December Happenings Around Michigan for Families

There’s plenty of ways to celebrate the season around Michigan. Here are some of the events in and around Metro Detroit for families and some for parents too!


DETROIT LIONS, 313-262-2011

Dec. 9           at Green Bay Packers; 8:20 pm; NBC

Dec. 16          at Arizona Cardinals; 4:05 pm; Fox

Dec. 22          vs. Atlanta Falcons; 8:30 pm; ESPN

Dec. 30          vs. Chicago Bears; 1 pm; Fox


DETROIT PISTONS – Ticketmaster

Dec. 3           vs. Cleveland Cavaliers; 7:30 pm

Dec. 5           vs. Golden State Warriors; 7:30 pm

Dec. 7           vs. Chicago Bulls; 7:30 pm

Dec. 8           at Cleveland Cavaliers; 7:30 pm

Dec. 10          at Philadelphia 76ers; 7 pm

Dec. 11          vs. Denver Nuggets; 7:30 pm

Dec. 14          at Brooklyn Nets; 7:30 pm

Dec. 15          vs. Indiana Pacers; 7:30 pm

Dec. 17          vs. L.A. Clippers; 7:30 pm

Dec. 19          at Toronto Raptors; 7 pm

Dec. 21          vs. Washington Wizards; 7 pm

Dec. 22          at Washington Wizards; 7:30 pm

Dec. 26          at Atlanta Hawks; 7:30 pm

Dec. 28          vs. Miami Heat; 7:30 pm

Dec. 30          vs. Milwaukee Bucks; 7:30 pm

MOTOR CITY CASINO HOTEL – 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit,; 313-237-7711; Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000

Dec. 13          The Four Tops

Dec. 27          Tracy Morgan



Dec. 8           Superstars of Comedy

Dec. 9           A Winter Fantasy (fundraiser) with music by the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Choruses; includes hors d’oeuvres, after-concert treats, silent auction, raffle

Dec. 18-30     How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Jan. 19          Red, Hot & Blue; Eisenhower Dance Ensemble; 7:30 pm

thru Dec. 30   Auburn Hills:  Cars, Trees & Traditions exhibit; Walter P. Chrysler Museum;

Jan. 19-27      North American International Auto Show;


Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit; or 313-576-5111

Dec. 3           WSU Mondays at the Max

Dec. 4           Nutcracker Luncheon

Dec. 4           Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet

Dec. 6           Civic Jazz Live!

Dec. 6           Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Dec. 8           Once Upon a December Eve

Dec. 8-9         Romeo & Juliet

Dec. 9           Honda Power of Dreams Night

Dec. 10          WSU Mondays at the Max

Dec. 11          Mozart Flute Quartet

Dec. 12          Mix at the Max ft. Project Trio

Dec. 13-14     The Nutcracker

Dec. 15          Debby Boone

Dec. 16          Slatkin Conducts Nutcracker

Dec. 18          A Canadian Brass Christmas

Dec. 19          Kenny G

Dec. 21-23     Home for the Holidays

FOX THEATRE – Ticketmaster

Dec. 4           The Moody Blues

Dec. 5           Daughtry & 3 Doors Down

Dec. 6           Celtic Woman – A Christmas Celebration

Dec. 7           Trey Songz wsg Miguel

Dec. 12          Straight No Chaser

Dec. 13          Kenny Rogers

Dec. 14          Clay Aiken

Dec. 15          Maybach Music Group, Machine Gun Kelly, Rick Ross

Dec. 16          Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Dec. 20          Karen Newman Holiday Show

Dec. 31          Love & Laughter with Mike Epps & KEM


Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or

Joe Louis Arena:  313-983-6606

Fox Theatre:  313-471-6611     

Cobo Arena:  313-983-6616

The Palace:  248-377-0100;

Masonic Temple:  313-832-2232;

Dec. 1, 2, 8,   North Pole Express train excursion from

9, 15 & 16      Owosso to “North Pole USA” at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds; 10 am and 4 pm departures; 989-399-7589 or

Dec. 1-22       Puttin’ On the Glitz Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester; free visit with Santa on Dec. 1 and 15; supper with Santa on Dec. 9; Holiday Tea on Dec. 11 and 18; Ballroom Glitz on Dec. 13

Dec. 2           Simply Dickens Christmas Concert – a period-dressed quartet; 6 pm; $7/advance; Thomas Welsh Activity Center, Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Twp; 810-796-3505, 586-463-4332 ext. 2

Dec. 5           Cranbrook Music Guild Chamber Series with Intersection Trio; 3 pm; Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church, Bloomfield Hills; tickets:, 248-645-0256

Dec. 6-8         Scintas Holiday Show; Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, Warren; T.M.; 586-268-3200

Dec. 7           Gary Hoey; City Theatre; T.M.

