Arbor Annie’s Weekend Roundup – December 7-9

This weekend is jam-packed with activities on the calendar. I hope you are more free to attend them than we are. My daughter has several activities on Sunday and a couple projects due next week.  But we are looking forward to our annual Holiday Nights trip.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - December 7-9

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

The weekend kicks off with First Friday celebrations – including holiday themed events. You can also enjoy events kid free with several Parents Night Out programs.


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Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village is one of our favorite holiday events each year. They are hosting us this weekend and we can’t wait – although we’re bracing for cold temperatures.Greenfield Village Holiday Nights

There are several opportunities to dine with Santa this weekend and a couple of other opportunities to meet up with Santa as found in our Santa Sightings.

Ann Arbor Santa SightingsThere are also several Hanukkah celebrations this weekend and next week. Be sure to check out the list.

Ann Arbor Chanukah Events

It’s also a weekend for ballet with several shows of The Nutcracker including our sponsor Randazzo Dance Company’s 50th anniversary Nutcracker.

Ann Arbor Nutcracker Performances

Find more Christmas events in our Christmas Guide.

Ann Arbor Christmas Guide

The top non-holiday events this weekend are EMU’s James and the Giant Peach and Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre’s production of The Girl with the Golden Locks. As Star Wars fans, Michigan Men’s Basketball Star Wars Day would be a big hit.


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Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 5:00pm-10:00pm Holiday Movies & Crafts at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse
  • 5:00pm-10:00pm Kids Night Out at Saline Rec Center
  • 5:00pm-9:00pm Ypsi Youth Orchestra Fundraiser & Performance at Go! Ice Cream
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm Downtown Ypsilanti Tree Lighting at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Parents Night Out at Flipside Art Studio Dexter
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Under the Sea Daddy-Daughter Dance at Pittsfield Township Community Center
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm First Friday's Kids Night Out at Ruby’s Makery
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Group Poster Coloring: Alice in Wonderland at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Quirk Theatre
  • 7:00pm Swan Lake at Pease Auditorium
  • 7:30pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • 7:30pm The Girl with the Golden Locks at Scarlett Middle School
  • Saturday Picks

  • 9:00am-10:30am Breakfast with Santa at Sidetrack
  • 9:30am-12:00pm North Pole Breakfast at Pretzel Bell
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Bugs Don't Bug Me at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • 10:00am-11:30am Clay Ornament Making at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Recycled Gift Giving & Tile Decorations - Saturday Recycling Crafts at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 10:00am-2:00pm Santa Visits at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 10:00am-11:30am Santa's Lettering Workshop at North Pole Breakfast at Pretzel Bell
  • 11:00am-7:00pm DIYpsi Holiday Market at Riverside Arts Center
  • 11:00am-5:30pm Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 12:00pm Michigan Men's Basketball Star Wars Day at Crisler Center
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm Colorful Dreidel Making at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 1:00pm The Girl with the Golden Locks at Scarlett Middle School
  • 2:00pm Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker at Skyline High School
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Snow Globes at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm Visit with Santa at Brewed Awakenings
  • 3:00pm The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show at The Ark
  • 3:30pm The Girl with the Golden Locks at Scarlett Middle School
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm Holiday Hustle at Monument Park
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Unite for Light at Liberty Plaza
  • 7:00pm-8:45pm Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker at George E. Potter Center
  • 7:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Quirk Theatre
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker at Skyline High School
  • 7:30pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • Sunday Picks

  • 9:30am-1:00pm Breakfast with Santa at Weber’s Restaurant
  • 10:00am-11:30am Santa Central at Hudson Mills Metropark
  • 10:30am-12:00pm Snacks with Santa at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 12:00pm-6:00pm DIYpsi Holiday Market at Riverside Arts Center
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm Santa at the Shop! at McPherson Local
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm Snacks with Santa at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm Santa Central at Hudson Mills Metropark
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Build a Square Wave Oscillator at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Santa Visits at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 1:00pm The Girl with the Golden Locks at Scarlett Middle School
  • 1:30pm Elf - Holiday Classic Film Series at Michigan Theater
  • 2:00pm James and the Giant Peach - Sensory Friendly Performance at Quirk Theatre
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker at Skyline High School
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm Snacks with Santa at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm Classical Bells Concert at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 3:30pm The Girl with the Golden Locks at Scarlett Middle School
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm A2 Caroling Mob at Slauson Middle School
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker at George E. Potter Center
  • Movies

    There are lots of great movies for families in the theater. My daughter and I loved Ralph Breaks the Internet.

    Ralph Breaks the Internet - Ralph & Vanellope get a taste of the internetWe also saw Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We recommend it for older children who have enjoyed the Harry Potter series and the first Fantastic Beasts movie.

