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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON ATTRACTIONS IN MICHIGAN
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth (east lower peninsula, north of Flint).
Wayne County LightFest on Hines Drive, just west of Detroit. 7-10pm nightly, November 14 to December 31, 2013 [Closed December 25]. Annual attraction. Visit the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display for four miles of colorful lights. $5 per vehicle. Display begins at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland, MI.
The Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester, MI. November 24, 2014 through January 4, 2015. Annual holiday light show. “The buildings in Downtown Rochester will be covered in more than 1.5 million points of glimmering holiday light which will be lit nightly.”
International Festival of Lights in Battle Creek, MI. November 22 - December 31, 2014. Annual holiday light display.
Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World in Grand Rapids (West Michigan). November 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015, at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “Annual event brings the glow of 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more than 40 international trees and displays.”
Olde World Canterbury Village in Lake Orion (northwest of Detroit). Features the
The Santa Train in Coopersville (west of Grand Rapids in west lower peninsula). Nov 29 to Dec 21, 2014. Train rides with Santa, Elves, presents, story-telling on the passenger cars of the Coopersville & Marne Railway.
Santa's Village in Chesaning (northwest of Flint). Saturdays & Sundays from Thanksgiving till Christmas, 2014. Visit with Santa, Giant slide, huge model train layout, Kris Kringle Carousel & other rides, Michigan Lego Club Display, more.
Sundays in Bay City (east-middle lower peninsula). November 16 – December 21, 2014. Holiday decorations, free horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, holiday movies, food, more
Wild West Ranch in Allegan (Southwest MI), has sleigh rides, buggy rides, covered wagon rides, more. phone 269-673-3539.
Common & Gentry Carriage Company in Ann Arbor and Alma, offers Old Fashioned Sleigh Rides on a glorious 1800's sleigh and the sound of German sleigh bells. call 616-204-3290.
Pinecrest Percherons and Carriages in Lapeer (northwest of Detroit), offers Winter Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides.
Karefree Ranch in Fairview, MI (Northeast Lower Michigan). In 2013, they had wagon & sleigh rides from mid-December thru end of February on Saturday afternoons by appointment. phone 989-848-5771.
Livonia Lights – in Livonia, MI. House display with over 25,000 lights synchronized to music on FM radio.
For Mike's large list of Horse Drawn Carriages in Michigan → Horse Drawn Carriage Services
CHRISTMAS SEASON HOLIDAY PARADES AND EVENTS IN MICHIGAN
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November 23-30, 2014 (except Thanksgiving Day) Festival of Trees – Annual event at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI. Festival of Trees is a public display and sale featuring individually designed 7', 4', 3' trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, Christmas stockings, a festive gift shop, and more. It is one of the largest annual special event fundraisers for medical research at Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation. facebook
November 23, 2014 (sun) Holiday Magic Parade – in Downtown Royal Oak (just north of Detroit), 2-3:30 pm. Annual parade showcasing over 80 parade units including marching bands, floats from the Parade Company, circus performers, dance troupes and more! Visits with Santa are after the parade.
November 27, 2014 (thu) America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade). Annual parade takes place on Woodward Ave in Downtown Detroit. One of the largest Thanksgiving Day Parades in the U.S. with award-winning floats, larger than life balloons, bands, celebrities, papier-maché heads and Santa. televised.
November 29, 2013 (fri) Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade – Annual parade in Downtown Grosse Pointe. starts at 10am, followed by a holiday concert by the Authentic Dickens Carolers, ending with The Village Aglow tree-lighting ceremony. more info
November 28-30, Dec 6-7 & 13-14, 2014 Annual Dickens Festival – in Holly (northwest corner of Oakland County). Admission is FREE. Join in the fun as Charles Dickens' Merry Old England comes alive. Features a Parade of Lights, Children's Parade, pictures with Santa, Victorian Carolers, Festival Singers, cookie eating contest, more. facebook
December 6, 2014 (sat) Orion Area Holiday Lighted Parade – in Lake Orion (north of Detroit). Nighttime parade, starts 6pm. "Floats and vehicles are brightly illuminated with an assortment of Christmas lights. Marching bands blare holiday music. Community groups from the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, civic organizations, dance studios, local dignitaries and school groups proudly strut down the street and wave to the crowds of onlookers. The parade is capped off by a visit by Santa in his resplendant sleigh, waving to his fans of all ages." held annually on the first saturday in December.
December 6, 13, 20, 2014 Breakfast with Santa at the Detroit Zoo – in Royal Oak, just north of Detroit. Join Old St. Nick as he takes a breather from his busy holiday schedule to enjoy a delicious buffet-style waffle breakfast at the Detroit Zoo. Seating is limited and advance reservations are necessary. call 248-541-5717 and press 3 for ticket information.
TBA 2014 (sat) Annual Noel Night – in Midtown Detroit. 41st in 2013. Free, 5pm to 9:30pm in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center Area. Over 60 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History open their doors to the public free of charge. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. Festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band – a long-standing Noel Night tradition.
