Holiday Happenings in Oakland County

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Get in the Holiday spirit with local performances, parades, tree lightings and more. Use our list below to find the perfect holiday event for you and your family in and around Oakland County.  Updated 12/26/19


November 3, 2021: Diwali Festival of Lights-Riverside Park
November 7: Santa arrives at Great Lakes Crossing and his Flight Academy
December 6: Tree Lighting
December 8: Sensory-friendly Santa (reservations)
December 8: Pet Photo Nights with Santa


December 7: Holiday Lights Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Meet Santa, and Carriage rides in Downtown Berkley
December 15: Santa at the Library


November 30: Santa Walk/Small Business Saturday
November 30 – December 24 (select dates through December): Birmingham Santa House
November 30 – December 24 (select dates through December): Birmingham Carriage Rides
December 6: Tree Lighting at Birmingham Winter Market
December 6 – 8: Birmingham Winter Market


December 5-8: Holiday Splendor at Cranbrook House


November 19-January 1, 2022: Magic of Lights
November 23: Holiday Market
December 6: Clarkston Community Band
December 7: Kids Holiday Mini-Camp
December 14: Holiday Lights Parade
December 15: Alexander Zonjic Meets Motown Christmas Concert


November 9:  Christmas in Clawson Craft Show
December 4:  Annual Tree Lighting
December 7: Parcells Annual Holiday Bazaar


November 9: Nervous Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece Class
November 21 – 24:  Elf the Musical JR.
December 7:  Annual Tree Lighting
December 7:  Holly Days  in Downtown Farmington
December 28: Chanukah Light Parade


November 21 – December 22: Go Comedy (PG13 & R – no age restriction but requires an adult, call ahead
December 8: Ferndale Recreation Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
December 14: Holiday Ice Festival 


November 22-24: Arts & Greens Holiday Market
December 2: Holiday Tree Lighting & Sing Alone
December 6: Sensory Sensitive Santa is coming to town
December 7:  Candy Cane Hunt
December 7-8: Art & Cheer


November 23: Fezziwig’s Ball at the Holly Hotel
November 29: Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade
November 29-30 & December 7-8 & 14-15: Holly Dickens Festival
December 14: Santa Visits the Library


December 6: Holly Jolly Folly
December 7: Orion Lighted Christmas Parade
December 7: Breakfast with the Grinch
December 8, 15, 21,22: Canterbury Christmas Pop-up market
December 12: Sing & Stroll Tree Lighting
December 21: A Dickens Christmas at Canterbury Village


December 6: Tree Lighting and Holiday Lights Tour


November 22 – December 31: Santa Rock n Lights
November 25: Annual Tree Lighting
December 7: Storytime with Santa
December 14-15: Deck the Paws


November 21: The Big Reveal
November 29: Give Back Friday
November 30: Christmas Parade
November 30: Milford Farmers’ Market Holiday Pop-Up
December 5: Christmas Open House & Tree Lighting
December 6: Sensory Sensitive Santa


November 14 – December 22: Every Christmas Story Ever Told
November 16 – December 21: Santa in Town Square (Saturdays & Sundays)
November 22: Northville Holiday Lighted Parade
November 23-24: Home Holiday Tour
November 24: Northville Christmas in the Village
November 29: Country Christmas Opening Day
November 29 – December 1: The Nutcracker and Christmas Dances
December 6:  Festival of City Lights
December 7: Pop-Up Holiday Market
December 7-15: Santa visits Maybury Farm (Saturdays & Sundays)
December 13 – 15: Handcrafters Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market


November 7: Santa’s Grand Arrival
November 23: Winter Wonderland Sensory Friendly with Sensational Santa
November 30: Shop Small Pop-Up Market
December 1:  Happy Pawlidays
December 6: Light up the Night
December 7: Lunch with the Snow Queen & Snowman
December 8, 13, 15: Novi Concert Band – Holiday Concerts
December 14: Breakfast with Santa at Paradise Park
December 14:  Lunch with Santa


November 24: 4th Annual Chanu-Con Chanukah Festival


December 7: Christmas in the Village
December 14: Pet Pictures with Santa


December 7: Oxford Christmas Parade
December 7: Deaf Santa at Oxford High School
December 7: Petting Zoo & visit with Santa in Centennial Park during the Soup & Sweet Stroll


December 7: Holiday Extravaganza Parade & WinterFUN Festival and Parade


November 6, 13, 20: Holiday Farmers’ Market
November 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-30: Meadow Brook Theater: A Christmas Carol
November 21:  Enchanted Gingerbread Forest at Royal Park Hotel
November 19-21, 2021: Festival of Trees
November 22, 2021: Lagniappe
November 23 – January 3, 2022: The Big Bright Light Show
November 26- December 30, 2021: Holidays at Meadow Brook
December 1-12, 2021: Neighborhood Light Fight
December 1-15 (Sundays): Candlelight Tours at Meadow Brook
December 5, 12, 19: Holiday Farmers’ Market
December 3-4, 2021: Kris Kringle Market
December 8: Holiday Magic with Santa at Meadow Brook
December 8: Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade
December 14: Sensory Friendly Holiday Party
December 12, 2021: Caroling in the City
December 18-20: Holiday Walk Late Nights at Meadow Brook


November 22: Light the Village of Rochester Hills
November 23: Visit with Santa for Children with Special Needs
November 24: Pet Night with Santa
November 29 – December 22: A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook
November 29 – January 4 (select dates):  All Aboard Model Train Exhibit at the Museum
December 1 – 24: Visit with Santa
December 7:  A Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Museum
December 21 – Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Museum


November 16: – January 5, 2020: Wild Lights – Detroit Zoo
November 21-22: Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Addition
November 23: 38th Annual Arts and Crafts Marketplace
December 5: Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 5: Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Market Place
December 12:  Dinner with Santa at the Zoo (Sensory-friendly)
December 13-15: Dinner with Santa at the Zoo
December 14: Royal Oak Jingle Cookie Crawl
December 14-15: Royal Oak Jingle Parade and other activities
December 14 -15: Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo
December 19: Cookies with the Clauses at the Zoo
December 21-29: Downtown Royal Oak Menorah Lighting


December 3: Tree Lighting
December 9: Classic Christmas (lunch or dinner)
December 14 – 15: Soulful Santa Celebration
December 23: Southfield Menorah Lighting


December 6: Christmas in the Village Holiday Concert Series
December 6: Christmas Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
December 7: Cocoa & Crafts with Santa


December 4: Oakland County Farmers Market Holiday Shopping Nights


December 22-24: Chanukah Wonderland
December 23: Menorah Parade


December 4: Jingle Bell Ball – Party and Santa for individuals 18 & older with developmental disabilities
December 6: White Lake Tree Lighting at Fisk Farm


December 6: Wixom Tree Lighting Festival


December 7: Snacks with Santa 2019

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Holiday Happenings in Metro Detroit

Looking for other seasonal excursions in the Metro Detroit? Use our list below to locate an event, parade, performance, or light display near Oakland County.


November 21 – December 31: Wayne County Lightfest
November 22: Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony & Light up Beacon Park
November 24 – December 1: Dearborn Festival of Trees (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
November 28: Downtown Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 30 – December 1: The Nutcracker – Detroit Opera House
December 5 – 28: Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
December 7: Noel Night


November 29-30 & weekends in December: Christmas at the Crossroads


December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21: Holiday Happenings at Wolcott Mill Farm
December 20-22: The Nutcracker at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

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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