Holiday hullabaloo

. December 4, 2013.

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way, Toledo, OH 419-244-2674
Bring the entire family to the science center for holiday-themed activities and demonstrations. Little scientists can make unique snowflakes, decorate Christmas trees, freeze ice cream, and more. There will also be related events throughout the month, including LEGO displays and a visit from Santa! Visit website for a complete list of events. Now through January 5, 2012. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am-5pm; Sundays, noon-5pm; closed Mondays. $8-$10 entrance fee.


2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH •419-385-5721 •
Thousands of lights illuminate the walkways and the animals, creating a unique experience for zoo-goers. Look for other special events throughout the month, like ice carving demos, a visit from the Toledo Walleye hockey team, a Santa Paws gift shop, and more. Zoo-goers can experience the lights every day of December (except 24 & 25): Sundays through Thursdays, 3-8pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 3-9pm.
Free kids under 2 / $10 kids under 2-11 / $13 adults / $10 seniors 65 & up
(discounts and packages available online).


100 Briarwood Circle • 734-761-9550 •
Get your picture taken with the one and only Santa Claus! The big guy will be at the newly renovated Briarwood Mall throughout the month for the kids to tell him their wish list. Now through December 24. Mondays through Sundays, 10am-8pm;
December 24, 9am-5pm; pet pictures available December 16, 8-9pm.


3126 Broad St., Dexter • 734-268-6200
The whole family will enjoy this musical based on the classic holiday film.
This all ages show is filled with show-stopping numbers and timeless songs. Tickets available online. Now through December 22. Thursdays, 7pm; Fridays, 8pm;
Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm; and Sundays, 3pm. $24-$28.


603 E. liberty St. • 734-668-8463 •
The Michigan Theater will screen fun, family-friendly holiday classics every Sunday this month, all for free! Schedule: “A Christmas Story” (December 1), “Miracle on 34th Street” (December 8) “Elf” (December 15) and “It’s A Wonderful Life”
(December 22). 1:30pm. Free.


103 Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti • 734-487-1220 •
When the notorious Herdman kids are cast in the town’s annual holiday pageant, everyone goes to hilarious efforts to keep the show from crashing and burning. This ultimately heartwarming tale will also have weekend performances. December 5-7, 7pm; December 8, 2pm. $7-$15.


603 E. Liberty St. • 734-973-6010 •
Enjoy the family-friendly Christmas play featuring 13 original songs written
and composed by UofM alums Don Hart and Jay Sappington. Tickets available online; weekend performances December 6, 7 & 14. 7pm. $15 adults / $8 kids.


734-475-1145 •
The holiday spirit overtakes Downtown Chelsea every year on the first weekend in December. Santa’s arrival on Friday kicks off the 26th annual event, and the 9th Annual Holiday Light Parade on Saturday night is sure to brighten your family’s spirits. Go online for the full schedule of events. Friday, 6-8:30pm;
Saturday, 8:30am-9pm; and Sunday, 10am-7:30pm.


Library Park Plaza, Downtown Ypsilanti • 734-481-0141 •
Enjoy the Ypsilanti Community Choir leading Christmas carols and watch Santa arrive as the Christmas tree is lit at the Library Park Plaza. Also save on unique gifts from merchants of Downtown Ypsilanti. 6-7-30pm. Free.


100 Briarwood Circle • 734-761-9550 •
Join Santa at the newly renovated Briarwood Mall for a morning of cookie decorating, storytelling and a hot breakfast at California Pizza Kitchen. Supports the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. $10 per person. 9-10am.


301 E. Adrian St., Blissfield • 1-888-467-2451
All aboard the Santa Express for Christmas Carols, festive activities, cookies and milk, and of course pictures with Santa! Boards 15 minutes before departure. Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21, 10am & 12:30pm. $15-$20. Also check out Lunch with Santa, December 8 & 15, 2-4pm.


Hill Auditorium
825 N. University Ave. • 734-763-3333 •
Start off your holiday season with a spirited “Hallelujah!” as the UMS Choral Union launches the holiday season with its signature work. On Sunday the Pioneer High School String Quartet plays seasonal favorites before the concert begins and during intermission. Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $10-$36.


2855 Boardwalk • 734-973-1014 •
This baby- and toddler-friendly event is the perfect chance for little ones to meet and play with Santa for the first time. There will be crafts, games, photo ops and, of course, milk and cookies. Register online. 9:15am & 11am. $10.


1866 Woodland Dr., Saline • 734-429-3502 •
Santa is inviting all good little boys and girls for a very special evening of holiday fun. Wear your favorite pajamas for an evening of Santa’s favorite holiday stories. Don’t forget to bring your wish list, too! 7pm. $8-$10.


1500 E. Medical Center Dr. • 734-936-2787 •
The Dodworth Holiday Brass Ensemble is a brass octet that uses original saxhorns dating from 1840-1880 to play popular, religious, secular and ethnic (Polish, French, German and Norwegian) Christmas and holiday music. Noon-1pm.
The sidewalks will turn into holiday stages as an array of performers sing and dance through Main Street. Acts include a cappella groups, breakdancers, carolers and Elvis! Kids will also enjoy activities from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Encore
performances on December 20. 7-9pm.


1866 Woodland Dr., Saline • 734-429-3502 •
This one’s for the parents! Get your last minute shopping done while your kids hang out at the Rec Center for an evening of crafts, movies, games, swimming, pizza and more. Make sure they bring tennis shoes, a bathing suit and a towel. 5-10pm. $20-$35.


122 W. Michigan Ave., Saline • 734-429-7716 •
St. Paul’s Gospel Choir will host a Christmas Concert featuring classic
holiday songs sure to bring yuletide cheer. 7pm.


4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH
The Toledo Ballet will be accompanied by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to present the timeless holiday classic of a young girl and her magical nutcracker doll. Saturday at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. Cost $24-$54.


8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter • 734-426-8211 •
The perfect pre-Christmas stop! Kids can enjoy reindeer games, crafts, hayrides, snacks and they’ll meet Santa. Photos with Santa available for $2, or donate a toy
to Toys for Tots and receive a free photo. Must buy tickets in advance.
10am-12:30pm & 2-4pm. $3 adults / $6 kids.


1500 E. Medical Center Dr. • 734-936-2787 •
Come enjoy some of your Christmas favorites with the local band Counterpoint.
They will entertain you with their blended vocal harmonies and refreshing
arrangements. Noon-1pm.


5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti • 734-482-4110 •
Bring the kids to the library for a special screening of the animated movie
Arthur Christmas, the heartwarming story of Santa’s clumsy son, Arthur,
and his quest to save one little girl’s Christmas. 3pm. Free.