December 13 & 20
Downtown Ann Arbor is a marvelous destination to find unique, thoughtful and creative gifts for everyone on your shopping list. The Main Street and Kerrytown areas are keeping spirits bright during Festive Fridays! If you’ve never experienced shopping in downtown Ann Arbor, you’re in for a treat. With unique shops like FOUND and Rock Paper Scissors and familiar names like The M Den and Moosejaw, you’ll find the perfect item for that aunt who has everything or the child that wants everything. Click here for a full listing of shops in the Ann Arbor Area.
Music for Winter Nights
Hill Auditorium has celebrated more than 100 holiday seasons with music lovers and this year the traditions continue on December 13. Join the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for the merry Holiday Pops Concert featuring excerpts from The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites.
Doing New Year’s Different: from Dancing in the Streets to Hockey in the Big House
December 31 & January 1
While some traditions are tried and true, Ann Arbor never passes up an opportunity to try something different. This year, two significant events are sure to make New Year’s a memorable occasion: ‘The Puck Drops Here’ Street Party on New Year’s Eve and the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the University of Michigan Football Stadium on New Year’s Day.
While the NHL is hosting an amazing array of events in Detroit to help commemorate the event, Ann Arbor wanted to provide an alternative community-centric option here in town for anyone not heading east for New Year’s Eve. Everyone is anticipating a record-breaking event on January 1 and it couldn’t happen without the 45,000 Toronto Maple Leafs fans joining for the main event. For many, this will be their first visit to Ann Arbor and the New Year’s Eve event provides an opportunity to showcase this amazing, unique city.
The New Year’s Eve event begins at 8pm and features Michelle Chamuel, star of The Voice, and other live entertainment. And, as the name promises, we'll have a midnight countdown with a ten-foot hockey puck lit with 6,000 LED lights, made by the local design and fabrication shop, METAL.
The fun continues on New Year’s Day when the NHL opens its Spectator Plaza from 9am to 1pm for everyone (a ticket to the Winter Classic is not required). Right outside Gate 1 of The Big House, the plaza will feature live music, food and beverages, and interactive hockey-themed attractions for the whole family. The pre-game ceremonies begin in the stadium at 1pm.
Ann Arbor Dining: How to Experience More of this “Best Midwest Food Town”
Restaurant Week: January 12-17
Ann Arbor is recognized by a number of national publications as a top destination for those wanting to experience renowned cuisine artistically fashioned in the kitchens of talented chefs. But with so many tantalizing options, how does one begin to experience them all? Ann Arbor Restaurant Week from January 12-17 is an ideal way to try something new—whether it’s a recent arrival on the scene or just new to you! Special menus are crafted and prices set for lunch and dinner options. Reservations are encouraged at most locations as tables fill fast! Can’t make it in January (or just can’t wait)? Click here for a full listing of restaurants in the Ann Arbor Area.