Date Book: Winter's Wonders

Downtown Rochester is all aglow during the Big Bright Light Show.

Dec. 16-17 // Christmas Open House at the historic Ford-MacNichol Home museum, built in 1896, is held in a setting decorated in the traditional décor of the past. 2610 Biddle, Wyandotte, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., 12-4 p.m. Sat.; 734-324-7284, wyandottemuseums.org. No admission charge during event.

Through Dec. 22 // Meadow Brook: The Wonders of Winter marks its 40th annual Holiday Walk. Explore the 110-room Tudor Revival mansion when it’s dressed in holiday finery. 480 S. Adams (on the grounds of Oakland University), Rochester, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 248-364-6200, meadowbrookhall.org. $20 adults, $5 ages 17 and under when accompanied by adult.

Through Dec. 23 // Art for the Holidays turns the Detroit Artists Market in Midtown into a one-of-a-kind holiday gift shop brimming with handmade items by local artists. 4719 Woodward, Detroit, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Tue.-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Sun.; 313-832-8540, detroitartistsmarket.org. $10 members, $20 non-members.

Through Jan. 1 // The annual Big Bright Light Show illuminates downtown Rochester for the sixth year. Buildings along Main Street are covered with twinkling, colored light strings. Downtown Rochester, 6 p.m.-midnight nightly.; 248-656-0060, downtownrochestermi.com.

Through Jan. 7 // The Holiday Shop at The Grosse Pointe Art Center showcases paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and other hand-crafted gifts. 16900 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe, noon-6 p.m. Tue.-Thur. Open until 9 p.m. every Thur. (December only); 313-821-1848, grossepointeartcenter.org.

Jan. 27-28 // Michigan Design Center’s semi-annual floor-sample sale offers designer-quality home furnishings at clearance prices of up 70-percent off in showrooms. 1700 Stutz Dr., Troy, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 877-393-0330, michigandesign.com. $5.

Jan. 27-29 // The Home Improvement Show boasts more than 500 vendors featuring kitchens, baths, remodeling, and appliances. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi, 2-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.; 248-348-5600, suburbancollectionshowplace.com. $8 adults, ages 12 and under admitted free.

March 9-11 // Michigan Home & Garden Show showcases hundreds of exhibits for home-and-garden products and services, such as construction, remodeling, retail garden centers, and landscape projects. The show also includes free seminars from experts and features gardens from local landscape designers. Pontiac Silverdome, 1200 Featherstone Rd., Pontiac, noon-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.; 800-328-6550, showspan.com. $10 adults, $5 children 6-14, under 5 free.


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