Pure Michigan December 2013 Events Roundup

The holiday season is upon us in Pure Michigan! From holiday lights to holiday shopping, there are plenty of festive events to help make the season bright this December. Below is a roundup of a few of the many events taking place around the state throughout the month. For a complete listing of events, visit michigan.org.

Week of November 25, 2013

Festival of Trees
November 21, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Muskegon Museum of Art
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents 11 days of beautifully decorated holiday trees, wreaths and fun activities for the whole family. Admission: $7 per adult, $3 per child 17 and under.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
November 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014, Grand Rapids
Experience the most magical time of year as Meijer Gardens transforms into a world of winter magic with the glow of 300,000 lights, more than 40 captivating international trees and displays, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more surprises than can fit under the tree.

Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk
November 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Frankenmuth
The perfect way to start the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies at 6pm. Ceremony starts at 6:30pm. Candlewalk from the River Place to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Santa will be in the Pavilion from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, November 29. Phone (800) FUN -TOWN or (989) 652-6106 for more information.

Made in Michigan & Holiday Market
November 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Hart
Kick-off the holidays with a Made in Michigan & Holiday Market, and lighted Christmas parade in Hart. The last entry of the parade is Santa Claus and he stops at Hart Commons and visits with children. So bring your camera for a picture prefect setting! There will be Michigan artists, crafters, creators, carolers, hay rides, area activities, and Christmas specials at the merchants and restaurants. Santa Claus visits kids at Hart Commons on Friday, November 29 at 7pm (after parade), Saturday, November 30, at noon, on Sunday, December 1 at 1pm, and Saturday, December 7 at noon. Santa Claus will have an indoor location in downtown Hart, if it is too cold. Saturday in Silver Lake is a Silver Lake Tree Lighting. Come and enjoy hay rides, carolers, cookie contest, Santa and more!  For more information, click here.

The Nutcracker – Detroit Opera House
November 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Detroit
The Opera House continues its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus’ production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. For four magical performances, this quintessential holiday event features a talented cast of more than 100 professional company dancers and local children, with larger-than-life characters, narration by Sir Roger Moore, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

Week of December 2, 2013

Midnight Madness
December 6, 2013, Ann Arbor
It’s party time in the Main Street area! Stores open late, holiday sales, Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County roaming the sidewalks from 7-9pm!

Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade
December 6, 2013, Ironwood
This annual event kicks off the holiday season with the Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Jack Frost, plus a Gingerbread House display and Gogebic Range Band Christmas Concert. For more information contact (906) 932-1122.

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
December 6, 2013 – December 28, 2013, The Henry Ford
Step into a Christmas card from the past. Don’t miss the most popular holiday event in the area, complete with candlelit paths, live entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa and live reindeer, ice skating, a spectacular fireworks display and more. It’s America’s premier holiday celebration! For information call (313)982-6001.

Noel Night
December 7, 2013, Detroit
The annual Noel Night takes place at 75 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, each opening their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday “open house.” Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. For information call (313) 577-5088.

Jingle Bell Parade
December 7, 2013, Grand Haven
The popular Jingle Bell Parade is an annual event in downtown Grand Haven the first Saturday evening of December with “lighted” entries and featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus. The parade route through downtown ends at Central Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree and enjoyment of hot chocolate provided by the Salvation Army. Parade start time is 6pm. For additional event information, contact the Chamber at (616) 842-4910.

Week of December 9, 2013

Great Lakes Comic Expo
December 14, 2014, Roseville
Comic book, toy, and collectible show at Roseville VFW Hall; 25671 Gratiot Ave. Roseville, MI 48066 (just south of I-696, between 10 and 11 Mile Roads). 11am to 4pm. Regular admission is $3, and children 10 and under are free.

Holiday Expo & Craft Show
December 14, 2013, Kalamazoo
Over 100 vendors, crafters and artists from across Michigan. Great holiday shopping for everyone on your list. Admission is free. Hours: 9am-4pm in Expo South.

