Are you looking for an Oakland County event that will fill you with holiday cheer right in time for the merry season? Meadow Brook’s Annual Holiday Walk is going on now and runs through December 23rd, 2017. Get excited to walk through this exquisite, early-20th century mansion decorated with twinkling holiday lights, trees, ornaments, and more, making it a true holiday wonderland.
This 110-room Tudor-revival style mansion was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and was once the home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge and co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Matilda loved spending her time filling Meadow Brook Hall with lavish furniture, paintings, and art from several centuries and around the world. These collections are still present in the home today and reflect the lavish lifestyles of the era of the American Industrialists of the early 20th century. Fun fact: The Tommy Dorsey Band and singer Frank Sinatra performed in the house at Matilda’s 25th birthday party. In 1957, the Wilson’s donated their entire estate and an additional $2 million to found what would become Oakland University. Guests can now take a step back into history as they tour this National Historic Landmark.
Today, Meadow Brook Hall hosts parties, events, and special events such as the Holiday Walking Tours, and new this year, Holiday Lights & Winter Nights. On December 11 & December 18th – 23rd, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., guests can stroll down the lit path to the Land of Santa and Sweets to warm up by a fire and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. To make this festive season extra special, it is also offering a Kids Candy Adventure, a mailbox to the North Pole, and special guided candlelight tours open throughout the duration of the holiday season.
The big day is almost here! Be there this Friday, December 1st to Light Up the Night on the Novi Civic Center Campus. It’s a festive and fun way to welcome the holiday season with family and friends. Enjoy three hours of holiday entertainment, starting at 6 p.m. and going through 9 p.m.
Mayor Bob Gatt and a very special visitor from the North Pole will kick off this electric holiday event with a tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. New for this year’s Light Up the Night is a 22-foot-tall tree that will be visible from 10 Mile Road all season long! Weather permitting, a magnificent fireworks display will begin soon after the tree is lit.
There’s so much holiday fun and joy to be had at this free community event including a craft show; family activities and games; s’mores and cookies; a petting farm; miniature train rides, ice sculptures; and reindeer. Food trucks will offer items for purchase and you’ll enjoy live entertainment featuring Mexico Lindo Ballet Folklorico, Family Self Defense Martial Arts, Novi Middle School Orchestra, and John the Magician.
“This is truly one of my favorite nights of the year,” said Novi Mayor Bob Gatt. “We are a very special community and this doesn’t just happen. It’s the people here who make it so great, and seeing everyone come together at Light Up the Night is a great way to kick off the holidays.”
Take a look at our video for a sneak peek. It will surely put you in the holiday spirit!
Grab your family and friends and head to the Novi Civic Center Campus this Friday. For more details, visit the City of Novi’s website and follow along with them on Facebook and Twitter.
We hope to see you there!
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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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Kick off the holiday season in the merriest of ways in Downtown Rochester at the 45th annual Lagniappe celebration. Enjoy strolling carolers, free horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa and his real reindeer and, of course, the lighting of The Big, Bright Light Show!
It all starts on Monday, November 20th with holiday festivities going from 6 – 9 p.m. Merchants will add to the jolly excitement with the Lagniappe tradition – Lagniappe comes from the Creole word that means “a little something extra” – of passing out snacks and trinkets to passersby. This popular event, combined with The Big, Bright Light Show, brings thousands of visitors to view the lighting of over 1 million glimmering twinkle lights draped over the buildings on Main Street.
If you haven’t experienced the magic of Lagniappe yet, we highly recommend it! It’s an evening filled with happiness, joy, and delight – a perfect start to the holiday season. Take a look at our video and get a sneak peek.
The Detroit Zoo Wild Lights are back in Oakland County. Experience the magic of the zoo in winter with more than five million LED lights illuminating the buildings, trees, and animal sculptures throughout the park. Continue reading