LG Magazine - Holiday 2022

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YOUR "LITTLE" GUIDE TO FAMILY ADVENTURES IN METRO DETROIT

HOLIDAY SEASON

Photo Credit: Bedrock

BRIGHT LIGHTS + TREE LIGHTINGS

SANTA FINDER + SHOPPING GUIDES

DAY TRIPS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS


TIS' THE SEASON

HERE'S TO A HAPPY, STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY

We feel like we say this every year, but 2022 went by fast! It's hard to believe that we are now on year two of our LittleGuide Magazine - and this may be our favorite issue yet. This time of year is busy, but it's also fun. It's the time we remember best as a kid and we can't wait for our littles to make their own special memories. So get ready for a season full of tree lighting ceremonies, turkey trots, parades, outdoor light events, last minute road trips, and all things SANTA. Save time looking for things to do and use this magazine as an easy reference AND don't forget, you can click every article and go directly to www.littleguidedetroit.com for more details and direct links. Follow us on social media too and see our holiday adventures you'll definitely find us at Holiday Nights, Wild Lights, and picking out our Christmas Tree at Blake Farms and tag us @littleguidedetroit to show us yours.

Here's to a joyful finish to 2022 and a very happy + healthy 2023!

Kerry & Carrie



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Detroit Tree Lighting - 11/18 Wyandotte Tree Lighting - 11/18 Tree Lighting (Novi) - 11/18 Brighton Holiday Glow - 11/19 Big Bright Light Show (Rochester) - 11/21 Christmas Aglow (Shelby Twp) - 12/1

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Tree Lighting (Birmingham) - 12/2 Tree Lighting (Auburn Hills) - 12/2 Taylor Winterfest - 12/3 A Sterling (Heights) Christmas -12/3 Farmington Hills Tree Lighting - 12/4 Waterford Holiday Hoopla - 12/10



AMERICA'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be marching down Woodward Avenue once again this year and you can watch it live on Thursday, November 24th. Wake up early Thanksgiving morning and head to Detroit to watch floats, marching bands, and live entertainment make their way from Midtown to downtown. Reserve the best seats and order your Grand Stand tickets for $60 - $70 or find a spot on the sidewalk (free) along the route. Rain, snow, or shine - this is an annual tradition that your family won't soon forget.

Behind the Scenes

Did you know that you can take a behind-thescenes tour of the actual floats from the parade and learn how they are made? Tours of the Parade Company Studio are available year round: $8 (ages 3-17) and $12 (adults).



TURKEY TROTS

FAMILY-FRIENDLY RACES GET READY TO RUN! ENJOY THE FRESH AIR AND QUALITY TIME TOGETHER AT ONE OF THESE FAMILY-FRIENDLY RUNS OR WALKS.

LIVONIA: NOV. 5TH Join the Livonia Parks and Recreation Department in a walk/run for the less fortunate. All proceeds from the race go to the Livonia Goodfellows.

DEXTER: NOV. 12TH Join A2 Turkey Trot at Hudson Mills Metropark for this annual autumn tradition and enjoy a lateseason run that is fun for the whole family!

ANN ARBOR: NOV. 24TH Join a morning full of holiday fun, costumes, and running before your Thanksgiving Day feast! Festive awards, hot chocolate + cookies wait at the finish line with Turkey Tom and Santa!

CANTON: NOV. 24TH Runners/Walkers can support the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan at Canton's Thanksgiving morning run at Heritage Park.

DETROIT: NOV. 24TH “The Parade before The Parade”, participants frolic by the largest spectator crowd in Michigan before America's Thanksgiving Parade for a mile or a 5k.

TROY: NOV. 24TH The Mighty Gobbler is a family-friendly 5k or 1 mile run/walk event.

SHELBY TWP: NOV. 25TH Join a Turkey TRAIL Trot at Stony Creek Metropark on a 2 or 4 mile run.

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U-PICK TREE FARMS

U-pick farms open in November and are the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit.

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BLAKE FARMS (ARMADA)

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CANDY CANE TREE FARM (OXFORD)

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WALDOCK TREE FARM (HOWELL)

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WESTMAN'S TREE FARM (DEXTER)

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HURON CHRISTMAS TREE FARM (NEW BOSTON)

LITTLEGUIDE FAVORITE We to as we

went to Blake Farms last year cut down our first 'real' tree a family. It is now a tradition will do for years to come. We had so much fun taking the tractor to the fields and picking the perfect tree - and we can't wait to do it again this year! - LittleGuide Founder, Kerry Doman



