Celebrate! Holidays and Festivals In and Around Rochester!

Take a peek at the festivals and fun going on this month and start planning which events you want to clear your calendar for.

Lagniappe November 20th
Join the merchants of downtown Rochester when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year! Big, Bright Light Show Kickoff. The lights light up the town until January 7th.

Shop & Support The Small Business November 25
Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 25th. We encourage everyone to shop small in Downtown Rochester! Enjoy complimentary carriage rides
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM  E. Fourth & Main

Friday Night Carriage Rides ….DECEMBER 1, 8, 15 & 22
Friday Night Carriage Rides will be offered in Downtown Rochester on the above dates from 6:00 – 9:00 pm each night. Rides will be stationed at the corner of E. Fourth & Main Street. Friday Night Carriage Rides are free and rides will be given at a first come, first serve basis. No advanced reservations are accepted.

Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 3, 2017 2:00pm – 5:00pm

The Village of Rochester Hills once again continues the tradition of a visit with Santa-without all the commercial hype. It is a free visit and no cost because you get to take your own photos. Enjoy the magic of “Santa’s Snug” and start your holiday tradition at the Village of Rochester Hills.

SANTA HOURS: Please note that Santa will need to take a break mid way through his shift when he is working long days….to use the restroom, feed the reindeer or even grab a cookie.

Santa Visits-November 2017
Friday, November 17, 8-10p *Light the Village
Saturday, November 18, 5-8p *Special Needs Only
Sunday, November 19, 3-6pm *Pet Night Only ($10 donation)
Thanksgiving – Closed
Friday, November 24, 11a-8p
Saturday, November 25, 11a-8p
Sunday, November 26, 1-5p

Santa Visits-December 2017
Friday, December 1, 4-8p
Saturday, December 2, 1-8p
Sunday, December 3, 1-5p
Friday, December 8, 3-8pm
Saturday, December 9, 10a-8p
Sunday, December 10, 1-5p
Friday, December 15, 5-8p
Saturday, December 16, 10a-8pm
Sunday, December 17, 1-5p
Friday, December 22, 10a-8p
Saturday, December 23, 10a-8p
Sunday, December 24, 10a-5pm

Light the Village 2017

The 16th Annual Light the Village is on November 17, 2017. This holiday tradition hosted by the Village of Rochester Hills brings the community of Rochester Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods together for an evening of celebration and “plain-ole” fun! It’s about giving back to the community and kicking off the holiday season. It’s an evening for families and friends to come together and experience a TRADITION; the tradition of music and entertainment, the tradition of a festive light display, the tradition of SANTA’s arrival and the tradition of family and friends gathered for a community purpose.

“After a 16 year tradition, the Village continues to keep Light the Village unique and fresh with new features each year,” states Marketing Director, Shelleen McHale. “The City of Rochester Hills brought us an amazing light show two years ago, and this year it will grow with a sponsorship from Ascension Crittenton Hospital. The fireworks have become one of the highlights of the event along with the lighting of our Village and of course the arrival of Santa.” In addition to lighting the Village with over 800,000 lights, which includes the 25 foot Christmas tree, the sky will once again be illuminated with fireworks and music show. It is truly an event families do not want to miss! Kick off the holiday season with us and bring donations to support the local Meals on Wheels program that is brought to our community through the OPC.

Festivities begin at six in the evening with family-friendly activities, music and entertainment. The annual parade will kick off at 7 o’clock sharp with the highlight of the trip down Village Main ending with the man of the hour, Old St. Nick!
Motor City Irish Dancers, Caroling with the Violette’s, Dancing with Pointe Academy, Bounce Houses, Mini-FireTruck Rides, Hot Cocoa from the OPC, Soup from Noodles & Co, Stilt Walkers, Facepainting, Glow Sticks, Parade with the Rochester Hills Fire Department, Stoney Creek HS Band, visits with Santa….and more!


November 25, 2017
Join us in Children’s park for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Gazebo.
3:30 pm – 5 pm meet Mrs. Claus and reindeer as she strolls through downtown.
5:30 pm Tree Lighting Ceremony begins.

Holiday Lighted Parade
Date: December 2, 2017
Lake Orion is the home of one of the only nighttime holiday lighted parades in Michigan. In fact, it’s the second largest lighted holiday parade in the nation!! The event—sponsored, planned and coordinated by the Orion Area Parade Group (OAPG) — takes place starting at dusk, the first Saturday each December.
Featuring: ‘Shop with a Hero’ donation – Jordan Knudsen of Knude Products
Caroling provided by the Orion Art Center
Lighting of the Tree by American Legion Honored Veteran Bob Butler

Glacier Pointe Ice Complex December 3, 2017
Sunday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
4150 Dove Road
Port Huron, Michigan 48060
$10 admission includes open skate and a glow stick. DJ entertainment provided. Complimentary skate rentals. Proceeds to support Raegan Shepherd’s journey’s as she ‘Skates through Scoliosis’. Other glow merchandise available for purchase. Presented by Woman’s Life Chapter 611 and Port Huron Figure Skating Club.

Elf – The Musical Photo #1
December 20, 2017 Wednesday 7:30 PM
Fox Theatre Detroit
2211 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

If you like to see more cities or events, please email us at Caron@CaronKoteles.com
We will be updating as more events pop up!

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