Holiday Happenings

. July 16, 2013.
Now – Sunday, January 6, 2011

A Christmas Tree Carol – The TimeCole Treat, 2
Traveler’s Guide
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
A dazzling display of eight unique holiday trees from the
past, present, and future are on display at Matthaei Botanical
Gardens. Workshops on eco-friendly holiday decorating ideas,
ornaments and gift-wrapping are featured. The conservatory
will be transformed into a magical holiday wonderland with
this look at the culture of the holiday tree in American and
world history.

Now – Friday, January 9, 2011

Holidays in Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Come visit the Henry Ford Museum and celebrate the holidays!
The giant Christmas tree, visits with Santa, and two amazing
train displays will delight your family. The event is free to members
and free with Henry Ford Museum admission. $11 – $15,
children four and under are free. Parking $5 per vehicle.
Thursday, December 2 – Sunday, December 5
Stone Arch Arts & Events Facility
117 S. Ann Arbor Street

Cole Penka, 2 and Judd Penka, 4The Saline Area Players will perform family favorite, “How the
Grinch Stole Christmas.” Shows on Thursday, December 2,
and Friday, December 3, at 7pm. Performances on Saturday,
December 4, and Sunday, December 5, begin at 1pm
and 3:30pm.

Friday, December 3

The Nutcracker
Chelsea High School
740 N. Freer Rd.
The Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan and a cast of area kids
will bring the magic of the season to life. Holiday performances
are on Friday, December 3, at 7pm. Saturday, December
4, at 2 and 7pm and Sunday, December 5, at 2pm. A special
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea will be held Friday, December 4 and
Sunday, December 5, at 12:30pm. Nutcracker tickets are $18
for adults, $12 for students (through college). The Sugar Plum
Fairy Tea is $12 per child. Call for tickets.

Friday, December 3

Midnight Madness on Ann Arbor’s
South Main Street
S. Main St.
The Main Street Area’s Midnight Madness is an
Ann Arbor holiday tradition! Witness the debut
of Main Street’s holiday lights, and shop
til you drop! Shops will be open late and
feature special sales. Roving performers
and Santa Claus add to the Holiday mood
from 5pm to midnight. The event is free
and open to the public.

Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 5

Chelsea’s Annual Hometown
Holidays & Parade
Downtown Chelsea
A hometown celebration including a tree lighting ceremony,
visits with Santa, a holiday light parade and other special
events are planned to capture the spirit of the season.

Friday, December 3 – Saturday, December 11

Holiday Week in Saline
Brighten your holidays with the Saline tree lighting ceremony,
parade and more! The “Tree Lighting Ceremony” is Friday,
December 3, starting at 7pm at the corner of Michigan Ave.
and North Ann Arbor St. “A Saline Christmas Story” is the
theme for the 35th Annual Parade on Saturday, December
4. Come and watch the 1,500-plus parade participants,
which include local bands, fl oats and vehicles. Kids can
enjoy watching a variety of reindeer, dogs, goats, llamas
and more animals. Parade starts at the corner of Michigan
Ave. and Harris St. from 5:30 to 7pm .“Santa’s Village” at
Stone Arch Arts and Events Facility at 117 S. Ann Arbor St.
follows the arrival of Santa at the end of the Parade. Kids
can visit with Santa and receive a goody bag too!
Celebration activities will continue throughout Holiday
Week in Saline culminating with “Treasure Trail to Santa”
at Busch’s Plaza on Saturday, December 11, from 10am to
1:30pm where a visit with Santa, horse-drawn carriage
rides, entertainment, and treats will be part of the fun.

Fridays, December 3, 10 and 17

Luminaries DIA
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Explore infi nite patterns and colors using tissue paper on a
simple glass jar that you can illuminate at home with a small
candle. An adult must accompany children 12 and younger
from 6 to 9pm. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, December 4

Polar Express Pajama Party
Barnes and Noble
Huron Village
3235 Washtenaw Ave.
Children are met by the conductor and receive a bell. Mr.
Conductor reads The Polar Express where children participate
in the story at 7pm. Holiday treats, activity sheets and more
are featured. A very special visit from Santa ends the event.
The Pajama Party is free and open to all!

Saturday, December 4

Holiday Light Parade
Downtown Chelsea
The Annual Holiday Light Parade takes place Saturday, December
4, at 6pm. The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce invites
friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and family to join in the
parade this year.

