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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales - Week of November 29, 2021

There's plenty of art and art fairs in Ann Arbor those other 361 days a year. A busy museum and gallery circuit provides many openings and shows to choose from. Each month you'll find antique shows, charity sales, and community festivals.





 
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Monday


November 2021
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Native American Heritage Month: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 1-30. AADL staffers read quotes, recommend books, highlight local artists, and more to celebrate the lives of Native Americans.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2021
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Native American Heritage Month: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 1-30. AADL staffers read quotes, recommend books, highlight local artists, and more to celebrate the lives of Native Americans.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All invited to help decorate the giant Christmas tree in downtown Saline. Cocoa, cookies, & music.
6 p.m., KeyBank, Michigan Ave. & N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-4494.


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Wednesday


December 2021
 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Tues.-Sat., Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.) & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Free admission. 662-3382, elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


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Thursday


December 2021
 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Tues.-Sat., Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.) & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Free admission. 662-3382, elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Show-and-Tell & Holiday Party: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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All invited to bring rocks, minerals, or jewelry to show off. Refreshments.
West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. 7th St. Free. Masks required. 665-5574. [map]


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December 2021
 All Day.  Free! 

35th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3-5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, & 24. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. For complete schedule, see chelseamich.com/hometown-holiday. Dec. 3: Tree lighting ceremony (4-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), and a Live Nativity Scene (6:30-7:30 p.m., Palmer Commons). Dec. 4: Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (time TBA, Chelsea District Library), a parade through downtown Chelsea (6-6:30 p.m.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, Santa, and more, and drop-in to a holiday pet photo booth (12:30-4 p.m., Lane Animal Hospital, 701 N. Main). Dec. 5: Waterloo Farm Museum's "Christmas on the Farm" (see 4 Saturday listing), the chance to visit with Santa at "Donuts & Selfies with Santa" (10 a.m.-noon, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, 125 S. Main), and Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church, 128 Park St.) by the Chelsea Chamber Players and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by Emilie Mayer, Florence Prince, and Christmas selections. Dec. 9: Reading by local writer Jan Brett (time TBA, Chelsea District Library) and an outdoor performance by the Arbor Consort Carolers (4-5 p.m., Chelsea District Library lawn) while dressed in Victorian holiday costumes. Dec. 10: A raffle (5-6 p.m., Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 S. Main) with a portion of the proceeds going to Chelsea High School graduates. Dec. 17: The chance to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, as well as Chelsea fire & police department staffers (6-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main). Hot cocoa available for kids. Dec. 19: Pick up gingerbread-making kits (noon-2 p.m., Chelsea Palmer Commons, 304 S. Main) to assemble and decorate at home. Dec. 22: "Holiday Spirit" program TBA (time TBA, Chelsea District Library). Dec. 24: Livestream storytime with Santa (1:30-2 p.m., for URL see chelseamich.com/events/hth-virtual-storytime).
Various times and locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 18. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more.
Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 368-9738. [map]


 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Tues.-Sat., Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.) & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Free admission. 662-3382, elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 4-9 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness Holiday Kickoff Party": Bløm Meadworks.

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Featuring contemporary classical music TBA presented by the local Third Place Concert Series. Also, sweet treats by Ellen's Fine Goods for sale and Bløm partners with Cahoots Cafe and Gutman Gallery to host a "Makers Market" with handmade gifts.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission. Facebook.com/DrinkBlom. [map]


 4-9 p.m. 

"Mini Art Fair & Bazaar": Dreamland Theater.

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Dec. 3, 11, & 18. With works in various media by local artists.
4-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-6 p.m. (Sat.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Donation optional. Masks required. info@DreamlandTheater.com. [map]


 5 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Cozy Cocoa Mugs": Ann Arbor Art Center Midnight Madness Workshop.

