6 Things to Do This Holiday Weekend (Dec. 24-26)

Enjoy a nostalgic jazz revue, a Christmas pantomime, and a magical of light show
Magic of Lights 313 Presents
Flying reindeer leap over vehicles at Magic of Lights. // Photo courtesy of 313 Presents

Magic of Lights

Take in a sparkling light show at DTE Energy Music Theatre during this drive-thru experience. LED technology creates stunning holiday scenes and features some favorite holiday characters including Santa Claus and his reindeer. This year, the experience includes a new “Prehistoric Christmas” exhibit and “Mega Tree” display as well as staples from previous years like the “12 Days of Christmas” and “Blizzard Tunnel.” Through Jan. 1. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; magicoflights.com

Polar Express 3D

Embark on the exciting adventure that lies in this Warner Brothers classic that follow’s one boy’s magical train ride to the North Pole. The 3D version will surely make you feel like you are riding along on the Polar Express and in Santa’s sleigh. Showtimes vary and tickets are available for advance purchase online at thehenryford.org. $11. Through Jan. 2. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Detroit; thehenryford.org

The Detroit Historical Museum hosts holiday pop-up exhibitions on hometown department store Hudson’s. // Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Free Holiday Sundays at the Detroit Historical Museum

The day after Christmas is your last chance to revisit your childhood — or discover your parents’ — at the Detroit Historical Museum’s Hudson’s Holidays. The exhibit honors Hudson’s downtown department store as well as the memories that surround it. Meant to mimic the holiday spirit that is often associated with Hudson’s, the exhibit features some of the original decor, fashion, accessories, and toys that made the shop a must-visit for the holiday seasons. The Free Holiday Sundays include activities like a live performance from DJ Invisible, drop-in guided tours, and a self-guided Hudson’s History Hunt. Dec. 26. Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit; detroithistorical.org

The Satin Doll Revue

After a year of uncertainty and harsh realities, The Satin Doll Revue offers an escape to a world of jazz, speakeasies, and simplistic luxury through the 20th anniversary of the “Out of the Mouth Jazz” music series. With talented singers portraying mega-stars like Etta James (Tosha Owens), Billie Holiday (Sky Covington), and Dinah Washington (Nina Simone Neal), the performances breathe new life into some of the most legendary jazz music of all time. Tickets are available online as well as at the door. $35+. Dec. 26. Tangent Gallery, 715 E. Milwaukee St., Detroit; eventbrite.com

An Almost British Christmas

Theater Nova’s annual panto, An Almost British Christmas has everything to make your holiday merry and bright. From slapstick comedy and original music to parodies of popular songs and audience participation, there is truly something for every viewer in this performance. This beloved Nova tradition is based on the 1964 television version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and is an eclectic must-see for the holidays — if you can squeeze it in. $25+. December 26. Theatre Nova, 410 W Huron St. Ann Arbor; theatrenova.org

Collect Art By James Charles Morris: Natural Abstract

Take a holiday breather and stay safe at home by visiting a virtual, solo exhibition of work by James Charles Morris. The exhibit features a series of portraits seeking to convey the individuality of the black aesthetic. Morris is a self-taught artist from Detroit with experience in painting, photography, collage, illustration, and printmaking. In his Natural Abstract exhibit, he combines layered textiles and photographs to create a depiction of black lives and culture as well as a view of African Diaspora’s intellectual and artistic legacies. No cost. Dec 19- Feb 28. Presented by Northwest Gallery of Art. artsy.net

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