Arbor Annie’s Weekend Roundup – November 30-December 2

After a hiatus over Thanksgiving weekend, Arbor Annie is back with her weekend. picks. This weekend has lots of Christmas events – and quite a few non-Christmas events. For the first time, I think a December weekend has more going on around town than most October weekends.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - November 30-December 2

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

Ann Arbor Christmas Celebrations kickoff on Friday night with 10th Annual KindleFest & Midnight Madness.  This weekend also has A Manor Christmas at Concordia, several Christmas parades, and Dining with Santa opportunities.


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Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village is one of our favorite holiday events each year. It’s season starts on Friday. They are hosting us next weekend and we can’t wait.

Greenfield Village Holiday Nights

Unfortunately, it looks like Saturday may be a washout. Be sure to check details on outdoor events like parades in MilanSalineChelsea, and Ida before heading out. Our links include the link to the original listing where you can find more details.

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 Ypsilanti Youth Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular with multiple shows and Michigan Theater’s Not Just for Kids show of Rosie Revere, Engineer.


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Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 2:00pm-7:00pm A Manor Christmas at Concordia University
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm KindleFest at the Museum at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm You Wrote a Novel, Now What? at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Quirk Theatre
  • 7:30pm Just in the Nick of Time at Fifth Corner
  • 7:30pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • Saturday Picks

  • 8:30am-10:30am Bruce's Breakfast with Santa at Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center
  • 9:00am-11:00am Breakfast with Santa at Bishop Elementary School
  • 9:00am-5:00pm Christmas at the Mansion at Gordon Hall
  • 10:00am-1:00pm 20th Annual Downtown Home & Garden Christmas Party at Downtown Home & Garden
  • 10:00am-2:00pm Santa Visits at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 11:00am-1:00pm Santa at Ace Christmas Party at Junga Ace Hardware
  • 12:00pm-7:00pm A Manor Christmas at Concordia University
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm Sugar Plum Tea at Chelsea High School
  • 1:00pm Merry Mitten Book Signing at Nicola’s Books
  • 1:30pm Little Women - Holiday Classic Film Series at Michigan Theater
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker at Chelsea High School
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Holiday Nature Craft at Independence Lake
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm Book Signing and Cupcakes at Unicorn Feed & Supply
  • 3:00pm Just in the Nick of Time at Fifth Corner
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Paper Flower Gift Toppers and Paper Gift Boxes at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm 32nd Annual Winter Concert - Ann Arbor Youth Chorale at Bethlehem United Church of Christ
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm 14th Annual Chelsea Lights Parade at Downtown Chelsea
  • 6:00pm Milan Christmas Parade at Downtown Milan
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm Christmas in Ida Parade at Downtown Ida
  • 7:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Quirk Theatre
  • 7:30pm The Elves & the Schumachers at Theatre Nova
  • Sunday Picks

  • 12:00pm-4:00pm A Manor Christmas at Concordia University
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm Country Christmas at Cobblestone Farm
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm Sugar Plum Tea at Chelsea High School
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Santa Visits at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker at Chelsea High School
  • 2:00pm Flashback Cinema: Miracle on 34th Street at Quality 16
  • 2:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Quirk Theatre
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Gingerbread House Workshop at Ruby’s Makery
  • 3:00pm Just in the Nick of Time at Fifth Corner
  • 3:30pm-6:00pm Lost Treasures at Morris Lawrence Building
  • 7:00pm Flashback Cinema: Miracle on 34th Street at Quality 16
  • 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, Instant Family, and Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

    Plus, be sure to check our Holiday Movie Guide for upcoming showings in Ann Arbor. Little Women and Miracle on 34th Street are special showings this weekend.

