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Your Guide to Holiday Events in Rochester, Rochester Hills

From the lights to the parade, there's lots to do to celebrate the season this week around town.

Here's a guide to some of the popular community events celebrating the Christmas season. Click on each event for more details. Then, help us make this list all-inclusive by adding details of your own events in the comments section attached to this story.

Gingerbread House at Royal Park Hotel

  • When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Christmas
  • Where: The lobby of the Royal Park Hotel
  • Cost: Free to admire and take photos 

A Christmas Carol

  • When: Friday Nov. 16 through Dec. 23
  • Where: Meadowbrook Theatre
  • Cost: $17-$34
  • To reserve a spot: 248-377-3300 

Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

  • When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 23-Dec. 22
  • Where: Meadow Brook Hall
  • Cost: $5-$20

Lagniappe (and the start of the )

  • When: 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26
  • Where: Downtown Rochester
  • Cost: Free

Kris Kringle Market

  • When: 2-9 p.m. Nov. 30, noon-10 p.m. Dec. 1 
  • Where: West Fourth Street between Main and Market streets in downtown Rochester
  • Cost: Free to browse, but there is a cost for food, drinks and shopping at the outdoor European-style market.

'Forever Christmas'

  • When: Nov. 30-Dec. 9 (shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays)
  • Where: Avon Players Theatre
  • Cost: $18
  • More information: www.­AvonPlayers.­org

Annual Greens Market

  • When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
  • Where: St Philip's Episcopal Church
  • Cost: $2

the OPC Annual Christmas Show

  • When: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 7
  • Where: Older Persons Commission
  • Cost:  Free
  • To reserve a spot: 248-608-0251

Santa's Visit on the Farm

  • When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
  • Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
  • Cost: $4 for members; $7 for nonmembers; adults are free.
  • To reserve a spot: 248.656.4663

Hometown Christmas Parade

  • When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
  • Where: Down Main Street in downtown Rochester
  • Cost: Free to watch

Polar Express Celebration

  • When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
  • Where: Rochester Hills Public Library
  • Cost: Free
  • To reserve a spot: Sign up beginning Nov. 23 at www.rhpl.org

Brunch With Santa

  • When: 10-noon Saturday, Dec. 15
  • Where: The Rochester Community House
  • Cost: $4 for kids; $7 12 and over
  • To reserve a spot: 248-651-0622

Story Time with Santa at Dinosaur Hill

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9; groups start at 11 a.m. 
  • Where: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
  • Cost: $7 per child
  • To reserve a spot: Call 248-656-0999

Rochester Symphony Orchestra "Lights of the Season"

  • When: 8:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14
  • Where: St. Andrew Church, Rochester
  • Cost: $25.00 adult; $5.00 student
  • To reserve your spot:  248-651-4181

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

  • When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
  • Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
  • Cost: $4 for members; $7 for nonmembers; $10 at the door.
  • To reserve a spot: 248.656.4663

Elegant Christmas Luncheon to benefit Rochester Symphony

  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18 
  • Where: Royal Park Hotel 
  • Cost: $45 per person 
  • To reserve a spot: 248-651-7337
D November 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I was on the Patch website and tried to Print the holiday schedule.. AND IT CRASHED ..... my ability to Print and disabled my malware... Seriously what's going on???
Lisa DeGrieck November 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
On Monday 11/26 do you know what time the light show countdown begins? 7pm?
Theresa LaPorte November 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
The Patch unfortunately never prints correctly for me either...
Kristin Bull (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Lisa - the show/countdown begins at 6:45 with the lights going on at 7. Here are the details: http://patch.com/E-qlv3
Sally Edwards November 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
November 30 - December 1 - The 66th Annual Greens Market presented by the Rochester Garden Club. Affordagel Fresh Greens, Hand crafted gifts, Permanent and Fresh Arrangements, Herbal gifts, treats for your pets, and more.... St. Philips Episcopal Church, 100 Romeo Road (across from Dairy Queen). Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kristin Bull (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Sorry you are having problems printing. I contacted our support desk for Patch and they suggest changing to a different browser to try to print; if that doesn't work, they have suggested you email support@patch.com and they will try to help you troubleshoot! I love our Help desk!
Shelley Chastain November 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I am wondering if you can point me to the right person, I was at the Bright Lights fundraiser in the summer and I won the lighting ceremony. At that time they told me they would contact me. I have never received any phone calls, messages or emails. I gave them all this information to contact me and I am very disappointed in them. They have never even attempted to get ahold of me. Shelley Chastain
Renee Perkins November 25, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Shelly call the Downtown Development Authority. They will help you. They are location above Holland Florist in main street.
Daniela Zobrist November 25, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Friday November 30 from 6-9pm at Long Meadow Elementary School (450 Allston) Ladies Night Out - Shop 'Til You Drop!!! Over 40 vendors and crafters with goods and services just in time for your holiday shopping!!! Custom children's and doll clothes, handmade jewelry, purses, soaps and so much more... Bake Sale and Silent Auction...$3 at the door and enjoy a coffee or water and enjoy a fun night out!!! For more information please go to Long Meadow Partners in Play new FB page!!
Shelley Chastain November 25, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Thank you Renee!
Christi Clemens Kane November 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Are they still taking vendors? Who do I contact?

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