Santa's Coming, Trees Are Getting Trimmed, and More Nearby Holiday Events This Week

Looking for some holiday cheer this weekend and Thanksgiving week? We've got lights, Santas, parades and more happing in Macomb, the Grosse Pointes and elsewhere nearby.

We combed our Patches for some great holiday events to put together this list of holiday happenings all over Southeast Michigan. Get out and have some festive fun!

This Week

Grosse Pointe

Junior League of Detroit's 'Festival of Wreaths': Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Festival of Wreaths offers a great start to the holiday season, with designer wreaths donated by local artists and businesses, including Village Toy Company, Village Palm, Viviano Florist, The League Shop, Detroit Tube Products and more. Fresh wreaths from Allemon’s Landscape Center along with opulent bows, ornaments and cards round out the holiday décor for purchase. There will be fun activities for all ages, including children’s crafts, cookie decorating, story time, and a chance to visit live reindeer in the Candy Cane Corral outside. 

'Festival of Wreaths' Holiday Cocktail Party and Auction:  Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.  Kick off the holiday party season and join the Junior League of Detroit for cocktails and appetizers while viewing the almost 50 designer wreaths that were created and donated for this year's Festival of Wreaths.  The wreaths will be up for sale through a silent auction, along with several pieces of finjewelry, compliments of George Koueiter & Sons and Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers.  Ryan Ermanni, WJBK-TV 2 sports reporter, will be the emcee for the evening.

37th annual Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade: Friday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Village in Grosse Pointe. The 37th annual Grosse Pointe Santa Claus parade will feature marching bands from throughout the region, community organizations, multiple floats and more! Parade starts in The Hill shopping district in Grosse Pointe Farms and proceeds west on Kercheval through The Village.

Mount Clemens

23rd Annual Christmas Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony: from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16 in Downtown Mount Clemens. Free photos with Santa will be available from 6:30-9 p.m. "Santa Passes" for appointments can be picked up starting at 5 p.m. at the Fountain Stage. Other activities include free horse drawn trolley rides and children's activities at different Downtown businesses. 

Macomb County Santa Parade: 10 a.m. Nov. 23 on Main Street in Downtown Mount Clemens. The parade steps off on Main Street at Church Street and will proceed north to Market Street.

Also nearby this weeknd

Royal Oak

Holiday Magic Parade in downtown Royal Oak: Get into the holiday spirit along Washington Avenue with over 80 parade units, including marching bands, floats, musical performances, circus acts and Santa. After the parade, visit Santa at the Emagine Theatre from 3-5 p.m. or enjoy a stroll through downtown. The parade starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18.


Santa at The Somerset Collection: He arrives Friday, Nov. 16 and will be there daily through Christmas Eve (closed on Thanksgiving). Click here for the full schedule.


Wayne County Light Fest7-10 p.m. Nov. 15-Dec. 31 except on Christmas.

Coming soon

Chesterfield Township

Chesterfield Township Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Municipal Offices. Christmas caroling, Santa's arrival by fire truck, holiday crafts as well as cookies and hot cocoa at the Weller School. Vocal performances by local schools and scout groups. Dress warmly. 

Holiday House Decorating Contest in Chesterfield Township. Nominate any home within the township by calling 586-949-0400, extension 4 and leave an address. Awards will be presented Dec. 17 at the Board of Trustees meeting. Nominations are due by 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Contest hours are 6-10 p.m. Dec. 10.

Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation 'Opening Our Doors Holiday Home Tour':  Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 1 - 4 p.m.  Tour five beautifully decorated homes in Grosse Pointe Shores.  Proceeds benefit the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation.

Sarah Rose Mother-Daughter Holiday Tea:  Saturday, December 15 from noon-3 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.  The event will include: financial literacy, etiquette lessons, arts and crafts stations, horse and carriage ride, lunch and much more. The fashion show will feature the latest holiday lines from La Jolie Rose, a chic boutique and Hannah Bear Boutique in conjunction with a Holiday Bazaar.

Macomb Township

Holiday tree Lighting and Afterglow: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. on the steps of Town Hall, 54111 Broughton Rd., off 25 Mile Road. After glow to follow in the neighboring Rec Center. 

New Baltimore

Pancake breakfast with Santa at New Baltimore Fire Department from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 2. Proceeds to benefit the Anchor Bay Community Giving Tree Holiday Charity Program. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa.

New Baltimore Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on Washington Street in downtown New Baltimore. Join the sing-alongand bring a canned good or boxed food item to donate to the St. Mary's food pantry. See Santa in the recreation center, where there will be hot chocolate and donuts. Cameras are welcome. Dress warmly.

Jingle Bell Run Dec. 9 at New Baltimore Recreation Center. Pre-registration pick-up and race day registration from 1-3:30 p.m. at the rec center. One-mile fun walk starts at 4 p.m. and 5K run starts at 4:15 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Anchor Bay School DECA Chapter, A National Marketing Student Organization, Student Scholarships and M.D.A. Checks are to be made payable to Anchor Bay Roadrunners. Mail entries to: Jingle Bell Run, 6319 County Line, Fair Haven, 48023. For more information, call 586-725-0291.

Shelby Township

Tree Lighting Festival: Dec. 6 at the Shelby Township Municipal Hall, located at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. The Eisenhower High School choir and band will lead the community in Christmas carols.  Kids can also visit Santa's Snack Shop for hot cider and a cookie and then visit with Santa after the tree lighting.

St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Shores Tree Lighting: 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at City Hall. 

St. Clair Shores Optimist Club Santa Station: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Selinsky Green Farmhouse behind the St. Clair Shores Library. The family event includes opportunities to visit enjoy a candy cane, warm up with some hot chocolate, and tour the Farmhouse and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will also be able to feed and pet the animals including a fallow deer, miniature horse, alpaca and goats.

St. Clair Shores Optimist Club Poinsettia Ball: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Blossom Heath Inn. The ball is a tradition started by the St. Clair Shores Jaycees in the 1970s and brings together the business community, civic organizations and the community to celebrate the holidays. It's a formal holiday dinner dance, and tickets are available for $40 per person, or $50 at the door. The evening includes a champagne toast, prime rib and salmon buffet, open bar, and music by Elite Entertainment.

For a complete list of metro Detroit holiday events, click here.

Did we miss your favorite holiday event? Tell us in comments!

Nancy Carter November 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM
City of Utica's Tree Lighting is Sunday, December 2, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be cider and donut holes, caroling, the Utica High School band and, of course, Santa Claus. Griswold Home Care is setting up a "Santa's Workshop" where the children can create a craft. They will also have available a bin where families can bring in new gloves, socks, scarves and hats for the homeless, if they wish.


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