101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Ann Arbor / Detroit Metro Area | Kids Out and About Ann Arbor / Detroit

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Ann Arbor / Detroit Metro Area

KidsOutAndAbout is SE Michigan's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2021  Lights Before Christmas - Toledo Zoo
Nov 20 - Dec 5, 2021 (select dates) Santa Visits & Letters to Santa - Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm
Nov 21 - 28, 2021 Santa at The Festival of Trees - Dearborn, MI
Nov 23, 2021 Annual Holiday Lighing Ceremony & Santa - The Henry Ford 
Starting Nov 26, 2021  Santa Photo Experience - Briarwood Mall
Opening Nov 26, 2021  Country Christmas - Three Cedars Farm
Nov 27 - Dec 24, 20021 (select dates) Santa House - Downtown Birmingham Shain Park 
Nov 27, 2021  The Lighted Parade & Arrival of Santa Claus - Downtown Holly, MI
Dec 3 , 2021 Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus - Downtown Auburn Hills
Dec 3 - 28, 2021 (select nights) Holiday Nights Supper with Santa - The Henry Ford
Dec 3, 2021 Christmas in the Village - Mills Race Village
Dec 4, 2021 Hometown Holiday Light Parade - Main Street Chelsea
Dec 4, 2021 Ornament Workshop & Pictures with Santa - Westland Historic Village Park
Dec 4, 2021 Santa's Candy Cane Trail - Kensington Metropark
Dec 4, 2021 Snacks with Santa - Lake Erie Metropark Golf Course 
Dec 4,11 & 18 2021 Santa Saturdays - Meadow Brook
Dec 4, 2021 Santa & Mrs. Claus - Lake Saint Claire Metropark - Thomas Welsh Activity Center
Dec 4,5,11,12, 2021 Holiday Fun & Santa Visits at the Farm - Maybury Farm
Dec 3-5, 9-12, 17-23 and 26-28, 2021 Supper With Santa - Greenfield Village
Dec 5, 2021 Breakfast with Santa Longacre House
Dec 8, 10, 2021 Oh Dear, Santa's Here! - Heritage Park 
Dec 11,12,18,19, 2021 Snacks with Santa - Kensington Metropark
Dec 11, 2021  Celebrate with Santa - Stonycreek Metropark, Nature Center
Dec 11, 2021 Storytime with Santa - Community House
Dec 12, 2021  Sunday with Santa - Oakwoods Metropark
Dec 12, 2021 Breakfast with Santa - Canterbury Village
Throughout December Hometown Holidays - Chelsea, Michigan

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 27 - Dec 24, 2021 (select dates)  Hoarse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Downtown Birmingham Shain Park
Dec 3 - 28, 2021 (select dates) Holiday Nights in Greenfield - The Henry Ford
Dec 3, 2021 Christmas in the Village - Mill Race Village
Dec 3-5, 9-12, 17-23 and 26-28, 2021 Holiday Nights - Greenfield Village
   

 

Light Displays

Nov 19 - Jan 1, 2022 Magic of Lights  - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Nov 19, 2021  18th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony - Campus Martius Park
Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2021 Lights Before Christmas - Toledo Zoo
Nov 20, 2021 - Jan 7, 2022 Wild Lights - Detroit Zoo
Nov 23, 2021 Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony - The Henry Ford
Nov 24 - Dec 23, 2021 Canterbury Holiday Stroll - Canterbury Village - Lake Orion
Nov 26 - Dec 30, 2021  Winter Wonder Lights - Meadow Brook Hall
Nov 27, 2021 Lighted Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony - Dowtown Holly, MI
Dec 3- 19, 2021 Nights of Lights - Greenmead Historical Park
Dec 3, 2021 Tree Lighting Ceremony - Downtown Auburn Hills
Dec 3 - 29, 2021 Swinging Bells - Beacon Park
Dec 4, 2021 Hometown Holiday Light Parade - Downtown Chelsea
Dec 7, 2021 Holiday Lights - Farmington Hills 
Dec 9-11,16-18, 2021 Holiday Lights on the Farm - Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center
Dec 11, 2021 Soulful Santa Celebration - Southfield Pavilion
Dec 2021 Wednesdays - Sundays Marshall's Merry Mile Light Display - Calhoun County Fairgrounds

 

Living Nativities

Dec 3, 2021 Hometown Holiday Live Nativity - Chelsea Plamer Commons
Dec 3, 2021 Nativity LIVE - Woodside Bible Church Troy Campus
Dec 10,11,17,18,29, 2021 Walk Through Bethlehem - South Side Baptist Tabernacle
Dec 11, 2021 Night of Christmas Joy - Peace Ann Arbor
Dec 16 - 18, 2021 Journey Through a Living Nativity - Dexter United Methodist Church