    Other family movies include The Grinch and Nutcracker and the Four Realms. A new Robin Hood also opens this weekend.

    Plus, be sure to check our Holiday Movie Guide for upcoming showings in Ann Arbor. Elf is a special showing on Sunday. Friday night, Cultivate Coffee has Holiday Movies & Crafts.

    Holiday Movies in the Theater

    Upcoming Sponsored Events

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    Date/Time Event
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    12/10/2018
    5:45pm-7:45pm
    One Candle for Tzedakah
    at Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/10/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Sewing Lab - Fleece Hats & Scarves
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/10/2018
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Sharpie Dyed Coasters
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/13/2018
    5:30pm-8:30pm
    Gingerbread Decorating with Rob & his Mom
    at Go! Ice Cream, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/13/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Live Santa Call In Show
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    12/13/2018
    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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    12/13/2018
    7:00pm-8:45pm
    Sew a Maze
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/13/2018
    7:30pm
    Depot Town Big Band Deck the Hall
    at Morris Lawrence Building, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/14/2018
    11:00am-12:30pm
    Visit Live Reindeer
    at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
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    12/14/2018
    5:00pm-6:30pm
    Fancy Face Mugs with Daria
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/14/2018
    7:30pm-9:00pm
    A Holiday Celebration Concert
    at Morris Lawrence Building, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/14/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/14/2018
    8:00pm

    Holiday Pops


    at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Featuring your holiday favorites! Start your weekend with a festive mix of orchestra and voice, classical and pops at this annual A2SO tradition. It is the perfect way to welcome in this holiday season. Bring your family and friends for an evening of good music-making with some of our area's...Read More
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    12/15/2018
    9:00am-2:00pm
    Breakfast with Santa
    at Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    9:00am-12:00pm
    Pictures with Santa
    at 2|42 Community Church, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/15/2018
    9:30am-1:00pm
    UM Women's Basketball with Santa
    at Crisler Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    10:00am-11:30am
    LHS Bands Holiday Cookie Walk
    at Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    10:30am-12:00pm
    Winter Crafts
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    A Visit with Father Christmas
    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    Free Photos with Santa
    at Gene Butman Ford, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Santa is Coming to Salt Springs
    at Salt Springs Brewery, Saline Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    12:00pm-1:30pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/15/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Camp for a Cause
    at Ypsilanti Township Community Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    MAKEbreak: Holiday T-Shirts
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    1:30pm-3:00pm
    Fancy Face Mugs with Daria
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/15/2018
    5:30pm-10:00pm
    Parents' Night Out - Wild Winter Woods
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/15/2018
    6:30pm-7:30pm
    Cocoa and Caroling
    at Go! Ice Cream, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    The Nutcracker
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/15/2018
    7:00pm
    The Nutcracker
    at Saline High School, Saline Michigan
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    12/15/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    9:30am-1:00pm
    Breakfast with Santa
    at Weber’s Restaurant, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Santa Brunch
    at Polo Fields Country Club, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    10:30am-12:00pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/16/2018
    12:00pm-1:30pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/16/2018
    12:00pm-6:00pm
    WAPUR Robot Championships
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Holiday Open House & Gingerbread Firehouse Contest
    at Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti MI
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    12/16/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    1:00pm
    Tea with the Cast of Nutcracker
    at Saline High School, Saline Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    1:30pm
    It's a Wonderful Life - Holiday Classic Film Series
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/16/2018
    2:00pm-2:30pm
    A Beary Sweet Storytime
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/16/2018
    3:00pm
    The Nutcracker
    at Saline High School, Saline Michigan
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    12/16/2018
    4:00pm
    Gemini in Concert
    at Beth Israel Congregation, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/16/2018
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    Santa at the Pub
    at Connor O’Neills, Ann Arbor Michigan

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    11/30/2018
    7:00am-7:00pm

    Rockin' for the Hungry


    at Kroger Maple Rd, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Food Gatherers and ann arbor's 107one will be "freezin' for a reason" outside of the Maple Road Kroger, broadcasting live radio while collecting donations of non-perishable food and funds for hungry people in our community. Stop by and say hi, make a donation, and learn more about food insecurity in...Read More
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    11/30/2018
    2:00pm-7:00pm
    A Manor Christmas
    at Concordia University, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/30/2018
    4:00pm-10:00pm
    10th Annual KindleFest & Midnight Madness
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/30/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    KindleFest at the Museum
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/30/2018
    6:30pm
    Manchester Christmas Parade
    at Downtown Manchester, Manchester Michigan
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    11/30/2018
    6:30pm-8:00pm
    You Wrote a Novel, Now What?
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/30/2018
    7:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
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    11/30/2018
    7:30pm
    Just in the Nick of Time
    at Fifth Corner, Saline Michigan
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    11/30/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Saturday, December 1, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    12/01/2018
    7:00am-7:00pm

