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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Dec. 7, 2012
Where: MOMS Memorial at Auburn and Squirrel roads, downtown Auburn Hills
Time: 6 p.m.
Even Santa and Mrs. Claus will reportedly be on hand for this 19th annual community tradition.
Dec. 7-10, 2012
Where: downtown Ferndale
Times: 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
The chilly ice sculptures are set to return, complete with Santa Claus, reindeer, hayrides and more. New this year will be local artisans, a greens market, a Ferris wheel and train rides.
Dec. 8, 2012
Where: Nankin Mills Interpretive Center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: $6/child, $4/adults, free/Santa visit and tree lighting
The 25th year of old-time activities and fun events includes the favorite "Fruitcake Bowling," "Reindeer Antler Toss" and "Pin the Nose on Rudolph" games. Kids also can participate in a sing-along, decorate their own tree and tell Santa what they want most for Christmas. Followed, of course, by a tree lighting.
Dec. 8, 2012
Where: downtown Clarkston
Time: starts at 6 p.m.; tree lighting about 7 p.m.
Check out the Holiday Lights Parade at 6 p.m.; then hoof it to Deport Park. Here, Santa reads a story and lights the tree. Kids can give him their wish lists, see live reindeer, make a s'more and savor some hot chocolate, too.
Dec. 9, 2012
Where: Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
Time: 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Phone: 248-432-5471 (ask for Marilyn)
The free family fun includes games, crafts, balloon animals, traditional Hanukkah treats, entertainment and the traditional Tzedakah Fair (bring pennies), topped off with a menorah candle-lighting ceremony. New this year is a children's talent show.
Dec. 26-30, 2012
Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
Times: 6-9 p.m.
Join the museum to celebrate this holiday's rich cultural heritage with storytelling, crafts, a Kwanzaa marketplace and traditional African dance and fashion shows.