The holiday season will be here before we know it - and these family favorites will sell out. Start making plans to get your tickets before it's too late. Winter Wonder Lights (Rochester) Winter Wonder Lights transforms Meadow Brook Hall at night into a breathtaking light show featuring music, seasonal treats, and holiday magic. Wild Lights (Royal Oak) The Detroit Zoo will be aglow for 40 magical nights with more than five million LED lights illuminating trees, buildings, and over 280 sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. Lights Before Christmas (Toledo) Take in the lights at the Toledo Zoo, ride down the Ice Slide, go ice skating, visit Santa, watch a LED light display at the historic Amphitheatre and more! Wayne County Lightfest (Westland) Put on your Christmas playlist and drive down Hines Drive for 4.5 miles of light displays - it’s only $5! Glenlore Trails (Commerce) An immersive wintry experience for all ages. Visit Michigan’s original illuminated forest this holiday season! One mile outdoor path with interactive, story moments, and other entertainment. Magic of Lights (Clarkston) Drive thru a light display featuring holiday themed scenes and characters at Pine Knob Music Theatre.



HOLIDAY SHOWS IN METRO DETROIT

There's nothing quite like seeing your favorite characters live on stage!

Elf The Musical - 11/22 - 11/27

Charlie Brown Christmas - 12/4

Based on the hit movie, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Fox Theatre

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts characters as they find the true meaning of Christmas. Fox Theatre, Detroit

Baby Shark LIVE: The Christmas Show - 12/2 Join Baby Shark and friends for exciting holiday adventures into the jungle and under the sea to explore shapes, colors, numbers and so much more. Fox Theatre, Detroit

The Nutcracker - 12/2 - 12/4 Travel with Clara on a magical adventure through an enchanted forest to a Kingdom of Sweets filled with colorful characters and pure festive delight. Macomb Center, Clinton Township

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet - 12/11 Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of the Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique. Fox Theatre, Detroit

'Twas The Night Before by Cirque du Soleil - 12/15 - 12/26 Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, ‘Twas the Night Before... is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, and rip-roaring fun. Fox Theatre



8 FUN + FESTIVE HOLIDAY PARADES Bundle up and find a seat on the street for a holiday parade near you. From daytime down Main Street, to evening light parades - here are a few you don't want to miss.

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LIGHTED PARADE (ALLEN PARK) 11/18

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NORTHVILLE LIGHT PARADE 11/19

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SANTALAND PARADE (GARDEN CITY) 11/26

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LIGHTED PARADE (LAKE ORION) 12/3

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HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA (PONTIAC) 12/3

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HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR (SOUTH LYON) 12/3

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MERRY + BRIGHT PARADE (LIVONIA) 12/4

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HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE (ROSEVILLE) 12/17




WHERE TO FIND THE 'POLAR EXPRESS' IN METRO DETROIT Holiday Express (Clinton Township) On December 10th, experience the magic of The Polar Express in real life. The story will be read as the train begins its journey, while families enjoy treats, sing carols and more!

Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh) Take a 30 minute train ride to see Santa, spend about an hour visiting and then take a ride back. Trains are nearly 100 years old and weekend adventures beginning the after Thanksgiving.

Spicer Orchards (Fenton) The train to see Santa runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas at Spicer Orchard. After your special visit, warm up with cider and donuts around the bonfire.

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad (Flint) Join friends and family for an evening ride on the Huckleberry Railroad. Afterwards tour Crossroads Village and experience the seasonal magic.

Northern Star Train (Midland) Take a (FREE) ride on the Northern Star Train to Santa's House in Midland, where you can enjoy a visit with Santa himself and his reindeer, all throughout the month of December!


Metro Detroit Santa Finder Shopping Stop

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Save the Date

Santa Stopping/ Shopping Grounds

Magical Moments Multiple Dates

Special Santa Events Tickets Sell Out

Briarwood Mall (Ann Arbor) Great Lakes Crossing (Auburn Hills) Mall at Partridge Creek (Clinton Township) Fairlane Town Center (Dearborn) Laurel Park Mall (Livonia) Santa @ Village of Rochester Hills Lakeside Mall (Sterling Heights) Somerset Mall (Troy) Oakland Mall (Troy) Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi)

Spicer Orchard (Fenton) Three Cedars Farm (Northville) Downtown Birmingham The Henry Ford Museum (Dearborn) The Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores) Village Center (Milford) Maybury Farm (Northville) Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester) Howell Nature Center Crossroads Village (Flint)

Cookies With Santa (Farmington Hills): 11/30 Santa Stroll (Livonia): 12/3 Christmas On The Frontier (Shelby Township): 12/3 Santa Sighting @ Cranbrook (Bloomfield Hills): 12/3 + 12/4 Holiday Express (Clinton Township): 12/10 Santa Brunch (Macomb): 12/10 Figherfighter Breakfast with Santa (Wixom): 12/10

Find more events LittleGuide will share HUNDREDS of holiday events and you can find them all listed HERE!