Dec. 7           Voices of Christmas performed by Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra with the Anchor Bay H.S. Chorale; 7:30 pm; Anchor Bay H.S. Auditorium, 6319 County Line Road, Chesterfield Twp.

Dec. 7-9         Nutcracker; Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. Ten Mile; 248-347-0456

Dec. 8           Millie Jackson; Masonic Temple; T.M.

Dec. 8           Christine Lavin, Uncle Bonsai wsg Don White; Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, 12910 15 Mile, Sterling Heights; 586-415-5101,

Dec. 8-9         Kids Craft Weekend; noon-3; activities between 50 cents and $3 (your choice); free hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn; Santa will be visiting; Hessell’s Greenhouse, 14497 23 Mile, Shelby Twp;, 586-247-4675

Dec. 9           Karen Newman Holiday Show; Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, Warren; T.M.; 586-268-3200

Dec. 9           Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings; Holiday Brass; First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie; 248-5502095,

Dec. 14          Jill Jack’s Holiday Show; Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd, Auburn Hills; 248-858-9508

Dec. 15          Richard Marx; Ford Community Performing Arts Center, Dearborn; T.M.

Dec. 16          Patti Smith; Masonic Temple; 313-832-7100,

Dec. 20          The Killers / Tegan and Sara; E. Michigan University, Ypsilanti; T.M.

Dec. 21          Vince Neil, Queensryche, Great White, Slaughter; Masonic Temple; T.M.

Dec. 26          Raw Holiday Tour; Joe Louis Arena; T.M.

Dec. 26          The Harlem Globetrotters World Tour; The Palace; T.M.

Dec. 28          Jeff Dunham:  Disorderly Conduct; Joe Louis Arena; T.M.,

Dec. 29          Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2012; The Palace; 3 pm & 8 pm; T.M.

Dec. 31          Zac Brown Band; Joe Louis Arena; T.M.

Dec. 31          Skrillex / Boys Noize; The Palace; T.M.

DETROIT ZOO; 248-541-5717

Dec. 1, 8 & 15:  Breakfast with Santa; 8-10 a.m (press 9 for info)

Jan. 12-13,     Wild Winter at the Detroit Zoo

Feb. 9-10 and March 9-10

MACOMB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Twp; 586-286-2222,

Dec. 2           An Old Fashioned Christmas featuring the Macomb Chorale and Handbell Choir

Dec. 3           Macomb Children’s Chorus; 7:30 pm

Dec. 7-8         Miracle on 34th Street

Dec. 9           Scrooge presented by Warren Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 11          Holiday Brass with Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Dec. 13          Macomb College Jazz Band

Dec. 16          Christmas with The Detroit Concert Choir

Jan. 19          You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! A comedy about love and marriage


269 E. Fourth, Royal   Oak, 248-542-9900,

Dec. 6           Nathan Macintosh with Matt McClowry – fundraiser for Royal Oak Police Assn.

Dec. 7-8         Nathan Macintosh with Matt McClowry

Dec. 13-15     J. Chris Newberg with Kevin McPeek

Dec. 20-22     David Dyer with Russ Brown

Dec. 27-29     Gary Cannon with Merridith Ernst

Dec. 31          Special New Year’s Eve package with Mike Green and Ricarlo Flanagan

SUBURBAN COLLECTION SHOWPLACE – 46100 Grand River, Novi; 248-348-5600 or

Dec. 1-2            Holiday Craft Extravaganza

Dec. 8-9            Great Train Expo

Dec. 22-23        Gun and Knife Show

Jan. 5-6            Novi Bridal Expo

Jan. 10-13         The Ultimate Fishing Show

Jan. 17-20         Michigan Winter Dog Classic

Jan. 25-27         Home Improvement Show


Fisher Theatre:  313-872-1000;

