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Metro Detroit Weekend Events 2014

Posted by Glen LaGrou December 19, 2014 Events, Fall Fun, Featured, Holiday Fun, Local Activities, Summer Fun, Weekend Events

Weekend events and fun things to do for families in Oakland County, Metro Detroit and SE Michigan. 

Metro Detroit Weekend Events Calendar for December 19, December 20, and December 21, 2014…

There are plenty of fun things to do in and around Metro Detroit this weekend. This list will try to highlight some of the Metro Detroit weekend events – big and small – for kids and families. I’m going to be using this article to post events and activities that are either free, or at least family affordable.


Daily through January 4, 2015
Rochester MI Weekend Event – Big Bright Light Show
Downtown Rochester
See Downtown Rochester lit up in Holiday glory as the city is adorned with over 1.2 million Christmas Lights. Click here for more info and a photo gallery of the Big Bright Light Show.

ChristmasIceSkatingOutdoorCampusMartiusNow through March
Detroit MI Weekend Event – Campus Martius Park Ice Skating
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Hours and pricing info for the 2014 Campus Martius Park Ice Skating Season.
Daily through December 23, 2014
Rochester Michigan Weekend Event – Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk 2014
Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens (480 South Adams Rd, Rochester, MI 48309)
Opening weekend for Holiday Walk. The Meadow Brook Hall annual Holiday Walk explores the Dodge and Wilson family’s winter traditions and activities they enjoyed while living on the Meadow Brook Estate. Click here for a photo gallery and more info on the 2014 Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk.

GingerBreadHouseChristmas3Now through January 4, 2015
Rochester MI Christmas / Holiday Event – Royal Park Hotel Gingerbread House 2014
Royal Park Hotel (600 East University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307)
If you’re heading to Downtown Rochester to check out the Big Bright Light Show, why not check out the Giant Gingerbread House at the Royal Park Hotel. The giant gingerbread house stands eight feet tall and is adorned with Christmas colors and decorations, and features fine details such as cobble stone border, candied icicles, snowflakes on the gingerbread shingled rooftop, and a toy room inside. Pics, video and more info on the Royal Park Hotel Giant Gingerbread House.

bassproshop1Daily through Christmas Eve
Auburn Hills MI Weekend Event – Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops (Great Lakes Crossing Phone: 248-209-4200)
Bass Pro hosts Santa Claus (and tons of free Christmas fun for kids at Bass Pro) daily through Christmas Eve. You can even get a free photo with Santa while enjoying the free fun! Click here for info and times for Santa’s daily appearances and for a list of all the free fun holiday games, crafts and activities happening each day!

December 19, 20, and 21 from 5:30p-9:30p
Royal Oak MI Weekend Event – Wild Lights
altDetroit Zoo (8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067)
The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a half-mile trail through the front of the Zoo. (282930)

December 19 from 6p-7:30p and December 20 from 8a-10a
Royal Oak Michigan Weekend Event – Breakfast with Santa / Dinner with Santa
Detroit Zoo (8450 W. 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067)
Join Old St. Nick as he takes a breather from his busy holiday schedule to enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast or dinner w/Santa at the Detroit Zoo. Seating is limited and advance reservations are necessary. Call (248) 541-5717 and press 9 for ticket information. Bring your camera!

altFriday, December 19, 2014 from 6:30-8p
Metro Detroit Weekend Event – Goldfish Swim School Christmas Family Swim
Goldfish Swim School Birmingham (2388 Cole St, Birmingham, MI 48009; swimbirmingham@goldfishss.com)
Goldfish Swim School Clarkston (6340 Waldon Center Dr, Clarkston, MI 48346; swimclarkston@goldfishss.com)
Goldfish Swim School Farmington Hills (22710 Haggerty Rd. Ste 200 Farmington Hills, MI 48335; swimfarmington@goldfishss.com)
Goldfish Swim School Macomb (18377 Hall Road, Macomb, MI 48044; swimmacomb@goldfishss.com)
Goldfish Swim School Rochester (550 South St, Rochester, MI 48307; swimrochester@goldfishss.com)
Enjoy food, crafts, entertainment, and holiday fun! Santa may even show up! Pre-registration is required for this event so we can be sure to keep the event safe and fun for all. Simply email to sign up the day of the event.

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7p
Detroit Michigan Weekend Event - Friday Night Live at the DIA
Music: Pete Siers Gene Krupa Project: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Drummer Pete Siers has assembled a trio that focuses on the music of jazz great Gene Krupa. The arrangements are unique yet reminiscent of the Gene Krupa Trio from the early 1950s. The group features clarinetist Dave Bennet and pianist Tad Weed.
Detroit Film Theatre: The King and the Mockingbird: 7 & 9 p.m.
See related posts below for more DIA events happening this month or visit the DIA website.

GTCGymnastics2Friday, December 19 from 7:30-8:30p & Saturday, December 20 from 3:30p-4:30p
Rochester Hills MI Weekend Event – Open Gym / Drop-In Gymnastics
GTC Gymnastics Training Center (1813 Northfield Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48309)
Ages & up. This is a great opportunity to practice the skills learned in gymnastics or just have fun! Jump on the trampoline or flip around in foam pits. You do not have to be in a GTC class to participate, so invite your friends and neighbors to come along. ( A waiver form must be filled out by a parent/guardian before anyone may attend.) See www.gtcgymnastics.com for more info.

