Free December Happenings in the Ann Arbor Area

Daily through Dec. 30

Gingerbread House Display

View custom-made Gingerbread houses displayed in the windows of Merkel Furniture and Carpet One from December 1-30. 

205 S Main St, Chelsea.

Weekly on Tuesdays

Infant Feeding Support & Playgroup

You and your little one have a warm and cozy place to come hang out if you’re feeling stir-crazy at home.

722 Brooks St, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 2

Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting in Saline

The 48th Annual Christmas Parade has lots of lights, music & entertainment including a visit by Santa! 

Read and Look

Join the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology for Read and Look in the museum galleries on the first Saturday of the month. We will take over a corner of the museum to read a book about the ancient world together. Then we’ll find related artifacts and art on display.

434 South State St, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 3

Polar Express

The Michigan Theater will show free holiday favorites. Register for tickets online. 

603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 6

Wonder Walks: Night Skies and Northern Lights

Weather-dependent, take a walk and look for winter constellations and planets, then warm up inside the conservatory with a stroll through the Aurora display.

1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor.

Jellyfish Friendship Bracelet

Jellyfish friendship bracelets use a wheel to create a round woven bracelet, and they are easy to make! Come learn how to create these colorful accessories.

343 South Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 8

Sensation Stations

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking and sorting through a variety of materials, and will explore colors, shapes, textures and sounds.

3333 Traverwood Dr, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 9

15th Annual Lucy Ann Lance Hometown Christmas Show at Briarwood Mall

Briarwood Mall welcomes back the popular Lucy Ann Lance Hometown Christmas Show on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the JCPenney Court. Join them for a free holiday performance from some of Washtenaw County’s favorite local artists.

100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 10

Wonder Walks: Winter Skies – Daytime

Daytime winter skies although often grey, provide a beautiful contrast to tree shapes and stands of native grasses. Stroll the trails with an option to do winter watercolors and make paper snowflakes in the conservatory.

1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 13

Wonder Walks: Winter Skies and Winter Solstice

In mid-December, the sun sets around 5 p.m.  Learn how the winter solstice celebrates the dark of winter and looks toward the sun’s return.

1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 16

Wrapping Paper and Gift Bag Swap

Do you have wrapping paper lying around that you don’t think you’ll use again? Ever open a roll of wrapping paper and then forget about it? Want to refresh your options? Bring it to swap!

3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 23

Lantern Hike at Island Lake Recreation Area

Hike as you follow the lanterns for one mile, with a campfire warming station at the halfway point.

6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton.

Dec. 26

Ta Chineno: Let’s Dance Together! with Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater Company

In commemoration of the first day of Kwanzaa, Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater Company presents “Ta Chineno: Let’s Dance Together!” Let’s celebrate the principle of Umoja (unity) with authentic Congolese dance and drum from Ann Arbor’s Congolese-African dance troupe.

343 South Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor.

Dec. 30


When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Free for kids under 12.

603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor.

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