display and sale of trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, Christmas stockings, gifts and more.

Holiday Tree Lighting, Madison Heights

Nov. 25, 2013

  • Address: Civic Center Plaza, City Hall, 300 W. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-588-1200

Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive to power up the lovely lights – and the mayor will personally hand Santa the key to the city. Hot chocolate and holiday cookies are served.

Birmingham Tree Lighting & Santa House

Nov. 27, 2013 (lighting)
Nov. 27-Dec. 24, 2013 (Santa House)

  • Address: Shain Park and Birmingham shopping district, Bates Street between Martin and Merrill streets
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-530-1200

Visit Birmingham's Shain Park Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. for a tree lighting spectacle. On weekends, kids also can visit the Santa House – all the way till Dec. 24. In addition, the whole family can take an old-fashioned carriage ride during the season.

Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester

Nov. 29-Dec. 23, 2013

  • Address: Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road, Rochester
  • Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; call ahead for evening hours on select dates
  • Cost: $20/adults, $5/ages 17 and under, free/ages 2 and under
  • Phone: 248-364-6200

Fireplaces ablaze, ornament twinkling trees and a live organ playing festive tunes are all part of the annual holiday magic. Join in the Teddy Bear Hide-n-Seek, where tiny bears are hidden along the Holiday Walk all the way to the Knole Cottage – where, if you can find all the bears, you'll get a prize.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Sing-Along, Taylor

Nov. 29, 2013

  • Address: Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Garden, 22314 Northline Road, Taylor
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 888-383-4108

Visit this nature spot for light refreshments including cocoa and cookies, a bit of singing and, of course, the tree lighting. Dress for the weather, the cocoa and cookies are going to be held outside around a bonfire this year!

Michigan's Original Dickens Festival

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, 2013

  • Address: Downtown Holly
  • Times: 7 p.m. Friday, 2-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-328-8191

The England from the days of yore comes to life Charles Dickens-style with horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas caroling, old-fashioned games and characters from A Christmas Carol, including Scrooge and Tiny Tim. The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday with a tree lighting and holiday parade.

Kerrytown Market & Shops Tree Lighting

Dec. 1, 2013

  • Address: 407 N. Fifth Ave. at Kingsley Street, Ann Arbor
  • Time: 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-662-5008

Kerrytown kicks off the season with annual flair in its courtyard, complete with Christmas carolers and candle luminaries – and Santa will be there to light the tree.

The Big Bright Light Show, Rochester

Dec. 2, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014

  • Address: downtown Rochester, Main Street from South Bridge to Romeo Road and Fourth Street from Walnut to Water streets
  • Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 2; then evenings throughout the holidays
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-656-0060

Downtown Rochester is once again decked out in some 1.5 million (plus!) lights, brightening up buildings every evening. It all kicks off Dec. 2 with "Lagniappe" (Creole for "a little something extra"), which includes activities like strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, gifts from merchants, roasted almonds – and, of course, Santa.

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