(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Ann Arbor / Detroit Metro Area for 2020 | What’s happening in Ann Arbor / Detroit

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Ann Arbor / Detroit Metro Area for 2020

KidsOutAndAbout is SE Michigan's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but. . . it's 2020, which means a bit less is happening than usual. The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Mindy Mangan at mindy@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 20 - Dec 23, 2020 Santa Encounter Dive - Toledo Zoo
Dec 2, 5, 2020 Santa Claus Coming to Heritage Park
Opening Nov 27, 2020 Country Christmas - Three Cedars Farm
Dec 5, 12, 2020 Breakfast With Santa - Meadow Brook
Dec 4-6, 11-13, 15-23 and 26-28, 2020 Supper With Santa - Greenfield Village
Dec 12 Santa's Winter Wonderland Walk - Indian Trail
Starting Nov 28 Birmingham Santa House - Shain Park (Must schedule, no walk-ups)
Dec 5 Santa's Winter Wonderland Walk - Kensington Metropark
Dec 12 Lights, Trails, and Seasonal Tales - Lake Erie Metropark
Dec 6 Auburn Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec 13 Santa's Winter Wonderland Walk - Hudson Mills Metropark
Starts Nov 27 Santa Photos - Briarwood Mall - reservations & face coverings required 
Throughout December Hometown Holidays - Chelsea, Michigan


Old-Time Christmas

Nov 22, 2020 Christmas in the Village - Mill Race Village
Dec 4-6, 11-13, 15-23 and 26-28, 2020 Holiday Nights - Greenfield Village
Nov 20 - Dec 31, 2020 Nostalgic Horse Drawn Carriage Ride - Toledo Zoo


Light Displays

Nov 13 - Jan 2, 2021 Magic of Lights  - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Nov 20, 2020 17th annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony - Campus Martius Park
Nov 20, 2020- Jan 3, 2021 Wild Lights - Detroit Zoo
Nov 20 - Dec 31, 2020 Lights Before Christmas - Toledo Zoo
Nov 27 - Dec 27, 2020 Marshall's Merry Mile Light Display
Nov 27 - Dec 30, 2020 Winter Wonder Lights - Meadow Brook Hall
Nov 27, 2020 The Merry Mile Tree Lighting


Living Nativities

Dec 5 Nativity LIVE - Woodside Bible Church


Holiday Theatre

Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2021 Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream - Virtual


Holiday Concerts

Dec 6, 2020 Cyrus Chestnut Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas - Detroit Symphony
Dec 11, 2020 Holiday Pops 2020 - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Dec 17-18, 2020 Home for the Holidays DSO Digital Concerts - Virtual 


Christmas Tree Experience

Open Nov 27, 2020 Hillside Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 21, 2020 Candycane Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 21, 2020 Huron Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 27, 2020 Runyan's  Tree Farm
Open Nov 27, 2020 Urquart's Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 21, 2020 Middle Road Tree Farm
Open Nov 27, 2020  Arend's Tree Farm
Open Nov, 27, 2020 Top Hill's Farm


Ice Skating

Opening Nov 21 Outdoor Ice Skating at The Rink - Campus Martius
Oct 27 - Nov 26, 2020 Arcic Colliseum Public Skate
Now Open 2020 Ann Arbor Ice Cube
Dec 28 Harry Potter and the Holiday Skae at Riley Park Ice Rink 
Now Open  2020 Garden City Ice Arena 



Dec 4, 2020 Hanukkah Celebration - JCS Online event


Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 21-22, 2020 Northville Holiday Greens Market
Oct 1 - Dec 6, 2020  Detroit Urban Craft Fair Virtual Market


New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2020 Noon Year's Eve - Toledo Zoo



TBD Holiday Carriage Rides - Downtown Detroit
Dec 3-5, 2020 Belleville WinterFest


Below are items that have been posted to our calendar. If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... it's free to postClick here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!