October 28, 2014
Embrace a crisp fall afternoon at Westview Orchards. Grab some cider and doughnuts and stroll through the pumpkin patches and apple trees. A petting farm and the apple shoot slide are a must for the kids. Westview is adding to the seasonal excitement, introducing a new winery this fall. Check out westvieworchards.com for information.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) launched its Shop Greater Detroit campaign promoting greater Detroit as the perfect place for Toronto and Southern Ontario shoppers to shop and stay for the holidays. Go to shopgreaterdetroit.com to learn more about the wide variety of distinct shopping options in greater Detroit and register for a chance to win the Ultimate Detroit Experience, which includes a $500 Visa gift card, two-night hotel stay in Detroit, two theater tickets and The D Discount Pass. Contest entry ends Dec. 31, 2014 and the winner will be announced Jan. 15, 2015.
Absorb the beauty of "Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists" at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) now-Mar. 29. Works on Paper by Degas, Renoir and friends will take you back to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of impressionism. The DIA creates experiences that help each visitor find the meaning in art. This exhibit is free with museum admission. For more details, visit dia.org
The all-American exhibition, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame rushes to the Henry Ford Museum now-Jan. 4. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and see some of the league’s best artifacts. The Lombardi Trophy and personal authentics from Detroit’s own Barry Sanders are among the highlights. Visit thehenryford.org for event information.
A must-see in Hockeytown — The Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Skate over to redwings.nhl.com for ticket and schedule information.
What better place to see “Motown the Musical” than in Motown itself? The Broadway hit comes to the Fisher Theater Oct. 21-Nov.16. Visit broadwayindetroit.com for ticket information.
Box out and rebound tickets to see the Detroit Pistons this 2014-15 season. The Pistons will host the Brooklyn Nets in their regular season opener Nov. 1. The Pistons are one of eight original NBA franchises and play at The Palace of Auburn Hills. For the full season schedule and ticket information, visit detroitpistons.com.
Hines Drive in Westland transforms into a magical holiday car cruise this winter for the Wayne County Lightfest. A favorite seasonal sight, it features more than 55 giant animated displays and more than 1 million lights and is the Midwest’s longest drive-through holiday light show, encompassing more than four miles of Hines Drive. The Wayne County Lightfest runs Nov. 20-Dec. 31. For more information, go to waynecounty.com.
No event celebrates the splendor of Detroit greater than the annual lighting of Detroit’s Christmas tree. In the heart of the city, this is an opportunity for visitors to see for themselves how Detroit is growing. Sharpen your skates and take a spin around the park’s ice rink, which is patterned after the rink at Rockefeller Center, New York. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Campus Martius Park. For more event information, go to campusmartiuspark.org.
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo opens for 24 nights beginning Nov. 22. Experience the magic of the wintertime zoo scene and enjoy holiday entertainment fit for the whole family. Check out detroitzoo.org for event information.
A Detroit Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Line the streets of Detroit to catch a peak of the magic that unfolds Nov. 27. Watch the kids light up as Santa makes his way downtown. It’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit. For more information on the parade, visit theparade.org.
Don’t miss Detroit Lions favorites Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush this football season at Ford Field. The Detroit Thanksgiving Day Game tradition takes place Nov. 27 versus the Chicago Bears. Ford Field serves as a premier football venue with one of the most supportive fan bases in the league. Visit detroitlions.com for the full season schedule and ticket information.
Learn what it was like to live like an auto baron at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Meadow Brook Hall. Both of these magnificent mansions are lavishly decorated and offer holiday tours, teas and other special events this holiday season. For more details, go to fordhouse.org and meadowbrookhall.org.
The Detroit Opera House continues its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus' production of The Nutcracker Nov. 28-30. For ticket information, visit michiganopera.org.
It’s big, bright and has plenty of lights! The Big Bright Light Show returns to downtown Rochester Nov. 29. This spectacular display is unlike any other. Check it out to light up your holiday season. For more information, visit downtownrochestermi.com.
Step into a Christmas from the past at Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 18-23, 26-27. Capture the classic holiday spirit with lantern-lit paths, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides, plus Santa with live reindeer. Visit thehenryford.org for event information.
More than 70 institutions will participate in the 42nd Annual Noel Night on December 6, in Detroit’s Midtown District. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Detroit Historical Museum, and more, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theater, and dance groups. For a complete list of participants, go to midtowndetroitinc.org.
Ever wonder what happened before Dorothy was in the picture? “Wicked” at the Detroit Opera House explains why two unlikely friends become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Shows run from Dec.9-Jan. 4. Visit michiganopera.org for ticket information.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker heads to the Fox Theatre Dec. 21. Visit olympiaentertainment.com/fox-theatrelympiaentertainment.com/fox-theatre for ticket information on this North American holiday tradition.
Experience the next generation of transportation at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. See more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world and experience North America's largest and most prestigious automotive showcase. The public show runs Jan. 17-25, 2015 at Cobo Center. For show tickets, go to naias.com.
Downtown Plymouth transforms into a winter wonderland of fun this Jan. 9-11 for the 2015 Plymouth Ice Festival. This world-class event features unique ice sculptures, dueling chainsaw and carving competitions, an art show, interactive ice sculptures, live entertainment, food and warming tents filled with local vendors and businesses. Take a try at cross country skiing in the Sports Family Fun Zone or bring your favorite stuffed animal in for a checkup at the Radio Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic. Don’t miss the fire and ice towers as they light up the night sky. For a complete list of events, go to plymouthicefestival.com.
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Expect to share the car-loving scene with a million other fans at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world's largest one-day automotive event.