 Winter Fantasy Art Show
December 14, 2013, Petoskey
Mixed-media art & fine craft show featuring local artist and unique holiday gifts handcrafted in northern Michigan. 10am to 4pm at 4-H Center at the fairgrounds. Free parking and admission. For a list of participating artists and vendors, visit the website link.

Candlelight Stroll
December 13, 2013 – December 28, 2013, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Glowing candles and twinkling lights are the highlights of this delightful evening stroll. Guests will be welcomed with sounds of holiday music filling the grand halls. While enjoying the trees, ornaments and other trimmings, hear stories of the Ford family holiday traditions at the Estate. Candlelight Strolls are offered December 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28. Tickets $15. For information call (313) 884-4222.

Week of December 16, 2013

Karen Newman – Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue
December 18, 2013, Fox Theater
Once again, Detroit’s own, Karen Newman, invites audiences to experience “Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue.” . “Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue” is titled after Newman’s holiday hit single, which has become a seasonal tradition on local radio and in Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and will feature original songs and holiday favorites. For information call (800) 745-3000.

Home for the Holidays | Concert
December 20, 2013 – December 22, 2013, Detroit
Be there for Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition. Share it with family and friends, and marvel in the spectacle of the season. It’s a sparkling holiday celebration. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus! Ticketed event. For information call (313) 576-5111.

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
December 21, 2013, Kalamazoo
Buy, sell, or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets. Admission for adults is $4, children $2, children under six are free, Family Max – $15. Hours are 10am-3pm in Room A.

Week of December 23, 2013

Ski Free with Santa on Christmas
December 25, 2013, Bellaire
Ski free with Santa on the slopes of Schuss Mountain from 9am – 4:30pm. Pick up your No Charge lift ticket at the Schuss Mountain Lift Ticket Window and enjoy your holidays out on the slopes! For more information contact (800) 678-4111.

 

Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl
December 26, 2013, Ford Field
College football bowl game matching up a Big Ten team and a MAC team.

 Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Concert
December 27, 2013, Palace of Auburn Hills
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) phenomena has grown year after year and has played over 1,500 shows for more than 10 million fans in the past 15 years, becoming one of the world’s biggest arena rock acts. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will celebrate their first 15 years of touring with an encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve” as part of their 2013 Winter Tour

Hockeytown Winter Festival
December 27, 2013 – December 31, 2013, Comerica Park
Outdoor hockey is coming to Comerica Park featuring alumni showdown. Join us this December for all the excitement!

Week of December 30, 2013

2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
December 31, 2013 – January 1, 2014, Downtown Ludington
It’s a high-energy, FREE event packed with fun for everyone! Beginning at 9:30pm in the North James Street Plaza, come enjoy music, an entertainment tent, commemorative light-up glasses, fireworks and of course the highlight of the evening, Michigan’s largest environmentally friendly New Year’s Eve Ball, dropped at the strike of midnight. Bring your family and friends to experience this amazing night! Also a featured highlight of the New year Celebration is the Resolution Run 5K. December 31st at 9am at OJ DeJonge Middle School North Gym. For more information on the New Year’s Eve Downtown Ludington Ball Drop, visit the website link.

 New Year’s Eve at Shanty Creek Resorts
December 31, 2013, Bellaire
Ski for free from 6:30pm to 11pm at Summit Mountain and then ooh and ahh at the fireworks at midnight.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing. 

Will you be at any of these events in December? Let us know! 

Pure Michigan 2013 Halloween Events Roundup

Halloween is fast approaching! Whether you’re dressed as a ghoul or a goblin, there is plenty of Halloween fun happening across the state. From haunted houses to family-friendly parades, below is your guide to celebrating Halloween in Pure Michigan. Visit michigan.org full a full listing of Halloween events happening around the state!

