Family holiday and Christmas events in Detroit 2017
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The holiday season will be festive in Detroit with family-friendly events offering seasonal fun in 2017. Take the family to enjoy the Christmas-themed markets, tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating, and other festive activities in 2017.

14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17 @ 5 p.m.
Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

The Downtown Detroit Partnership will present the 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting ceremony, featuring a 60-foot Michigan-grown Norwegian Spruce decked out in 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. The evening will feature a performance by U.S. Olympic Medalist Jeremy Abbott. Taking the stage will be “Detroit’s Queen of Blues” Thornetta Davis and Grammy-nominated Motown star KEM. The holiday tree will be illuminated just before 8 p.m. The official Ice Rink Opening Party will be kicked off at 9 p.m. with a live concert by Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. Additional activities will include carriage rides, photos with Santa, the Salvation Army Family Fun Tent, and free hot chocolate from DTE Energy Foundation. A crowd of more than 40,000 people will be expected to attend this festive event, so take advantage of the free shuttles that will run between Campus Martius Park and expanded programming at Beacon Park.

Skating the Rink at Campus Martius Park
Nov. 18 – March 4 @ Various Times
Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

The outdoor skating rink at Campus Martius Park will be open seven days a week, so take the family ice skating and enjoy the exhilarating feeling of gliding across the ice. Admission will be $7-$8 and skate rental will be $4.

Holiday Celebration & Christkindlmarkt in Frankenmuth
Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 1-3 @ 11 a.m.
Frankenmuth Farmers Market location, 534 N. Main St., Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Frankenmuth is a city that is famous for its love of Christmas, so this would be a great place to experience the German Christmas Market or Christkindlemarkt. Take the family to see the many attractions Frankenmuth has to offer during the holiday season, including a Nativity with live animals, pony rides, large Christmas tree, festive decorations, photos with Santa Claus, live music, food, Gluhwein (hot spiced mulled wine) and more. The Christkindl, or Nurnberg Angel, will be at the market on both Fridays and will also appear throughout both weekends. Take a stroll through Frankenmuth and enjoy the holiday spirit that imbues the town. The lighting of the Tannenbaum, or Christmas Tree, will be illuminated with a ceremonial candle-walk parade on Nov. 24. While you are in Frankenmuth, be sure to visit Bronner’s Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store.  Check out the Frankenmuth calendar for the many festive holiday events in the Bavarian style town this year.

Holly Dickens Festival
Nov. 24 @ 6 p.m. Lighted Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, & Dec. 9-10 @ various times
100-200 Battle Alley, Holly, MI 48442

The Holly Dickens Festival, the oldest Dickens festival in the country, will span three weekends and will open with a lighted parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 24. The festival will be a nostalgic family-friendly holiday event with rotating activities, so each weekend will be slightly different. The first weekend will be themed “Home for the Holidays,” while week two will be “Decked Out for Dickens,” and week three “God Bless Us, Every One.” The features of the celebration will include a Children’s Parade led by Queen Victoria, Santa’s Village, Wedding Vow Renewals by Queen Victoria, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Live Nativity Scene, and more. The HHS Theater will present “Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.”

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-27, and 29-30
Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124

The Henry Ford Museum will present Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village, a nostalgic look at Christmases past, walking lantern, lit paths, singing carolers, fiddlers, sleigh bells, and other yuletide activities.  The family will be able to take rides in Model T’s, a 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, and horse-drawn wagons. Visit with Santa and his live Reindeer and enjoy the holiday vignettes and costumed presenters. You can even strop on some ice skates and go skating in this old-fashioned village. Tickets are already selling out for some nights, so visit the website and purchase tickets now. Admission will be $16.50-$26. Look for the $2 off offer on select nights on the website.

Rochester Kris Kringle Market and Hometown Christmas Parade
Dec. 1-3 @ Various Times
Downtown Rochester, W. Fourth St., Rochester, MI 48307

The Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market, which will be held on Dec. 1-2,  will be a festive open-air market inspired by the Christmas markets held in Europe for centuries. Enjoy shopping for unique, hand-crafted gift items and the specialty foods. Rochester’s Hometown Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 3 from 2-5 p.m.

45th Noel Night in Midtown Detroit
Dec. 2 @ 5 p.m.
Various Venues in Midtown Detroit, Detroit, MI

Noel Night will feature over 100 venues opening their doors to the public free of charge or the evening. The venues will include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit HistoricalMuseum, the Michigan Science center, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Public Library, and more. The Cultural Center-wide open house will also include horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment by over 200 area performance groups and more. The Salvation Army community sing-along will be on Wayne State University’s campus at the southwest corner of Woodward and Warren Avenues.