Take in the Merriment and Joy of the Holiday Season!

Can you feel the excitement and anticipation in the air? The holiday season is officially here and we’re thrilled to share our list of holiday events happening in Oakland County. There are so many ways to delight in the magic of the season during this special time of year.

View our list of Holiday Happenings. You’ll find everything from parades and seasonal excursions to performances, holiday markets, and craft fairs. Kids, young and old, are sure to have a jolly time!

Please check event websites for dates and times and note that some events are one day only.

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Light Up Your Holiday Season with Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo!

Brighten your holiday season with a trip to the Detroit Zoo! They’ll be lighting up the nights again this holiday season with Wild Lights! You can view the spectacular light display of over five million LED lights for 24 nights in November and December. The bright and festive lights will illuminate trees, buildings, and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.

New features for this year include nearly 600 light tubes that sway to music, an Antarctic-themed projection on the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and a bug display.

Want to preview the magic of the Detroit Zoo’s winter illumination? Check out our video before you go:

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Thomas Tunney Named 2017 MI Great Artist Winner

Commerce Township artist Thomas Tunney was named 2017’s winner of the MI Great Artist competition October 25th at the Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The gallery’s mood was festive as art enthusiasts from throughout Oakland County gathered to celebrate Tunney and his fellow finalists. Event focal points included a shared exhibition of artistic works by the finalists, and a solo exhibition for the 2015 MI Great Artist Ken Hershenson.

The finalists were chosen from a field of 232 artists from Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Wayne counties who entered the online competition in July in hopes their entries would catch the discerning eye of the public. After 34,000 online votes were cast during two weeks the field was whittled down in August to 20 artists. A panel of art experts selected the five finalists and ultimately chose the winner.

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November Business Workshops

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Let the fourth quarter be your first step toward a brighter business future! If you are a small business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, the high-value, low-or-no-cost business workshops offered by experts at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center have the power to transform your enterprise. Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, there’s no month like November to bring your product or service to market. Register today and let the One Stop Shop’s business counselors provide the advice and assistance you need regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more.

Is your small business located in Oakland County? Be sure to get ready for this year’s Oakland County Shopper Competition. Businesses who register are automatically entered to win a $1,000 prize courtesy of CEED Lending. The competition begins November 25th and continues for an entire week! Last year’s contest had an economic impact of $60,000, so this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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