Autumn in metro Detroit means a trip to Westview Orchards & Adventure Farm. Westview provides activities for all ages, from a three-acre playground and petting farm for the kids, to wine tasting tours for the older crowd. U-pick apples and pumpkins are a must for the fall season.
The D is a sports town and our hometown pride runs deep. The Detroit Lions return to the gridiron Sept. 18 for the home opener at Ford Field. Don’t forget to wear your silver and Honolulu blue. For the full Detroit Lions schedule, visit detroitlions.com. The Detroit Pistons step back on the hardwood Oct. 27 to start the regular season. For all things Detroit basketball, visit nba.com/pistons.
It will be a historic season for the Detroit Red Wings this year. Not only are they playing for their 26-consecutive season in the playoffs (the longest running streak in professional sports, by the way) but it’s the Wing’s final season at Joe Louis Arena. It will be a bittersweet season as the Wings and fans alike bid adieu to the beloved Joe. The kick-off game is Oct. 13. For the full schedule, visit nhl.com/redwings.
Cross the international border at the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon Oct. 14-16. Run over the Ambassador Bridge, in the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, through historic neighborhoods, around beautiful Belle Isle and along the spectacular RiverWalk. For registration information, visit freepmarathon.com.
Stroll down streets and alleys haunted by over 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns and lavishly costumed characters during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village Oct. 14-18, 20-23, 28-30. This nightmare-free event is perfect for the whole family – banter with dancing skeletons, witches and wizards.
Taste your way through the 8th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market Oct. 21-22. Attendees will enjoy some incredible food from Detroit area restaurants and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping from the selection of 700 craft beers from over 80 Michigan breweries.
Lions, tigers and candy, oh my! Don’t forget your Halloween costume for this “merry-not- scary” event at the Detroit Zoo throughout weekends in October. The Zoo Boo celebration features a festively decorated trick-or-treat trail through the front of the Zoo.
The Michigan Opera House begins its holiday line up Nov. 12 with Silent Night, an opera depicting the spontaneous cease-fire between French, Scottish and German soldiers on Christmas Eve, 1914. Starting Nov. 24, BalletMet Columbus and Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra join together for The Nutcracker, a family-friendly spectacle that includes live reindeer encounters before the show.
The Fox Theatre holiday show schedule can sway any Scrooge into the holiday spirit. The lineup begins with ELF The Musical Nov. 15-20, followed by Cirque Dreams Holidaze Nov. 22-26, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec. 3-4, Hip Hop Nutcracker Dec. 11, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Dec. 16, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. 18 and A Christmas Story, The Musical Dec. 20-24.
Take a ride through Wayne County Lightfest, the Midwest’s largest and longest drive-through light show, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. Lightfest features more than 47 giant animated holiday themed displays, sure to light up your holiday season.
Nothing says the holidays in The D like the Detroit Tree Lighting at Campus Martius Park. Each year, thousands of Detroiters gather for a heart-warming night of holiday cheer and merriment –join in on the fun. This year’s lighting takes place Nov. 18.
Bright lights, quaint city. The buildings of downtown Rochester are covered with more than one-million points of glimmering holiday light to celebrate the season, a spectacle you’ll have to see to believe. The Big, Bright Light Show will grace the city Nov. 23-Jan. 3.
Kick-off the holiday season Detroit style with a trip to America’s Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 24. It’s one of the most spectacular parades in the country, you’ll want to be a part of the magic along Woodward Avenue.
Black Friday shopping in The D is always a good idea – there’s a place to snag a can’t-beat deal around every corner. Shop till you drop at The Mall at Partridge Creek, Somerset Collection, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets or Fairlane Town Center and get a jump on your holiday shopping list. Check out visitdetroit.com for a full list of shopping destinations throughout the area.
Experience the magic of Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo as you take in the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the Zoo Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-30.
Take a trip back in time at Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 20-23, 26-30. Embark on a lantern-lit journey into a living snow globe filled with live music, skating, fireworks and winter wonder.
Rejoice at the annual Kwanzaa Celebration at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Performances and ceremonies take place throughout the celebration in honor of the African holiday.
Make Noel Night a part of your holiday tradition. Over 70 Detroit institutions join together to bring activities to the community, including horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theater and dance groups. For more information visit midtowndetroitinc.org.
Spend the holidays like an auto baron. Tour the elegant rooms of Meadow Brook Hall, carefully decorated for the holidays. Visit the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, adorned in holiday décor. For tour details and special events visit meadowbrookhall.org and fordhouse.org.
The 2016 Quick Lane Bowl returns to Ford Field Dec. 26. The annual matchup typically features teams from the Big Ten and ACC. Time will tell what teams will duel, but keep the date on your calendar in case your favorite college football team comes to town!
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~ Holly W.