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First Friday Experience:

Explore everything downtown Northville has to offer as it hosts this event the first Friday of every month.  Participating galleries will have special exhibits and featured artists present. Also, select shops are open late and will serve refreshments, feature live music, and hold special sales. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7.

Downtown Northville;


Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

The 41st annual Holiday Walk showcases the 110-room Tudor Revival mansion bedecked in holiday finery. Through Dec. 22. Mon. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 adult, $12 Oakland University staff and alumni (with I.D.), $5 OU students (with I.D.), $5 children 17/under with paying adult, free for children 2/under. Seniors receive $5 off Tue. through Thur.

2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester;


Christmas with the Rat Pack

Travel through time to the glitzy Las Vegas of the ’50s and ’60s as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. bring down the house with Christmas classics, complete with big band accompaniment. Nov. 27-Dec. 2. $25-$75.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.


Christmas Show

Premiering at the Redford Theatre, Christmas Show features Lance Luce with The Gentlemen’s Songsters and The Evola Keyboard Music Club. Dec. 8. Adults $12, Children $8.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;


Noel Night

Immerse yourself in Detroit history and the arts at the annual Noel Night, where more than 60 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum, open their doors to the public, free of charge. Includes horse-drawn carriages, holiday shopping, and musical performances. 5-9:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

3939 Woodward, Suite 100, Detroit. 313-420-6000


Wayne County Lightfest

The annual Wayne County Lightfest 2012 will again light up Hines Drive. 7-10 p.m. Through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25). $5.

Enter off Merriman Road, between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren Avenue in Westland;


Birmingham Winter Marke

Enjoy traditional holiday art, decorations, crafts, traditional German food and drink (hence the Teutonic spelling of “market”) on the Community House Patio, live entertainment by local musicians and school groups, ice sculptures, Santa House, horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, and more at the Birmingham Winter Markt.  10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 1.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Shain Park, Birmingham; 248-530-1200,


Holiday Craft Extravaganza

Head to the Suburban Collection Showplace for a Holiday Craft Extravaganza, showcasing hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Free admission, $5 parking fee.

46100 Grand River, Novi. Suburban Collection Showplace. Hall B; 248-348-5600.


Great Train Expo

The Great Train Expo invites all model-railroad enthusiasts to check out model railroad layouts in all scales and gauges, to discover and meet local clubs, or to buy and sell your own sets. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. $7 for adults and children over 12, free for under 12, $5 parking fee.

46100 Grand River, Novi. Suburban Collection Showplace, Hall A; 248-348-5600,


Ann Arbor Antiques Market

The display showcases antique dealers and their products, ranging from pottery to jewelry to furniture and more. Dec. 9.

5055 Saline Rd. Ann Arbor; 734-662-0496,


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