Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - December 20-22 Sponsored by Randazzo Dance Company

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Roundup – December 20-22

Winter break starts after school on Friday. With Hanukkah starting at sundown on Sunday and Christmas on Wednesday, there are lots of holiday events this weekend including Randazzo Dance Company’s Nutcracker who sponsored Arbor Annie’s picks this weekend. Plus, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened Thursday night.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - December 20-22 Sponsored by Randazzo Dance Company
Nutcracker & Gift Boxes - Randazzo Dance Company -

Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm.

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

This weekend’s events are heavily slanted to holiday events.

As mentioned above, it’s your last chance to see a Nutcracker ballet in 2019 with the Randazzo Dance Company’s performances at the Power Center. You can also check out Theatre Nova’s DJ Whittington’s Kook Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto.

Check out our Santa Sightings list for any kids who want to fit in a last minute visit to Santa – hopefully not to add something to their wish list. My daughter’s birthday is a couple of weeks after Christmas, so at least I can defer last minute requests to her birthday. This weekend Santa Clay, a black Santa will be at Ypsilanti Co-Op if you are looking for a black Santa.

Ann Arbor Santa Sightings

Also, it’s a great time to make sure your child is signed up for a Winter Break Camp. There are lots of options especially for the first week of January. There are also a few options for both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Ann Arbor Holiday Break Camp Guide

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Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Decorate A Nutcracker at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm Cookie Decorating Contest at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Festive Friday at The Creature Conservancy
  • 6:00pm-10:00pm Knockerball Open Play at Knockerball Saline
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm Polar Express Pajama Party at Kensington Hotel
  • Saturday Picks

  • 10:00am-2:00pm Santa Visits Yankee Air Museum at Yankee Air Museum
  • 11:00am-4:00pm Giant Pine Cone Decorating at Turner’s Garden Center
  • 11:00am-2:00pm Santa Clay at Ypsilanti Food Co-Op
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm Cookie Decorating and Wood Tray or Apron Workshop at AR Workshop
  • 12:00pm-2:00pm Santa is Coming to Salt Springs at Salt Springs Brewery
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Frosty Top Hat Painting at Painting with a Twist
  • 1:30pm-4:00pm Stenciled Holiday Plates at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker at Power Center
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Star Wars Crafts at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 6:00pm-10:00pm Illuminate: An Experiential Festival of Lights at Beth Israel Congregation
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker at Power Center
  • 7:30pm-9:30pm Family Mewvie Night at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

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    Sunday Picks

  • 12:00pm-4:00pm Family Bowl with Santa at Maplewood Lanes
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm Santa Visits at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Winter Wonderland at Gym America
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm DIY Felt Paw Print Ornaments at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life - Holiday Classic Film Series at Michigan Theater
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm Electronics Lab: Intro to Soldering at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm Flashback Cinema: It's A Wonderful Life at Quality 16
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Penguin Awareness Day Craft at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker at Power Center
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Winter Symmetry Painting at Paint and Pour
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 7:00pm Flashback Cinema: It's A Wonderful Life at Quality 16
  • Hanukah begins at sundown. Be sure to check our list of Hanukah events.

    Ann Arbor Chanukah Events

    Movies

    The big movie news this weekend is the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – the conclusion of the latest trilogy – and the conclusion of the trilogy of trilogies. We have tickets for Saturday afternoon and will have a review after that. If you want to see it, I suggest buying your tickets in right away. We bought our tickets a couple of weeks ago and seats were already limited.

    Cats also opens this weekend. I loved the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber and loved seeing Cats on Broadway about 20 years ago. However, I am in the camp that did not like the trailer and styling of the cats.


