Winter Events

December

Through 12/23 // The 42nd Annual Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk offers self-guided tours through this historic estate, which promotes seasonal cheer with its historic and holiday treasures. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tickets: $20 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under. 480 S. Adams Road, Rochester. 248-364-6200, meadowbrookhall.org.

Through 12/28 // Art for the Holidays is an annual event hosted by the Detroit Artists Market. Patrons can enjoy and purchase a wide variety of handmade art crafted by local artists. Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-832-8540, detroitartistsmarket.org.

12/2-1/4 // The Annual Big, Bright Light Show is a Rochester tradition in which more than 1.5 million cheery holiday lights adorn the buildings of the downtown area. The buildings are lit every evening from 6 p.m.-midnight. Downtown Rochester. 248-656-0060, downtownrochestermi.com.

12/20-21 // The Christmas Open House at the Ford-MacNichol Home, which was built in 1896, affords visitors a chance to see the halls of this historic property decked in turn-of-the-century holiday décor. Hours: Friday 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday noon-4:00 p.m. Free. 2610 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. 734-324-7284, wyandottemuseums.org.

January 2014

1/24-26 The Novi Home Improvement Show features more than 500 vendors who will offer  about everything from kitchen and bath to appliance and remodeling resources. Hours: Friday 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $9 for adults, free for children age 13 and under. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. 248-737-4477, novihomeshow.com.

February

2/1, 2/8 // 12th Annual Orchid Festival features free presentations on two Saturdays, including a re-potting demonstration, and displays of more than 20 varieties of orchids. Various times, six English Gardens locations, englishgardens.com.

2/8 // The Crafters Clearance Art Show is gearing up to host more than 100 local artisans for the 14th year in a row. Visitors can expect to see an assortment of home décor, furniture, paintings, pottery, candles, apparel, and accessories — even pet supplies! Proceeds from the show help support Henry Ford High School’s instrumental music program. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $2, free for children under 12. Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Road, Sterling Heights. craftersclearance.com.

2/13-5/11 // The Art of The Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will be on display at The Toledo Museum of Art, featuring works never before seen in the United States. Visitors can view more than 100 works, by Pissarro to Chavet, from the Tuileries garden and palace, including large sculptures and more than two dozen paintings, all expertly crafted between the 17th and 20th centuries. Free admission. 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Avenue. 419-255-8000, toledomuseum.org.

2/27-3/2 // The Cottage and Lakefront Living Show will provide plenty of inspiration for those with properties by the water. Highlights include cottage furnishings, lakefront maintenance tips, and knowledgeable architects and designers who will be available to field questions on everything from sunroom to deck to garden design. Hours: Thursday 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday noon-9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $10 for adults, $4 for children 6-14. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. 248-348-5600, showspan.com.

March

3/6-9 // The 35th Annual West Michigan Home and Garden Show includes display gardens, seminar stages, and several exhibitors offering a range of services and home supplies. Hours: Thursday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday noon-9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $10 for adults, $4 for children 6-14. Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. 616-742-6500, showspan.com.

3/15-16 // The Suburban Michigan Spring Home Show features hundreds of exhibits and is designed for homeowners who are looking to remodel, landscape, or decorate their residences. As spring cleaning and renovation ideas begin to Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Ultimate Soccer Arenas, 867 South Blvd., Pontiac. 888-560-3976, acshomeshow.com.

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