Holiday Happenings 2011

. February 8, 2013.

Mya, 6, of DexterHappy Holidays from Ann Arbor Family! Here's a special guide for all the magical events Southeast Michigan that makes December the most
wonderful time of the year. 


Kris Kringle Village 

Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way, Downtown Toledo, OH. 419-244-2674
Bring the entire family to the science center to see the giant gingerbread house featuring a fireplace, holiday wreaths and decorations, and of course, candy — lots and lots of candy! The Village will be on display at Imagination Station through January 2, 2012. Visit website for hours of operation and prices.

Lights Before Christmas
Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH.

Bundle up the family and make the short trip to Toledo for a grand display with over one million lights, over 200 lighted animal images and the popular Dancing Lights spectacle. Now through December 31. Monday-Thursday, 5-8pm;Friday-Sunday, 5-9pm. $8-$11.

It’s a Wonderful Life

The Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. 734-268-6200.
The whole family will enjoy this musical based on the classic holiday film which made its World Premiere at The Encore in 2010. Now through December 23. Thursdays,
7pm;Fridays, 8pm;Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm;Sundays, 3pm. $22-$28.

Santa at Briarwood

Briarwood mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. 734-761-9550.
Children can tell Santa their holiday wishes all through the month in a fantastic Christmas setting. Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-8pm;Sundays, 11am-7pm;Christmas Eve, 9am-5pm.

Friday, december 2

Midnight Madness

Main Street, Downtown Ann Arbor.
The shops along Main Street will be open late with holiday sales! Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County will also be roaming
the sidewalks. 7pm.

24th Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday

Downtown Chelsea. 734-475-1145
The holiday spirit overtakes Downtown Chelsea every year on the first weekend in December. Santa's arrival kicks off the event and the 7th Annual Holiday Light Parade
on Saturday night is sure to brighten your family's spirits. Go online for the full schedule of events. December 2-4.


Kerrytown Market & Shops,
407 North Fifth Ave. 734-662-5008
Once again the Kerrytown District Association
offers the community a taste of the German holiday tradition with their version of Chriskindlmarkt known as the KindleFest.
Farmers, artisans and other vendors will be selling a wide range of holiday wares and The Tübingen Sister City Group of Ann Arbor will help add some German cultural flair with pretzels, bratwursts, roasted nuts, Glühwein (a mulled wine) and of course beer! Kids can also illuminate the night during the Annual Children's Lantern Parade. 6-10pm.

Starlight Spree and Tree Lighting

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. 6-8pm. Free.

Saturday, December 3

German Family Christmas

Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division. 734-994-4898
Come and see how a German-American family celebrates Christmas in the early 1900's. Saturdays & Sundays, December 3-11, 1-4pm. Free.

Breakfast with Santa

Olga’s Kitchen, Briarwood mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. 734-761-9550.
In support of The Family Hope Fund At the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, families will get the opportunity to have breakfast with jolly ol’ St. Nick. Enjoy stories with Santa and cookie decorating, too. Get tickets early at Guest Servives. Space is limited. 8:30am. $6.

Candlelight Holiday Tours

Century House Cabin, 6829 Summerfield Rd., Lambertville. 734-856-5739.
The rooms of the historic former home of poet/hymnist Ina Duley Ogdon, will be preserved in period decorations with surprise entertainment for a unique holiday experience. Saturday & Sunday, 6-8pm;Wednesday, December 7, 2-4pm. $5.

Traditional Gingerbread House Classes

Whole Foods Market,
3135 Washtenaw Ave. 734-975-4500
This class offers a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and kids to start the Christmas tradition of making all-natural Gingerbread houses. Register online. December 3 & 10, 11am. $19.99. The

Santa Express

The Old Road Dinner Train,
301 E. Adrian St., Blissfield
All aboard the Santa Express for Christmas Carols, festive activities, cookies & milk and of course pictures with Santa! Boards 15 minutes before train leaves and the Pizza Train boards 30 minutes before departure. Saturdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 10am & 12:30pm. Pizza Train, December 11, 2pm. $15-$20/$20 & $32 pizza train.

Handel’s Messiah

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.

40th Annual Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale

Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum,
3443 Inverness St.,
Dexter 734-426-2519
The Dexter Heritage Guild celebrates the holidays with its annual bazaar and bake sale featuring delightful hand-made gifts for everyone in the family. 9am-3pm. Free.Children's

Holiday Party

Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division. 734-994-4898
The historic Kempf House Museum is decked out for the holidays with elaborate decor and special children’s entertainment with music, refreshments, and goodie bags. 10:30am. $5.

