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Enjoy These Local Creative Holiday Events & Programs

Enjoy programs and presentations from your arts + creative community

11/21 - 12/30/21, The Artists' Studio & Gallery - Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale

Ten local artists on exhibit. Details.

11/25/21, 8:15 a.m. - 10 a.m., Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Join in for Holiday fun, costumes and running before your Thanksgiving Day feast. Details.  

11/26 - 12/23/21, Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans

Every Tues.- Sat., Nov. 26 - Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists. Details

11/26/21, 12 - 7 p.m., 11/27, 10-6 p.m., 11/28, 12 - 6 p.m. Art Sale at The Valley

A local marketplace of fine artists offering the unique opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind handmade items in a stunning local venue, The Valley barn at Frutig Farms! Thanksgiving weekend only. Details.

11/27 - 11/28/21, Opening Weekend at Holiday Makers Market

Join us on our opening weekend and explore a curated market of an eclectic mix of 25+ makers & artists at our first ever Holiday Makers Market at Ella! Details

11/28/21, 12 - 4 p.m., Ypsilanti Holiday Market

Visit the Ypsilanti Freighthouse for an Ypsilanti Holiday Market featuring 25 Ypsilanti-based artisans and live entertainment. Details

11/28/21, Artists Sunday - Earth's Largest Art Event

Artists Sunday is a nationwide art-shopping event taking place with professional artists, nonprofit art organizations and municipalities across the country. Shop with local artists, creators and makers, Artists Sunday®, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Details.

11/28/21, 6 p.m., "Big Band Holidays" UMS Presents Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the orchestra-widely regarded as the finest large jazz ensemble playing today-in new and traditional big band arrangements of sacred and secular Christmas music. Details

11/28/21, 6 p.m., Depot Town Tree Lighting Celebration

The Depot Town Tree Lighting Celebration kicks off with a Holiday Market organized by Ypsilanti residents from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Later as the sun sets, enjoy the tree lighting. Details

12/12/21, 4 p.m. Once Upon A December Eve

An eclectic mix of holiday favorites, jazz arrangements, stunning classical gems and contemporary carols. Details.

11 - 12/21, 1 - 3 p.m., CulturePop Winterfest

CulturePop funds simple, engaging arts and culture activations in Downtown Detroit spaces in an effort to help CultureSource member organizations build new audiences and share their talents. Details.

12/2/21 - 1/2/22, Theatre Nova Presents “An Almost British Christmas” by Carla Milarch and R. MacKenzie Lewis

For ticket information, show times and COVID-19 entry requirements. Details.

12/3/21, 4 - 6:30 p.m., Chelsea Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join in for the annual Hometown holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! Free pizza from Jet's while supplies last, plus hot cocoa and sweet treats by Lakehouse Bakery (for purchase) available. Details.

12/3 - 12/4/21, 1 p.m., Christmas at the Mansion - a Family Tradition at Gordon Hall

Join in for an outdoor event at Gordon Hall to kick off the Christmas season. Santa will welcome kids of all ages, so bring your camera! Attendees will enjoy a Christmas tree lighting (Friday night), hot drinks and cookies. Details

12/3/21, 9 a.m., Festive Friday

Visit the Kerrytown District on Festive Friday to check off your shopping list, partake in special holiday promotions and enjoy the festive atmosphere in Ann Arbor's beloved Kerrytown community while stores stay open late! Details

12/3/21, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Downtown Ypsilanti Tree Lighting at Library Plaza

Enjoy caroling with the Ypsilanti Community High School Choir and the Ypsilanti Community Choir while sipping hot chocolate and decorating cookies. Santa will join in for the tree lighting and a photo op in his sleigh! Details

12/3/21, 7 - 11 p.m., Midnight Madness

Shop Downtown Ann Arbor while stores are open late, full of Holiday cheer and offer sales and specials. Details

12/3 - 12/4/21, Manchester's Christmas in the Village

A Village Christmas Tradition! Seven simultaneous craft shows, festival of trees, decorating contests, Christmas parade and more. Details.

12/4/21, 9 a.m., Dexter Holiday Bazar

The Dexter Heritage Guild will host their annual Holiday Bazaar along with the Dexter Area Museum’s Gift Shop featuring Christmas gift items, ornaments, famous scrubbies, special treats for pets and much more. Details

12/4/21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., All the Trimmings Holiday Show

This fourteenth annual show will feature local artisans showcasing their woodcarvings, bears, pastels, textiles, watercolors, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, rug hooking and fresh Christmas greens. Details.

