Winter Art Tour has begun!

There's plenty of time to join us!
Day 1 of 3

10 a.m.–9 p.m.  today 
Continues Saturday and Sunday 

This 3-day event takes you to 2 cities, 10 art shows and displays the works of 300+ artists. 

Ever been on one of Ann Arbor's Art Tours? Consider it a trip to an exotic country, where you pick up a passport and mark off the beautiful spots you've visited. 

The Winter Art tour actually does give you a passport, and each place you visit will stamp it. Get enough stamps and you may win a piece of art for yourself—as well as have the choices of buying incredible original holiday gifts for loved ones.

Pick up your passport at either of today's stops:
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty,
or Clay Work Studio, 2763 Plymouth Rd.

Visit one or both and get your passport stamped today. Then get four or more venues stamped Saturday and Sunday, and turn it in for a chance to win a piece of local artist's work. (Here's the whole schedule.)

Trillium Real Estate is one of the sponsors—and we're very proud of that.

Right-click on the schedule at right and save it to your computer—it will be larger and easier to read. Or just see it on the Winter Art Tour website.


DIYpsi! Holiday Market 2017, the Indie Art Fair

11 a.m.–7 p.m. Dec. 9 
Noon–6 p.m. Dec. 10
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti

Twice a year DIYpsi gathers artists' works and opens its market for exploring and buying. More than 80 independent artists have their works included, and it's a chance for "extraordinary gift giving" at DIYpsi!" More than 80 independent artists, food, drink and much more. 

You can RSVP for the event on the DIYpsi FB page or just pop on in.


For your convenience, we present our holiday calendar again . . .


  F R I D A Y ,   D E C . 8

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show at the Ark

8 p.m. Dec. 8
3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Dec. 9  • The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor

This annual family variety-style show has tunes by The Ragbirds and a variety of talented Ann Arbor artists. Tickets: $25-$50;  $15/kids on Saturday


Wild Swan Theater’s Little Women

10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8
2 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10

Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 

"The themes of generosity and self-sacrifice appear through out Little Women. Early in the play, the March sisters give up their Christmas breakfast for their neighbors. 

We are proud to be partnering with Food Gatherers during our production. We will be accepting donations of non-perishable canned and dry goods immediately before and after each performance."

Purchase tickets online or by calling the office: 734-995-0530. 

Home - Wild Swan Theater

Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional theater of the highest artistic q...

Read More


  S A T U R D A Y ,   D E C . 9

Winter Art Tour: Day 2 of 3

10 a.m.–7 p.m.  today  / Continues Sunday

This 3-day event takes you to 2 cities, 10 art shows and displays the works of 300+ artists. 

Pick up a passport at any of the stops (or print it from this link). Then get four or more venues stamped, and turn it in for a chance to win a piece of local artist's work. 

Trillium Real Estate is one of the sponsors—and we're very proud of that.

Right-click on the schedule at right and save it to your computer—it will be larger and easier to read. Or just see it on the Winter Art Tour website.


Santa Visits

Santa will visit Kerrytown Market & Shops, Fourth Avenue between Catherine & Kingsley, at the times and dates below. On Saturdays: Susan K. of "Humans of Ann Arbor" will be snapping photos.

Dec. 9 
 10-2

Dec. 16 
 10-2
Dec. 10 
 1-3


Dec. 17 
 1-3

Other Santa Sightings


Ebird & Friends Holiday Show at the Ark

3 p.m. & 8 p.m. •  The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor

This annual family variety-style show has tunes by The Ragbirds and a variety of talented Ann Arbor artists. Tickets: $25-$50;  $15/kids TODAY.


Wild Swan Theater’s Little Women

2 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 

See the full listing under Dec. 7. Purchase tickets online or by calling the office: 734-995-0530. 


The Nutcracker 2017

The Nutcracker 2017

6:30 p.m. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Presented by Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

"The Nutracker is a must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. With an impressive cast of Michigan and Ohio’s talented ballet students, joined by international professional ballet dancers as guest artists, The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all ages."
Tickets: $25-$45 • 734-668-8463

Other productions of "The Nutcracker" in SE Michigan


The Nutcracker by Ballet Chelsea

7 p.m. Dec. 9
2 p.m. Dec.10
Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex, 740 N. Freer Rd.

Ballet Chelsea performs the classic holiday ballet full of sugarplums, brave soldiers and a handsome prince. Tickets are $10-$25. 734-475-3070. More info.


Ann Arbor Community Messiah Sing

Dec. 9 & 10 • 2 p.m. Starts promptly! 
St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church, Packard, Ann Arbor

 See more about this event on its Facebook page



  S U N D A Y ,   D E C .  10

Winter Art Tour: Day 3 of 3

11 a.m.–7 p.m.  today

This 3-day event takes you to 2 cities, 10 art shows and displays the works of 300+ artists. 

