2015 Family Holiday Guide

. December 2, 2015.

Your holiday season is sure to be full of joy with wonderful festivities. Light up your calendar with holiday merriment in Washtenaw County! 


Santa's Mailbox
Downtown Ann Arbor
318 S. Main St
734-668-7112 | www.mainstreetannarbor.org

Merchants in the Main Street area have decided to once again fund a direct mail route from Ann Arbor to the North Pole! Santa's mailbox will be open for wish lists in front of Conor O’Neill’s. All letters received by 3pm on December 18th will be answered. Please remember to include your return address. Free


December 1-January 3

Lights Before Christmas
Sunday–Thursday 3-8pm, 
Friday and Saturday 3-9pm

Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org 

The zoo becomes a winter wonderland during this Toledo area classic event. Enjoy a visit to the Winter Village for treats and a visit with Santa. Experience a ride on the Ice Slide and witness the beauty of ice-carving. And of course, wish some of your favorite animals Happy Holidays! $13/ages 12-59, $10/seniors 60+ and children 2-11, Free/kids under 2. 


Fridays through Sundays through December 20 

Strolling Santa
6pm/Fridays and Saturdays

Arbor Hills Shopping Center
3010 Washtenaw Ave

Santa and Carolers will be making the rounds at the Arbor Hills Shopping Center at various times throughout the month. Free


December 2

Tree Lighting

Summit on the Park
46000 Summit Pkwy., Canton
734-394-5460 | www.canton-mi.org

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Township Tree Lighting Event. The official tree will be lit in front of the Summit on the Park and special festivities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Join for seasonal entertainment, crafts, activities, refreshments, and visits with Santa! No registration necessary. $3-$4. December 4

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Brighton Center for the Performing Arts
7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton
810-299-4130 | www.brightonperformingarts.com

The Brighton High School Musical Theater is proud to present the timeless holiday musical, White Christmas. The show is based on the beloved film, and this heartwarming musical adaptation includes seventeen classic Irving Berlin songs that will have the audience humming along.  The show includes over 100 talented on and off-stage cast members from Brighton High School. Runs through December 13. $14-$17. 

Chelsea Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrival

Pierce Park
901 S. Main St., Chelsea
734-475-1145 | www.chelseamich.com

The Rotary Club will kick off this event with a re-dedication of the Pierce Park Gazebo, built by the Chelsea Rotary Club 25 years ago. Sounds of the holiday season will be performed by members of the Chelsea High School Choir followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and a visit from our 2014 Chelsea Fair Queen. Don't forget that a very special guy in the big red suit will also make an appearance to add to the holiday festivities! Free

Your Town On Stage Christmas Celebration

Riverside Arts Center
76 N. Huron St. 
734-480-2787 | www.riversidearts.org

Your Town On Stage celebrates the people, history and favorite hang-outs in Ypsilanti Michigan. Bottle Rocket Cabaret, the duo formed by John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal will present a holiday-themed concert that includes time-tested favorites from their catalog of songs along with classic Christmas music. John and Jamie-Sue will perform a song they've written especially for the town of Ypsilanti accompanied by projected photos by area photographers. Bottle Rocket Cabaret will be joined by singers and dancers from Erickson Elementary School lead by music teacher, Crystal Harding. $5/children under 12, $15/adult. 


December 5 – 19

Christmas on the Farm

Rentschler Farm Museum
1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-0442 | www.salinehistory.org

See how farm families coped at Christmastime when faced with a tight money situation during the Great Depression years. A live tree will grace the parlor with genuine 1930s ornaments and lights. Simple decorations, good aromas throughout the house, and pleasing sights and sounds will greet visitors as they enter the front door. Light refreshments. Free


December 5

Annual Saline Christmas Parade

Downtown Saline
734-429-4494 | www.salinechamber.org

Over 1,700 participants and 4,000 visitors are expected to attend the Christmas Parade in downtown Saline, featuring floats, marching bands, animals, and performances. Free


December 6

Take Note: Paul Keller Ensemble 

Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti
734-482-4110 | www.ems.ypsilibrary.org

Ypsilanti Library’s Paul Keller Ensemble holiday jazz concert is back! The seven-person ensemble will wow concert-goers with fun, toe-tapping holiday cheer. Free


December 6

The Saline New Horizons Band Holiday Concert

First United Methodist Church
1200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline
734-769-2613 | www.salinenewhorizonsband.org

This event will feature familiar favorites, according to band director Dr. Joseph Labuta, with a few surprises as well. Free


December 10

Holiday Pops with the Phil

Michigan Philharmonic
650 Church St., Plymouth
734-451-2112 | www.michiganphil.org

A festive, family-friendly yuletide pop concert featuring traditional Christmas carols like Christmas on Broadway, Polar Express Suite, Wizards in Winter, Jingle Bells Forever, and Feliz Navidad. $30. 


December 12

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Woodstone Grill
2111 Rawsonville Rd., Belleville
734-408-1522 | www.a2jcf.org

A drop-in breakfast to meet Santa, do a holiday craft, and take pictures. Proceeds benefit the Ann Arbor Jaycees Foundation, which is committed to promoting education and community involvement through charitable means. $5-$6. 


December 13

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St. 
734-668-8397 | www.michtheater.org

The live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Free


December 20

It’s a Wonderful Life

Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St
734-668-8397 | www.michtheater.org

Director Frank Capra‘s classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. Free


December 31

Family New Year Party

Brighton High School
7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton
810-299-4140 | www.selcra.com

It can be hard to celebrate and stay up until midnight. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Icelandic time when it's still early in our part of the world Family photos, an arctic animal presentation, dancing, dinner buffet, goody bags and much more! The ballroom will be enchanted with music, videos and will host our Countdown to New Years Balloon Drop! $24.