Amazing Acres Corn Maze
September 14 – October 31, 2013, Edwardsburg
If you’re looking for fun, family entertainment in Cass County, Michigan, make plans to visit the Amazing Acres Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch this Fall! The farm is over 90 acres and is packed with events for every member of the family, young or old. Explore the 14 acre corn maze with over 3.5 miles of paths. Keep a watchful eye for the 12 hidden check points. The Maze is available both day and night. In addition to the corn maze itself, there are many other fun activities for the entire family at Amazing Acres that includes hayrides with horse-drawn and tractor-pulled, pumpkin patch, child-sized haybale maze, thousands of pumpkins and holiday decorations, a goat walk and farms animals. Picnic area, snacks and refreshment stand, campfires available by reservation, face painting, hay jump, two straw mazes and two corn boxes. Located at 18430 US 12 East; Edwardsburg, MI 49112. Open Tuesday thru Friday 4pm to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday noon to 9pm. For more information, click the website link or call (574) 370-3403.

Niles Haunted House
September 13 – November 2, 2013, Niles
The Niles Haunted House Scream Park has 44 acres of multiple haunted attractions, hayrides, games and concessions. It’s guaranteed to scare the YELL out of you. Visit the web site for dates, times, coupon, and admission prices. Niles Haunted House Scream Park is located at 855 Mayflower Road; Niles, MI 49120. Phone for details at (269) 687-FEAR or visit the website. 

Corn Maze at BestMaze
September 13 – October 27, 2013, Williamston
The Corn Maze at BestMaze is great fun for the entire family on weekends from September 13th to October 27. Nineteen acre Corn Maze hours are Fri. 6-10pm; Saturdays 1-10pm, and Sundays 1-9pm. Tickets $8. The BestMaze Corn Maze is located at 3803 Noble Rd; Williamston, Michigan 48895.

Houpt’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
September 21 – October 31, 2013, Dundee
We have a two acre corn maze, ten acres of U-Pick pumpkins, a Gourd Slinger, Craft Barn, and cider & donuts. We have hayrides on weekends, weather permitting. Offer field trips to groups. A huge favorite is our “Kid’s Weekend” held the third weekend of October every year. Both days of that weekend we have a clown for a couple of hours, a costume contest, and rides all day. We always have the following activities for free, Kid’s Haunted House, Petting Farm and Miniature Golf. Open daily, 10am to dusk. Located at Houpt’s Pumpkin Patch at 19929 Tecumseh Rd; Dundee, Michigan 48131. (Just five miles west of Dundee and Cabela’s on M-50.)

The Bone Yard Scream Park
September 21 – November 2, 2013, Stockbridge
Extreme haunted house, haunted woods, haunted corn maze, and haunted hayride. This attraction takes over an hour to enjoy and have the fear put into you. This is an indoor and outdoor event, please dress accordingly. Scream Park located at 5010 Green Road; Stockbridge, Michigan 49285, just west of Hell. Friday and Saturday, open at 8pm. For more information, visit the website.

Tee Lake Halloween
September 27 – November 2, 2013, Lewiston
Northern Michigan Haunted House & Halloween Attraction, Tee Lake Halloween, offers three unique treats for Halloween fans & families. First, the Drive-Thru Haunt is a FREE, family friendly, self-guided tour through haunted displays. Tune your car radio to our spooky station to hear creepy music. No monsters will jump out at you. Nightly September 27 – November 2, dusk – 10pm. Admission is free. Second, Terror at Tee Lake is a terrifying walk-through haunted house open October 19, 25, 26, and November 1 from 7-10pm, with an admission of $5. Third, stay over in a haunted cabin – The Witch’s Cottage or Igor’s Hideaway. For more information, visit the website.

Scream Machine
September 27 – November 2, 2013, Taylor
The Scream Machine is back with new special effects and scares for the 2013 season. Back by popular demand–the Hellevator. This portal to the unknown takes you to the depths of your worst fears where nightmares and reality collide. Open September 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, 18-November 2. For hours and admission, click the website link or call (734) 309-0756. Coupon for $3 off found at website. Located at 21207 Eureka Rd; Taylor, Michigan (in the shopping plaza next to Gibralter Trade Center).

