As soon as the cold weather arrives, our thoughts naturally turn to the holiday season! We prepare for it for weeks if not months, but if you are behind the eight ball this year, Hawaiian Pools has a list of Michigan holiday attractions, whether you live in Southeast Michigan, or Northwest Ohio.

November & December are times of contrast: The gray days outside herald the coming of the holidays, so we make ourselves warm and cozy inside. For many, it's the time to think about Christmas trees. Here’s a list of Christmas Tree farms within a short driving distance: Michigan Holiday

Addison-Oaks located in Oakland, MI, is a family owned and operated tree farm. They take care to hand trim and shape all of their trees, and they have never been sprayed with pesticides or colorants. The beautiful blue spruce you purchase came that way, naturally.

Blakes’ Orchard and Cidermill is not only a Christmas Tree farm, but also boasts a farm, and a general store to pick up holiday gifts for your friends and family. They are located in Oxford, MI, just a bit northwest of Auburn Hills.

Candy Cane CHRISTmas Tree Farm is also located in Oxford. You can cut your own tree, or choose from a living Christmas tree that is specially planted in a lightweight pot so you can easily transport it. Santa makes a stop the weekend of Thanksgiving, and the following two weekends.

Besides procuring the best tree, you want to make sure you include one or more of these top attractions:

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village is a holiday experience for the entire family. The display begins on November 30th and runs through December 27th, from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Everyone can enjoy Santa and his reindeer, ice skating, historic rides on horse-drawn wagons, model T’s and you don’t want to miss a ride on the 1912 Herschell-Spillman Carousel.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is an experience you don’t want to miss. Located in Royal Oak, MI, The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 260 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the zoo. Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages. The dates are November 17th – December 31st. Since times vary throughout the week, we suggest you contact the zoo prior to making your plans.

Breakfast with Santa also takes place at the Detroit Zoo. The dates are December 8th, 15th, and 16th. Check the times when purchasing your tickets.

A Christmas Carol will be presented at The Wild Swan Theater, located in Ann Arbor, MI. This adaptation is perfect for children 6 to 99. The show is being performed December 5th-9th with varying times. You can check their web site to determine the time that fits your schedule.

Midnight Madness and Kerrytown Kindelfest is a festival takes place the last Friday of November in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. The KindleFest Market, or Christkindlmarkt as known in Germany, features artisans, farmers and retailers selling their holiday wares plus traditional food, mulled wine and beer.

Nite Lights takes place at MIS (Michigan International Speedway) in Brooklyn, MI. Nite Lights is a drive-through Christmas light show that runs from Nov. 22, 2018 thru Jan. 6, 2019. Pictures with Santa, puppet shows, and train rides will also be available for kids of any age.

Handel’s Messiah will be performed on December 1st at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. Composed in 1741, this masterpiece still fills audiences with emotion of the beauty of this timeless work of musical art.

Though the weather outside might be frightful, getting outside in the winter is a fantastic way to stay active. With all the amazing metroparks, you are sure to find one or more that has trails fit for you.

Kensington Park, located in Milton, MI offers:
-Wagon or Sleigh rides (weekends only)
-Cross-Country skiing (weekends only)
-Downhill sledding/ Tobogganing
-Snowboarding
-Bike-Hike Trail
-Ice skating (weather permitting)
-Ice Fishing (weather permitting)

Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, MI has:
-Bike-Hike Trail
-Ice Fishing (weather permitting)
-Geocaching
-Cross-Country Skiing

Stony Creek Metropark is located in Shelby Township, MI for winter fun they offer:
-Bike-Hike Trail
-Ice fishing (weather permitting)
-Geocaching -Snowkiting
-Cross-Country skiing (weekends only)
-Downhill sledding/ Tobogganing
-Snowboarding
-Ice Skating (weather permitting)
-Nature Center

Frankenmuth is a must-see attraction. It would be like we forgot Christmas had we not mentioned it. This town comes to life at Christmas time. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest Christmas Store, and has helped make Frankenmuth one of the nine most Christmassy towns in America. While the whole town glows with star streamers and twinkling lights during the holidays, Christmas Lane at Bronner’s is illuminated 365 days a year with over 50,000 strings of lights and the Silent Night Memorial Chapel is wonderful any time of year. The Old Christmas Station restaurant hosts a museum of antique ornaments and Christmas cookies can be found year-round as well in Christmas Town USA.

Skiing is a popular sport in Michigan, and this winter you are sure to enjoy one of the slopes located close enough for a day trip. Boyne Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Ski Mount Holly, Mt. Brighton, and many others are all located in the lower peninsula. Create a mini-vacation, and head up across the Mackinac Bridge to ski Mt. Zion, Porcupine Mountains, Mount Bohemia, and Marquette Mountain, just to name a few. With all of the wonderful sights, sounds, and outdoor activities to enjoy over the long, winter months, you’ll almost forget that your inground swimming pool is closed!

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