10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 22-24)

Get into the holiday spirit with festive light displays, jolly caroling, and classic Christmas films


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Detroit pianist Louis Vaspar performs at Orchestra Hall on Dec. 22 // Photograph Courtesy of Darrien Pope Photography Detroit

Orchestra Hall: As part of the Detroit native's solo debut, pianist Louis Vaspar will perform music by composers Rachmaninov, Chopin, and Liszt. Dec. 22. $10+. 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: A regular performer in the greater Brooklyn, New York, area, Jeff Scheen’s offbeat humor has been featured on Fox TV series Laughs and was a finalist at last year’s Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Dec. 21-23. $10+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Wild Lights: Experience the zoo in a different light — or about five million of them. For 24 nights, the Detroit Zoo casts LED colors on trees, buildings, and animal sculptures. Dec. 20-23, 26-31. $10+. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org 

Redford Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, and what the world would have been like had he never been born. An Academy Award nominee for best picture, the film has remained a classic through the years. Dec. 22. $5. 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com

Detroit Historical Museum: Detroit’s Prismatic Club is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest social organizations in the United States. The Detroit Artists Showcase highlights the history, art, and literature of the club. Open throughout December. Free with museum admission. 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org

The Henry Ford: The Heroes of Sky exhibit explores the early pioneers of aviation. At the end of the exhibit, visitors will find themselves in Santa’s Artic Landing, where Santa himself will be available for a photo op. Through Dec. 24. Free with museum admission. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: For more than 20 years, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert has been a holiday tradition. This year, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve show is visiting more than 60 cities for 100-plus performances. Their Detroit show is the perfect start to the holiday weekend. Dec. 23. $57+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-7000; olympiaentertainment.com

Meadow Brook Theatre: Coming to Meadow Brook Theatre for its 36th year, A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Through Dec. 24. $22. 378 Meadow Brook Rd., Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com

Wayne County Lightfest: Drive through dazzling holiday light displays set up along Hines Drive in Westland. After, head to the Santa Shelter for refreshments and photos. Through Dec. 31. $5+. Warren Rd. and Ann Arbor Trail, 7651 N. Merriman Rd., Westland; 734-261-9087; waynecounty.com

Bronner Family Sing Along: Buy some last minute holiday decorations and sing traditional Christmas carols with the Bronner family at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland. Dec. 22-23. Free. Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, 25 Christmas Ln., Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931; bronners.com

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