Shawhaven Haunted Farm
September 27 – November 2, 2013, Mason
Fear surrounds the Farm. All 140 acres have been lost onto a haze of despair, since the dark years when the crops and animals were lost to a devastating invasion of bugs. Fear had engulfed all the grounds. Local people have tried to face their fears on the Wagons of Fear. Some exit safely and unchanged only to be lost into the darkness of despair with time. Others try to make the trip through the Dead Maze to the next town only to join the Zombies that linger within the corn. Fee. We also offer an unhaunted corn maze. Open Fridays and Saturdays, September 27 to November 2. Open Thursday, October 31. Kids matinee tour Sunday, October 13. Shawhaven Haunted Farm located at 1826 Rolfe Road; Mason, Michigan 48854. For admission prices or more information, visit the website link or call (517) 676-1649.

Psycho Ward & Nightmares Haunted House
October 4 – October 31, 2013, Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Speedway. Experience West Michigan’s most terrifying haunted attraction this October–if you dare! Many have experienced the terror of Floyd Cranston and his clan of twisted misfits. Their reign of terror has been inflicted on Psycho Ward visitors for more than a decade. Some have survived—but not without years of intensive therapy. What disturbing twist on Floyd’s unique form of horror does he have in store for you this year? There’s only one way to find out. Not recommended for children under 12 or the faint of heart. Open weekends in October: October 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 , 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 (open 7:30pm each night). Admission fee.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
October 11 – October 27, 2013, Dearborn
The Henry Ford. Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the Headless Horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family! For information call (313) 982-6001.

Pumpkin, Cider & Donut Wagon Ride
October 12 – October 27, 2013, Ray
Take a wagon ride with a guide to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin, then stop for a cup of cider and a donut. This year, take a walk from the pumpkin patch to the farm’s 5-acre corn maze. Then, get into the Halloween spirit by visiting the Boo Barn. Wagon rides 11am – 4pm (Oct. 12-13, 20, 26 & 27). Pumpkins are priced according to size. Fee for wagon ride. Additional activities on specific dates for additional fee. For information call (586) 752-5932.

Haunted Horrors
October 18 – October 27, 2013, Armada
Blakes Big Apple has four attractions for 2013—Nighttime Spooky Hayride, three story Haunted Barn, Spookyland, and Zombie Paintball Safari. Open every Fri, Sat & Sun nights in October. For rates, hours, or more information, click on the website link or call (586) 784-9710.

Haunted Hayrides
October 25 – October 26, 2013, Suttons Bay
Black Star Farms Tasting Room & Inn. Miles of wooded trails, old barns and a bonfire area make the farm in Suttons Bay a perfect venue for haunted hayrides. Participants board a wagon that takes them into the dark woods and old orchards on the farm. The trail rides are approximately 10-15 minutes long and are $10 per person. Due to the subject matter of the scenes and the surprises lurking in the woods the rides are recommended for those 12 years and older as well as individuals who appreciates a good scream. Rides begin (7pm) and end (9:30pm) at the Hearth & Vine Café where ghostly refreshments, warm cider and wine will be served.

Halloween Spooktacular
October 26, 2013, Gaylord
Treetops Resort. Join us as we celebrate Fall. Treetops will feature wagon rides followed by a chairlift ride. Activity and game stations with trick or treating for the kids. Minimal fee applicable for activities. Public welcome to enjoy our holiday celebration.

The Legend of Sleepy Howell
October 26, 2013, Howell
Come to downtown Howell and experience the 11th annual Legend of Sleepy Howell from 5pm – 9pm. Activities include trick or treating at candy stations, business booths offering giveaways, games and prizes, costume contests, live music, hay rides, creepy campfires, a hay maze, food vendors and the 5k/10k Headless Horseman Run. Don’t miss the scary fun in downtown Howell – this event happens despite the fall weather.

For more Halloween-related events happening in your neighborhood, visit michigan.org. How will you be showing your Halloween spirit this year? Share with us below!

Pure Michigan November 2013 Events Roundup

November is another busy month in Pure Michigan! With the beginning of the holiday season just around the corner, November is a great time to enjoy fall festivities and holiday cheer. From harvest festivals to holiday lights, there’s always something happening around the state during the month of November. Below is a roundup of a few of the many events taking place in November. For a complete listing of events in Michigan, visit michigan.org.              

