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Arbor Annie Weekend Highlights November 25-27. Kids dressed for cool weather with fall leaves

Arbor Annie’s Thanksgiving Weekend Roundup – November 25-27

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I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving. But, now it is time to switch focus to the holiday season. Friday is Black Friday with lots of great in store shopping, Saturday is the Michigan football game and Small Business Saturday, Monday is Cyber Monday, and Tuesday is Giving Tuesday.


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Our Christmas Guide has information on Christmas Tree Farms, Christmas Tree Lightings, Parades, Holiday Shows, Movies, Where to Find Santa, and so much more. We are still working on adding to our other holiday guides – Hanukkah and New Year.

Arbor Annie's Giant Guide to Christmas in Ann Arbor - kids holding presents & in santa hats plus Ann Arbor with Kids logo

This weekend, we are going to ask for your help – with our Christmas lights guide. We have added lots of drive-thru and walk-thru events. But need your help finding the best houses in the area. Our Christmas Lights Guide has a submission form. If you have great decorations or see some in your neighborhood or around town, add it and we will verify and build our list.

Ann Arbor Christmas Lights - Girl looking at purple and white lights.

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Arbor Annie’s Weekend Highlights

Christmas kicks off in full-force this weekend. Local Tree Farms are fully open for business starting Friday – and the weather looks great for an outdoor excursion.

Ann Arbor Christmas Tree Farms - Girl bundled for winter pulls a freshly cut Christmas Tree through the snow as a man pushes the sled

Christmas Movies are on tap with Sing Along White Christmas on Friday night and Elf on Sunday at Michigan Theater.

Ann Arbor Christmas Movies - Clapboard, popcorn, christmas tree, & santa boot filled with popcorn, on yellow table with light blue snowy background


We also have the first tree lighting this weekend – Depot Town.

Ann Arbor Christmas Tree Lightings - girl bundled up for winter holding a white lantern and looking up at lights.


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This Weekend’s Event Higlights

Friday, November 25 Highlights

  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Warner Bros Cartoons at Michigan Theater
  • 1:00pm Preschool Art Start at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm Mom's Day Out at Peace Lutheran Church
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm DIY Pet Toys at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Chow Time at the Farm at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 5:30pm-7:00pm Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm with Santa & Friends at Hamlett Lavender Farm
  • 7:30pm Sing Along White Christmas at Michigan Theater

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    Saturday, November 26 Highlights

  • 8:00am-3:00pm Pop on Main Street at Downtown Milan
  • 9:00am-12:00pm Home Depot Kids Club: Train Ornament at Home Depot
  • 9:45am-10:30am Preschool Yoga and Craft at Ann Arbor Senior Center
  • 10:00am-12:30pm Block Printed Holiday Cards at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Marsh Meander at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Tracks & Scat at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 10:00am-11:30am Wonderful Waterfowl at Kensington Metropark
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Yspi Artisans Holiday Market at Ypsilanti Freighthouse
  • 11:00am-6:00pm South Lyon Kiwanis Club Tree Sale & Pictures with Santa at McHattie Park
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Marsh Meander at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Chow Time at the Farm at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Evening Owl Prowl at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Lake Erie Owl Prowl at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm at Hamlett Lavender Farm

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    Sunday, November 27 Highlights

  • 10:00am-12:00pm Dazzling Ducks at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 10:00am-5:00pm Private Santa Sessions at Carousel Acres
  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Yspi Artisans Holiday Market at Ypsilanti Freighthouse
  • 12:00pm Flashback Cinema: White Christmas at Emagine Saline
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Critter House Open Hours at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Nature Walk with Natural Area Preservation @ Ruthven Nature Area at Ruthven Nature Area
  • 1:30pm Elf - Holiday Classic Film Series at Michigan Theater
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Dazzling Ducks at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Folded Paper Gift Boxes at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 5:30pm Depot Town Tree Lighting at Depot Town
  • 6:15pm Flashback Cinema: White Christmas at Emagine Saline

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    If you have an 8th grader, or high schooler looking to transfer, the first high school open houses for the 2023-2024 school year start this week.

    There is a chance for photos with Santa.

    Thursday is Nutcracker storytime at Chelsea library, and the first Christmas show starts on Thursday – Saline Area Player’s Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus.

    Monday, November 28 Highlights

  • 4:30pm-5:15pm DIY Treasure Box Craft at Dexter District Library
  • Tuesday, November 29 Highlights

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm First Steps Open House at Ann Arbor Preschool & Family Center
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm Visit Santa for Pictures at Charles Reinhart North Office
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm NaNoWriMo Write-In at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm Tree Lighting Ceremony at KeyBank
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) Information Session at Washtenaw International High School

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    Wednesday, November 30 Highlights

  • 12:00pm Flashback Cinema: White Christmas at Emagine Saline
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm All About Nuts at Pittsfield Preserve West
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm Washtenaw Technical Middle College (WTMC) High School Information Session at Washtenaw Community College
  • 6:15pm Flashback Cinema: White Christmas at Emagine Saline
  • Thursday, December 1 Highlights

  • 10:30am-11:15am Nutcracker Ballet Storytime at Chelsea District Library
  • 4:30pm-6:45pm 2022 Special Needs Christmas Bazaar at Chelsea First United Methodist Church
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Concert: Aaron Jonah Lewis at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Curiouser Clay Ornament Workshop at Robin Hills Farm
  • 7:00pm Saline Area Players presents “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus“ at Fifth Corner

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    Looking Forward to Next Weekend

    Next weekend’s big events include several Christmas parades on both Friday and Saturday. 

