Magical Holiday Events for Kids in Metro Detroit

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with these events!

Celebrate the holidays in metro Detroit with the whole family. You and your kids can enjoy the magical winter season with holiday lightsSanta visitsHanukkah events and more.

We highly recommend you get tickets to these popular experiences before they sell out! Here are some of our favorite holiday events and you can find even more events on our calendar.

Macomb

Blake’s New Santa Experience

Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 2023

Tickets include a visit and photos with Santa, train ride, one doughnut and cup of cider, bonfire at Santa’s Stop, letter to Santa and a small toy to take home from Santa’s basket. Dress for the weather. Advanced tickets recommended.

Holiday Lights at the Farm

Dec. 1-17, 2023 (Fridays-Saturdays)

Stroll through and enjoy traditional holiday decorations and thousands of sparkling lights. Write your letter to Santa and visit him in his workshop. Registration required.

Macomb Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker

Dec. 1-3, 2023

Macomb Ballet Company’s production will feature beloved characters as they travel with Clara on a magical adventure through the Enchanted Forest to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Holiday Express Train Rides

Dec. 9, 16, 2023

Clinton Township Parks and Recreation and the Michigan Transit Museum team up to bring local families a holiday train ride complete with a reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate, cookies and carols. The trains are enclosed but not heated so be sure to dress for the weather.

Oakland

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 17-Dec. 24, 2023

A crabby old man learns the true meaning of Christmas once he is visited by three ghosts the night before Christmas.

Glenlore Trails Aurora 

Nov. 17-Dec. 30, 2023 (Thursdays-Sundays)

Enjoy an immersive wintery outdoor holiday experience at Glenlore Trails. This enchanted forest is filled with more than a half million holiday lights, displays, games, holiday music and more. Select nights will also have themed activities, storytelling, live music and visits from Santa. Kids can bring their letters to Santa and put them in Santa’s personal mailbox at check-in. Food will be available to purchase.

Light the Village

Nov. 17, 2023

The outdoor shopping center will be covered with more than 800,000 dazzling colored lights and will offer family-fun entertainment, including the arrival of Santa Claus. There will be photo opportunities and a spectacular fireworks display, too. Also, face painting, arts and crafts, a food truck and more.

Magic of Lights

Nov. 17-Dec. 30, 2023

Drive through this holiday-themed light display featuring different characters and themes using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Purchase passes online.

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees

Nov. 18-19, 2023

This festival features trees, wreaths and centerpieces designed and donated by the community.

Holiday at the Farm

Nov. 18, 2023

Join Tollgate Farm for the holidays and experience family-friendly activities including meeting Santa, seeing farm animals, tractor rides and music. This is an indoor/outdoor event, so dress for the weather. Register for a time slot.

The Big, Bright Light Show

Nov. 20, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024

Downtown Rochester is decked in 1.5 million lights, brightening up buildings every evening.

Holiday Stroll

Nov. 22-Dec. 23, 2023

Stroll through the quaint village that is glowing with almost a million festive lights, enjoy a 7-minute light show choreographed to classic holiday songs, hear the sounds of professional carolers and see live Christmas performances. There will be live holiday characters, classic characters, classic songs on a large screen, hot chocolate and s’mores.

Holiday Walk

Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2023

Take a walk around the historic house and grounds to see more than 50 decorated trees, including a 10-foot tree made entirely out of poinsettias.

The Big Reveal 

Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2023

Bring your own camera and enjoy the festively decorated center, including holiday trees and lights, the “underwater snow globe” and more.

Wild Lights

Nov. 24, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024

The Detroit Zoo is aglow with millions of LED lights. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your experience. Dress for the weather.

Winter Wonder Lights

Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2023

Check out Meadow Brook’s Winter Wonder Lights and see an interactive light experience. Visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark at its most festive time. There will be seasonal beverages, bonfires, selfie stations and more. 

Birmingham Santa Walk

Nov. 25, 2023

Welcome Santa to town at this annual event in downtown Birmingham. It takes place on Small Business Saturday, which offers free horse-drawn carriage rides and free hot chocolate. Registration is required. 

Holiday Walk: Santa Saturday!

Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2023 (Saturdays)

Visits with Santa are included in the Holiday Walk, which is Meadow Brook’s daytime holiday experience indoors at the historic mansion. Visitors will take a self-guided walk through the mansion to view its holiday decorations and enjoy seasonal concessions. Advanced online tickets are required.

Holiday Bricktacular

Dec. 1-26, 2023

Celebrate the holidays with themed builds, photo opportunities with life-sized Lego Santa and more. Visitors can try to find all the LEGO presents throughout the attraction for their chance to win an exclusive holiday prize!

Royal Oak Children’s Choir Winter Concert

Dec. 5, 2023

Join the Royal Oak Children’s Choir for a winter concert, where the children will sing songs of the season. Enjoy the melodies and festive songs performed by the talented young singers.

Cookies with Claus

Dec. 8, 2023

Decorate holiday cookies, write your letter and visit with Santa Claus. For ages 1-8.

Milk and Cookies with Santa

Dec. 8, 2023

Meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus at RARA. Enjoy cookies, holiday crafts and coloring pages. Registration required.

Santa’s Candy Cane Trail

Dec. 9, 2023

Meet the winter characters as you take a stroll down candy cane trail and get a chance to see Santa. Bring your cameras. Pre-registration is required.

Storytime with Santa

Dec. 9, 2023

Hear a story read by Santa, make a holiday memory craft and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate at this event. Pre-registration is required.

Washtenaw

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Nov. 30-Dec. 17, 2023 (Thursdays-Sundays)

  • Address: The Encore Musical Theatre Company, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter
  • Cost: $41.50-plus/ages 13-plus, $31.50/ages 12 and under

White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. It is based on the classic film.