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All ages (5-7 p.m.) and age 18 & up (7:30-9:30 p.m.) invited to use colorful underglazes to paint a set of 2 mugs to take home.
A2AC, 117 W. Liberty. $45, preregistration required at MainStreetAnnArbor.org/midnight-madness. Masks required. 994-8004. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Two days of seasonal happenings on the lavishly decorated grounds of Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion, built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter. Santa is on hand to talk with kids. Also, on Fri. only, a tree lighting ceremony.
6-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sat.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Free admission, but donations matched. 426-2519. [map]


 6 p.m.-midnight.  Free! 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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With appearances by Santa, and sidewalk entertainment by the breakdancing group Element 1, Pioneer Choir, Voices in Harmony, Huron Valley Harmonizers, and more. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA), Nov. 29-Dec. 14, in front of Conor O'Neill's (318 S. Main); include a return address to receive a response from Santa.
Main Street shopping areas. (Many stores in other downtown shopping areas, including State St. area and Kerrytown Market & Shops, are also open tonight.) Free admission. 668-7112. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft shows and artisan markets, a luncheon with Santa, blacksmithing demonstrations, chili cookoff, games and a scavenger hunt for kids, cocktail crawl for adults, and more. Festivities kick off with a parade (Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.) that brings Santa down Main St. to the mill where he lights the Christmas tree and greets children.
Downtown Manchester. Free admission. facebook.com/manchestermichristmas. 476-4565.


 7:30 p.m. 

44th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 3-5. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Maggie Rhodes directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and Magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $10-$16 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office and online at cuaa.edu/KreftArts-Tickets. 995-7537. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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All ages 18 & up invited to meet a sloth, a tegu, a macaw and a red-footed tortoise. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, and more.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


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December 2021
 All Day.  Free! 

35th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3-5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, & 24. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. For complete schedule, see chelseamich.com/hometown-holiday. Dec. 3: Tree lighting ceremony (4-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), and a Live Nativity Scene (6:30-7:30 p.m., Palmer Commons). Dec. 4: Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (time TBA, Chelsea District Library), a parade through downtown Chelsea (6-6:30 p.m.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, Santa, and more, and drop-in to a holiday pet photo booth (12:30-4 p.m., Lane Animal Hospital, 701 N. Main). Dec. 5: Waterloo Farm Museum's "Christmas on the Farm" (see 4 Saturday listing), the chance to visit with Santa at "Donuts & Selfies with Santa" (10 a.m.-noon, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, 125 S. Main), and Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church, 128 Park St.) by the Chelsea Chamber Players and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by Emilie Mayer, Florence Prince, and Christmas selections. Dec. 9: Reading by local writer Jan Brett (time TBA, Chelsea District Library) and an outdoor performance by the Arbor Consort Carolers (4-5 p.m., Chelsea District Library lawn) while dressed in Victorian holiday costumes. Dec. 10: A raffle (5-6 p.m., Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 S. Main) with a portion of the proceeds going to Chelsea High School graduates. Dec. 17: The chance to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, as well as Chelsea fire & police department staffers (6-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main). Hot cocoa available for kids. Dec. 19: Pick up gingerbread-making kits (noon-2 p.m., Chelsea Palmer Commons, 304 S. Main) to assemble and decorate at home. Dec. 22: "Holiday Spirit" program TBA (time TBA, Chelsea District Library). Dec. 24: Livestream storytime with Santa (1:30-2 p.m., for URL see chelseamich.com/events/hth-virtual-storytime).
Various times and locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 18. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more.
Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 368-9738. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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Sale of handcrafted gifts, holiday decorations, winter apparel, scrubbies, baked treats for pets, and more. Raffle of a handmade fabric Santa figurine, and drawings of other seasonal gifts TBA. The Museum gift shop is open. Proceeds benefit the museum. Cash/check only.
Dexter Area Historical Museum, 3443 Inverness, Dexter. Free admission. 426-2519. [map]


 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar & Christmas Cookies: St. Joseph Catholic Church/Dexter Area Girl Scouts.

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Market with cookies by the pound, scout-made arts & crafts, and Girl Scouts nuts and candy.
St. Joseph Parish Center, 3430 Dover, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Marketplace.

