DETROIT – 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.
Thanksgiving Day, 8 a.m.
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A record-breaking turnout is expected, with celebrity guests, the People Mover offering free rides and Santa returning to receive the key to the city. Detroit is currently tied with New York City for the second-oldest parade in the country. Only Philadelphia has an older parade.
Dec. 1 through Dec. 3
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights the Fox Theatre with its 10th anniversary national tour for five unforgettable performances on Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. This critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a Broadway musical, a new cirque adventure and a family show all in one.
Thanksgiving Day, 12:30 p.m.
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving Day without the Detroit Lions playing. This year, the Lions will be up against the Minnesota Vikings, continuing a rivalry that has existed since Minnesota entered the NFL in 1961.
The Lions won the last game against the Vikings on Oct. 1, 14-7.
Now through Mar. 4
Mon. - Thur., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri., 11 a.m. to midnight
Sat., 10 a.m. to midnight
Sun., noon to 10 p.m.
Campus Martius is one of the few outdoor skating rinks in Detroit that offers skate rentals and its late hours give more people an opportunity to enjoy the rink. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Skate rentals are $4.
Dec. 13, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Watch Michigan native John Hughes' charming holiday story on the big screen accompanied by the Detroit Symphony playing the score.
Nov. 18-19, 24-26
Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31
5:30 to 10 p.m.
The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages. Children younger than 2 are admitted free.
Dec. 3, 19-20, 27 and 29, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warm bonfires; the sounds of carolers, fiddlers and sleigh bells; and other yuletide activity during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Every lantern-lit path takes you to a new winter wonder. Strap on a pair of ice skates, send a shoutout to Santa and his magnificent reindeer, find your reflection in a handcrafted ornament and nestle into a horse-drawn wagon for a singalong through Greenfield Village.
Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 24-25, 10 a.m to 8 p.m.
Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festival of Trees is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to supporting medical research at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. This year's benefit at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center will feature a celebration of trees and wreaths decorated and designed by local artists and sponsors.
Festival of Trees was recently featured on "Live in the D".
Now through Dec. 31
Mon. through Fri. 7 to 10 p.m.
Sat. through Sun. 6 to 10 p.m.
Wayne County Lightfest is an annual display of vibrant holiday lights for the community. This prolific outdoor collection of holiday scenes is open for guests to drive through and enjoy from late November until the end of the year. Families can visit Santa's Workshop at the end of the miles of lights.
Nov. 24 through Jan 1.
This free event invites friends and family to hike through the Kellogg Park Walk of Trees, where you can see 75 differently decorated trees, each crafted by local families or businesses. The trees are lit 24/7.