Dec 1, 2011

What's The Buzz? December 2 - 4 2011

FREE Santa Visit at The Funky Frog, Children's Resale Boutique Dec 4 from 11AM - 1PM

Come to a FREE visit with The Real Santa Claus ( before you attend the Downtown Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade!

Parents bring your cameras and take your own shots, kiddos bring your wish lists and have a one-on-one with the Big Guy! Funky Frog will have snacks and the first 72 kids receive a free goodie bag.

America's Premier Holiday Celebration at Greenfield Village December 2-3, 9-10, 16-23 and 26-27, 2011 (6:30pm - 10pm)
Step into a Christmas card from the past. Don’t miss the most popular holiday event in the area, complete with candle-lit paths, live entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa and live reindeer, ice skating, a spectacular fireworks display and more. It’s America’s premier holiday celebration! Members of The Henry Ford receive discount admission and an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets in advance.

Holiday Nights Supper with Santa Package
December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-23, 2011 (Dinner 4:45pm-6:30pm, Event 6:30pm-10pm)
The Perfect Holiday Dining Event for Families
Following your horse-drawn wagon ride to A Taste of History Restaurant, your family will partake in a casual buffet style holiday turkey dinner, perfect for kids! You’ll also be able to make a festive table decoration and hear a fun story to get you in the mood for your visit into lantern-lit Greenfield Village. As a separate treat, Santa Claus will be on hand and make a personal visit to each table!

Breakfast With Santa at the Detroit Zoo
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 8:00 am
Join Old St. Nick as he takes a breather from his busy holiday schedule to enjoy a delicious buffet-style waffle breakfast at the Detroit Zoo.  The annual Breakfast with Santa will be held in the Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery on three consecutive Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Seating is limited and advance reservations are necessary.  Call (248) 541-5717 and press 3 for ticket information.

German-Style Winter Markt Back in Birmingham for Second Year 
European Food and Drinks, Holiday Greens, Home Decor and Live Entertainment in Shain Park 

The second annual Winter Markt will be held in Birmingham’s Shain Park on Friday, December 2 from 3 – 9 p.m., Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shain Park will come alive with German style food and drinks, gift items, holiday greens, crafts, live reindeer, ice sculptures, warming stations, a Kinderhaus children’s activity area and live entertainment. 

Attendees will also enjoy the opportunity to visit Birmingham’s popular Santa House (located in Shain Park at the corner of Merrill and Henrietta) where children can visit with Santa and give him their list. After seeing Santa, shoppers can climb aboard a quaint horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Downtown Birmingham. On Saturday, December 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., attendees can bring their cameras along for a visit from winter princesses who will sprinkle fairy dust and 
have their picture taken with the children. 

“We kicked off this event last year and received rave reviews from the community,” said John Heiney, executive director of the Principal Shopping District. “The event draws a very enthusiastic crowd who appreciates coming together to enjoy the aroma of fresh food and the sound of local school choirs as they shop for holiday gifts.” 

New this year, the event will feature more vendors and traditional German food, including a tent hosted by Plum Market and a spiced wine tent hosted by Children's Leukemia Foundation. An expanded children’s activity area (Kinderhaus) will host crafts and activities for children throughout the event. Shoppers can escape the chilly December air at warming stations set up throughout Shain Park. 

This event is hosted by the Birmingham Winter Markt Committee in cooperation with Birmingham’s Principal Shopping District. For more information and details about the event, visit or call (248) 530-1200.

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