Parades, Tree-Lightings and More Holiday Fun Abounds in Oakland County

Looking for some cheer in the area this weekend? We've got the scoop on when and where the festivities will take place!

Santa has a busy agenda this weekend. He's going to be traveling around Oakland County for parades, tree lightings and other fun events.


Holiday Lights Parade and tree-lighting ceremony: The festivities begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with free trolley rides downtown and continue throughout the day with a petting zoo, caroling, etc., and go into the night with the tree-lighting and carriage rides after the parade, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Here’s a link to the full schedule: http://patch.com/A-pkHk


Winter Markt: (Yes, that’s how you spell it!) takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Shain Park. The attraction is meant to mimic a German winter market with more than 50 vendors and craftsmen selling everything from handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations, to artwork and wooden toys. There also will be traditional German food and drinks and activities for the kids. Here's a link to more information about the event: http://patch.com/A-zQjb

Farmington-Farmington Hills

Holly Days: The event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday will include Greens & Gifts Farmers Market, a visit from Santa, ice carving and more at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion; story time with Mrs. Santa and crafts at Mike Greer Photography, 33316 Grand River Ave.; free movies at the Farmington Civic Theater; and a holiday open house and tree lighting at the Governor Warner Mansion. Here's a full list of Saturday activities: http://patch.com/A-zQXb.


Holiday Show Place: On Saturday, head over to the Kulick Community Center in Ferndale for the annual Holiday Show Place arts and crafts fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature lots of unique gifts. Admission price is $1 per person.

Breakfast and Lunch with Santa: The Kulick Community Center is also offering breakfast and lunch with Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information or to register, visit www.ferndalerecreation.org.

Lake Orion

Holiday Lighted Parade: A nighttime light parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. This year's theme is "Magic on Broadway!" Christmas lights will illuminate floats and vehicles. Community groups, marching bands and Santa will join in the procession.

Rochester/Rochester Hills

Hometown Christmas Parade: The parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, north of town at the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads in downtown Rochester and continues south on Main Street to downtown Rochester.

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Tree Lighting: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Blair Memorial Library. Santa arrives by firetruck at this annual event co-sponsored by the Clawson/Troy Optimist Club. Refreshments following at Clawson Middle School.

White Lake

Highland Tree Lighting: 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at Veterans Park and Highland Station House in Highland. There will be caroling, cookies and cider. Come watch Santa light the Highland Christmas Tree using Christmas magic. Santa will then move to the Highland Station House where kids can visit with him and share what they want for Christmas.

Looking for more events? Check out our Holiday Guide for Metro Detroit.

Did we miss your favorite holiday event? Tell us in comments!


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