9 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 18-20)

It’s the last call for Canterbury Village’s annual holiday stroll. Plus, shopping events, chorale music, and a virtual Detroit history tour.
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Photograph courtesy of Detroit Artists Market

Eleanor’s Very Merry Little Christmas – The Musical

Gather the family for this holly jolly story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the North Pole. While she loves her life there, Eleanor’s Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Watch as Eleanor writes her wish to Santa and takes a journey that leads to her wish, any many more, coming true. Tickets grant viewers 48-hour access to stream the musical. For an additional charge, party boxes are available for purchase and include items like Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish book, an Eleanor ornament, and a Letter to Santa notepad and pencil. $25+. Through Dec. 27. Streaming; broadwayindetroit.com

Art for the Holidays

The Detroit Artists Market’s Art for the Holidays exhibit is still on view, featuring the work of local artists. And if you’re still looking for gifts for friends and loved ones, select items will be available to purchase online including paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, and fibers. All orders are ready within one business day and can be picked up inside the gallery or with contactless curbside pickup. Through Dec. 30. Virtual; detroitartistsmarket.org

A Short History of Racism in Detroit tour

This tour will examine systemic racism’s ongoing effect on Black Detroiters from segregation and redlining, to police brutality and the destruction of Black and immigrant neighborhoods. The virtual event will discuss significant locations and events within the last 100 years, including the Dr. Ossian Sweet House, the predominately African American Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods, and the 1943 and 1967 riots. Donations are accepted and will benefit the Detroit Justice Center. No cost. Dec. 18. Streaming; detroitexperiencefactory.org

Detroit Experience Factory
Photograph courtesy of Detroit Experience Factory

Canterbury Village Holiday Stroll

It’s the last weekend for this winter wonderland experience at Canterbury Village. Guests can enjoy a seven-minute light show, professional carolers, and Christmas performances, and have fun with characters Frosty the Snowman, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch, and Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from Frozen. The kids can also enjoy a socially distanced visit with Santa and have their photos taken for free. $10. Dec.18-20. Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion; canterburyholidaystroll.com

Facebook Live Shopping at the Detroit Artist Market

Tune in Friday evening for even more holiday gifting inspiration during the gallery’s first-ever Facebook Live shopping event with DAM board members Tracy Irwin and Kate Baker. Viewers can shop ornaments, ceramics, painting, jewelry, and more. The gallery will arrange for next-business-day curbside pickup. No cost. Dec. 18. Live streaming; facebook.com/events/320945735682807

Home For The Holidays

Tune in for heartwarming holiday music during this virtual show, a part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Digital Concerts series. Conductor and DSO audience favorite Thomas Wilkins will lead a program of carols and classics featuring vocalist Kisma Jordan. $13. Dec. 19. Live streaming; dso.org 

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Kisma Jordan photograph courtesy of the DSO

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Christmas Stream

313 Presents brings you a virtual showing of this holiday classic. The performance debuts on Dec. 19 and is available through Jan. 1. The show will feature exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at putting on the Great Russian Nutcracker. $25. Dec. 19. Virtual; 313presents.com

Our Own Thing Chorale’s Virtual Christmas Celebration

For more than 50 years, the Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale has preserved and performed traditional African American spirituals, and contemporary choral compositions written and arranged by African American composers and musicians. Tune in Friday afternoon for the choir’s virtual Christmas concert. No cost. Dec. 19 and 22. Virtual; ourownthing.org

Meet the Artist Sundays at Lawrence Street

The last Sunday artist meet-and-greet at the Ferndale art gallery features watercolor artist Sherry Adams Foster. Foster will bring in her current work and talk about her practice of painting. Masks are required for entry, and social distancing and sanitizing efforts will be in place. No cost. Dec. 20. Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; lawrencestreetgallery.com

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