Saturday, December 4

Dexter’s Home for the Holidays Festival
Downtown Dexter
Plenty of activities to go around in downtown Dexter! A breakfast
with Santa, holiday craft bazaars and a Holiday Hustle 5k
Run/Walk for Charity are featured festivities. Children can also
visit Santa and get their photo taken at the gazebo, so bring
your camera. Music and carolers throughout downtown accompany
the Annual Tree Lighting Service at Monument Park.

Saturday, December 4

Milan Holiday Parade
Enjoy the Annual Milan Area Chamber Christmas Parade
celebrating Milan’s 125 Anniversary. Festivities include
fl oats, music, costumes, classic cars, a visit from Santa,
and lights galore.

Saturday, December 4

Children’s Holiday Party at Kempf
House Museum
Kempf House Museum
312 S. Division St.
Enjoy photos with Allison Carron, Ann Arbor Ballet’s Sugar
Plum Fairy, story telling, goodie bags, music and refreshments
at The Kempf House. Your little fairy can have holiday fun from
10:30 to 11:30am for $5 per child.

Saturday, December 4

Classical Bells Concert
Downtown Library
Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave.
Enjoy a family concert of holiday music performed by
Michigan’s premier handbell ensemble from 1pm to 2pm.

Saturday, December 4

Noel Night and Gingerbread Puppets
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.
Decorate gingerbread cookies with icing and beads.
Then add felt and a tongue depressor to
create a one-of-a-kind puppet. An adult
must accompany children 12 and younger.
Activities are free with any museum
admission from 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 4

Holiday Nights in Greenfi eld Village
Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Step into a Christmas card from the past. Don’t miss the most
popular holiday event in the area, complete with candlelit
paths, costumed presenters, carriage and Model T rides,
Santa with live reindeer, ice-skating, a spectacular fi reworks
display and more. Tickets are $15 for youth, $17 for adults.
Members receive a discount. Events take place from 6:30 to
10pm. Events continue on Friday, December 10 and Saturday,

December 11. As well as Friday, December 17 through Thursday, December 23. Festivities conclude on Sunday,December 26 to Monday, December 27. Saturday, December 4-Sunday, December 5

Handel’s Messiah
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Ave.
The Grammy Award-winning UMS Choral Union launches
the holiday season with its signature work, Handel’s glorious
oratorio, Messiah. An Ann Arbor tradition in the surroundings
of Hill Auditorium, these performances are ultimately
the heart and soul of UMS, connecting audiences. Saturday,
December 4, at 8pm and on Sunday, December 5, at 2 pm.
Tickets range from $10 to $32.

Saturdays, December 4, 11 and 18

Breakfast with Santa
Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Join Old St. Nick as he takes a breather from his busy holiday
schedule to enjoy a delicious buffet-style waffl e breakfast
at the Detroit Zoo. The annual Breakfast with Santa will be
held in the Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery from 8am to
10am. Seating is limited and advance reservations are
necessary. This buffet-style waffl e
breakfast includes a special gift for
each child, crafts, photo opportunities
and a visit from Santa and a few
of his wildlife friends. For members,
tickets are $25 for adults (ages 15
and older) and $20 for children
(ages 14 and younger). For nonmembers,
tickets are $30 for adults
and $25 for children. The non-member
price includes Zoo admission
and parking. For reservations call
Customer Service at 248-541-5717
ext. 3750.

Sunday, December 5

A Christmas Story
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St.
Come and watch the family
classic! All young Ralphie wants for
Christmas is a Red Ryder BB-gun and
it seems that’s the one toy he can’t
have. The show begins at 1:30pm.
Kids 12 and under are free. Admission
price is $9 for parents and other
adults, $7 for students, seniors and
US veterans and $6.50 for Michigan
Theater members.

Saturdays, December 10 and 17

Festive Fridays in Downtown Ann Arbor
Downtown Ann Arbor
Get into the holiday spirit! Bundle up, come see the lights,
do some shopping, and witness spectacular sidewalk

Sunday, December 12

“Santa Central”
Activity Center at Hudson Mills Metropark
6535 Huron River Dr.
Visit Santa Central and play reindeer games, enjoy a
hayride, snacks, and share a wish list with Santa. Festivities
begin at 10am. and continue at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Tickets
are $6 for children, one year and under are free. Bring
your own camera or purchase a photo for $2. Admission
is by advance ticket purchase only; tickets are available for
purchase at the park offi ce.