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Dec. 4 & 18. Featuring arts & crafts, bread & baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, and more.
Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 834-3229, DexterWinterMarketplace@gmail.com. [map]


 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft shows and artisan markets, a luncheon with Santa, blacksmithing demonstrations, chili cookoff, games and a scavenger hunt for kids, cocktail crawl for adults, and more. Festivities kick off with a parade (Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.) that brings Santa down Main St. to the mill where he lights the Christmas tree and greets children.
Downtown Manchester. Free admission. facebook.com/manchestermichristmas. 476-4565.


 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Free! 

"2021 All the Trimmings Holiday Show": Marlene Dusbiber.

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14th annual artisan show featuring rug hooking, bears, vintage collectables and antiques, wood carvings, jewelry, artwork, fiber arts and Christmas greens. Free admission, parking and refreshments.
Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Hwy, Chelsea. Free. 734.475.2159. mdusbiber@aol.com https://allthetrimmingsholidayshow.weebly.com/ [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Nine local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, display of work by local watercolor painters and jewelers. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Webster Historical Society and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission. eperry@umich.edu, 915-4915. [map]


 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Display of paintings, ceramics, prints, functional art, books, speciality food and more by over 100 artists and writers. Also, art activities & food vendors.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission, but canned or boxed food donations accepted for $2 shopping credit. AnnArborFair.com. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Large selection of functional and decorative ceramics by local artists. Includes a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 4 & 5. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, and outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge). Also, lace and other fiber craft demonstrations, sales of holiday greens and baked goods, and a "Christmas Market" with handcrafted gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas on Sun. only at an afternoon time TBA. Carolers and live music. Concessions.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (seniors, $4; kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under & members, free). (517) 648-3676.


 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Artisan Market: York Food & Drink.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show and sale of handcrafted goods by more than 30 local artisans, featuring jewelry, pottery, paintings, vintage clothing, specialty food items, and more. Music spun by DJs.
York Yard, 1928 Packard. Free admission. 662-0798. [map]


 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Tues.-Sat., Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.) & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Free admission. 662-3382, elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Market: StudioStudio.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show & sale of work in various media & styles.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), StudioStudio, 1946 Packard. Free admission. studiostudioa2.com. [map]


 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Art on Adare": Local Ann Arbor Artists Open House and Sale.

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Show and sale of works by 3 local artists: fine art jewelry by Idelle Hammond-Sass, carved porcelain pottery by Patricia Cowan, and Carol Furtado, a fiber artist who makes woven, felted, and dyed hats & scarves and silk wearables.
1510 Kearney Rd. Free admission. Masks required. hammond.sass@gmail.com, 741-4441. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Dec. 4 & 5. All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
Huron Pet Supply, 5060 Jackson Rd. $10-$15 donation (includes a digital or printed photo). 747-7575. [map]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Two days of seasonal happenings on the lavishly decorated grounds of Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion, built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter. Santa is on hand to talk with kids. Also, on Fri. only, a tree lighting ceremony.
6-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sat.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Free admission, but donations matched. 426-2519. [map]


 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home for the Holidays": Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade.

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The 46th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, dancers, animals, a hot air balloon, and Santa in his sleigh. Kids invited to meet with Santa after the parade.
Downtown Saline. Free shuttle available from Busch's shopping center, 565 E. Michigan Ave. Free. 429-4494.


 6:30 p.m. 

Art Auction: U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Live auction of artwork by incarcerated artists, PCAP curators, U-M faculty members, and other Michigan artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception. Also, a virtual silent auction starting Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., online at ​​pcapauction2021.ggo.bid.
Michigan League Hussey Rm. Free admission. 647-6771. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Meals on Heels: A Roaring Holiday Event": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Livestream program features music by the Burlington (VT) funk-rock band Funkwagon, cocktail demos by Bar at 327 Braun Court staff, prizes for best 1920s outfit and best shoes, a silent auction, and more. Appetizers for 2 from Simply Scrumptious delivered to the homes of ticketholders. Proceed help provide hot meals for medically homebound Ypsilanti residents.
For tickets ($125 & $150) and URL preregister at a2tix.com. giving@ymow.org, 487-9669.


