101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Ann Arbor / Detroit Metro Area - 2022 | Kids Out and About Ann Arbor / Detroit

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Ann Arbor / Detroit Metro Area - 2022

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 18 - Dec 31, 2022  Lights Before Christmas - Toledo Zoo
Nov 20 - 30, 2022 Santa at The Festival of Trees - Dearborn, MI
Starting Nov 23, 2022  Santa Photo Experience - Briarwood Mall
Opening Nov 25, 2022  Country Christmas - Three Cedars Farm
Nov 26, 2022 Birmingham Santa Walk (REGISTER NOW)
Nov 26 - Dec 24, 2022 (select dates) Santa House - Downtown Birmingham Shain Park 
Nov 26, 2022  The Lighted Parade & Arrival of Santa Claus - Downtown Holly, MI
Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2022 Cookies With Santa - Farmington Hills, MI
Dec 1, 2022 Santa in an Igloo - Monroe, MI
Dec 3 , 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony & Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus - Downtown Auburn Hills
Dec 2 - 28, 2022 (select nights) Holiday Nights Supper with Santa - The Henry Ford
Dec 2 & 3, 2022 Christmas in the Village - Mills Race Village
Dec 3, 2022 Hometown Holiday Light Parade - Main Street Chelsea
Dec 3 - 18, 2022 (select dates) Snacks with Santa- Lake Erie Metropark Golf Course
Dec 3, 10, 17, 2022 Santa Magic - Meadow Brook
Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 2022 Holiday Fun & Santa Visits at the Farm - Maybury Farm
Dec 5, 2021 Breakfast with Santa Longacre House
Dec 6, 8, 13, 2022 PJ'S & Stories With Santa - Saline Rec Center
Dec 7, 8, 2022 Oh Dear, Santa's Here! - Heritage Park 
Dec 10, 11, 17, 18, 2022 Snacks with Santa - Kensington Metropark
Dec 10, 2022 Celebrate with Santa - Stonycreek Metropark, Nature Center
Dec 10, 2022 Storytime with Santa - Community House
Dec 11, 2022  Sunday with Santa - Oakwoods Metropark
Dec 12, 2021 Breakfast with Santa - Canterbury Village
Dec 17, 2022 ***ALMOST FULL*** Breakfast With Santa - Farmington Hills 
Dec 18, 2022 We Out Entertainment: Lunch With Santa - Kings & Queens Hall Rental
Throughout December Hometown Holidays - Chelsea, Michigan

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 27 - Dec 24, 2022 (select dates)  Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Downtown Birmingham Shain Park
December 2-28, 2022 (select dates)  Holiday Nights in Greenfield - The Henry Ford
Dec 2 & 3, 2022 Christmas in the Village - Mill Race Village
   

 

Light Displays

Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2022 Winter Wonder Lights - Meadow Brook Hall
Nov 18, 2022 Annual Tree Lighting Celebration - Canterbury Village
Nov 18, 2022 Light Up Beacon Park
Nov 18, 2022 - Jan 16, 2023 Toyland at Beacon Park
Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2022 Magic of Lights  - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Nov 18, 2022  18th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony - Campus Martius Park
Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2022 Lights Before Christmas - Toledo Zoo
Nov 20, 2021 - Jan 7, 2022 Wild Lights - Detroit Zoo
Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2022 (select dates) Canterbury Holiday Stroll - Canterbury Village - Lake Orion
Nov 26, 2022 Lighted Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony - Dowtown Holly, MI
Dec 2 - Dec 18, 2022 Nights of Lights - Greenmead Historical Park
Dec 3, 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony - Downtown Auburn Hills
Dec 3, 2022 Hometown Holiday Light Parade - Downtown Chelsea
Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2022 Holiday Lights on the Farm - Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center
Dec 2022 Thursdays - Sundays Marshall's Merry Mile Light Display - Calhoun County Fairgrounds

 

Living Nativities

Dec 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 2022 Walk Through Bethlehem - South Side Baptist Tabernacle

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 18-Dec 24, 2022 (select dates) A Christmas Carol - Meadow Brook Theatre
Nov 19, 2022 The Nutcracker Ballet - Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
Nov 22-27 (select dates) ELF The Musical - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 4, 2022 A Charlie Brown Christmas - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 8, 9, 10, 2022 Ebird & Friends Holiday Show - The Ark Ann Arbor
Dec 11, 2022 Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 11, 2022 A Christmas Story - Michigan Theater
Dec 15-26, 2022 (no show on 25th) 'Twas the Night Before... by Cirque du Soleil - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 18, 2022 The Muppet Christmas Carol - Michigan Theater

