13 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 2-4)

Holiday markets, movie screenings, festivals, and more fun things to do this weekend in Metro Detroit.
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The Hard Nut, a playful retelling of The Nutcracker, comes to the Detroit Opera House Dec. 3-4 // Photograph by Julieta Cervantes.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Hour Detroit has you covered with information on the best upcoming concerts, festivals, outdoor activities, and other goings on in Southeast Michigan.

This weekend, Dec. 2-4, 2022, we’ve got details on tons of upcoming holiday stage performances and moviesPlus, get information on several holiday markets opening this weekend, Baby Shark Live, a huge Hanukkah celebration and much more.

Kerrytown Kindlefest

Kick off the holiday shopping season at the Kerrytown District association’s outdoor holiday market. There will be music and the shops will be open late so you can knock out some of your gift shopping early this year. The farmers market will also be open and will offer kids activities, fire pits, seasonal snacks and more. No cost to enter, but some fees may apply. Dec. 2. Kerrytown District, Ann Arbor; kerrytowndistrict.org.

Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show

The beloved aquatic critter that made waves on the Billboard Hot 100 is making a splash this holiday season. Bring the whole family and join Baby Shark along with his fishy family under the sea as they explore different shapes, colors, and numbers. Plus, sing along to some fan-favorite kids’ songs and holiday classics with a twist. $19.50+. Dec. 2. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com.

Christmas in the Village

Mill Race Village, a living museum in Northville that features restored and replica buildings from the 19th century, will be adorned with lights and festive decor for this annual event hosted by the Northville Historical Society. Browse bespoke gifts at the Christmas Market or snap a selfie beside one of the village’s many decorative inflatables as you enjoy a soundtrack of cheerful holiday music. $12+. Dec. 2-3. Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold St., Northville; millracenorthville.org.

Kris Kringle Market

Browse a selection of fresh plants, wreaths, locally crafted gifts, and delicious specialty foods at this European-inspired outdoor market in downtown Rochester. Guests can enjoy a selection of seasonal snacks, such as roasted almonds and kettle corn, as they shop to the festive sounds of holiday music. Bring the kids along to play inside life-size gingerbread houses and score a photo with Santa Claus. No cost. Dec. 2-3. Downtown Rochester; downtownrochestermi.com.

The Hard Nut

What if The Nutcracker took place at a raucous Christmas party in the 1970s? That’s the premise of The Hard Nut, a retro-modern interpretation of the classic holiday ballet from the acclaimed, New York-based Mark Morris Dance Group. A live orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s original score as the story of Marie, her toy nutcracker, and her battle against the Rat King plays out onstage. Expect go- go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, androgynous snowflakes, and lots of holiday spirit. $29+. Dec. 2-4. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; detroitopera.org.

Who’s Holiday

The Ringwald Theatre at Affirmations LGBTQ community center in Ferndale will present this hilariously raunchy take on Dr. Seuss’s classic tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The irreverent one-woman show follows an alcoholic, trailer park-bound Cindy Lou Who as she recounts her fateful Christmas run-in with the Grinch and the resulting turn of events. This adults-only comedy will show on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. $15+. Dec. 2-19. The Ringwald Theatre at Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; theringwald.com.

Holiday Stroll at Canterbury Village

Lake Orion’s historic landmark is decked out in nearly 1 million twinkling lights for this memorable holiday event taking place every weekend until Christmas. Enjoy a light show, professional carolers, and recreations of classic Christmas scenes as you wind through the charming village. Expect to be greeted by live characters along the way, including Frosty the Snowman, Buddy the Elf, and even the Grinch himself. Cap off the festive experience with a cocktail or hard cider on the C-Pub’s outdoor patio, where blazing firepits keep things warm and cozy. Visit the village’s website for a host of other holiday happenings. $15+. Dec. 2-23. Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion; canterburyholidaystroll.com.

Taylor Winterfest

This annual festival has moved from the first Saturday after Thanksgiving to the first Sunday in December. This year’s event features tons of seasonal fun including a parade, tree lighting, and fireworks. Plus, a 5K run. No cost. Dec. 3. Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road, Taylor; cityoftaylor.com.

The Polar Express

The whole family will enjoy this festive tale of friendship, bravery, and holiday spirit as it plays on the big screen at the Redford Theatre. Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1985 children’s book of the same name, the story centers on a young boy who hops aboard a North Pole- bound train on Christmas Eve. Tom Hanks, who is one of the film’s executive producers, also voices several of its prominent characters — including the train’s conductor and Santa Claus. $5. Dec. 3. Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit; redfordtheatre.com.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This Academy Award-nominated Tim Burton classic will show for one evening at Detroit’s Redford Theatre. Through ingenious stop-motion animation, the film relays the tale of Jack Skellington, the king of a fictional Halloween world, as he falls head over heels in love with all things Christmas. The movie features a catchy score written and performed by Danny Elfman, along with a star-studded cast of voice actors that includes Catherine O’Hara, Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, and Ken Page. $5. Dec. 3. Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit; redfordtheatre.com.

Delightfully Yours Ornament Signing with Jacki Edwards

Since 1983, prolific Wisconsin- based artist Jacki Edwards has been crafting unique keepsake ornaments for families. For this special event, Edwards will be on-site at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth to display, sell, and sign her signature “Delightfully Yours” on her clay dough and resin pieces. Guests can also browse the sprawling store’s enormous selection of Christmas trees, lights, homeware, and decor. No cost. Dec. 3-4. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, 25 Christmas Lane, Frankenmuth; frankenmuth.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang for this live- action version of the classic animated Christmas special. Actors will perform everyone’s favorite scenes from the original TV show, singing and dancing to Vince Guaraldi’s classic score along the way. Stick around after the show for a sing-along concert featuring favorite holiday tunes. Three showtimes are available. $25+. Dec. 4. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com.

Chanu-Con

Congregation Beth Shalom celebrates Hanukkah with this 7th annual community-wide celebration. Find fun activities for kids including face painting and bounce houses, raffles, vendors, live entertainment, and delicious kosher eats. No cost, donations welcome. Dec. 4. Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 Lincoln St., Oak Park; congbethshalom.com.

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