Greens Sale 2011

Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw 734-662-3279
From garlands to wreaths to table décor, select all your festive arrangements in one spot, and browse an Arts & Crafts Show. 9am-12pm. Free.

All The Trimmings Holiday Show

Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 West Old US Highway 12, Chelsea
In conjunction with Chelsea's Hometown Holidays, browse through this wonderful artisans' show featuring unique local talent. there'll be woodcarvings, bears, pastels, tiles, folk paintings, textiles, jewelry, and much more. 10am-4pm. Free.

Potters Guild of Ann Arbor Holiday Sale

Guild Studio, 201 Hill Street.
The sale, includes both functional and decorative
ceramics, and Christmas ornaments made by more than 40 Potters Guild artists, as well as a selection of specially-priced ceramics for kids under 12. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Free.St. Mary

Annual Christmas Bazaar

St. Mary's Catholic Parish,
331 Thompson St. 734-663-0557
Over 100 vendors and crafters will be hocking
their holiday wares with a raffle and bake sale to bring in the season. 10am-4pm. Free.

The Annual Downtown Home & Garden Christmas Party

Downtown Home & Garden,
210 S. Ashley St. 734-662-8122
All are welcome to join the holiday cheer with chestnuts roasting on an open fire, eggnog, and a smoked Christmas goose as well as a visit from Santa Claus himself! 10am-1pm.

Christmasat the Mansion

Gordon Hall, Lake Rd & Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Dexter 734-426-2519
Take a tour of the festive decorations adorned by the historical Gordon Hall. An antique sleigh will be on display and St. Nick will be stopping in for photos with all the good little boys & girls. Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm. $1-$5 donations.


Miracle 34th Street

Michigan Theater, 603 E. liberty St.
Share this 1947 holiday classic with your family for Christmas miracles of your own! 1:30pm. Free.

Chills, Trills&Holiday Thrills

WCC Towsley Auditorium, 4800 East Huron River Dr. 734-973-3300
Grammy award winning conductor, John McLaughlin Williams teams up with the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra as a violin soloist to perform all the holiday classics. 3:30pm. $6-$30.

Wednesday, December 7

Stile Antico

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 North Division St. 734-764-2538
Working without a conductor, the 12 members of Stile Antico will perform at the beautiful sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Episcopal
Church, a program of Tudor music for Christmas and Advent. 7:30pm. $35-$45.

Thursday, December 8

Sounds of the Season

University Hospital Main Lobby,
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
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. 12pm.

Friday, december 9

Festive Fridays

Main Street, Downtown Ann Arbor
Your family will love the free horse drawn carriage rides and live sidewalk entertainment
throughout the Main Street Area as the shops stay open later to cater to delightful evening shopping. December 9 & 16. 7-9pm.

Saturday, december 10

3rd Annual St. Paul UCC Christmas Bazaar
St. Paul United Church of Christ, 122 W. Michigan Ave., Saline 734-429-7716
Even bigger than last year, the church will be full of quality works from knitted and crocheted items to jewelry and more made by local artisans. 10am-3pm.

Two Twelve Arts Center Holiday Sale

Two Twelve Arts Center, 212 West Michigan
Ave., Saline. 734-944-2787
Give the gift of quality handmade gifts from local artisans to your loved ones this holiday season and support the arts center. Come to the opening reception on Friday, December 9, 7-9pm. Saturdays, December 10 & 17, 10am-6pm. Free.

The Youth Orchestra December Concert

Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty St. 734-668-8463
The Youth Symphony Orchestra with the Junior String Orchestra and the Sterling String Orchestra will showcase their hard work this semester with a spirited performance
of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and John Williams. 3pm. Free.

Sunday, december 11

It's A Wonderful Life!

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
This 1946 classic has become an American Christmas tradition that is sure to inspire everyone in the family. 4pm. Free.
saturday, december 17Classical Bells Concert
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, 343 South Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200
Listen to the beautiful sounds of sixty-eight bronze and six aluminum English handbells in the hands of these accomplished musicians.

Thursday, december 22

Holiday Harmonies

University Hospital Main Lobby,
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
Come enjoy some of your Christmas favorites with the local band Counterpoint. They will entertain you with their blended vocal harmonies and refreshing arrangements. 12pm.

Sunday, december 25

A Christmas Carol

Logan, 5, Kaylin, 10, and Mya, 7, of DexterMichigan Theater, 603 E. liberty St.
Spend your family's Christmas with everybody's
favorite "Bah Humbug," Ebenezer Scrooge, and forge memories for future Christmas pasts. 4pm. Free.