3 Festivals to Attend This December in Metro Detroit

By: Michael Fossbakk | November 28, 2016

The holiday season is here and with our bellies filled with all manner of Thanksgiving food, we want to highlight a few of the upcoming holiday festivals happening in metro Detroit in December.

Holly Dickens Festival

Celebrating its 43rd year, the Holly Dickens Festival is scheduled to take place over the course of three consecutive weekends. The first weekend just ended yesterday, but the weekend of December 3rd and December 10th are just on the horizon.

Each weekend will showcase a special theme with attractions unique to that particular weekend. This weekend, December 3-4, has been dubbed “Decked Out for Dickens,” and will include unique attractions, like the opportunity for children to send postcards to Santa Claus, a holiday bookmark crafts area, a live nativity scene and more. For the full schedule of events, head over to the Holly Dickens Festival website.

Pontiac Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, December 3rd is the date to remember for the annual Pontiac Holiday Extravaganza. The Extravaganza is comprised of several events throughout the day. Things kick off with the Winterfun Festival at 8 a.m., which consists of an ice carving competition, a petting farm, Santa’s reindeer, s’mores and more. The annual parade, with professional floats from The Parade Company, marching bands, fire trucks and choreographed dancers, will begin at 11 a.m. Finally, at 2:30 p.m., kids will have the opportunity to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Pontiac Public Library.

Downtown Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival

The popular Downtown Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival will take place this year on Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Come watch as sculpters transform blocks of ice into works of art. Nearly 50 different ice sculptures will line the streets of downtown Ferndale, but that’s not all there is to enjoy. Kids can enjoy a reindeer petting zoo, hayrides and a visit from St. Nick himself.