SANTA TRACKERS If your little ones are anxious for Santa’s arrival or you’re anxious to scoot them to bed, here are the best sites to track Santa's sleigh arrival in Michigan. Official NORAD Santa Tracker Where is Santa Lite Google’s Santa Tracker



7 IDEAS FOR HOLIDAY TRADITIONS The holiday season can be a blur, but finding a special activity for your family to do each year is a great way to step away from the chaos and have quality time together. Here are 7 activities in metro Detroit to consider.

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ATTEND A TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

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THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE 11/24

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WAYNE COUNTY LIGHTFEST

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HOLIDAY NIGHTS @ GREENFIELD VILLAGE

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DSO'S HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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WATCH A LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARADE

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ICE SKATING @ CAMPUS MARTIUS


PHOTO CREDIT: KATHERINE K. CAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY

You’re invited to get to know SUE the T. rex, and uncover the mysteries about the life of this fearsome fossil, in this immersive and interactive experience for visitors of all ages!

SUE: The T. rex Experience is now open through April 30, 2023. SUE the T. rex is the most complete, best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. When you visit SUE’s new digs, you will have the unique chance to come between two titans with full-scale casts of SUE and T. rex’s nemesis, Triceratops, experience a multimedia show transporting you to the Cretaceous forest alongside SUE, learn how the fossil was unearthed and how scientists continue to make discoveries about SUE. This exhibition, presented by PNC Bank, with additional support from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council, features an exact cast of SUE’s skeleton, measuring in at 40-feet from snout to tail and 13-feet tall at the hip.


PHOTO CREDIT: KATHERINE K. CAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Activate all your senses to truly become a part of SUE’s world: Take a whiff of the dinosaur’s putrid breath Watch SUE tromp through the Late Cretaceous forest Feel the texture of dinosaur skin Hear the subsonic rumble of a T. rex And do you know how SUE got its name? SUE the T. rex is named after Sue Hendrickson, an American explorer and fossil collector, who discovered the dinosaur in 1990 during a commercial excavation trip north of Faith, South Dakota. Presented in both English and Spanish, this full-sensory experience will allow visitors to explore the world of SUE through sight, sound, smell and touch. Tickets to SUE: The T. rex Experience are $10 for adults who are non-members and $9 for all Institute of Science Standard Members. Children 2-12 and individuals 65+ are $8 each. Enhanced members and children under 2 are free. Non-members must also pay general museum admission. The exhibition is open during regular museum hours. SUE: The T. rex Experience was organized by the Field Museum and is part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience, made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.

Learn more about SUE the T. rex, and other upcoming events and activities at Cranbrook Institute of Science by visiting: science.cranbrook.edu. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date: @CranbrookInstituteofScience & @cranbrookscience.


Give The Gift of Experience Holiday shopping is stressful, and the truth is, having more toys at home is stressful too. This Christmas, consider a new kind of gift – an experience that your littles won’t soon forget.

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SIGN UP FOR A CLASS

Give them the gift of life-long lessons with weekly swim classes at Aqua-Tots Swim School, coding class at The Robot Garage, yoga classes at DownPup Yoga, or climbing lessons at Planet Rock.

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MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP

A museum membership is an incredible gift that keeps on giving all throughout the year (and one of our personal favorite recommendations)! Cranbrook Institute of Science ($75) Sloan Museum of Discovery ($99) Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum ($100) The Detroit Zoo ($127) The Henry Ford ($185)

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TICKETS TO A SHOW

Bluey, Paw Patrol, the Madrigal family and Elmo are coming to Detroit next year. Let your littles experience their favorite characters live on stage and surprise them with tickets!



TOP 8 MICHIGAN ROAD TRIPS Make the most out of your holiday break or simply escape the hustle and bustle of home, with a mini Michigan getaway. Go for a magical ride on Memory Lane Train at the Christmas Lite Show in Grand Rapids. If your littles are looking for Santa and his reindeer, take a trip to Rooftop Landing Farm in Clare. Count HUNDREDS of decorated trees at Comstock Park in Adrian. This city beat the Hallmark record with 676 trees all lit up. Bronner's offers Christmas all year long, but there's something extra special about being in Frankenmuth during December. Stroll through the Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. Enjoy a Winter Wonderland at Fellinlove Farm in Holland. Afterwards, you can shop the Europeanstyle Kerstmarkt downtown. Visit Santa's House in downtown Midland and then take The Northern Star Train ride for a free downtown tour. See America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree in Muskegon! The holiday show put on by 200 volunteers takes place November 30th to December 3rd.


Holiday Houses Worth Visiting Turn on your radio dial, turn off your headlights, and enjoy a FREE holiday light show from the comfort of your own car. These neighborhoods are really LIGHTING things up!