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 28, 2021 A Christmas Carol - Meadow Brook Theatre
Dec 2-5, 2021 Elf the Musical - Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
Dec 3 - 5, 2021 Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 5, 2021 A Christmas Story - Michigan Theatre
Dec 8, 2021 Christmas with the Celts - Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
Dec 9 - 12, 2021 Rock n Roll Santa - Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
Dec 9, 2021 Christmas Vacation Live with Chevy Chase - Masonic Temple Theatre
Dec 10 , 2021 Ebird & Friends Holiday Show - The Ark Ann Arbor
Dec 11, 2021 A Charlie Brown Christmas - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 12, 2021 A Magical Cirque Christmas - Fox Theatre Detroit

 

Holiday Concerts

Dec 4, 2021 Annual Croissant Concert with Today's Brass Quintet: Holiday Sweets & Suites Kerrytown Concert House
Dec 9, 2021 Holiday Pops with the Phil - The Penn Theatre
Dec 10, 2021 Holiday Pops 2021 - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Dec 11, 2021 Winter Wonderland - Detriot Symphony Orchestra
Dec 11, 2021 2021 EMU Candlelight Concert - Frederic H. Pease Auditorium
Dec 15, 2021 Home Alone in Concert - Detriot Symphony Orchestra
Dec 17 - 19, 2021 Home for the Holidays - Detriot Symphony Orchestra
Dec 18, 2021 35th Anniversary Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 28, 2021 Trans-Siberian Orchestra-Christmas Eve & Other Stories - Fox Theatre Detriot

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Open Nov 26, 2021 Hillside Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 20, 2021 Candycane Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 20, 2021 Huron Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 20, 2021  Middle Road Tree Farm
Open Nov 26, 2021 Urquart's Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021(Approx.) Runyan's  Tree Farm
Open Nov 26, 2021  Arend's Tree Farm
Open Nov, 26 - Dec 17, 2021 Top Hill's Farm

 

Ice Skating

Opening Nov 20, 2021 - March 6, 2022 Outdoor Ice Skating at The Rink - Campus Martius
Now Open 2021 Arcic Colliseum Public Skate
Now Open 2021 Ann Arbor Ice Cube
Now Open 2021 Harry Potter and the Holiday Skae at Riley Park Ice Rink 
Now Open 2021 Garden City Ice Arena 

 

Hanukkah

Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2021

8Ks of Hanukkah... 8 Krazy Ks! Virtual Race - Downtown Ann Arbor

Nov 30, 2021 Chanukah of Gratitude! - Downtown Ann Arbor
Dec 3, 2021 Hanukkah Story Time - Walled Lake City Library
Dec 4, 2021 Illuminate 2021 - Beth Israel Congregation
Dec 5, 2021

TBE Outdoor Hanukkah Candle Lighting - Temple Beth Emeth

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2021 The Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge - Cadillac Square
Nov 20-21, 2021 Holiday Greens & Winter Market - Northville
Dec 1, 2021 Holiday Market - Oakland County Farmers Market 
Dec 3 - 5, 2021  Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2021 - Masonic Temple Detriot

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 30, 2021

The Ultimate NYE Eve Family Skating Party - Northland Roller Rink 

Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Eve Family Night Out - Troy Recreation Center
Dec 31, 2021 Michigan Mitten Drop - Canterbury Village
Dec 31, 2021 NYE Kids Countdown - Beacon Park Downtown Detroit
Dec 31, 2021 Noon Year's Eve - Toledo Zoo
Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Eve Rock N Bowl - Classic Lanes Rochester Hills

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 19 - Dec 25, 2021 Holiday Carriage Rides - Downtown Detroit
Nov 24, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 Holiday Model Train Layout - The Henry Ford
Nov 29, 2021 57th Annual Marshall Christmas Parade - Marshall
Dec 1 - 31, 2021 Santa Hustle 2021 - Virtual Race
Dec 3 - 30, 2021 Hometown Holiday Gingerbread House Display - Historic Downtown Chelsea
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Nature Ornaments - Stonycreek Metropark
Dec 3 - 28, 2021 (select dates) Holiday Nights Dinner Package - The Henry Ford
Dec 12, 2021 Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5K - Teledo Zoo
Dec 2-5, 2021 Belleville WinterFest - City Center of Bellville

 


Below are items that have been posted to our calendar. If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... it's free to postClick here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!


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