Arbor Annie’s Christmas Weekend Roundup – December 21-25

With school ending Friday and Christmas on Tuesday, I know our family will be busy with baking, final shopping, and wrapping presents. Since many families are busy with holiday prep, families, and travel, the event list is pretty short this weekend.

Arbor Annie's Christmas Weekend Picks - December 21-25

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

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

There are a couple of Parents Night Out options. These will give you a couple kid-free hours to finish shopping or do some gift wrapping.

Holiday Season Ann Arbor Kids Night Out Programs

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.

Ann Arbor Santa Sightings

With Monday being Christmas Eve, many places are closed or closing early. Tuesday (Christmas Day) seems to be limited to movie theaters and probably a few restaurants.

Find more Christmas events in our Christmas Guide.

Ann Arbor Christmas Guide


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With Monday being Christmas Eve, many places are closed or closing early. Tuesday (Christmas Day) seems to be limited to movie theaters and probably a few restaurants.

What's Open or Closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

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. Leslie Science Center even offers camp on New Years Day!

Ann Arbor Holiday Break Camp Guide

Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 5:00pm-9:00pm Pets and Pajamas Movie Night at Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm Santa Clay at Ypsilanti Food Co-Op
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Festive Friday at The Creature Conservancy
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Parents Night Out at Flipside Art Studio Dexter
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 7:30pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • Saturday Picks

  • 10:00am-2:00pm Santa Visits at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 11:00am-2:00pm Holiday Gift Making Workshop at MAKE ART STUDIO
  • 11:00am-2:00pm Santa Visits Yankee Air Museum at Yankee Air Museum
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm All Ages Holiday Gnomes at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm Winter Ballet Storytime Fun! at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 2:30pm-6:00pm UM Men's Basketball with Santa at Crisler Center
  • 3:00pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 7:30pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • Sunday Picks

  • 11:00am-11:30am Special Christmas Themed Story Time & Craft at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Cozy Collage Craft at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • Monday (Christmas Eve) Picks

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm Open Swim at Goldfish Swim School

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    Movies

    New movies this weekend are Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, and Bumblebee. Personally, I am most excited about Mary Poppins Returns. I know my husband really wants to see Bumblebee.

    Carrying over from last week is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an animated Spider-man tale featuring Miles Morales as Spiderman in his dimension and encounters with different incarnations of Spiderman in different dimensions. It should be a great superhero movie choice for elementary students.

    The limited release Once Upon a Deadpool which is a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2continues this week. My husband took our almost 13 year old daughter to see it last week. His assessment was that they toned down the language and eliminated some blood, but there were still adult themes that kept it at the upper edge of a PG-13.

    If you haven’t seen it, we loved Ralph Breaks the Internet.

    Ralph Breaks the Internet - Ralph & Vanellope get a taste of the internetFor a holiday movie, The Grinch is still in theaters.


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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    12/21/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    12/21/2018
    9:30am-10:30am

    Stroller Strides


    at 2|42 Community Church, Ann Arbor MI
    Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
    🆓
    12/21/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    12/21/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    12/21/2018
    10:30am-11:30am
    Baby Playgroup
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    12/21/2018
    12:00pm-7:00pm
    Gingerbread Workshop
    at Dexter Creamery, Dexter Michigan
    12/21/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Public Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/21/2018
    4:00pm-8:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    12/21/2018
    5:00pm-9:00pm
    Pets and Pajamas Movie Night
    at Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/21/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    Santa Clay
    at Ypsilanti Food Co-Op, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/21/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Festive Friday
    at The Creature Conservancy, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/21/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    Parents Night Out
    at Flipside Art Studio Dexter, Dexter Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/21/2018
    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. Check out our 10 Tips for Holiday Nights from 2017. Read our past...Read More
    12/21/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Family Fun Night
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/21/2018
    7:00pm-10:00pm
    Wayne County Lightfest
    at Merriman Hollow Park, Westland Michigan
    12/21/2018
    7:15pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/21/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Saturday, December 22, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    12/22/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    12/22/2018
    9:00am-10:00am

    Stroller Strides


    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
    12/22/2018
    9:30am-1:30pm
    Mermaid and Mermen Classes
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    12/22/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Art Club!
    at Flipside Art Studio Dexter, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/22/2018
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/22/2018
    10:30am
    The Little Scientists Club
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    12/22/2018
    11:00am-2:00pm
    Holiday Gift Making Workshop
    at MAKE ART STUDIO, Ann Arbor MI
    12/22/2018
    11:00am-2:00pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    12/22/2018
    11:00am-2:00pm
    Santa Visits Yankee Air Museum
    at Yankee Air Museum, Belleville Michigan
    🎟
    12/22/2018
    12:00pm-7:00pm
    Gingerbread Workshop
    at Dexter Creamery, Dexter Michigan
    💙
    12/22/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    All Ages Holiday Gnomes
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/22/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Gym
    at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/22/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    12/22/2018
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/22/2018
    1:00pm-1:30pm
    Winter Ballet Storytime Fun!
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/22/2018
    2:30pm-4:30pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    12/22/2018
    2:30pm-6:00pm
    UM Men's Basketball with Santa
    at Crisler Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    12/22/2018
    3:00pm-5:00pm
    FLY Weekend Edition
    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
    💙🎟
    12/22/2018
    3:00pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    12/22/2018
    5:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents Night Out
    at PLAYlive Nation, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/22/2018
    6:00pm-10:00pm
    Wayne County Lightfest
    at Merriman Hollow Park, Westland Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/22/2018
    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. Check out our 10 Tips for Holiday Nights from 2017. Read our past...Read More
    12/22/2018
    7:15pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/22/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, December 23, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    12/23/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    12/23/2018
    11:00am-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    12/23/2018
    11:00am-11:30am
    Special Christmas Themed Story Time & Craft
    at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms, Ann Arbor MI
    🎟
    12/23/2018
    12:00pm-7:00pm
    Gingerbread Workshop
    at Dexter Creamery, Dexter Michigan
    12/23/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    12/23/2018
    1:00pm-6:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/23/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Cozy Collage Craft
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/23/2018
    2:00pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/23/2018
    3:15pm-5:30pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/23/2018
    6:00pm-10:00pm
    Wayne County Lightfest
    at Merriman Hollow Park, Westland Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/23/2018
    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. Check out our 10 Tips for Holiday Nights from 2017. Read our past...Read More
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