12/4/21, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Winter Market Studio:Studio

Dec. 4 & 5. Show and sale of work in various media and styles. Details

12/4/21, 3 - 9 p.m., Krampus Market at The YPSI

The organizers of Holy Bones Festival bring you the Krampus Market at The YPSI. Find a small collection of vendors selling Krampus, creepy, and holiday-themed goods. Details

12/4/21, 5 - 9 p.m., A Superhero Christmas Parade

The Milan Area Chamber has hosted the Christmas Parade in Milan for over 20 years. The parade draws a large attendance and makes a wonderful evening for families and friends to enjoy the season. Details

12/4/21, 5:30 - 9 p.m., Saline Holiday Parade

The 45-year annual Holiday Parade has lots of lights, music and entertainment including a visit by Santa! Details

12/4/21, 6 p.m., Chelsea Hometown Holiday Light Parade

Join in for the annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade! The parade runs along Chelsea's Main Street from Old US 12 to Jackson Street. Details

12/4/21, 6:30 p.m., Grass Lake Festival of Lights Parade & Tree Lighting

Join us for the 11-year annual Festival of Lights parade "Candyland Christmas" presented by the Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and emceed by Ghostrider DJ Joe DeBoe. Details.

12/5/21, 5 p.m., "Christmas Celebration: Concert4aCause" Northside Community Church

Sheree and Paul Clark direct the church's chancel and bell choirs in a varied program of vocal and instrumental holiday music with spirituals. Details

12/10 - 12/11/21, 10 a.m., Christmas Town Craft Show

Join us for our first annual Christmas Town Craft Show at the brand new American 1 Event Center located at 128 W. Ganson Street, Jackson MI. Details

12/10 - 12/12/21, Grand Opening and Holiday Show: Yourist Studio Gallery

Display of both functional and decorative ceramics by 21 Yourist studio artists. This annual show also celebrates the opening of Yourist's spacious new facility. Details

12/11/21, 3 p.m., A Boychoir Christmas

The Boychoir of Ann Arbor, led by Music Director, Dr. John Boonenberg, proudly presents the 35-year annual performance of "A Boychoir Christmas" featuring the unique and glorious sound of this outstanding local choir of boys ages 8 to 18 singing beloved classics and beautiful modern settings of choral Christmas repertoire. Details.

12/11/21, 2 p.m., 12/7/21 at 7 p.m., Ballet Chelsea Presents The Nutcracker

This is Ballet Chelsea’s fourth year of collaboration with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra—expect a spectacular event. Details.

12/12/21, 5 p.m., Community Holiday Sing: Ann Arbor Civic Chorus

Karen TenBrink directs the 40+ member chorus in a program TBA. Bring a chair to sit in, if you like. Details

12/17/21, 6 - 11:59 p.m., Ugly Sweater Party at the Beer Grotto in Dexter

Tap Takeover with Bell's Brewery. Featuring "Uberon" and "Imperial Rye" plus other Bell's beer and Ugly Sweaters Galore! Details

12/18 - 12/19/21, 1st Annual Ypsilanti Holiday Extravaganza

11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.) Holiday sale of works homemade crafts by 40 Ypsilanti-based artisans. Details

12/18/21, 4 and 7 p.m., "Christmas Celebration:" The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale

Dec. 18 & 21. Broadcast of prerecorded performances of this local choir, led by Darnell Ishmel, singing Christmas favorites and spirituals by African American composers and arrangers. First in a series of concerts through fall 2022 celebrating the group's 50-year anniversary. Details.

12/21/21, 2 - 6 p.m., Christmas Eve Luminaria

The annual Christmas Eve Luminaria sales will continue this year out of the KJ House garage, 302 E Main St in Manchester. Details

Remember Your Favorite Charity on Tuesday, Nov. 30!

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, people will unite for a worldwide celebration of generosity.  GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods and advocacy to support communities and causes. 

Are you in? 

The truth is that arts + creative nonprofits are struggling to survive as audiences remain cautious because of COVID-19. 
In this time of uncertainty, here’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope: together we can do extraordinary things. Join us on #GivingTuesday and let’s rally!
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Creative Washtenaw is the arts + creative industry authority in Washtenaw County. A regional agency, its mission is to advocate for and support Creative Washtenaw and ensure that the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan, region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.

The intrinsic and aesthetic values of the arts and creativity are determining factors of success for the members of Creative Washtenaw: Creative people from students to industry experts leading the sector locally, nationally and internationally. They are professionals and amateurs who have creative practices, own creative businesses, hold creative jobs in profit, nonprofit and government entities; and offer creative products, services and programs throughout the Washtenaw community.

Creative Washtenaw serves Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Whitmore Lake and Ypsilanti plus the 21 townships in the county. It is committed to, forever evolving and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Creative Washtenaw is supported by its members, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

For more information, please go to https://creativewashtenaw.org/ or 734-213-2733.