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    Family friendly films in the theater include:

    • Frozen 2
    • Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13)
    • Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    • Ford v. Ferrari (PG-13)

    Other upcoming Family Friendly movies through next spring:

    • March 6 – Onward
    • March 27 – Mulan
    • March 27 – The Queen’s Corgi
    • April 3 – The New Mutants
    • April 3 – Peter Rabbit 2
    • April 17 – Trolls World Tour
    • May 1 – Black Widow
    • May 15 – Scoob
    • May 22 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
    • May 29 – Artemis Fowl
    • June 5 – Wonder Woman 1984
    • June 19 – Soul
    • July 3 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
    • July 10 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
    • July 24 – Jungle Cruise
    • August 14 – The One and Only Ivan
    • August 21 – Bill & Ted Face the Music
    • September 4 – Monster Hunter
    • October 2 – Venom 2
    • October 9 – The Witches
    • November 6 – Eternals
    • November 13 – Clifford the Big Red Dog
    • November 20 – Godzilla vs. Kong
    • November 25 – Raya and the Last Dragon
    • December 18 – Dune
    • December 18 – West Side Story
    • December 25 – The Croods 2
    • December 25 – Tom and Jerry

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    Upcoming Sponsored Events

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    With Winter Break and the holidays next week, Arbor Annie will share a Weekly Roundup article on Monday

    Date/Time Event
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    12/23/2019
    2:00pm-9:00pm
    Knockerball Open Play
    at Knockerball Saline, Saline Michigan
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    12/23/2019
    5:30pm-7:30pm
    Chanukah on Ice
    at Ann Arbor Ice Cube, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/23/2019
    6:30pm-10:00pm

    Holiday Nights


    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    Disclosure: The Henry Ford has sponsored this event listing for extra promotion.Holiday Nights is our family's favorite holiday tradition. We love visiting each year and seeing our favorite houses and finding a new place to explore. From Greenfield Village:Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires...Read More
    💙
    12/24/2019
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: It's A Wonderful Life
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    12/26/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Winter Peekaboo Penguin Painting
    at Painting with a Twist, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/26/2019
    2:00pm-8:00pm
    Knockerball Open Play
    at Knockerball Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/26/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    New Year's Crafts
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/26/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Zine Workshop
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/26/2019
    3:00pm-5:30pm
    Family Plank & Canvas Workshop
    at AR Workshop, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/26/2019
    6:30pm-10:00pm

    Holiday Nights


    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    Disclosure: The Henry Ford has sponsored this event listing for extra promotion.Holiday Nights is our family's favorite holiday tradition. We love visiting each year and seeing our favorite houses and finding a new place to explore. From Greenfield Village:Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires...Read More
    💙🎟
    12/27/2019
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Family Day - Mr Polar Bear
    at Paint and Pour, Ypsilanti MI - Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/27/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Unicorn Crowns!
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/27/2019
    6:30pm-10:00pm

    Holiday Nights


    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    Disclosure: The Henry Ford has sponsored this event listing for extra promotion.Holiday Nights is our family's favorite holiday tradition. We love visiting each year and seeing our favorite houses and finding a new place to explore. From Greenfield Village:Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires...Read More
    💙🎟
    12/28/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Catching Snowflakes
    at Painting with a Twist, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/28/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Mushroom Fairy House
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/28/2019
    5:00pm-9:00pm

    Parents' Night Out - Just Imagine


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Just Imagine - Best Date Night Ever. Kidopolis is holding a Parents' Night Out on December 28. There will be Crafts, Snacks, Playing, Dinner, and Dancing. The event will run from 5-9p, but is priced hourly, so you can adjust the length and timing based on your family's needs. Please...Read More
    💙🎟
    12/28/2019
    6:30pm-10:00pm

    Holiday Nights


    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    Disclosure: The Henry Ford has sponsored this event listing for extra promotion.Holiday Nights is our family's favorite holiday tradition. We love visiting each year and seeing our favorite houses and finding a new place to explore. From Greenfield Village:Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires...Read More
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    12/28/2019
    7:00pm
    Chanukah Night Lights
    at Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/29/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Thank You Card Party
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    12/29/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Mom/Dad & Me Fox & Blizzard Set Painting
    at Painting with a Twist, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/29/2019
    4:00pm
    Chanukah at Briarwood Mall!
    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    What's Open or Closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, December 20, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    🎟
    12/20/2019
    12:00pm-7:00pm
    Gingerbread Workshop
    at Dexter Creamery, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/20/2019
    4:30pm-5:30pm
    Decorate A Nutcracker
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    12/20/2019
    5:30pm-7:30pm
    Cookie Decorating Contest
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/20/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Festive Friday
    at The Creature Conservancy, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/20/2019
    6:00pm-10:00pm
    Knockerball Open Play
    at Knockerball Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/20/2019
    6:30pm-10:00pm