Gem & Century Theatre:  313-963-9800,

Meadow Brook:  248-377-3300;

Hillberry Theatre:  313-577-2972,

Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre:  248-541-6430,

thru Dec. 22   Christmas Belles; Broadway Onstage, 21517 Kelly Road, Eastpointe; 586-771-6333

thru Dec. 23   A Christmas Carol; Meadow Brook Theatre; 248-377-3300

thru Dec. 23   A Paradise of Fools; Detroit Repertory Theatre;, 313-868-1347

thru Dec. 23   Forever Plaid Presents:  Plaid Tidings; Encore Musical Theatre, 3126 Broad, Dexter; 734-268-6200

thru 1/17/13    Orthello; Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Ave;

Detroit, 313-577-2972,

thru 2/9/13      Goodnight; Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass

Ave; Detroit, 313-577-2972,

Dec. 6-9         Just in the Nick of Time!  Stagecrafters Youth Theatre, The Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak; 248-541-6430

Dec. 6-9         Pinocchio:  Geppetto’s Musical; Village Players of Birmingham, 34660 Woodward; 248-644-2075

Dec. 12 –        Jersey Boys; Fisher Theatre; T.M.; 800-

Jan. 6            982-2787

REFORD THEATRE – tickets $4; 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit; 313-537-2560;

Dec. 8           Christmas Show featuring Lance Luce and The Gentlemen Songsters; bring camera for a picture with Santa

Dec. 14-15     White Christmas starring Bing Crosby

Dec. 16          The American Liberty Singers; 3 pm

Jan. 4-5         Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train


Dec. 1-2         Wild – The Dance Intensive; 301-870-9550

Jan. 19-27      North American International Auto Show

For concealed pistol license training class, register in the market office or call Aim Straight at 586-565-1403

Mt. Clemens:  586-465-6440

11/30 – 12/2   Indian Fall Festival / Gun & Knife Show

Dec. 7-9         Arts & Crafts Show

Dec. 8           Cage Fight

Dec. 14-16     Sports Cards, Antiques & Collectibles Show

Dec. 15-16     Body & Soul Wellness Expo

Dec. 21-23     Holiday Superfest and Weekend Public Market

Dec. 28-30     Gun and Knife Show

Taylor:  734-287-2000

12/1 – 12/2        Mom to Mom Sale

Dec. 8              Arts and Crafts Show / Music Equipment Swap

Dec. 14-16        Gun and Knife Show

Dec. 21-23        Holiday Superfest

Dec. 29-30        Garage Sale Extravaganza

DOWNTOWN MOUNT CLEMENS – 586-469-4168 or

Dec. 1           John Buechel Restrospective

Dec. 1           The Marvelous Wonderettes

Dec. 1-21       Goodfellows Toy Drop-off Campaign – downtown; 586-468-7814

Dec. 1-22       All That Glitters Christmas Market; Anton Art Center

Dec. 2           Christmas at the Crocker House Museum

Dec. 2           Heritage Holiday Family Event; Anton Art Center

Dec. 4           Drop-In Family Storytimes

Dec. 5           Gourmet Garden Hour

Dec. 6           Christmas Walk

Dec. 9           Simply Dickens Christmas Tea

Dec. 11          Mr. & Mrs. Claus Arrive

Dec. 16          Victorian Christmas Tea & Tour

Dec. 18          Scrapbook Night at the Mt. Clemens Public Library

Dec. 31          Downtown New Year’s Eve Gala




Thru Jan. 21      Faberge:  The Rise & Fall


Dec. 1           St. Clair Shores:  Cookie Walk; 9-1; $6/lb; St. Margaret of Scotland, 21201 13 Mile

Dec. 2           Harrison Twp:  Vendor Show & Cookie Walk; noon-3; $1/admission; $5/pound for cookies & candy; Harrison Twp Public Library, 38151 L’Anse Creuse; 586-329-1261

CHRISTMAS AT METROPARKS:  A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required — $25/annually, $15 for seniors, or $5/daily;

thru Dec. 15   Heritage Holidays; 6-8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays; light show at gazebo, bonfire, holiday crafts; $1; Historic Center in Wolcott Mill Park, Ray Twp; 586-749-5997

Dec. 1           Lunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus; 11-2; $7; Thomas S. Welsh Activity Center, Lake St. Clair Park, Harrison Twp; advance tickets required: 586-463-4581

