The most magical time of the year is here, and there are a ton of ways to celebrate it. Create enchanted holiday traditions by attending the varied special events below. This is the perfect way to create new traditions, and begin making memories while rekindling old ones at the same time.
‘A Christmas Carol’
Meadow Brook Theatre
207 N. Wilson
Rochester, MI 48309
Dates: Nov. 14 – Dec. 21, 2014
Watch as the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge unfolds before your eyes. From the outstanding costumes to the talented cast, this treasured holiday performance will delight audiences from the first scene to the closing curtain. This particular adaptation has been produced on stage for the past 33 years, a testament to its timeless appeal.
Light Up the Aquarium 2
Belle Isle Aquarium
8109 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48214
Date: Dec. 5, 2014
This holiday fundraising event takes place inside the gorgeous Belle Isle Aquarium located on Belle Isle in Detroit. This is the second year this soiree has taken place. The evening is filled with entertainment, a silent auction and, of course, hors d’oeuvres accompanied by a champagne preview. Chat among friends and community members with similar interests as everyone works toward the goal of garnering financial support for the aquarium. Tickets for this event must be obtained in advance and can be reserved here.
Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
Dates: Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 18-23 and 26-27, 2014
Relive the nostalgia of the holiday season from a bygone era as visitors to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village stroll through an historically re-created village during the Holiday Nights special event. Stroll through a scene from the past as lanterns light the way through the town filled with carolers, reindeer and horse-drawn wagons. This outdoor event has it all, even a firework display, a festive way to celebrate the end of a perfect evening.
3939 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Date: Dec. 6, 2014
Noel Night is a Motor City holiday tradition. For 42 years, the sights and sounds of this holiday extravaganza have been exciting attendees from Detroit, the metro area and beyond. Music, twinkling lights and entertainment of all sorts convene on Woodward and the surrounding area as local cultural institutions and attractions invite the crowd to take part in welcoming the holiday season to the area. There’s a variety of activities open to all ages including crafts and horse-drawn carriage rides. This is a great time to get some holiday shopping done, as many shops host open houses with extended hours on this night. And don’t forget to try a delicious assortment of foods like the hot chocolate and roasted nuts – they’re not to be missed! Check out the event schedule to plan your experience.
Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Date: Dec. 16-20, 2014
There’s all sorts of acrobatic antics at Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. A wild ride for all audiences, this is a spectacular show for the entire family to enjoy this holiday season with juggling, dancing, music and tumbling. Acrobats perform feats you’ve only dreamed about. The costumes add to the magical performance.
After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.