Friday, December 19, Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21
Birmingham MI Weekend Event – Birmingham Santa House
Shain Park (S Bates St. and W Merrill St., Birmingham, MI, 48009)
Santa House will be open on weekends through Christmas. Children may give Santa Claus their Christmas list and have their picture taken with him. A $5 donation goes to the Birmingham Lions Club and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Hours and more info.

ice skatingFriday, December 19, 2014 from 8:15p-10:05p
Royal Oak, Michigan Weekend Event - SK8 Jamz
John Lindell Ice Arena (1403 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, MI 48073)
Open ice-skating with a rockin’ DJ. Perfect for children and teens! Admission is just $10 and includes ice skate rental!

Saturday, December 20, 2014 (various times)
Oakland County MI Weekend Events – Oakland County Mom2Mom Sales
Various Locations
It’s a big weekend for Mom2Mom sales! Save big on baby items this weekend at Mom to Mom sales in Oakland County. Click here to find out the Mom2Mom sales info going on this weekend around Oakland County!

Santa visitSaturday, December 20, 2014 from 9a-noon
Rochester Hills MI Weekend Event – Burn Fitness Santa Saturdays
Burn Fitness (2576 S. Adams Road, Rochester Hills MI 48309, 248-853-2900, website)
Enjoy a special visit with Santa and his friends from 9a-10a and bring your camera. Each week there will be a different craft for kids to participate in. For more info, call 248-853-2900.

Saturday, December 20 at 10:30a, noon, & 2p – Sunday, December 21 at noon & 2p.
Milford Michigan Weekend Event – Snacks with Santa
Kensington Metropark (2240 W. Buno Road, Milford, MI 48380)
Visit with Santa, have a snack, take a hayride or sleigh ride, visit with Santa and sing holiday songs. Admission is by advance ticket purchase only. Bring your camera! Call 1-800-477-3178 or 248-685-1561 for more info & to purchase tickets. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark.

December 20, 21 from noon-3p
Northville Michigan Weekend Event – Santa Visits Maybury Farm
Maybury Farm (50165 Eight Mile, Northville Township, MI 48167)
Visit Santa Claus on his sleigh at the Welcome Center of Maybury Farm in Northville. Mom and Dad can enjoy some cider and donuts while visiting our gift shop. Admission – a smile and a donation for winter food for the animals.

flipspot8gymnasticsSaturday, December 20, 2014 from 3:00p-4:30p
Orion Township MI Weekend Event: All Ages Open Gym
fLipSpot Gym (233 Kay Industrial Dr, Orion Township, MI)
Saturday open gym session at fLipSpot is for all ages. The cost is $12 a person or $25 for a family. Kids under 5 have to have a parent in the gym. All participants must have a signed waiver on file. A waiver can be filled out electronically at flipspotgym.com.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 7p-8:50p
Berkley, Michigan Weekend Event – Saturday Night Rockin’ Skate
Berkley Ice Arena (2300 Robina, Berkley, MI – 248-658-3460)
Berkley Ice Arena kicks up the music for open ice-skating. Adults are $5 and kids are just $4. $3 for ice skate rental.

emagine theatre royal oakSunday, December 21, 2014 (all day)
Royal Oak MI Weekend Event – Kids Eat Free
Participating Royal Oak Restaurants
Kids Eat Free on Sundays during the holidays at participating downtown Royal Oak restaurants! Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal from Nov. 23 through Dec. 28. Participating restaurants include – Andiamo, Bastone, BlackFinn, D’Amato’s, Emagine Star Lanes Event Center & Sports Grille, Fifth Avenue, Hamlin Corner, The Inn Place, Mr. B’s, Oak City Grille, Onyx, Rock on Third, Trattoria da Luigi, and Zumba Mexican Grille.

Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 3p-4:50p
Novi Michigan Weekend Event – Skate with Santa
Novi Ice Arena (42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi, MI)
Skate with Santa includes raffles and games for $4 for Novi residents and $5 for non residents. Skate rental available for $3. Call 248-347-1010 for details.

DIADetroitInstituteofArts1Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 1p
Detroit, Michigan Weekend Event - Family Sunday at the DIA
Detroit Institute of Arts
Sunday Music Bar: Buddy Budson: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Buddy Budson performs jazz and pop standards in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: The King and the Mockingbird: 1, 3 & 5 p.m.
See related posts below for more DIA events happening this month or visit the DIA website.

Ongoing Weekend fun in Oakland County

Check out the Entertainment and Fitness and Recreation sections of our Oakland County Family Business Directory. These businesses cater to family fun and hold their own special weekend events and activities. Find out open ice-skate times, open roller skating times, bowling specials and more!

This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

See related posts below for more Oakland County Parks events happening this month or visit www.DestinationOakland.com.

List researched and compiled by Glen LaGrou, co-owner of OaklandCountyMoms.com.

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