Fishville Farms 2nd Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Show

Dec. 9-10, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms 2nd Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds. Shop from more than 40 small businesses and enjoy food trucks and a gift basket giveaway.

Santa’s Candy Cane Trail 

Dec. 16, 2023

Meet the winter characters as you take a stroll down candy cane trail and get a chance to see Santa. Also, take a ride on the Holiday Carol Wagon Ride. Bring your cameras. Pre-registration is required.

Wayne

Decked Out Detroit Winter Midway 2023

Nov. 9, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024 (Thursdays-Sundays)

Experience winter fun at the Monroe Street Midway this holiday season. Activities include bumper cars, arctic slide, puck-putt, an arcade, winter art experiences and more.

Wayne County Lightfest

Nov. 16-Dec. 24, 2023 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

The Wayne County Lightfest is magical four-mile stretch of Hines Park, displaying nearly 50 animated themed displays and more than 100,000 lights.

Light Up Beacon Park

Nov. 17, 2023

Children of all ages will enjoy this annual event as it transforms Beacon Park into a winter wonderland. It features a light display with more than 125,000 LED lights, holiday music and more.

Lighted Christmas Parade

Nov. 17, 2023

Celebrating its 23rd year, Allen Park’s annual Christmas procession features floats and performers.

Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 20, 2023

This annual event will feature a 30-foot-tall white fir, which replaces a much smaller tree the city planted a few years ago. Prior to the tree lighting, attendees can get their picture taken with Santa, an elf and reindeer. Also, a sing-along, cookies, hot cocoa and coffee will be available.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Dec. 1-3, 2023

This holiday production will light up the stage in the awe-inspiring, eye-popping family holiday spectacular for five performances

Holiday Nights

Dec. 1-28, 2023

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $32.50-$38/ages 12-plus, $29.25-$34.25/ages 62-plus, $24.25-$28.50/ages 5-11, free/ages 4 and under

Come to the village and view decorated shops and homes, live music, holiday cooking demos, free carousel rides, free ice skating and skate rentals, free horse-drawn carriage rides, free Model T rides and a fireworks finale.

Cookies with Santa

Dec. 2-16, 2023

Bring your own camera to snap a photo with Santa Claus by the fireplace. Kids will bring home one of Santa’s favorite sweet treats. Advanced online tickets are required.

Holiday Movies

Dec. 2-10, 2023 (Fridays-Sundays)

See holiday classic movies including National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Dec. 2, White Christmas on Dec. 8 and The Polar Express on Dec. 9. There’s even a holiday mystery movie on Dec. 10.

Santa Visits at the Farm

Dec. 2-10, 2023 (Saturdays-Sundays)

Visit with Santa in his antique sleigh and have your photo taken by Santa’s elf. Drop your letter off in the North Pole mailbox, warm up by the bonfire, see the farm animals and shop at the general store. Reservations are required.

The Nutcracker Ballet with Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra

Dec. 2-3, 2023

The Nutcracker returns to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The entire family is sure to enjoy this timeless Yuletide fantasy, which features the accompaniment of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

WDET 2023 Noel Night Open House

Dec. 2, 2023

Families can tour the radio station, meet your favorite WDET hosts and reporters, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, shop vintage WDET swag and more.

Snacks with Santa

Dec. 3, 2023

Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy a holiday snack, crafts, games, music and more. Pre-registration is required.

One Sleepy Night

Dec. 6-9, 2023

Families can enjoy seeing a wonder-filled, Christmas musical that features 16 original songs, a 20-person cast and an exciting choir like no other.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Dec. 8, 2023

Enjoy this variety show full of nostalgia, charm and awe-inspiring performances for all ages.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Dec. 9, 2023

This holiday performance is a re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, and features hip-hop dance and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music together.

The Snowman

Dec. 9, 2023

Enjoy a screening of the Academy Award-nominated short film, The Snowman, accompanied by music performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet

Dec. 10, 2023

Experience the extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian principal artists performing at the peak of classical European Ballet. Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet features jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger-than-life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes.

Sunday with Santa

Dec. 10, 2023

Every family gets their own private visit with Santa Claus in the “North Pole Room.” Also, sing Christmas carols, play games, make crafts, hear a story and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Pre-registration is required.

Home Alone in Concert

Dec. 13, 2023

Enjoy a screening of the holiday classic accompanied by music performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

Home for the Holidays

Dec. 15-17, 2023

Enjoy a celebration of the holiday season featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and an appearance from Santa Claus. 

One Sleepy Night

Dec. 15, 2023

Families can enjoy seeing a wonder-filled Christmas musical that features 16 original songs, a 20-person cast and an exciting choir like no other. 

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Musical 

Dec. 15-16, 2023

See all of your favorite characters from the movie, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. 

Santa Visit

Dec. 16, 2023

Meet Black Santa as he stops to visit the Detroit Public Library – Redford Branch. Bring your own camera. There will also be stories and crafts for children of all ages. Hip Hop Clown will make a special appearance, too. Reservations are required. 

Motor City Brass Band “Sounds of the Season”

Dec. 17, 2023

Motor City Brass Band presents “Sounds of the Season” to welcome the holiday season with an afternoon of brass band music.

The Music of the Nutcracker with the DSO

Dec. 20, 2023

Motor City Brass Band presents “Sounds of the Season” to welcome the holiday season with an afternoon of brass band music.

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays

Dec. 21-23, 2023

This mind-blowing showcase, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, features jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

Elf in Concert

Dec. 22-23, 2023

Enjoy a screening of the holiday classic accompanied by music performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

WWE Live Holiday Tour

Dec. 27, 2023

Catch the last Detroit WWE wrestling show of the year as it stops on one of its 12 live events for the 2023 Holiday Tour.

Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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