Holiday Happenings in Oakland County

Big Bright Lights Show in Rochester.

It’s time to get in the Holiday spirit with local performances, parades, tree lightings and more. Use our list and find the perfect holiday event for you and your family!

Twinkling lights are brightening homes and downtowns, children are looking forward to holiday breaks, and local stores are readying their windows for shoppers passing by.

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November 17th
Holiday Lighted Parade – Northville

November 23rd
America’s Thanksgiving Parade – Detroit

November 24th
Santa Claus Parade – Grosse Pointe
Holly Parade & Tree Lighting – Holly

December 2nd
Berkley Holiday Parade – Berkley
Holiday Extravaganza & WinterFUN Festival – Pontiac

December 3rd
Hometown Christmas Parade – Rochester

December 16th
Clarkston Holiday Lights Parade – Clarkston


November 3rd
Diwali Celebration of Lights – Troy

November 14 – December 31, 2017
Wayne County Lightfest – Westland

November 16th
The Big Reveal – Milford

November 17th
Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting – Campus Martius

November 17th – 19th
Festival of Trees – Rochester

November 20th
Lagniappe – Rochester

November 20th – January 7th, 2018
The Big, Bright Light Show – Rochester

November 24th – December 10th (weekends only)
Holly Dickens Festival – Holly

November 28th
Southfield Tree Lighting Ceremony – Southfield

November 30th
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Royal Oak City Hall Plaza

December 1st
Light Up the Night – Novi Tree Lighting

December 2nd
Holiday Extravaganza & WinterFUN Festival – Pontiac
Berkley Hometown Holidays – Berkley
Celebrate Kwanzaa – Farmington Community Library
Holly Days – Farmington
Noel Night – Detroit

December 9th
Holiday Ice Festival – Ferndale

December 13th – 18th
Chanukah Wonderland – West Bloomfield’s Orchard Mall

Seasonal Excursions

November 18th – December 31st
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

November 24th – December 23th
Meadow Brook Holiday Walk Tours – Rochester

November 19th – November 26th
Festival of Trees – Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

November 24th – December 30th
Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic

December 1, 2018
Christmas in the Village – Ortonville, MI

December 1st – December 16th
Heritage Holidays – Wolcott Mill Metropark

December 2nd – December 24th
Holidays at the Henry Ford Museum

December – select nights
Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village


December 10th – December 24th, 2017
A Christmas Carol
Meadow Brook Theatre – Rochester

November 24th – December 9th
A Christmas Story
The Avon Players – Rochester

December 3rd – December 18th
Christmas Story & others
The Village Theatre – Cherry Hill, Canton

December 8th – December 18th
Elf the Musical, Jr.
Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre – Royal Oak

December 20th
Christmas in Clarkston Band Concert
Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center – Clarkston

The Nutcracker Performances

November 25th – November 27th
BalletMet Columbus
Detroit Opera House

December 1st
Macomb Ballet Company
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts – Clinton Township

December 8th – December 10th
Ballet Chelsea
Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex

Holiday Markets & Craft Fairs

December 10th
Holiday Shopping Nights – Waterford

November 11th
Inaugural Holiday Market – Clarkston

November 18th
Santa’s Craft Castle – Shelby Township

November 16 – 17th
Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition – Royal Oak

November 25th
Milford Farmers Market Pop-Up Holiday Market – Milford

November 30th
Holiday Farmers Market – Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak

December 1st – December 3th
Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit

December 1 – 24th
Birmingham Winter – Birmingham (multiple events)

December 1st – December 2nd
Kris Kringle Market – Rochester

December 9th – December 11th
Northville Tinsel & Treasures – Northville

Bundle up and have a blast this Holiday season in Oakland County! Please check event websites for dates and times. Some events are one day only and others are on weekends only.

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