 

Holiday Concerts

Dec 9, 2022 Holiday Pops 2022 - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Dec 9, 2022 A Charlie Brown Christmas - Detriot Symphony Orchestra
Dec 10, 2022 35th Anniversary Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - Fox Theatre Detroit
Dec 10, 2022 2022 EMU Candlelight Concert - Frederic H. Pease Auditorium
Dec 14, 2022 Home Alone In Concert - Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Dec 16 - 18, 2022 Home for the Holidays - Detriot Symphony Orchestra
Dec 29, 2022 Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Fox Theatre Detriot

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Open Nov 19, 2022 Addison-Oaks Christmas Tree Farm 
Open Nov 19-23, 2022 Blake's Farms
Open Nov 19, 2022 Hillside Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 19, 2022 Candycane Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 19, 2022 Huron Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 19, 2022 Middle Road Tree Farm
Open Nov 19, 2022 Urquart's Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 25, 2022 Runyan's Tree Farm
Open Nov 25, 2022  Arend's Tree Farm
Open Nov 25, 2022 Top Hill's Farm

 

Ice Skating

Opening Nov 18, 2022 - Mar 5, 2023 Outdoor Ice Skating at The Rink - Campus Martius
Now Open 2022 Arctic Colliseum Public Skate
Now Open 2022 Ann Arbor Ice Cube
Now Open 2022 Riley Park Ice Rink 
December 31st, 2022 Harry Potter and the Holiday Skate - Riley Park Ice Rink
Now Open 2022 Garden City Ice Arena 

 

Hanukkah

Dec 11, 2022 Hanukkah Story Time - Royal Oak Jewish Center - Chabad
Dec 18 - 24, 2022

TBE Outdoor Hanukkah Candle Lighting - Temple Beth Emeth

Dec 15, 2022

Kids Make Shabbat! - Chabad House of Ann Arbor

Dec 18, 2022

Illuminate 2022 - Beth Israel Congregation

Dec 18 - 26, 2022

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

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 11, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 The Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge - Cadillac Square
Nov 19-20, 2022 Holiday Greens & Winter Market - Northville
Nov 19-20, 2022 Wayne Open-Air Christmas Market - Notre Dame Hall
Nov 26, 2022 Meadowlark Holiday Artisan Market -  Meadowlark Equestrian Center
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Bazaar - Downey Brewing Company
Dec 3, 2022 Parcells Middle School Holiday Bazaar
Dec 7, 2022 Holiday Market - Oakland County Farmers Market 
Dec 2 - 4, 2022  Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2022 - Masonic Temple Detriot
Dec 18, 2022 Livonia Christmas Craft and Vendor Market

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022 New Year's Eve Family Night Out - Troy Recreation Center
Dec 31, 2022 Michigan Mitten Drop - Canterbury Village
Dec 31, 2022 Noon Year's Eve - Toledo Zoo

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2022 Holiday Carriage Rides - Downtown Detroit
Nov 19, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023 Holiday Model Train Layout - The Henry Ford
Nov 28, 2022 58th Annual Marshall Christmas Parade - Marshall
Dec 1 - 31, 2022 Santa Hustle 2022- Virtual Race
Dec 3, 2022 Christmas on the Frontier - Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center
Dec 3, 2022 Children's Christmas Workshop
Dec 3, 2022 Winter Wonderland - Lake St. Clair Nature Center
Dec 3 - 30, 2022 Hometown Holiday Gingerbread House Display - Historic Downtown Chelsea
Dec 4, 2022 Holiday Nature Ornaments - Stonycreek Metropark
Dec 4, 2022 Jingle Jam - Woodside Bible Church
Dec 2-28, 2022 (Select Dates) Holiday Nights Dinner Package - The Henry Ford
Dec 7, 2022 Merry Mile Eggnog Jog - Calhoun County Fairgrounds
Dec 11, 2022 Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5K - Teledo Zoo
Dec 1-4, 2022 Belleville WinterFest - City Center of Bellville
Dec 21, 2022 Winter Solstice Hike & Bonfire - Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

 


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