Holiday Events You Don’t Want to Miss this Season

Michigan Holiday Events

Theater Shows, Movies and Fun Holiday Events

It’s the holiday season and Michigan has a long list of exclusive events and fun opportunities to take advantage of.  Funny holiday movies, plays, gala events and fun day trips are all on our cheery list this year.  Here’s a few of our favorite holiday events you don’t want to miss this season! 

1.  A Bad Mom’s Christmas In Theaters November 3, 2017


Bad Mom's Christmas


I’m sure you remember the first “Bad Moms” about three mothers — played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn — who are sick of trying to be perfect and feel inferior to the school’s PTA and it’s leaders.  But after the trio form a friendship, they relish in their “bad” behaviors and parenting skills, learning to embrace their imperfections and negative opinions.

Well, these “Bad Moms” are at it again with the sequel, “A Bad Moms Christmas,”.  This movie has three extra characters aka “bad grandmothers” – Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Christine Baranski — who arrive in town just in time to judge their daughters’ parenting over the holidays. Sound normal right?  Hardly! Watch the trailer and see just how crazy fun this movie is going to be!


2.  Daddy’s Home 2 In Theaters Nov 22, 17

Daddy's Home 2 Contest

In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

The movie comes out November but you can win tickets! Join Week99er and Detroit Mommies for a Mom’s Night Out at MJR Troy at 7pm on November 7th? We’re choosing 10 winners from each site, for a fun movie night. Each winner will get two tickets so you can bring a friend with you as well! Winners will be contacted via email on 11/5 and have 24 hours to reply. Click HERE to enter.  


3.  Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical – Nov 17 – 19, 2017

Grinch at Fox Theater

Olympia Entertainment presents Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Fox Theatre! The Musical will begin Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19; part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

The Grinch broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theaters in New York. Since then, more than 1.8 million theater-goers across the country have been delighted by this heart warming family-friendly holiday musical fun for all ages!

The classic Dr. Seuss’ holiday tale will come to life live on stage with fun, laughter, and heart warming lessons. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” THE GRINCH discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming GRINCH, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Will you and the Whos eventually love and accept him? We shall see! 

Tickets to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical at the Fox Theatre available here


4.  Hob Nobble Gobble Presented by Ford, Nov 17, 2017

Hob Nobble Gobble Presented by Ford

A beautiful event that entails a red carpet, local celebrities, carnival rides and bumper cars, The Parade Company’s Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford will be the talk of the town this holiday season. Ford Field transforms into an indoor masterpiece of family fun with a famous Parade of Stars featuring dancing elves, thunderous sounds of the marching band and, the main celebrity of them all, Santa Claus! Click here for event information and table reservations. 


5.  A Christmas Carol Nov 10 – Dec 24, 2017

A Christmas Carol

Playing at Meadow Brook Theater at Oakland University, A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic the entire family will enjoy. Ebenzer Scrooge doesn’t see the point of letting his employees have a day off for Christmas. He won’t even give an exception to his employee Bob Cratchit, who’s son Tiny Tim is very sick. Once he meets the gentle Ghost of Christmas Past, the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present and the terrifying Ghost of Christmas to Come, all of whom want to teach him a lesson, he just might change his mind. Click here for tickets


6.  America’s Thanksgiving Parade Detroit – Nov 23, 17

Thanksgiving Parade Detroit

America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presented by Art Van is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular parades you’ve ever seen. Every November, magic happens on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue and we can’t wait for the fun again this year! Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day parade dates back to 1924. 

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Parade spectators including Detroit Mommies and their families line Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning to view the larger than life floats, over-sized helium-filled balloons, local marching bands, celebrities both local and internationally known and exciting specialty acts!  Looking for Grandstand tickets and information?  Click here


7.  Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village – Select Nights in December

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Perfect for the whole family! Greenfield Village guests are invited to enjoy the smells of roasting chestnuts and warm bonfires and hear the sounds of carolers, fiddlers and sleigh bells.  Walk the lantern-lit path to a winter wonderland of yuletide discovery and imagination by witnessing 80 acres of holiday experiences and seasonal cheer.  Main Street is filled with holiday goods, food and warm beverages and the children will love the twinkling lights and holiday songs. Here’s a list of what this beautiful holiday destination has to offer:

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village Include:

  • Ice-Skating
  • Carolers and Live Musical Performances
  • Holiday Vignettes and Activities Featuring Costumed Presenters
  • Santa and Live Reindeer
  • Skilled Artisan Demonstrations
  • Historic Rides on Horse-Drawn Wagons, Model T’s and the 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel
  • Holiday Cooking Demonstrations
  • Decorated Homes and Shops
  • Christmas Trees and Greens Sale
  • Fireworks Finale and Sing-Along

Click here for tickets. Discounted pricing for members of The Henry Ford
Advance reservations are recommended.


8.  14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 17, 2017

14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony


This is a FREE event we LOVE taking the kids to! Happening this year on November 17th at 5pm at Campus Martius Park, expect a crowd full of cheer and a beautiful Christmas tree overlooking the skate rink.  A spectacular evening is planned downtown Detroit including stage and rink performances to welcome the holiday season.  Families will welcome the holidays with holiday food and beverage offerings, carriage rides, visits with Santa, holiday shopping, ice skating, a lighting countdown and much more! Click here for more info and parking information. 








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