The Detroit Cultural Center is the place to be this Saturday for The 39th annual Noel Night. The event happens from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and includes free admission to all the museums and other institutions in midtown Detroit, including the DIA, Detroit Historical Museum, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history.
There will also be horse and carriage rides, live music, a community sing-along led by the Salvation Army band, and lots of free crafty activities for kids.
There’s a free shuttle between the venues, which are mostly between Cass and John R, Kirby and Willis. Get more information here.
Rochester Hometown Christmas
The Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade happens at 2 p.m. Sunday. The 59th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade runs down Main Street, starting at the corner of Tienken Road and Rochester Road. It’s led by the Rochester police and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, the grand marshals and dignitaries. It includes floats, candy and all the traditional trappings of a hometown parade. All are welcome. Get more information here.
Ready to run?
If you’re trying to stay in shape for the holidays, consider this: A jingle bell run and walk for arthritis kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday in Northville at Northville Downs. Get information here.
Donny and Marie
You can get in the holiday spirit this weekend at the Fox Theatre with Donny and Marie, and their Christmas in Detroit Show. Tonight, tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. See more about their performance here.
Rochester Hills Museum
Santa Claus comes Saturday to the Rochester Hills Museum where from 9a.m.- 4 p.m. visitors can enjoy a hayride, fresh baked cookies and Holiday activities. The museum is at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills. Call 248-656-4663 for more information.
Ready for something hard core. Visit The Palace of Auburn Hills at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Extreme Monster Truck Nationals. See more information here.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The DSO has a date with Branford Marsalis and Beethoven this weekend when Marsalis performs the rarely heard Hot-Sonate of Erwin Schulhoff, whose persecution by the Nazis would destroy his career and end his life in a concentration camp, and Glazunov’s Alto Saxophone Concerto.
These concerts also feature Beethoven’s kinetic Seventh Symphony – Shows happen at 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Get tickets here.
Looking for a unique holiday gift? The annual Potter’s Market this weekend in Madison Heights will include hand-crafted ceramic sculptures, teapots, lamps, jewelry, ornaments created by more than 130 artists. It’s at the United Food & Commercial Worker’s Union Hall in Madison Heights. The hall is located at 876 Horace Brown Drive, two blocks south of 13 Mile Road between Stephenson Highway and John R. Get more information here.