Week of October 28, 2013

Gallery Walk

November 1, 2013 – November 2, 2013, Downtown Holland

Downtown galleries and studios have artists on hand with refreshments, music and other activities. Take a Friday night (or Saturday afternoon) stroll through downtown Holland’s art galleries to enjoy fantastic exhibitions of new art by guest artists. You’ll soon see why this two day event is one of Holland’s classics. Friday, November 1, 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday, November 2, noon-4pm. Free.

BaCon

November 2, 2013, Grand Rapids

Do you love bacon? We bet you do. Do you love beer? ….we know you love beer. Put the two together and what do you get? The best food festival in West Michigan! BaCon, West Michigan’s first bacon and beer festival, will be at The DeltaPlex Arena Saturday, November 2, 2013! BaCon will feature contests, unique food samples, beer tasting and much more celebrating America’s favorite food. General admission is $20 and includes four beverage and six food sample tickets. Bacon enthusiasts can upgrade to our V.I.P. ticket, BaCon Master, and receive a souvenir apron, eight beverage and twelve food sample tickets for $40. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 20 at 10am. For more information, check out the website.

Christmas Boutique Arts & Crafts Show

November 2, 2013, Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground

Unique, talented artists and crafters from around the Midwest. Free admission and free parking. Hours: 9am-3pm in Room A. For more information, call (269) 327-5373 or click here.

Superior Children’s Book Festival

November 2, 21013, Sault Sainte Marie

The second annual Superior Children’s Book Festival will take place on Saturday, November 2, from 11am to 3pm in the Superior Ballrooms of the Walker Cisler Center, located on the campus of Lake Superior State University. Two popular Michigan children’s book authors, Johnathan Rand and Nancy Shaw, will be this year’s special guests. The festival is free and open to the public and offers plenty of children’s crafts, games, and prizes throughout the day. For more information, visit the website.

Turkey Trail Run at Hoffmaster State Park

November 2, 2013, Muskegon

Enjoy a challenging and scenic run through the back dunes of Lake Michigan at Hoffmaster State Park. The Little Turkey one mile trot registration will be at 10am at the Visitors Center and is free! An adult must accompany the child on the trail. Transportation will be provided from the beach parking lot to the Visitor Center for runners and visitors via trolley. So, get training so you can brag to your family on Thanksgiving that you won the bird with your amazing running skills. For more race information, visit the website link.

Week of November 4, 2013

West Michigan Potters Guild Fall Show

November 8, 2013- November 9, 2013, Grand Rapids

Beautiful pottery, locally made by Michigan artists is available in Grand Rapids at the annual Fall Show. Work by over 40 artists is presented in a beautiful setting at the St Nicholas Cultural Center; 2250 East Paris SE; in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Blissfield Yuletide Cheer

November 8, 2013 – November 10, 2013, Blissfield

Join us once again this year for Blissfield Yuletide Cheer. Blissfield Yuletide Cheer will be from November 8 – 10.  Three fun-filled days of activities for the whole family! Activities include a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus, tree lighting, craft show, opportunity to feed reindeer, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Begin celebrating the holiday season with the whole family. For more information, visit the website. 

Women’s Only Weekend!

November 8, 2013 – November 10, 2013, South Haven

Sorry guys, the gals are taking over South Haven! It’s Women’s Only Weekend November 8-10th, 2013. Steer clear as droves of women hit the shops, restaurants, and local attractions in downtown South Haven to enjoy each others company and be entertained!

Holiday Gift Show

November 9, 2013, Grand Rapids – Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Holiday Gift Show features unique items for the home, beautiful jewelry and accessories, thoughtful gifts for gardeners and much more. Featuring more than 30 artists and vendors offering a wide array of gift items, Holiday Gift Show has something for everyone on your gift list. From toys and games for kids, to wearable art for her, to gracious gifts for gardeners, we offer uncommon holiday gifts for the discerning gift giver.

