Events in Michigan

Amy S. Eckert

Check out our calendar of events to discover great ways to escape cabin fever in Minnesota.

Various decorated trees in front of a holiday home tour Jason Schneider

Visit these former residences to experience the spirit of Christmases past—and Christmas present.

Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester

More than 50 decorated Christmas trees plus holiday lights adorn this 110-room estate during the Holidays at Meadow Brook, Nov. 24–Dec. 30. Explore the house on a self-guided tour or combine your visit with a festive Holiday Tea. 

Hackley & Hume Historic Site, Muskegon 

The Hackley and Hume mansions are never more lovely than they are at Christmas. Victorian stairways are wrapped in evergreen garlands, and parlors are furnished with period Christmas trees. Tours are available on select dates in November and December. 

Honolulu House, Marshall

Abner Pratt built his 1860 estate in an architectural style that would remind him of his time in Hawaii. Tour guests can see the house dressed in its Christmas finery in December. 

Now–Jan. 7 
After Cubism: Modern Art in Paris, 1918–1948

The Detroit Institute of Arts examines the rise of Paris’ modernist art movement with drawings, prints and photographs by such talents as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Ilse Bing, Claude Cahun, Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. 

Now–Jan. 14 
Tiffany Lamps: The Richard H. Driehaus Collection 

An exhibition of lamps and a stained-glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his designer, Clara Driscoll, brighten the galleries of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  

Now–Jan. 15 
Mandela: The Official Exhibition

More than 150 artifacts recount the personal and political experiences of Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most iconic civil rights leaders, at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn. 

Nov. 17–18 
Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight 

The Grand Rapids Symphony and its chorus present this beloved classic at the DeVos Performance Hall in a setting evocative of its premier performance in Dublin in 1742. 

Nov. 17–Dec. 23
Wonderland of Lights 

Potter Park Zoo in Lansing illuminates its walkways with twinkling light displays and features live holiday music at this popular annual event, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2023. 

Nov. 18 
Joe Bonamassa 

The three-time Grammy nominee blues rock guitarist brings his talents and a set list from his Tales of Time album to the Fox Theatre stage in Detroit. 

Nov. 22
The 1975

This English band defies musical genres and continually tops the U.K. pop charts with its soulful alternative rock sound. The band takes its show to the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. 

Nov. 23
Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot 

The popular 10K, 5K, 1-mile and combo events encourage runners to dress in costume and run Detroit’s city streets before the start of America’s Thanksgiving Parade. 

Nov. 29–Dec. 17 
Disney’s Frozen the Musical

Anna, Elsa and their friends bring this Oscar-winning film to the stage with magical special effects and an expanded musical repertoire at the Detroit Opera House. 

Dec. 1–2, 8–9, 15–16
Magic at the Mill 

Holland’s 250-year-old Dutch windmill De Zwaan forms the centerpiece of a synchronized sound and light show featuring LED tulips and an appearance by the Dutch Sinterklaas. 

Dec. 2 
Christmas in the Village

Downtown Roscommon welcomes the holiday with a craft show, book fair and breakfast with Santa before the start of the Electric Light Parade and the tree lighting.  

Dec. 6–7 
A Magical Cirque Christmas 

Some of the world’s best acrobatic performers bring their creative interpretations to holiday music for a spectacular Christmas show at the Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. 

Dec. 7
Menorah in the D 

Celebrate the arrival of Hanukkah, the festival of lights, in downtown Detroit’s Cadillac Square, with the lighting of the city’s 26-foot-tall menorah, live entertainment, snacks and hot drinks. 

Dec. 26 
Lighting of the Motor City Kwanzaa Kinara 

Downtown Detroit marks the arrival of this African American cultural tradition in Campus Martius Park with the lighting of a 30-foot-tall kinara, believed to be one of the world’s largest. 

Dec. 31–Jan. 1
Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop 

More than 6,000 LED lights cover the ball at one of western Michigan’s largest ball drops. The ball falls precisely at midnight and is accompanied by live entertainment, dancing and a fireworks show. 

Jan. 6 
Mania: The ABBA Tribute 

Grand Rapids’ DeVos Performance Hall hosts an evening of ABBA music at this two-hour re-creation of one of the iconic Swedish band’s most memorable concerts. 

Jan. 13
Michigan Adventure Race, Winter Edition 

Hike or run and snowshoe on and off the trails near Rockford to find hidden checkpoints and complete The Amazing Race-style challenges in America’s largest winter adventure race. 

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