Saturday, December 18

Winter Fest Solstice Celebration
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Find out why we celebrate winter and learn about the winter
solstice and the longest night of the year. Kids will participate
in a hands-on workshop where they’ll create evergreen
swags and hand-decorated wrapping paper in homage to
the winter season. Bring a spool of ribbon to trade in our
ribbon exchange from 10am to noon.

Sunday, December 19

Frosty On Ice
Veterans Memorial Park
Sports Complex
2150 Jackson Rd.
Come skate with Frosty! Enjoy free candy canes, a meet and
greet and photos with Frosty. All ages are welcome from 1 to
2:30pm. General admission for skaters, others free. For more
information on prices and holiday hours call 734-794-6235.

Monday, December 20 – Sunday, January 2

Hands-On Holidays: Science of Toys
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
220 E. Ann St.
Come learn about the science of all your favorite
classic toys. Hands-on activities take
place from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays
and Sundays from noon to 4pm. Entry into
the events are $9 for ages two and up.

Tuesday, December 21

Winter Solstice Craft Program
Ann Arbor Library Malletts Creek Branch
Program Room AB
3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.
We’ll have all the materials ready for you
to make beautiful winter crafts from 2 to 3pm.

Tuesday, December 28

Happy New Year! Craft Program
Ann Arbor Library Traverwood Branch
Program Room
3333 Traverwood Dr.
734- 327-4200
Make silly hats
and noisemakers
for your New
Year’s celebration
between 2 and 3pm.

Holiday gift guide

December marks the time of year when hectic
holiday shopping begins. Our Holiday Gift
Guide relieves the pressure of fi nding the per fect
gift for every family member or friend. Local businesses
and shops have come together once again
to feature gift items ideal for any occasion!

Liberty Athletic Club
2975 W. Liberty Rd.
Give your family the greatest gift of all—time spent together. A family membership
at Liberty Athletic Club provides something for ever yone. Enjoy our waterparks,
swimming pools, tennis cour ts, fi tness classes, climbing wall, basketball cour t, indoor
track, and numerous activities. Year round fun and fi tness for the whole family!

Lexi’s Toy Box
328 S. Ashley St.
Great for any future pilot! The Airport ($69) comes with
a two-stor y airport terminal, fl ight control tower, and an
elevator that moves between the ground level and second
fl oor. The ground level is complete with a
parking lot and the second fl oor features a
check-in counter, luggage conveyor belt,
and the jetway to
the plane. This
play set includes
an airplane, cargo
truck and trailer, a
pilot and an airport
agent figure.

200 S. First St.
Come see why we’re rated Ann
Arbor’s BEST thrift sale! With three
fl oors of great bargains to wander,
you’ll stretch your legs, imagination
and budget. Each purchase and
donation you make helps others.
The 2010 Holiday Sale is Friday,
December 3, and Saturday,
December 4, from 9am to noon!

Tree Town Toys
2611 Plymouth Rd.
Tree Town Toys is Ann Arbor’s
premier specialty toy store featuring thousands of toys and games,
redwood and cedar play structures, and baby gear. Locally owned
and operated by Michigan parents, Tree Town Toys hand-selects
items to teach, inspire and challenge children of all ages.





241 E. Liberty
Try one of our signature salads
freshly prepared and tossed
with your choice of any of our
homemade dressings. Looking
for something different? Choose
a meat or veggie Square made
to order and topped with
our signature house “Square
Sauce.” In a hurry? Order
online at
Looking For The Perfect
Holiday Gift?
Purchase A $10 Gift Card
In December & Receive a
Free Fountain Drink

The Chelsea Treehouse
320 N. Main St.
Perfect for any adventurer!
Chelsea Treehouse offers kids and adults a chance to
roam, climb and slide all in an enclosed area. Membership
certifi cates are an ideal gift for any active family.
Three-month family passes with one child ($60), two
ship children ($80) and for a family with three children or
more ($100) are available.
209 N. Main St. Suite 1

Mythlogic Computers
209 Main St. Suite 1
Locally owned MYTHLOGIC Computers
offers the latest in computers,
parts and accessories, along with top
notch service and support. We can
repair, install, and upgrade any brand of computer for you in our store or on location (…even Macs). This Holiday Season we are featuring 8GB USB 2.0 fl ash drives for $20, wireless keyboard and mouse combinations ($30),
portable headphones ($10), and many more accessories. MYTHLOGIC has great gifts for your inner nerd or outward geek!