    Holiday Movies in the Theater

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    Date/Time Event
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    12/03/2018
    5:00pm-7:00pm

    The Great Big Chanukah Gelt Drop


    at Clonlara School, Ann Arbor MI
    The Great Big Chanukah Gelt Drop Channukah party will feature a delicious dinner for the whole family, complete with sizzling latkes and a make your own sufganiyot station. It will also feature a group of very special guests – representatives from the Ann Arbor Fire Department. Children will get the...Read More
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    12/05/2018
    9:30am-10:30am
    Parenting Cafe
    at Sweetwaters Coffe & Tea Washington St, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/05/2018
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Miracle on 34th Street
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/05/2018
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Miracle on 34th Street
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/06/2018
    7:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach - Accessible Performance
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
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    12/06/2018
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Mini Yarn Hat Ornaments
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    5:00pm-10:00pm
    Holiday Movies & Crafts
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    5:30pm-6:30pm
    Downtown Ypsilanti Tree Lighting
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    Parents Night Out
    at Flipside Art Studio Dexter, Dexter Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Under the Sea Daddy-Daughter Dance
    at Pittsfield Township Community Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    First Friday's Kids Night Out
    at Ruby’s Makery, Dexter Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Group Poster Coloring: Alice in Wonderland
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    7:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
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    12/07/2018
    7:00pm
    Swan Lake
    at Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/07/2018
    7:30pm
    The Girl with the Golden Locks
    at Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    9:00am-10:30am
    Breakfast with Santa
    at Sidetrack, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    9:30am-12:00pm
    North Pole Breakfast
    at Pretzel Bell, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Bugs Don't Bug Me
    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    10:00am-11:30am
    Clay Ornament Making
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Recycled Gift Giving & Tile Decorations - Saturday Recycling Crafts
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    10:00am-11:30am
    Santa's Lettering Workshop at North Pole Breakfast
    at Pretzel Bell, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    11:00am-7:00pm
    DIYpsi Holiday Market
    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
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    12/08/2018
    11:00am-5:30pm
    Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    12:00pm
    Michigan Men's Basketball Star Wars Day
    at Crisler Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Colorful Dreidel Making
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    1:00pm
    The Girl with the Golden Locks
    at Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    2:00pm
    Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile
    at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    2:00pm-4:00pm

    Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker


    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    December 8th & 9th The Nutcracker.  Begin your holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company with special guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET. The guest artists will take the stage along with a cast of 70 local ballet students...Read More
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    12/08/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Snow Globes
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    Visit with Santa
    at Brewed Awakenings, Saline Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    3:00pm
    The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show
    at The Ark, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    3:30pm
    The Girl with the Golden Locks
    at Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Unite for Light
    at Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    7:00pm-8:45pm
    Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker
    at George E. Potter Center, Jackson Michigan
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    12/08/2018
    7:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
    💙🎟
    12/08/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm

    Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker


    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    December 8th & 9th The Nutcracker.  Begin your holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company with special guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET. The guest artists will take the stage along with a cast of 70 local ballet students...Read More
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    12/08/2018
    7:30pm
    The Elves & the Schumachers
    at Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    9:30am-1:00pm
    Breakfast with Santa
    at Weber’s Restaurant, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    10:00am-11:30am
    Santa Central
    at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    10:30am-12:00pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/09/2018
    12:00pm-6:00pm
    DIYpsi Holiday Market
    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
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    12/09/2018
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    Santa at the Shop!
    at McPherson Local, Saline Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    12:00pm-1:30pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/09/2018
    12:30pm-2:00pm
    Santa Central
    at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Santa Visits
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    1:00pm
    The Girl with the Golden Locks
    at Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    1:30pm
    Elf - Holiday Classic Film Series
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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    12/09/2018
    2:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach - Sensory Friendly Performance
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
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    12/09/2018
    2:00pm-4:00pm

    Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker


    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    December 8th & 9th The Nutcracker.  Begin your holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company with special guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET. The guest artists will take the stage along with a cast of 70 local ballet students...Read More
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    12/09/2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Snacks with Santa
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    12/09/2018
    3:30pm-4:30pm
    Classical Bells Concert
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    3:30pm
    The Girl with the Golden Locks
    at Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    A2 Caroling Mob
    at Slauson Middle School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    12/09/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker
    at George E. Potter Center, Jackson 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
    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-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
    💙🎟
    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
    💙🆓
    12/01/2018
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Paper Flower Gift Toppers and Paper Gift Boxes
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    12/01/2018
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    32nd Annual Winter Concert - Ann Arbor Youth Chorale
    at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    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
    💙🎟
    12/01/2018
    7:00pm
    James and the Giant Peach
    at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti MI
    💙🎟
    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
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    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
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker
    at Chelsea High School, Chelsea Michigan
    💙
    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
    💙🎟
    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
    💙
    12/02/2018
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Miracle on 34th Street
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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