Fun holiday events set in Oakland County

Events to be held in Rochester, Pontiac, Lake Orion, Ferndale


PONTIAC, Mich. – Looking for some fun holiday events near you? Look no further, because ClickOnDetroit has your back. Below you’ll find a number of fun, festive, or unique things to do with friends or family this holiday season. 


Holiday Extravaganza Parade

Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

Now running for its 34th year, the Holiday Extravaganza Parade will feature more than 100 costumed characters handing out hugs from beautiful professionally made floats. Marching bands, fire trucks and choreographed dancers will joining the parade, offering a fun experience that welcomes us into December.


Big Bright Light Show

Nov. 26 to Jan. 1, 5 p.m. to midnight

The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light, trying to outshine one another, blanketing their facades with lights. This results in an eye-popping childish wonderland that speaks more of the holiday spirit than gifts do. A feast for the eyes, the displays will be lit every evening.

Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade

Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

The 66th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade celebrates Rochester's bicentennial with the parade's theme being Vintage. 


Holiday Ice Festival

Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ferndale's annual Holiday Ice Festival returns. Come for plenty of traditional holiday-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. Experience downtown as it transforms into a winter wonderland with nearly 50 magnificent ice creations lining streets. Ice carvers will use chainsaws and chisels to transform large blocks of ice into sculptures.

Lake Orion

Lighted Parade

Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

This parade boasts over 75 entries each year, from civic organizations, dance studios, scouting troops, local dignitaries, marching bands, school groups and more. The event is capped off with a special visit by Santa himself, much to the joy of the young and old in the crowd lining the village streets.