Holiday Displays and Tree Lightings in Southeast Michigan
Get in the spirit with your family at these 2012 community events that feature loads of lights and other spectacles of the season
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Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9, 2012
Where: Downtown Holly
Times: 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
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 6 p.m. on Friday with a tree lighting and holiday parade.
Nov. 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013
Where: downtown Rochester, Main Street from South Bridge to Romeo Road and Fourth Street from Walnut to Water streets
Time: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 26; then evenings throughout the holidays
Downtown Rochester is once again decked out in some 1.5 million (plus!) lights, brightening up buildings every evening. It all kicks off Nov. 26 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.
Nov. 28, 2012
Where: downtown Lake Orion
Time: 6 p.m. tree lighting kickoff
On tap, you'll find caroling, hot chocolate, Mrs. Claus – and that's just for starters. Watch for free ornament-making kits, too, and be sure to check out the ornaments on the big tree, which are made by local kids.
Nov. 28, 2012
Where: Township Hall, 54111 Broughton Road, Macomb Township
Time: 7 p.m.
Head to Macomb Township for this annual holiday happening, complete with crafts, "Carole-oke," Santa and more.
Nov. 29, 2012
Where: near Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
Time: 7 p.m. tree lighting
This community shebang kicks off with refreshments at 6 p.m. and caroling lead by Stagecrafters and the Royal Oak Salvation Army Band. Then, hear the city's children's choir at about 6:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 7 p.m. – and Santa sticks around to visit after the ceremony. Also includes the Holiday Magic Market (4-8 p.m.) and goodies like cocoa, hot dogs coffee and candy canes.
Nov. 30, 2012
Where: Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Indoor and outdoor activities abound, including seasonal entertainment, kids' activities, ice carving demonstrations, marshmallow roasting, a craft show – and, of course, Santa and the main tree lighting event (which happens at 6:30 p.m.). Visit the nearby library, too, for a magic show, crafts and activities – and ride the children's train behind the civic center.