Dec. 2           Simply Dickens Christmas Concert; 7 pm; Thomas S. Welsh Activity Center in Lake St. Clair Park; 586-463-4332

Dec. 7-8         Lunch with Santa; 11-1; $7/child, $4/adult; Farm Center in Wolcott Mill Park, Ray Twp; 586-752-5932

Dec. 8-9         Lunch with Santa; 11-1; $5/child, $3/adult; Nature Center, Stony Creek Park, Washington Twp; 586-781-9113

Dec. 9           Christmas Tree Ornaments from Nature; 1 pm; St. Clair Metropark; $4 and advanced registration req’d; 586-463-4332

Dec. 16          Animals in Winter; 1 pm; Nature Center at Lake St. Clair Metropark; $3 and advanced registration req’d; 586-463-4332


Dec. 1-2      Davison High School: Smetanka Craft Show;, 810-658-8080, 810-658-0440

Dec. 1-2      East Lansing:  MSU Holiday Arts & Crafts Show; 517-355-3354

Dec. 2        Macomb Twp:  Crafty Christmas Show; 10-4; $2, no strollers; L’Anse Creuse High School North, 23700 21 Mile; 586-749-1120

Dec. 7-9      Northville:  Handcrafters, Unltd: Tinsel & Treasures, Holiday Arts & Fine Crafts Market; 734-459-0050

Dec. 8        Goodrich High School:  Smetanka Craft Show;, 810-658-8080, 810-658-0440

Dec. 8        Romeo High School:  Bulldog Holiday Bazaar; 10-5; $2; 11091 W. 32 Mile; 586-484-6196

Dec. 15       Oxford High School:  Smetanka Craft Show;, 810-658-8080, 810-658-0440
SOARING EAGLE CASINO & RESORT – Mt. Pleasant; 800-585-3737,

Dec. 6        Johnny Mathis wsg Gary Mule Deer

Dec. 7        Santa’s Slain Murder Mystery Dinner

Dec. 16       Carnival of Wonders

Dec. 21       Brule and A.I.R.O. (American Indian Rock Opera)

Dec. 27       Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown

Dec. 28       Buckherry and Vince Neil

Dec. 29       Tracy Morgan

Dec. 30       Easton Corbin

Dec. 31       New Year’s Celebration

Jan. 19       Sebastian Bach wsg Warrant and L.A. Guns

ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE – 318 W. Fourth;; 248-399-2980

Dec. 3           Asking Alexandra and As I Lay Dying

Dec. 7           Comedians from Chelsea Lately:  Brad Wollack, etc.

Dec. 8           Hale Storm wsg In This Moment

Dec. 15          John Waters’ Christmas Show

Dec. 22          Jingle Balls:  Steel Panther wsg Artificial Agent

Dec. 31          New Year’s Eve:  Free Beer Band

SHELTER – Detroit; Ticketmaster

Dec. 21       Griz

HARPOS – Ticketmaster

Dec. 14    Sonata Arctica

MICHIGAN THEATRE – Ann Arbor; Ticketmaster

Dec. 3        Band of Horses

Dec. 8        Lisa Lampanelli

FILLMORE – 2115 Woodward; Detroit; 313-961-5450, T.M.,

Dec. 16       98.7 Kringle Jingle:  Neon Trees, etc.

Dec. 29       Third Eye Blind


Dec. 7-8      The Starting Line

Dec. 14       Tony Lucca

Dec. 15       Braid:  Playing Frame & Canvas in its entirety

Dec. 20       Every Avenue / Set It Off

MAGIC BAG – 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030,

Dec. 8        Echoes of Pink Floyd

Dec. 14       Rio and the Rockabilly Rivival & Jamie McCarthy

Dec. 15       The Verve Pipe wsg Crashing Cairo

Dec. 31       The Mega 80s featuring New Year’s Eve Bash

THE MAGIC STICK– 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700,

Dec. 3        The Craycrays / The Black Shades

Dec. 7        Job for a Cowboy / Cephalic Carnage

Dec. 8        Mike Leslie Band / Marlboro Adams

Dec. 8        DJ Shadow / Minnesota; Majestic Theatre

Dec. 20       DJ’s Brad Hales & Mike Trombley

Dec. 21       Tyler Ward

Dec. 31       Greensky Bluegrass / Frontier Ruckus; Majestic Theatre

PIKE ROOM @ THE CROFOOT – 1 South Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333; Ticketmaster or with link to partner site Ticket Web