    Holiday Nights


    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    Disclosure: The Henry Ford has sponsored this event listing for extra promotion.Holiday Nights is our family's favorite holiday tradition. We love visiting each year and seeing our favorite houses and finding a new place to explore. From Greenfield Village:Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires...Read More
    💙🎟
    12/20/2019
    7:00pm-10:00pm
    Polar Express Pajama Party
    at Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Saturday, December 21, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    💙🆓
    12/21/2019
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Santa Visits Yankee Air Museum
    at Yankee Air Museum, Belleville Michigan
    12/21/2019
    10:30am

    CANCELED - The Little Scientists Club


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    CANCELED - This has been canceled due to coronavirus quarantine The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum offers The Little Scientists Club for toddlers and preschoolers. Each week has a different theme. The Little Scientists Club is held in the Green Room on the Lower Level. The Little Scientists Club is currently...Read More
    💙🎟
    12/21/2019
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Giant Pine Cone Decorating
    at Turner’s Garden Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/21/2019
    11:00am-2:00pm
    Santa Clay
    at Ypsilanti Food Co-Op, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/21/2019
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    Cookie Decorating and Wood Tray or Apron Workshop
    at AR Workshop, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    12/21/2019
    12:00pm-7:00pm
    Gingerbread Workshop
    at Dexter Creamery, Dexter Michigan
    💙
    12/21/2019
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Santa is Coming to Salt Springs
    at Salt Springs Brewery, Saline Michigan
    💙
    12/21/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Frosty Top Hat Painting
    at Painting with a Twist, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/21/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Gym
    at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/21/2019
    1:30pm-4:00pm
    Stenciled Holiday Plates
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/21/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm

    Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker


    at Power Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00...Read More
    💙🆓
    12/21/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Star Wars Crafts
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    12/21/2019
    4:00pm-9:00pm
    Knockerball Open Play
    at Knockerball Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙
    12/21/2019
    6:00pm-10:00pm
    Illuminate: An Experiential Festival of Lights
    at Beth Israel Congregation, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    12/21/2019
    6:30pm-10:00pm

    Holiday Nights


    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    Disclosure: The Henry Ford has sponsored this event listing for extra promotion.Holiday Nights is our family's favorite holiday tradition. We love visiting each year and seeing our favorite houses and finding a new place to explore. From Greenfield Village:Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires...Read More
    💙🎟
    12/21/2019
    7:00pm-9:00pm

    Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker


    at Power Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00...Read More
    💙
    12/21/2019
    7:30pm-9:30pm
    Family Mewvie Night
    at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, December 22, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    12/22/2019
    10:30am-4:00pm
    CANCELED - Open Play
    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/22/2019
    12:00pm-4:00pm
    Family Bowl with Santa
    at Maplewood Lanes, Saline Michigan
    🎟
    12/22/2019
    12:00pm-7:00pm
    Gingerbread Workshop
    at Dexter Creamery, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/22/2019
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/22/2019
    12:30pm-1:30pm
    Winter Wonderland
    at Gym America, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/22/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    DIY Felt Paw Print Ornaments
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/22/2019
    1:30pm
    It's a Wonderful Life - Holiday Classic Film Series
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    12/22/2019
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Electronics Lab: Intro to Soldering
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    12/22/2019
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: It's A Wonderful Life
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    12/22/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Penguin Awareness Day Craft
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/22/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm

    Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker


    at Power Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00...Read More
    💙
    12/22/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Winter Symmetry Painting
    at Paint and Pour, Ypsilanti MI - Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/22/2019
    6:30pm-10:00pm

    Holiday Nights


    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    Disclosure: The Henry Ford has sponsored this event listing for extra promotion.Holiday Nights is our family's favorite holiday tradition. We love visiting each year and seeing our favorite houses and finding a new place to explore. From Greenfield Village:Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires...Read More
    💙
    12/22/2019
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: It's A Wonderful Life
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI

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