    Friday night KindleFest returns to the Kerrytown area with Midnight Madness in the Main Street A2 area.

    Friday, December 2 Highlights

  • 10:00am-10:45am Preschool Yoga and Craft at Studio Studio
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Pewter Sandcast Ornaments at Maker Works
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm First Steps Open House at Ann Arbor Preschool & Family Center
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm Chelsea Tree Lighting at Pierce Park
  • 5:00pm-11:00pm Fourth Avenue Midnight Madness Market at Bløm Meadworks
  • 5:00pm-9:00pm KindleFest & Midnight Madness at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 5:00pm-9:00pm Liberty Plaza Holiday Gift Market at Liberty Plaza
  • 5:00pm-11:59pm Midnight Madness at Main Street Area
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm Christmas Shopping Party - Jump-A-Rama at Ypsilanti Township Community Center
  • 5:30pm-7:00pm Downtown Ypsilanti Tree Lighting at Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Ave Branch
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm Tiny Totes - Midnight Madness Free All Ages Drop-In at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 5:45pm-6:45pm Yule Log Making at Independence Lake
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm IS/LAND - Open Studio Rehearsal at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm with Santa & Friends at Hamlett Lavender Farm
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Cozy Cocoa Mugs at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 6:30pm Manchester Christmas Parade at Downtown Manchester
  • 7:00pm Saline Area Players presents “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus“ at Fifth Corner
  • 7:00pm Tecumseh Christmas Parade at Downtown Tecumseh
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Yule Log Making at Independence Lake
  • 7:30pm Boar's Head Festival at Concordia University
  • 8:00pm-10:00pm Sounds of the Season at St Francis of Assisi

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    Saturday, December 3 Highlights

  • 9:00am-4:00pm 34th Annual Holiday Shop at South Lyon High School
  • 9:00am-4:00pm Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
  • 9:00am-3:00pm Christmas at the Mansion - Gingerbread & Santa at Gordon Hall
  • 9:00am-2:00pm Girl Scout Holiday Bazaar at St Joseph Parish Center
  • 9:30am-3:00pm 2022 Chelsea Children's Christmas Bazaar at Chelsea First United Methodist Church
  • 9:45am-10:30am Preschool Yoga and Craft at Ann Arbor Senior Center
  • 10:00am-3:00pm Argus Farm Stop Winter Artisan Market at Argus Farm Stop
  • 10:00am-3:00pm Captured in Clay Tile Event at The Little Seedling
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Christmas on the Farm at
  • 10:00am-11:00am Explorer's Club - Winter Tree ID at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 10:00am-2:00pm Faithview Village Christmas at Faithview Christmas
  • 10:00am-11:00am Kensington Kids Club - Making Traps & Rope at Kensington Metropark
  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 10:00am-3:00pm Snacks with Santa at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 10:00am-11:00am Tadpoles: Fabulous Footprints at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Wacky Woodpeckers at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Weaving with Natural Materials at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Clay Ornament Making at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 11:00am-2:00pm Cookies with Santa at Homestead Kitchen
  • 11:00am-3:00pm Holiday Party Open Barn at Starry Skies Equine Rescue & Sanctuary
  • 11:00am-4:00pm Visit with the Grinch, Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stone Chalet Events
  • 11:30am-12:00pm Free Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids at Keith Hafner’s Karate
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Clay Ornament Making at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Curiouser Clay Ornament Workshop at Robin Hills Farm
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm T-Shirt Yarn Necklaces at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Tween & Teen Homemade Gifts at Chelsea District Library
  • 2:00pm-6:00pm Bryant Pop-Up Shop at Bryant Community Center
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Read and Look at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm Robin Hills Holiday Party at Robin Hills Farm
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Wacky Woodpeckers at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 3:00pm Christmas Concert at Saline United Methodist Church
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Flexing Paper Sharks at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 3:00pm Saline Area Players presents “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus“ at Fifth Corner
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm Saline Merry Mile at Downtown Saline
  • 5:30pm-7:00pm Saline's 47th Annual Christmas Parade at Downtown Saline
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm Tree Lighting Ceremony & Glow Hike at Hudson Mills Metropark
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Chelsea Lights Parade at Downtown Chelsea
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Evening Owl Prowl at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Milan Christmas Parade at Downtown Milan
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Superior Township Christmas Tree Lighting at Old Township Hall
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm with The Smoke Doctor as Santa at Hamlett Lavender Farm
  • 6:30pm-7:00pm Christmas in Ida Fireworks at Downtown Ida
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Christmas in Ida Parade at Downtown Ida
  • 7:30pm Boar's Head Festival at Concordia University
  • 7:30pm Handel's Messiah at Hill Auditorium