December 7, 2014 (sun) Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – in Rochester, MI. includes dignitaries, bands, non-profit groups, children's groups and local businesses. Parade is broadcast live on WXYZ-TV Channel 7. facebook
TBA 2014 (thu-sun) Christmas Wonderfest – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). Event is now indoors and features full sized rides, expanded North Pole area, and Santa.
December 20, 2014 (sat) Detroit Santarchy – Annual Santa themed pub crawl visiting many bars in Detroit. Put on your Santa suits, Elf Suits, Naughty Miss Clause Suits and get ready for another mayhem filled night of Santarchy. Bus pass last year was $20, Santa Suits (or Santa's Helpers) are required. facebook
HIRE A MICHIGAN SANTA CLAUS – MICHIGAN SANTAS – SANTA SERVICES
SantaDotCom - Year-round Professional Santa Services, 25 years experience, based in Macomb MI. 586-263-8230.
Santa Jim – Have Santa make a special visit to your home, party, business, wedding or special event you're having in Michigan. based in Wolverine Lake, 248 area code.
Michigan Santa Claus – a real bearded Santa Claus based in Oak Park, serving the Detroit metro area and lower Michigan. holiday events and parties.
Michigan Santas – listed at SantaForHire.com. 6 Santas for hire, use request form on their site.
Justin Carriage Works – get a real sleigh (horse drawn type!). Company is based in Nashville, MI, which is located southwest of Lansing. phone 517-852-9743. This is also a great place to get many types of horse-drawn style carriages, buggies, wagons, hearses and pull-carts.
MICHIGAN CHRISTMAS VENDORS – HOLIDAY VENDOR SERVICES
Michigan Christmas Tree Association (MCTA) – helps you find a Choose and Cut farm to select your tree or the nearest retail lot to pick up a pre-cut tree. Real Trees, farm-grown, fresh Christmas trees in Michigan.
PLACES IN MICHIGAN WITH GREAT NAMES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
North Star Township – in Gratiot County (middle of Michigan's lower peninsula).
Nazareth, Michigan – in Kalamazoo County, Southwest Michigan.
Holly (Village of Holly) – in Oakland County, Southeast Michigan.
Good Hart, Michigan – town in the northern tip of the lower peninsula.
Coldwater – City in lower Michigan (a little north of the Ohio border).
St. Joseph County – in Southwest Michigan.
Gladwin – City in northern half of Michigan's lower peninsula.
Paradise, Michigan – a small town in the U.P. (north-eastern tip of Upper Peninsula).
Rich Township – in Southeast Michigan (Lapeer County, north of Detroit).
DO A GOOD DEED IN MICHIGAN DURING THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan – "grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy."
Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit – "sole mission is to ensure that there is No Kiddie Without a Christmas". Each holiday season the Detroit Goodfellows distribute holiday gift boxes to children ages five through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. Each child receives warm clothing, toys, books, games and candy. They also have Shoe, Dental, Campership programs.
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Santa Claus Girls of Grand Rapids – a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, goal is to see that no child in Kent County is without a gift on Christmas morning.
Operation Quiet Comfort (OQC) - "Your donations help us to provide meaningful support to our wounded warriors and the amazing medical professionals who care for them. OQC is positioned at U.S. Combat Support Hospitals, Troop Medical Clinics, and with medic teams on the front lines." This is a 100% volunteer nonprofit organization based in LaSalle, MI.
Forgotten Harvest – Donated food is delivered free of charge to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. It rescues nearly 8 million pounds of food per year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other Health Department-approved sources.
Capuchin Soup Kitchen (Detroit) – "serves the poor who suffer from the lack of basic human needs: material needs, such as food, clothing, and household necessities; psychological needs, such as motivation, self-esteem, and rehabilitation; and social needs, such as support systems and meaningful relationships."
Detroit Rescue Mission – "founded in Detroit in 1909 and February 14, 2007 will mark its 98th year of service to Detroit's needy and homeless. The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is a Christian faith-based charitable organization, accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). DRMM is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of humanity, while motivating individuals to rebuild their lives, one life at a time."
COTS Detroit – Coalition on Temporary Shelter – helping the homeless in Detroit.
Lighthouse of Oakland County - helping the homeless in Oakland County.
ChristNet – "a seasonal rotating emergency shelter (open October through May) for men, women, and children when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. As a shared ministry of more than fifty Protestant and Catholic churches in the Downriver and western Wayne County suburbs, the goal of ChristNet is to insure that no one has to be left out in the cold."
Penrickton Center for Blind Children – Based in Taylor, MI. "a private non-profit agency, providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve. Each program is individually designed to promote independence in all aspects of daily living. There is no charge to families for our services provided to their children! Penrickton Center for Blind Children relies solely on private donations for all programs and services. Penrickton Center does not receive any State, Federal, Insurance or United Way funding. All donations to Penrickton Center are tax deductible."
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