 7:30 p.m. 

44th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 3-5. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Maggie Rhodes directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and Magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $10-$16 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office and online at cuaa.edu/KreftArts-Tickets. 995-7537. [map]


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Sunday


December 2021
 All Day.  Free! 

35th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3-5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, & 24. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. For complete schedule, see chelseamich.com/hometown-holiday. Dec. 3: Tree lighting ceremony (4-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), and a Live Nativity Scene (6:30-7:30 p.m., Palmer Commons). Dec. 4: Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (time TBA, Chelsea District Library), a parade through downtown Chelsea (6-6:30 p.m.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, Santa, and more, and drop-in to a holiday pet photo booth (12:30-4 p.m., Lane Animal Hospital, 701 N. Main). Dec. 5: Waterloo Farm Museum's "Christmas on the Farm" (see 4 Saturday listing), the chance to visit with Santa at "Donuts & Selfies with Santa" (10 a.m.-noon, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, 125 S. Main), and Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church, 128 Park St.) by the Chelsea Chamber Players and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by Emilie Mayer, Florence Prince, and Christmas selections. Dec. 9: Reading by local writer Jan Brett (time TBA, Chelsea District Library) and an outdoor performance by the Arbor Consort Carolers (4-5 p.m., Chelsea District Library lawn) while dressed in Victorian holiday costumes. Dec. 10: A raffle (5-6 p.m., Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 S. Main) with a portion of the proceeds going to Chelsea High School graduates. Dec. 17: The chance to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, as well as Chelsea fire & police department staffers (6-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main). Hot cocoa available for kids. Dec. 19: Pick up gingerbread-making kits (noon-2 p.m., Chelsea Palmer Commons, 304 S. Main) to assemble and decorate at home. Dec. 22: "Holiday Spirit" program TBA (time TBA, Chelsea District Library). Dec. 24: Livestream storytime with Santa (1:30-2 p.m., for URL see chelseamich.com/events/hth-virtual-storytime).
Various times and locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.


 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Nine local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, display of work by local watercolor painters and jewelers. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Webster Historical Society and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission. eperry@umich.edu, 915-4915. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Artisan Market: York Food & Drink.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show and sale of handcrafted goods by more than 30 local artisans, featuring jewelry, pottery, paintings, vintage clothing, specialty food items, and more. Music spun by DJs.
York Yard, 1928 Packard. Free admission. 662-0798. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Market: StudioStudio.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show & sale of work in various media & styles.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), StudioStudio, 1946 Packard. Free admission. studiostudioa2.com. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Large selection of functional and decorative ceramics by local artists. Includes a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 4 & 5. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, and outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge). Also, lace and other fiber craft demonstrations, sales of holiday greens and baked goods, and a "Christmas Market" with handcrafted gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas on Sun. only at an afternoon time TBA. Carolers and live music. Concessions.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (seniors, $4; kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under & members, free). (517) 648-3676.


  11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Display of paintings, ceramics, prints, functional art, books, speciality food and more by over 100 artists and writers. Also, art activities & food vendors.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission, but canned or boxed food donations accepted for $2 shopping credit. AnnArborFair.com. [map]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Dec. 4 & 5. All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
Huron Pet Supply, 5060 Jackson Rd. $10-$15 donation (includes a digital or printed photo). 747-7575. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Historic Earhart Manor Tour": Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.

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Docent-led tour of this 1935 English-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a top Concordia administrator's office.
Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. $10; preregistration required. Masks required. ConcordiaGuild@cuaa.edu, 995-7509. [map]


 4 p.m. 

44th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 3-5. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Maggie Rhodes directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and Magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $10-$16 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office and online at cuaa.edu/KreftArts-Tickets. 995-7537. [map]





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