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    Sunday, December 4 Highlights

  • 9:00am-10:30am Caring Santa at Briarwood Mall
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Homegrown at the Cobblestone Farm & Country Christmas at Cobblestone Farm
  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Yspi Artisans Holiday Market at Ypsilanti Freighthouse
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm Photos with Santa at Mitten’s Pets
  • 1:00pm Boar's Head Festival at Concordia University
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Drawing for Kids: Snowy Starry Night at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception: AADL's Local Publishing Imprint at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm Kerry Tales with Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 1:30pm The Shop Around the Corner - Holiday Classic Film Series at Michigan Theater
  • 2:00pm Handel's Messiah at Hill Auditorium
  • 3:00pm Holiday Concert at Dexter High School
  • 3:00pm Hometown Holiday Concert at Chelsea First United Methodist Church
  • 3:00pm Saline Area Players presents “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus“ at Fifth Corner
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
  • 7:00pm Hometown Holiday Concert at Chelsea First United Methodist Church
  • 7:00pm Three Men & a Tenor Concert at Chelsea High School Performing Arts Center

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    All Weekend Events

    All Friday, November 25 Events

    Note: Please double check any recurring events. With the holiday today, some locations may be off schedule.

    Date/TimeEvent
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    11/25/2022
    10:00am-2:45pm
    Santa Train
    at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station), Tecumseh Michigan
    🆓
    11/25/2022
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Sprouts Sensory Play Group
    at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙
    11/25/2022
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Warner Bros Cartoons
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    11/25/2022
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/25/2022
    1:00pm
    Preschool Art Start
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/25/2022
    1:30pm-4:30pm
    Mom's Day Out
    at Peace Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/25/2022
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    DIY Pet Toys
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/25/2022
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Chow Time at the Farm
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
    💙🆓
    11/25/2022
    5:30pm-7:00pm
    Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓🎟
    11/25/2022
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm with Santa & Friends
    at Hamlett Lavender Farm, Pinckney Michigan
    11/25/2022
    7:00pm-8:45pm
    Open Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/25/2022
    7:30pm
    Sing Along White Christmas
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

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    All Saturday, November 26 Events

    Date/TimeEvent
    🆓
    11/26/2022
    7:00am-3:00pm
    Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/26/2022
    8:00am-3:00pm
    Pop on Main Street
    at Downtown Milan, Milan Michigan
    🆓
    11/26/2022
    8:00am-12:00pm
    Saline Famers Market
    at Liberty School, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/26/2022
    9:00am-12:00pm
    Home Depot Kids Club: Train Ornament
    at Home Depot, Ypsilanti Michigan
    🆓
    11/26/2022
    9:00am-2:00pm
    White Lotus Farms Farmers Market
    at White Lotus Farms, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    9:45am-10:30am
    Preschool Yoga and Craft
    at Ann Arbor Senior Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    10:00am-12:30pm
    Block Printed Holiday Cards
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/26/2022
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Kids Pokemon
    at Upkeep Games, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Marsh Meander
    at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    10:00am-2:45pm
    Santa Train
    at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station), Tecumseh Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Tracks & Scat
    at Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    10:00am-11:30am
    Wonderful Waterfowl
    at Kensington Metropark, Milford Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/26/2022
    10:00am-4:00pm
    Yspi Artisans Holiday Market
    at Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/26/2022
    11:00am-6:00pm
    South Lyon Kiwanis Club Tree Sale & Pictures with Santa
    at McHattie Park, South Lyon Michigan
    11/26/2022
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    11/26/2022
    1:15pm-2:15pm
    Kids Play Time
    at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Marsh Meander
    at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown Michigan
    🎟
    11/26/2022
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Open Gym
    at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/26/2022
    2:45pm-4:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Chow Time at the Farm
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Evening Owl Prowl
    at Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/26/2022
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Lake Erie Owl Prowl
    at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/26/2022
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm
    at Hamlett Lavender Farm, Pinckney Michigan
    11/26/2022
    7:15pm-8:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan


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    All Sunday, November 27 Evens

    Date/TimeEvent
    💙🎟
    11/27/2022
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Dazzling Ducks
    at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/27/2022
    10:00am-5:00pm
    Private Santa Sessions
    at Carousel Acres, South Lyon Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/27/2022
    10:00am-2:45pm
    Santa Train
    at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station), Tecumseh Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/27/2022
    10:00am-4:00pm
    Yspi Artisans Holiday Market
    at Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    🆓
    11/27/2022
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Sunday Artisan Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/27/2022
    12:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙
    11/27/2022
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Critter House Open Hours
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓🎟
    11/27/2022
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Nature Walk with Natural Area Preservation @ Ruthven Nature Area
    at Ruthven Nature Area, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/27/2022
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/27/2022
    1:30pm
    Elf - Holiday Classic Film Series
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    11/27/2022
    1:30pm-2:50pm
    Public Skate
    at Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/27/2022
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Dazzling Ducks
    at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/27/2022
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Folded Paper Gift Boxes
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/27/2022
    3:15pm-5:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/27/2022
    5:30pm
    Depot Town Tree Lighting
    at Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙
    11/27/2022
    6:15pm
    Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan

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