The holidays are for making memories and for me, the Christmas season officially begins the day after Thanksgiving. That’s when we pull out the totes full of decorations, and turn the house into a Christmas Wonderland. We’ll blast the Christmas music as we decorate and truly get into the seasons spirit! Besides decorating the house (and baking just a few Christmas cookies), we love attending fun, family-friendly Christmas activities in the Brighton area. Here’s a few of my recommendations!

  1. Go sledding at Genoa Township Park.
    I know that as we get older sledding is one of those activities that once you’re all done, you start to ache in places that didn’t quite get sore like before, but it’s so worth it. Genoa Township Park has a hill that will leave you wanting more.


  2. Holiday Glow and Christmas Market in Downtown Brighton Nov. 18th.
    What can make a Saturday in December better? Christmas lights and Christmas festivites! Come to downtown Brighton for a Saturday on Main St. filled with all things Christmas. From lights that hang over your head, to Jollie Choo Choo Train, to a nativity petting farm, shopping, meeting the one and only Santa, and so much more!

  3. Check out local concerts and theater, like Hartland Players production of A Christmas Story or Holiday Pops at BCPA.
    If coming to the BCPA isn’t on your Christmas bucket list, it should be! Come and see these amazing actors and singers in action. It truly is such a special treat and will surely get you in the Christmas spirit.


  4. Volunteer as a family Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army.
    “Make a difference with every ring.” There’s nothing quite like giving back during the holiday season and belling ringing is a perfect way to give back. Follow the link above to be able to sign up at a location nearest you.


  5. Kick off the season with Fantasy of Lights.
    Howell’s Fantasy of Lights is a staple tradition! Make sure to get there early to find a great spot to watch the parade, shop, or if you’re a runner, join in the 5K.


  6. Make it a date night in downtown Brighton at the Wilde Theater
    Your experience at the Wilde Theater will be like no other! This year stars the production, Every Christmas Story Ever ToldA Christmas Carole and changes into some other Christmas classic like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, The Grinch and more. You won’t want to miss it!



  7. Spend some time outdoors at one of the holiday events at the two local Metro Parks.
    Sledding is always a plus, but there is so much to do outside during winter time. You can go snow shoeing, take a walk through the wood, bundle up and play on the playground, have a snowball fight, or truly just let your inner child out with your imagination.



  8. Take the family shopping for a kid in need.
    I’m sure we all know the red bins around the stores for Toys for Tots, but it truly is a blessing giving back. Make sure to stop and see what truly is around us and the reason for the season and give back.



  9. Support local makers at craft shows like the Holiday Bazaar.
    2|42 Community Church – Brighton is hosting the second annual Holiday Bazaar! Make sure to stop in and shop till you drop. These artist’s handmade creations will make great handmade gifts for friends and family this season.



  10. Have a ladies night on Dec. 7th shopping in downtown Howell and Brighton.
    If you’re anything like me while I love to find a gift my friends and family will love, the special time hunting with my mama is my favorite part. Grab your favorite gal-pal and head into downtown Brighton and Howell to have some great quality time!


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About the Author: Michelle Ounanian
Michelle Ounanian has been a part of 2|42 since the first launch weekend in 2005. She began working as middle school pastor in 2013 and now serves as the Brighton Campus Pastor. She believes a person’s greatest opportunity for growth and healing is when they are known in a church community and feel like they matter to the mission. Michelle graduated from Calvin University thinking she would return to her hometown of Detroit after graduation. She says, “I got halfway there and God sent me on a detour. That was almost 20 years ago.” Now, Michelle lives in Brighton with her family and two wild dogs.

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