    Rockin' for the Hungry


    at Kroger Maple Rd, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Food Gatherers and ann arbor's 107one will be "freezin' for a reason" outside of the Maple Road Kroger, broadcasting live radio while collecting donations of non-perishable food and funds for hungry people in our community. Stop by and say hi, make a donation, and learn more about food insecurity in...Read More
    12/01/2018
    8:30am-12:00pm
    Breakfast with Santa
    at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center, Plymouth Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    8:30am-10:30am
    Bruce's Breakfast with Santa
    at Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center, Chelsea Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    9:00am-11:00am
    Breakfast with Santa
    at Bishop Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    9:00am-5:00pm
    Christmas at the Mansion
    at Gordon Hall, Dexter Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    10:00am-1:00pm
    20th Annual Downtown Home & Garden Christmas Party
    at Downtown Home & Garden, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Art Club!
    at Flipside Art Studio Dexter, Dexter Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    11:00am-1:00pm
    Santa at Ace Christmas Party
    at Junga Ace Hardware, Saline Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Santa Train
    at Southern Michigan Railroad, Clinton Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    11:30am

    Family Capoeira Class


    at The Phoenix Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Capoeira, from Brazil, combines elements of martial arts, acrobatics, music, and dance. Capoeira is great for kids! A fun family friendly atmosphere develops confidence and coordination. Children and adults learn to sing in Portuguese and play traditional instruments.  We are so excited to start our family class! This is a...Read More
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    12/01/2018
    12:00pm-7:00pm
    A Manor Christmas
    at Concordia University, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    12:30pm-2:00pm
    Sugar Plum Tea
    at Chelsea High School, Chelsea Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    12:55pm
    Pokemon I Choose You
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    12/01/2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    German Family Open House
    at Kempf House Museum, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    1:00pm
    Merry Mitten Book Signing
    at Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/01/2018
    1:30pm
    Little Women - Holiday Classic Film Series
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/01/2018
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker
    at Chelsea High School, Chelsea Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Holiday Nature Craft
    at Independence Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    3:00pm-5:00pm
    Book Signing and Cupcakes
    at Unicorn Feed & Supply, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    3:00pm
    Just in the Nick of Time
    at Fifth Corner, Saline Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Paper Flower Gift Toppers and Paper Gift Boxes
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    32nd Annual Winter Concert - Ann Arbor Youth Chorale
    at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    5:30pm-7:30pm
    Saline's 43rd Annual Christmas Parade
    at Downtown Saline, Saline Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    14th Annual Chelsea Lights Parade
    at Downtown Chelsea, Chelsea Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    6:00pm
    Milan Christmas Parade
    at Downtown Milan, Milan Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    7:00pm-10:00pm
    Christmas in Ida Parade
    at Downtown Ida, Ida Michigan
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    12/01/2018
    7:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
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    12/01/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, December 2, 2018

    Date/Time Event
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    12/02/2018
    9:00am-10:30am
    Caring Santa
    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    12/02/2018
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Rockin' for the Hungry


    at Kroger Maple Rd, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Food Gatherers and ann arbor's 107one will be "freezin' for a reason" outside of the Maple Road Kroger, broadcasting live radio while collecting donations of non-perishable food and funds for hungry people in our community. Stop by and say hi, make a donation, and learn more about food insecurity in...Read More
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    12/02/2018
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Santa Train
    at Southern Michigan Railroad, Clinton Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/02/2018
    12:00pm-4:00pm
    A Manor Christmas
    at Concordia University, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/02/2018
    12:00pm-4:00pm
    Country Christmas
    at Cobblestone Farm, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/02/2018
    12:30pm-2:00pm
    Sugar Plum Tea
    at Chelsea High School, Chelsea Michigan
    12/02/2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    German Family Open House
    at Kempf House Museum, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    12/02/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/02/2018
    1:30pm-2:30pm
    Not Just For Kids: Rosie Revere, Engineer
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/02/2018
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker
    at Chelsea High School, Chelsea Michigan
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    12/02/2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Felt Ball Fun!
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/02/2018
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Miracle on 34th Street
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    12/02/2018
    2:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
    💙🎟
    12/02/2018
    3:00pm-4:30pm
    Gingerbread House Workshop
    at Ruby’s Makery, Dexter Michigan
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    12/02/2018
    3:00pm
    Just in the Nick of Time
    at Fifth Corner, Saline Michigan
    💙🎟
    12/02/2018
    3:30pm-6:00pm
    Lost Treasures
    at Morris Lawrence Building, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/02/2018
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Miracle on 34th Street
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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