Pick up a passport at any of the stops (or print it from this link). Then get four or more venues stamped, and turn it in for a chance to win a piece of local artist's work. 

Trillium Real Estate is one of the sponsors—and we're very proud of that.

Right-click on the schedule at  right and save it to your computer—it will be larger and easier to read. Or just see it on the Winter Art Tour website.


DIYpsi!

Noon–6 p.m. Dec. 10
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti

"Extraordinary gift giving is so easy when you shop at our favorite local holiday market DIYpsi!" More than 80 independent artists, food, drink and much more. 


Home Alone

Home Alone

1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
734-668-8463. 

Part of the Holiday Classics Film Series FREE ADMISSION!



The Nutcracker by Ballet Chelsea

2 p.m. Dec.10 (also see Dec. 9)
Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex, 740 N. Freer Rd.
Tickets: $10-$25. 734-475-3070. More info.


Ann Arbor Community Messiah Sing

2 p.m. Dec. 10 •  Starts promptly! 
St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church, Packard, Ann Arbor

See more about this event on its Facebook page


  T U E S D A Y ,   D E C .  12

Instrument Petting Zoo @ Chelsea District Library - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo Tuesday, December 12 CHELSEA DISTRICT LIBRARY 6:30 - 7:30 pm H...

Read More


  T H U R S D A Y ,   D E C . 1 4

5th Annual: One Candle for Tzedakah

6-8 p.m. Dec. 14 • Jewish Community Center for Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. , Ann Arbor

Star Wars Themed Hanukkah Party! Costumes welcome!

"...our tradition of saving one night for giving instead of receiving. Join us for One Candle for Tzedakah, when our community gathers to celebrate the holiday by giving to families in need. We will share a meal and other activities, but the main focus of the evening will be preparing gifts for families who would not otherwise have the means to enjoy the holiday season  This year, the JCC is working with Jewish Family Services to provide gifts to the children of refugee families receiving resettlement support from JFS."

Program Details: Jessica Gillespie, Family Programs Coordinator, 734-971-0990
jessicagillespie@jccannarbor.org.

Registration Assistance: Deborah Ryan, Membership Manager, 734-971-0990, deborahryan@jccannarbor.org.


  F R I D A Y ,   D E C .  1 5

Holiday Pops

8 p.m. Dec. 15 • Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor

The Holiday Pops Concert features the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra playing a variety of holiday tunes. This year’s concert will also feature music from the movie Home Alone. Special guests will also provide choral accompaniment on certain songs.

HOLIDAY POPS - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Friday, Dec. 15 8:00 p.m. Hill Auditorium Featuring your holiday favorites! special gu...

Read More

Special Guests

"Start your weekend with a festive mix of orchestra and voice, classical and pops at this annual A2SO tradition. It is the perfect way to welcome in this holiday season. Bring your family and friends for an evening of good music-making with some of our area’s most beloved choruses, including the men of Measure for Measure, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Boychoir of Ann Arbor, Dexter, Huron and Pioneer High School Choruses. It will be ear-to-ear grinning merriment concluding a surround of singers harmonizing Let There be Peace on Earth."


The Nutcracker

7 p.m. Dec. 15
1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Dec. 16
1 p.m. Dec. 17

Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre. Performing at Ann Arbor's Power Center since 1994: "Beautiful dancing ... gorgeous sets ... exquisite costumes" —Arts at Michigan
Order tickets online or call 734-763-TKTS.


It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

1:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
734-668-8463
Part of the Holiday Classics Film Series – FREE ADMISSION!





  S A T U R D A Y ,   D E C . 1 6

The Nutcracker

1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Dec. 16
1 p.m. Dec. 17

Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre. Performing at Ann Arbor's Power Center since 1994: "Beautiful dancing ... gorgeous sets ... exquisite costumes" —Arts at Michigan
Order tickets online or call 734-763-TKTS.


  S U N D A Y ,   D E C .  1 7

The Nutcracker

1 p.m. Dec. 17

Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre. Performing at Ann Arbor's Power Center since 1994: "Beautiful dancing ... gorgeous sets ... exquisite costumes" —Arts at Michigan
Order tickets online or call 734-763-TKTS.


  T H U R S D A Y ,   D E C .  2 1

Lightbulb Day

Lightbulb Day is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, on or about Dec. 21.

Lightbulb Day: A Winter Solstice Celebration

Lightbulb Day: celebrate reason, ingenuity, and technological progress during the holiday ...

Read More




Credits: Blue Nutcracker Photo by Larry1732 on VisualHunt /  CC BY  • Dancing Feet Photo by davidyuweb on Visualhunt.com /  CC BY-NC-ND. Santa and Kids Photo by Bailiwick Studios on Visual Hunt CC BY-SA •  Top Photo by Grahambones  on Visualhunt CC BY