Find jolly fun things to do in southeast Michigan – all season long.

Whether ice skating in Detroit, Christmas tree farms or Menorah in the D, our FREE family guide makes the Michigan holidays unforgettable.

Dear Southeast Michigan Parent,

‘Tis the season to be merry and – if you’re like most parents – a bit bonkers! Well, slow your hustle and bustle a bit, and consider us your happy little helper elves. Every year, Metro Parent’s little workshop of writers cranks out sleigh-fulls of very useful information for all the good moms and dads in southeast Michigan.

Want to know where Santa’s hanging out? How about neat mom-and-pop toy stores for just the holiday or Christmas present ideas? Or why not cut loose at a holiday festival or stage or light show? Find loads of holiday goodies in the 2016 Holiday Family Fun in Southeast Michigan. It’s our gift to you!

We start with celebrations – and oh, by golly, are there gobs, from the Holly Dickens Festival to Detroit Christmas events like Noel Night and fun at Campus Martius Park. And, to really get in the spirit, try the Rochester Christmas parade or tree lightings all over town (in Pontiac, Berkley, Chelsea, Mount Clemens, Ferndale and Westland, to name just a smattering).

Christmas certainly isn’t the only cause for cheer! Menorah in the D brings bright Hanukkah festivities. What is Kwanzaa? The are several ways to explore Kwanzaa traditions in December, including great programs in Detroit and Farmington.

Want more hot blowouts to beat the chill? Metro Parent’s 2016 Holiday Family Fun in Southeast Michigan has you covered, from a dash of late November Thanksgiving fun to awesome kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events on Dec. 31.

Twinkling lights and festive displays are among the top holiday fun things to do in southeast Michigan. Cruise to catch those Hines Park Christmas lights in Wayne County’s annual drive-through display – or Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo (get tickets early). We also highlight cool wintry train rides and historic holiday happenings.

Other excursions include our “evergreen” list of Christmas tree farms, plus ice skating in Detroit and at rad rinks in Macomb Township, Novi, Canton and more. Be sure to check out the array of Ann Arbor Christmas events and more, like the science-spectacular Hands-On Holidays event.

And, if you love being in the know on family events, you’re in for an extra treat. This festive PDF resource comes with a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine. It’s teeming with fun things to do in southeast Michigan with kids, thanks to our calendar, plus great activities, destinations, food and more.

What about wish lists? Glad you asked. Link up to our 2016 Holiday “It” List, stuffed with 25 Detroit-inspired kids Christmas present ideas. And if you’re on the look for a perfect stocking stuffer or something really special, browse one-of-a-kind independent toy stores and local holiday markets and craft fairs.

Find hepped-up holiday spots to shop, as well, like the famous Bronner’s Christmas store in Frankenmuth, plus boutiques in quaint downtowns and quintessential mall holiday hours. Speaking of, Santa is visiting loads of shopping centers and other family-friendly places. And tracking him is a breeze with this guide on your side.

But the holidays are so much more than the runaround. They’re a time to reconnect. And in the 2016 Holiday Family Fun in Southeast Michigan, Metro Parent helps you tame the stress monster and build in bonding with your kids, to boot.

Food, glorious food, is just one delicious gateway. Score some holiday cookie recipes that are a bit healthier for you, or go decadent with over-the-top brunch or dinner ideas that’ll get kids in the kitchen mix – and lingering at the table.

Also, alleviate holiday anxiety with eight fantastic tips, from tackling “tradition” pressure to mitigating “I want!” overload. And gather up your little elves to create some easy Christmas crafts for kids, like classic twisters filled with treats, Shrinky Dinks snowmen and even a flameless menorah.

Rekindle holiday memories, too, or create new ones by heading out to see a show. The Fox Theatre Detroit upcoming events roster is dazzling. But, whether you choose The Nutcracker (there are heaps all over southeast Michigan) or a little silver screen classic gem, you’re sure to leave smiling and in high spirits.

There’s something for every mom and dad in Metro Parent’s 2016 Holiday Family Fun in Southeast Michigan guide – from charity runs in November (to start things off on a “giving” foot) to ice festivals to perfect gift for your little chef.

Snow or not, you’re sure to have an arctic blast this season. So make like St. Nick – quick, quick, quick! – and download this sensational 16-page PDF. Just like Santa’s bright red bag, it’s brimming with fun things to do in southeast Michigan – and wonderful ways to make your family’s season bright.

PS: How often have you meant to make time to soak up the holiday lights, go ice skating or see a big Christmas theater extravaganza? Make 2016 the year you finally do it. Finding out the best kid-friendly events is as easy as getting your mittens on the Holiday Family Fun in Southeast Michigan guide.

PSS: Every winter, updates loads of web roundups for holiday shows, events and shopping sources. This guide is your ultimate sneak peek – and pipeline. Be the first to know when those lists all go live. Don’t miss a minute of the action. Download your totally FREE copy today!

  • My phone won’t let me download the calendar of events. With the Fall events , I had no problem. Is there an event calendar I can look at with all of the dates & events going on you can email me. It’s hard keeping my 10 year old granddaughter entertained during the winter months. I need to find fun things to do with her. ; )
    It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Lisa D.

  • It won’t let me download the holiday event guide. I keep getting a message saying “enter a valid email.” I am entering a valid email! In fact, it’s the email I am leaving with this comment.

  • I keep getting an error stating that I already have an account with my email. I’ve put in a request to reset the password, but no email comes through. Is there no way to download now??


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