If you’re anything like me, the Christmas season starts as soon as Thanksgiving is over. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to cut down our own tree and decorate it with homemade ornaments. Making memories with the family is what makes Christmas extra special. Here are nine fun ways to keep the memories rolling this season.

  1. Stempky Nursery 

As I mentioned, finding a tree is one of my favorite family traditions. Whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first time, Stempky Nursery is a great place to find a tree for your home!

  1. Christmas in the Village

With their decked out grounds and storefronts, Downtown Northville is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Be sure to check out their website for the best times to go! 

  1. Wayne County Lightfest

If you’re not a fan of being out in the cold (who could blame you), you should check out the Wayne County Lightfest! Pile the family in the car and drive through the magical five-mile stretch of Hines Park, displaying nearly 50 animated themed displays and more than 100,000 lights! 

  1. Greenmead

If you love a good craft, concert, or even some trivia, Greenmead is the place for you and your family! 

  1. Holly Days in Downtown Farmington

On December 2nd, check out the Holly Days in Downtown Farmington! Stay warm with a free movie at the Farmington Civic Theatre or ride the train around Riley Park

  1. Ice Skating at Riley Park

Starting in mid-December, Riley Park opens up their ice rink for open skating. But make sure to check back throughout the winter for special themed ice skating such as the glow and Barbie skates in January.

  1. Visit Santa at Maybury Farm

Enjoy holiday music, crafts, farm animals, and shopping on the weekends of December 2nd or 9th at Maybury Farm! Not only that, you can visit Santa on his antique sleigh for a family photo! 

  1.  The Merry and Bright Holiday Parade

If you love a good parade, the Merry and Bright holiday parade is on December 3rd at 4pm! Starting at Frost Middle School, cheer on 50+ local community groups, see floats, collect candy and wave to some special guests from the North Pole! Once the parade ends at City Hall, Santa will help light the civic campus before visiting with families at the Bennett Civic Center Library.

  1. The Glory of Christmas

Lastly, if your family loves plays, be a part of Detroit’s largest Christmas show that creatively re-tells the story of Christmas. 

Whatever you do as you ring in the New Year, be sure to plan a follow up visit to 242 in Livonia to get your year started off right. Check out our website for more information. We always welcome new friends to worship with us. You can learn more about our beliefs and visit our video library to explore more topics like this one. You can also check out our events page to find out what fun new things we’re doing this season. 

Check out our website for more information. We always welcome new friends to worship with us. Find a location that’s close to you! You can learn more about our beliefs and visit our video library to explore more topics like this one. You can also check out our events page to find out what fun new things we’re doing this season.

About the Author: Jahvaka "Chewy" Blaylock
Jahvahka is a southeast Michigan native and grew up attending the Catholic Church. Early on, he developed a heart to serve within his church and in his community through Boy Scouts. He graduated from Kettering University in 2016 and started his career as an automotive engineer. In 2019, Jahvahka felt a call to serve the next generation and left his engineering job to be a student pastor and currently serves as our Livonia Student Pastor. Outside of 2|42, Jahvahka and his wife, Kaylee, share a passion for good coffee, playing board games, and exploring new places

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