With the holiday season in full swing, Metro-Detroit is hopping with festive events for the family. Take advantage of some of the area’s most esteemed cultural institutions like Detroit Institute of Arts and the State Capitol to see what they have in store for the season. So if your holiday calendar isn’t packed enough it might be time to tack on a few of these festive events.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
It’s a Thursday morning tradition to wake up early, stir the gravy and turn on the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Instead of watching it on TV, why not go to it this year? See Santa, recent Olympic champions, TV actresses and of course, giants floats parade through our fair city of Detroit. November 25 beginning at Woodward Avenue and Mack.
Detroit Opera House
Revisit classical holiday productions at the beautiful Detroit Opera House. The Nutcracker will be preformed on November 26th and 28th, while A Winter Fantasy will take the stage on the 29th.
In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints
The holidays often leave dreams of candy and presents dancing about our heads; so celebrate this glorious life imagined by visiting the DIA’s ongoing exhibit In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints. The exhibition features works by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso exploring otherworldly subjects such bat-humans and sky worshippers. Through January 2.
Believing that everyone should have a happy holiday, over 45 renowned cultural institutions including the DIA, the Detroit Public Library and Detroit Science Center, are opening its doors for a free night of arts, culture and festive fun. The event features horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts and holiday shopping, as well as performances by more than 70 local music, theater and dance groups. Free shuttle service will also be provided between event locations. December 4th.
TOV Chanukah Packages Program
It’s time for dreidels to spin and latkes to fry. Kick off the start of Chanukah with the Tikkun Olam Volunteers, helping them package and deliver presents to the residents of elder care facilities. December 1s at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Regardless if you decorate one with lights or just like to watch the snow fall on them, trees are a magical part of the holiday season. Come to the Festival of Trees, an annual public viewing and sale of exquisitely decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. Proceeds from the event go the medical research at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. November 20 — 28th at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Silver Bells in the City
Whether you’re a Spartan fan or just love brightly lit trees, venture to Lansing for Silver Bells in the City. Watch an electric parade light up the sky and see Michigan’s official Christmas tree come aglow, plus fireworks over the State Capitol. Get there early to shop the Silver Bells Village with local artists and gourmet food vendors. November 19th.
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