Dinosaur Days

November 9, 2013 – November 10, 2013, Battle Creek

Join Kingman Museum for our three part “Dinosaur Days” series. Dinosaur Day gives a hands-on look into the world of dinosaurs. September through November, every second weekend of the month will be dedicated to a specific period of dinosaurs. Dinosaur Days will be Saturday and Sunday from noon-4p.m. Activities will include games, puzzles, books and a special look at some of Kingman’s lesser seen artifacts! This event is open to the public and free with museum admission. Museum admission includes a planetarium show at the scheduled time. Dinosaur Days also held September 14 & 15 and October 12 & 13. For more information, call (269)965-5117 or visit the website.

Week of November 11, 2013

Grand Haven Light Night

November 15, 2013, Grand Haven

Enjoy downtown Grand Haven as the lights begin to turn on in the trees for the first time in the holiday season. Participating stores will be holding their holiday open houses with excellent ideas for everyone on your Christmas list. Luminaries will be lining the street as we kick off the holidays! 5pm to 9pm. For more information, contact the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Association at (616) 844-1188.

Christmas Through Lowell

November 15, 2013 – November 17, 2013, Lowell

Friday, November 15, 9am to 9pm. Saturday, November 16, 9am to 7pm, and Sunday, November 17, 11am to 5pm. Kick off your holiday shopping season in Historic Lowell. The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce presents over 50 homes, businesses that are unique and magical. Over 200 artists and crafters will showcase their gifts and creations for three days! On your Christmas Through Lowell shopping extravaganza, you will find hand-made treasures for that perfect Christmas gift. Call the Chamber at (616) 897-9161 for details. In October 2013, you may pick up your Christmas Through Lowell “Official Tour Guide & Map” at any crafter or participating business along Historic Main St. For more information, visit the website.

Lexington Ladies Weekend Event

November 15, 2013 – November 17, 2013

Gather your pals together while the hunters are away and have a BLAST in Lexington! Grab your girlfriends and come to this fun weekend! Each business will have you do an event (try a drink, put on a lotion, play a game, etc), more! Relax with friends and just have a great time! For more information, visit the website.

Novi Pet Expo

November 15, 2013 – November 17, 2013, Novi – Suburban Collection Showplace

The Novi Pet Expo offers pet lovers and families from across the region a wonderful opportunity to interact with adoptable animals and learn more about the responsibilities of pet ownership, training and heath care. There will also be hilarious pet contests and dazzling feats of dog- daring, as well as a large shopping area for fans of pets who run, jump, fly and swim! Admission and parking fee.

Kalamazoo Russian Festival

November 16, 2013, Kalamazoo

This year’s 18th annual Russian Festival includes a full day of programming for adults, and a special children’s activity area. There are musical performances by well-known musicians and dancers, an art gallery, lectures by Russian scholars, and a Russian marketplace with unique crafts and packaged foods for sale. Attendees will experience a complete Russian atmosphere – hearing the Russian language and music; seeing Russian art, dance and crafts; and mingling with people wearing authentic Russian costumes. Event held at Western Michigan University, Fetzer Center. Admission fee. For more information, click here.

 Week of November 18, 2013

Albion Aglow

November 18, 2013, Albion

Join Santa in Albion for the Albion Aglow parade. After the parade, Santa will visit with children at Kids N Stuff Museum and hear their wish lists. 6:30pm. For more information, visit the website. 

Crossroads Village’s Ladies Night Out

November 18, 2013, Flint

Have a night on the town with your girlfriends at Ladies Night Out on Monday, November 18, 2013, at Crossroads Village, from 4pm- 9pm. Shop a lot. Eat chocolate. Cut, color and paste at one of the free make-it-and-take-it craft tables. Indulge in free holiday tasty treats in the Village’s historic homes, all decked out for the holidays. Enjoy an old-fashioned wagon ride with your girlfriends to see gorgeous, glittering lights. Laugh out loud as you take a free spin on a one hundred year old carousel. You and your girlfriends can even get your picture taken for free with Handsome Harry or real reindeer. All for you. Only at Crossroads Village. Order tickets online now or call (810) 736-7100. Tickets are only $5. And – as an added bonus, you may use your $5 ticket as a coupon when you purchase $25 or more of merchandise in the Village’s retail stores only. If you are a current Village annual pass holder, your tickets are free if you reserve your tickets in advance.