Dec. 4          Cypress Hill; Crofoot Ballroom

Dec. 5          The Souljazz Orchestra / Zongo Junction

Dec. 7          Jingle Ballz 5; Crofoot Ballroom

Dec. 8          Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Dec. 9          Chiodos; Crofoot Ballroom

Dec. 10        Horizons with Burn All Bridges

Dec. 12        Mod Sun / The Come Up / Pat Brown

Dec. 14        Paloma Faith

Dec. 16        One Whole Year / The Standard

Dec. 22        Holidaze Ball featuring O-Villainz

Dec. 23        The Reckless Scamps / Architect of Fate


11/24 – 12/16 Chesaning: Santa’s Village; 989-845-2143

Dec. 6-7         Flushing: Candlewalk; 810-659-4141

Dec. 6-9         Manistee: Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend; 231-398-3262

Dec. 6-12       Caro: Gingerbread Village; 989-673-5211

Dec. 31          Kalamazoo: New Year’s Fest; 269-388-2830


Dec. 3           Christmas for Kids to benefit Care House; 6-10; $75; Mac and Ray’s, 30675 N. River Road, Harrison Twp; 586-463-0123

Dec. 5           Hope for the Holidays Charity event hosted by Detroit Motor Apparel in downtown Royal Oak; to benefit Gleaner Food Bank and the Judson Center; 7-11 pm; DJ, raffle items; $10 or $10 worth of new toys or personal necessities; Fifth Avenue Bar, 215 West 5th Avenue, Royal Oak; for list see:

Dec. 7           Angie’s Toy Chest Christmas Party; 6-midnight; $20/person and a new, unwrapped toy; Mario’s Music Company and Casuli Holiday Dancers; Santa Claus; food & a cash bar will be provided; Mirage Banquet Center, 16980 18 Mile, Clinton Twp; 586-863-2323,

Dec. 8           Holiday Market to benefit Turning Point and Handbags of Hope; noon-4; $1/admission; Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Rescued Treasures, knitted & crochet items, wool blankets, jewelry, wine bottle lights, etc; Select Specialty Hospital, 215 North Avenue, Mt. Clemens; also collecting items and gently used handbags with handles for Handbags of Hope (or $10 to “adopt” a handbag); 248-310-7351,

Dec. 8           Just One Angel benefit concert for Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team; 8 pm; $30 VIP, $20/general; Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, 12901 15 Mile, Sterling Heights; 586-415-5101,

Dec. 8           Humane Society of Macomb Christmas Open House; noon-4; craft & bake sale, Santa Claus, refreshments; 11350 22 Mile, Shelby Twp; 586-731-9210

Dec. 9           Euchre Tournament Fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association; sign in at 4:30 pm; round robin style tournament; food, prizes; Shooter’s Bar and Grill, 34360 Utica Road, Fraser; Rick, 586-277-6677

Dec. 16          Jingle Bell Run to benefit Macomb County Special Olympics, Penrickton Center for Blind Children; 7:30 am; 5K run/walk; online registration:; $20/advance; $25/race day; Shelby Twp Community Center complex – east of Van Dyke, north of 23 Mile; or 586-484-5523


Dec. 1 & 8     Hospice Volunteer Training; 9-3; Hospice of Michigan – Macomb, 44720 Hayes, Clinton Twp; 586-263-8511

Dec. 4           Dial-In Alzheimer’s Support Group hosted by Senior Helpers & Botsford Commons; noon the first Tuesday of every month; to sign-up, 248-865-1000,

Dec. 5           Thyroid Cancer Support Group; 7-8; 1641 Charlevoix, Troy; Gwynne, 248-515-0348

Dec. 6           Hospice of Michigan presents Coping With the Holidays; 1-3:30 pm; HOM office, 44720 Hayes, Suite 100, Clinton Twp; 586-263-8514 ext. 3

Dec. 12          Hospice of Michigan presents Coping With the Holidays; 6-7:30 pm; HOM office, 44720 Hayes, Suite 100, Clinton Twp; 586-263-8514 ext. 3

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