Bostick Family Light Show (Garden City) Palasek Light Show (Commerce) Ewles Family Lights (Fenton) Walter Family Lights (Linden) Perrin Family Lights (Livonia) Busch Family Lights (Livonia) The Kurdziel's Light Show (Novi) Lights On The Lake (Orion Township) LYP Family Light Show (New Boston) South Lyon Light Show (South Lyon) Wagner Lights (Warren)

Let Us Know... Are we missing your favorite neighborhood house? Tag us @littleguidedetroit and let us know where we should visit.


5 REASONS TO VISIT DOWNTOWN DETROIT DURING THE HOLIDAYS WINTER WONDERLAND Bundle up and get ready for FREE family fun at the Monroe Street Midway. The Winter activation includes an arctic slide, puck-putt golf, winter bumper cars, a midway arcade and more! Santa will also be around for pictures beginning November 18th!

HOLIDAY MARKETS & CADILLAC LODGE Shop local at Bedrock's Holiday Markets and then cozy up at Cadillac Lodge with oversized family games and seasonal refreshments.

ICE SKATE @ THE RINK Detroit's Tree Lighting Ceremony + opening of The Rink at Campus Martius is Friday, November 18th. Strap on some skates and soak up the city center from the ice.

NOEL NIGHT Noel Night brings together over 110 venues in Midtown including the DIA, Michigan Science Center and more for FREE activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, live entertainment, Santa and more!

MENORAH IN THE D Join Detroit's largest Hanukkah celebration in Campus Martius. The annual event includes a lighting ceremony, hands-on children's activities + live entertainment.

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BEST PLACES TO SHOP LOCAL Toyology

The Toy Box

Bloomfield Hills/Royal Oak/West Bloomfield

With 3 locations and the only holiday gift catalogue your kids need, shop local and stop by Toyology.

Sterling Heights

Meet Stanley, everyone’s favorite dinosaur at The Toy Box - he and his friends on staff can help you find the perfect gift.

Modern Natural Baby

Genuine Toy Co. Plymouth

Ferndale

Ferndale's Modern Natural Baby store isn't just for babies. Get gifts for all ages - and all your Montessori musts.

Village Toy Shoppe Milford

Take a trip to downtown Milford and find toys, books, crafts, clothes and more for kids of all ages.

Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy St. Clair Shores

Located in downtown Plymouth the traditional toy store has vintage and modern toys that kids of all ages will love.

Get the hard to find hobby toys and all of your modern day favorites in St. Clair Shores.

STOP BY COREANDER'S BOOKSHOPPE We love getting new books for the holidays and the recently remodeled and whimsical, Coreander's Bookshoppe, is a book lover's dream. Need a few ideas? Here are a few favorite titles to find:

15118 KERCHEVAL AVE, GROSSE POINTE, MI 48230

There’s An Elf In Your Book by Tom Fletcher The Nutcracker In Harlem by T.E. McMorrow The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle



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Cranbrook Institute of Science Belle Isle Nature Center LEGOLAND Discovery Center Detroit Pistons @ Little Caesars Arena Launch Trampoline Park Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

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Sloan Museum of Discovery SEA LIFE Michigan Urban Air Adventure Park Detroit Institute of Arts Campus Martius Ice Rink The Henry Ford Museum



5 Ways To Give Back During The Holidays It's not always about what you GET, but what you GIVE during the holidays. Kids of all ages can help make the holidays special for people in their community. Share these ideas of service with them and pick a project to do as a family. Pick up extra ingredients at the store and donate to a food pantry or canned food drive. Collect and return cans to donate change to the Salvation Army bell ringers. Help a neighbor by racking leaves (or shoveling snow). Bake cookies and deliver them to a local senior living complex, fire department, or hospital. Find gently used toys and clothes at home and donate them to a local shelter.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN'S

Snowpile

LittleGuide Detroit is a proud partner of Children's Hospital of Michigan, and this year we will be supporting the Foundation's "Snowpile" program. The annual donation drive provides gifts for hospitalized children AND their siblings. You can join the effort by making a monetary donation or giving toys or gifts. Learn more by clicking the link!



6 FAMILY ACTIVITIES YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE The holidays are a special time of year for everyone, but it’s especially magical for kids. Lean into the magic of the holiday season with these tried and true family traditions that are sure to make everything merry + bright.

Pick a themed ornament for your little's stocking to remind you of their favorite thing this year

find a light show : neighborhood, drive-thru or walking

U-pick the perfect tree

pull out your holiday books + add a new one to your family collection

make a gingerbread house family movie night favs: the grinch, noelle + jingle jangle




MY FAMILY WISHLIST Tree lighting ceremonies, local parades, holiday shows, Santa sightings, and weekend getaways. Get organized and start making your holiday plans.

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