Holiday Art Show

November 21, 2013 – November 23, 2013, Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground

Holiday art show featuring fine quality art made by members of The Paper Guild, Kalamazoo Valley Potters and Art, Etc. Admission is free. Hours are Thursday 5-8pm, Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Held in Expo South.

Luminary Festival

November 22, 2013, St. Joseph

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season strolling through the beautiful candle-lit streets as over 800 luminaries light your way in downtown St. Joseph. Shops will be open late to entice you with wonderful gift ideas and festive holiday decor – many merchants will provide refreshments. Shopping, dining and friends! FREE horse-drawn trolley rides (weather permitting) from 5-8pm. For more information on this event, visit the website or call (800) 906-9968 or (269) 985-1111.

Silver Bells in the City

November 22, 2013, Lansing

The entire city will glow with millions of lights for the 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City, bringing together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season. Immediately following the parade, the steps of the State Capitol will sparkle as the State Christmas tree is lighted, followed by a spectacular fireworks display cascading over the capitol dome (weather permitting). Be sure to check out the schedule of events for all of this year’s exciting Silver Bells festivities. 5pm to 9pm. For more information, click here. 

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

November 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014, Detroit

Wild Lights is a spectacular holiday light display at the Detroit Zoo. For 24 nights, more than a million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo. The event will feature live entertainment – including bell choirs, bands and carolers – seasonal refreshments, arts and crafts, ice carving and a holiday train display. Event dates are November 23-24, 29-30; December 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30, 2013; and January 2-5, 2014. For information call (248) 398-0900.

Week of November 25, 2013

America’s Thanksgiving Parade

November 28 , 2013, Detroit

America’s Thanksgiving Parade is celebrating 87 years of marching, smiles, clowns and bringing families together in Detroit! America’s Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated parades, will step off at 9:05am on Woodward Avenue and Mack and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit. Hundreds of thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. The parade will be broadcast LIVE on WDIV Local 4 and on WJR 760 AM. For more information, visit the website.

Turkey Trot 5K

November 28 ,2103, Ann Arbor

Join many on Thanksgiving morning in beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan, for what has been rated one of the “Best Thanksgiving Races in America” by Active.com. Start off your Thanksgiving with a 5K run starting at E Liberty Street; Ann Arbor! For more information, visit the website. 

Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk

November 29, 2013, Frankenmuth

The perfect way to start the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies at 6pm. Ceremony starts at 6:30pm. Candlewalk from the River Place to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Santa will be in the Pavilion from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, November 29. Phone (800) FUN -TOWN or (989) 652-6106 for more information.

Made in Michigan & Holiday Market

November 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Hart

Kick-off the holidays with a Made in Michigan & Holiday Market, and lighted Christmas parade in Hart. The last entry of the parade is Santa Claus and he stops at Hart Commons and visits with children. So bring your camera for a picture prefect setting! There will be Michigan artists, crafters, creators, carolers, hay rides, area activities, and Christmas specials at the merchants and restaurants. Santa Claus visits kids at Hart Commons on Friday, November 29 at 7pm (after parade), Saturday, November 30, at noon, on Sunday, December 1 at 1pm, and Saturday, December 7 at noon. Santa Claus will have an indoor location in downtown Hart, if it is too cold. Saturday in Silver Lake is a Silver Lake Tree Lighting. Come and enjoy hay rides, carolers, cookie contest, Santa and more!  For more information, click here. 

Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off

November 30, 2013, Traverse City

The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula will host some of the area’s top restaurant chefs who have turned the classic comfort food dish of Macaroni & Cheese into culinary marvels! This rich and creamy fare is paired with wines from Old Mission – Rieslings, Pinot Grigios, Chardonnays and more. Discover and enjoy what our local chefs have cooked up this year! Tickets go on sale 60 days prior to the event. Call (231) 933-9787 for more information.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.