8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Date: Dec. 1 – 31, 2016 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
The Detroit Zoo will again hold its Wild Lights celebration this winter. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the gate, and the display includes more than 5,000,000 LED lights and 200 animal sculptures. Don’t forget to also check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, as well as carousel rides and photos with Santa Claus, which are available for purchase. There is also a 10-minute adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in 4D, which will only be shown during Wild Lights; tickets are $5 per person for ages 2 and older.
Twelve Oaks Mall – Macy’s Lakeside Grill
27550 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48377
Date: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 2016, at 9 a.m. (breakfast) or Dec. 15, 2016, at 6 p.m. (dinner)
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus, at the Macy’s inside the Twelve Oaks Mall, in Novi. The store will be hosting breakfast on six different days, or you can choose dinner on December 15th. Tickets are $21.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids age 12 and younger; children under 1 year old are free. The breakfast menu includes scrambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, and French toast, among other dishes. The Oakland and Somerset malls (Troy) as well as Lakeside mall (Sterling Heights) also are hosting Breakfast/Dinner with Santa – check the website for dates and times.
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
Date: Weekends from Dec. 2 – 30, 2016
Greenfield Village hosts its annual Holiday Nights again this year, which includes live music, skating, fireworks, and other winter fun. USA TODAY calls Greenfield Village “one of the top 10 places to take the grandchildren,” and with good reason – the Village always does festivals and themed events. Holiday Nights also includes live musical and dramatic performances, costumed presenters, decorated homes/shops, artisan demonstrations, holiday cooking, and Model T rides; its carousel will be open as well. Tickets for children ages 2 and younger are free; adult tickets are $22 (Henry Ford/Greenfield Village members) or $26 for nonmembers. There are discounted tickets for seniors (ages 62+) and youths (ages 3 to 11).
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1 City Square
Warren, MI 48093
Date: Dec. 3, 2016 from 5 – 8 p.m.
The City of Warren’s tree lighting ceremony is one of a few happening around the metro area in December. There will be free skating admission all day ($3 for skate rental), a petting farm along with reindeer, caroling, and free ornament for all. There will also be a parade, marshmallow roasting, and light refreshments. Best of all, Santa Claus will also be present.
200 E. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Dates: Dec. 2nd – Dec. 4, 2016
The City of Birmingham will host its seventh annual Birmingham Winter Markt event this winter. The market includes European food and drinks, crafts, ice carving demonstrations, live reindeer, and warming stations. There will also be gift items available for purchase, holiday greens, horse-drawn carriage rides, and live entertainment. For families, there’s a Kinderhaus children’s activity area, and a Santa House.