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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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Waterford Tree Lighting and Santa Celebration

Dec. 3, 2013

  • Address: Waterford Town Hall, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-674-5441

Visit for crafts, a chance to visit Santa, a Christmas sing-along, food concessions and more at this 27th annual event.

Livonia City Tree Lighting & Caroling Ceremony

Dec. 3, 2013

  • Address: south side of Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive, Livonia
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-466-2200

Sing some holiday tunes with the Livonia Civic Chorus, visit Santa, make holiday crafts, watch a magic show and top it off with some hot chocolate and cookies (refreshments are at the nearby Civic Center Library).

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Wayne

Dec. 3, 2013

  • Address: Wayne Historical Museum, 1 Towne Square St., Wayne
  • Time: 7-7:15 p.m. tree lighting, 7:15-8 p.m. pictures with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-721-7400

Come see the tree lighting and take pictures with Santa. Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa and holiday music from the St. Mary Catholic Church Youth Choir.

Tree Lighting and Afterglow, Macomb Township

Dec. 4, 2013

  • Address: Township Hall, 54111 Broughton Road, Macomb Township
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 586-992-2900

Head to Macomb Township for this ninth annual holiday happening, complete with crafts, Santa, holiday dance performances and refreshments at multiple stations.

Menorah in the D

Dec. 4, 2013

  • Address: Campus Martius, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-788-4000

This third annual event features the lighting of the candles on an impressive 24-foot-tall menorah – and loads of free perks, including a hot soup bar, doughnuts, a band performance by 8th Day Band – even parking (at Two Detroit Center Parking, 160 E. Congress St.).

City of Troy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 4, 2013

  • Address: Veterans Plaza, City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-524-3392

Kids are invited to visit with Santa Claus after he lights up the city tree. Then, the Athens High School Choirs (Magic! and Concert Choir) lead the sing-along caroling. Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday sweets, too. Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.

Tree Lighting Event, Canton

Dec. 4, 2013

  • Address: Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton
  • Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/family
  • Phone: 734-394-5100

Kick off the holiday season at this annual township event including indoor and outdoor festivities, seasonal entertainment, refreshments and visits with Santa. The actual lighting occurs at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Aglow Tree Lighting, Shelby Township

Dec. 5, 2013

  • Address: Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
  • Time: 7 p.m. (lighting around 7:15/7:30 p.m.)
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 586-731-0300

The Eisenhower High School choir and band lead the community in Christmas carols. Visit Santa's Snack Shop for hot cider and cookies, plus catch the marshmallow roast, horse-drawn carriage rides and kids craft area. After he lights the tree, Santa meets kids over in Historic Hope Chapel.

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