This December, Ann Arbor has loads of opportunities for entertainment and fun for everyone! With special events and daily activities taking place all month long, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. From holiday happenings like Manchester’s Christmas in the Village and New Year's Eve parties in Ann Arbor to Dexter’s dazzling light parade and an annual music festival in Ypsilanti, you’ll find the Ann Arbor area is exactly where you want to be!

Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday Weekend
Become a part of a holiday tradition by attending the 33rd annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday weekend! Kick things off with the ceremonial tree lighting Friday night, followed by a weekend full of excitement and family fun. Enjoy cookie decorating and a special breakfast with Santa, in addition to a variety of returning holiday favorites such as the Artisan’s Holiday Show and Ballet Chelsea’s 22nd annual performance of The Nutcracker.

Kerrytown KindleFest
Explore Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown District during Kerrytown KindleFest. Known as Christkindlmarkt in Germany, this holiday shopping extravaganza will bring dozens of artisans selling handmade products, traditional food and sweet treats including bratwursts and roasted nuts, mulled wine, beer, fire pits to keep warm, plus family-friendly entertainment throughout the event!  KindleFest coincides with Midnight Madness and Moonlight Madness, where numerous shops and eateries are open late and offering you special deals and discounts.

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels 23rd Annual Holiday Home Tour
Get in touch with your holiday spirit by taking a tour of selected Ypsilanti homes, especially decorated for you to enjoy and admire for this holiday season! This year, the self-guided tour invites you inside four beautiful homes during this decades-old Ypsilanti holiday favorite. Attend the afterglow reception at the historic Michigan Firehouse Museum, where you’ll enjoy refreshments, live jazz, dancing, a silent auction, and so much more all in support of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.  

December 1

Songs of the Season: A Winter Concert
Dexter High School
2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter

Southeast Michigan Model Train Show & Sale
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor

December 3

The Moth StorySLAM: Traditions
Zingerman’s Greyline
100 N. Ashley St., Ann Arbor

December 5-8

A Christmas Carol
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor

December 6

Downtown Ypsilanti Tree Lighting
Ypsilanti District Library – Main Branch
229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

First Fridays Ypsilanti
Downtown & Depot Town, Ypsilanti

Kerrytown Kindlefest
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor

Midnight Madness & Moonlight Madness
Main Street & State Street area, Ann Arbor

December 6-8

Hometown Holiday 2019
Downtown Chelsea

December 7

23rd Annual Holiday Home Tour & Reception
Various Locations, Ypsilanti

Christmas at the Mansion
Gordon Hall
3443 Inverness St., Dexter

Dixon’s Violin
Stone Chalet Bed and Breakfast Inn and Event Center
1917 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor

Freighthouse Holiday Festival
Ypsilanti Freighthouse
100 Market Pl., Ypsilanti

Manchester’s Christmas in the Village
Downtown Manchester

Saline Christmas Parade
Downtown Saline

Milan ChristmasTown
Downtown Milan

December 8

Jon McLaughlin “This Time of Year” Tour
The Ark
316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor

December 13

Dexter After Dark
Downtown Dexter

A Man for Christmas: A Made for TV Musical Parody
Back Office Studio
13 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti

Holiday Pops
Hill Auditorium
825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor

December 14

Christian Sands Trio
Blue LLama Jazz Club
314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor

Dexter Daze Light Parade
Downtown Dexter

Family Friendly Holiday Drag Queen Story Time & Show
Tap Room
201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

The Nutcracker
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
U-M Power Center
121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor

Tiny Expo Indie Art & Craft Fair
Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor

December 14-15

DIYpsi Holiday Market 2019
Riverside Arts Center
76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti

December 17

Bike Ypsi’s Annual Holiday Lights Ride
Ypsilanti area

Gender Embodiment Workshop
Ann Arbor YMCA
400 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor

December 18

Comedy Rumble 9: Ladies Dancing
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
212 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor

Cultural Q&A: Holidays and Celebrations
International House Ann Arbor

921 Church St., Ann Arbor

December 21

Santa Visits the Yankee Air Museum
Yankee Air Museum
47884 D St., Belleville

December 26-31

Jeff Daniels: Onstage & Unplugged
Purple Rose Theatre Company
137 Park St., Chelsea

December 27-29

Mittenfest XIV
Riverside Arts Center
76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti

December 29-31

Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest
The Dance Pavilion

1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti

December 31

Live Comedy: NYE with Kristen Key
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
212 S Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor

Pre-New Year’s Eve Party
Blue LLama Jazz Club
314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor

New Year’s Eve Party
Blind Pig
208 S. First St., Ann Arbor


View our full calendar of events here

For all holiday happenings in the area, visit our holiday events calendar here