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25 days 'til Christmas, 24 until the first night of Hanukkah, and the holiday season has officially begun! Regardless of what you celebrate this December season, or if you're just waiting for the ball to drop and put an end to 2016, this December is sure to be a festive one.

December 2, Holiday Card Jam at Signal-Return
No need to go the store-bought route; instead, design your own cards this season at this fundraiser

December 2-17, Winter Wonderland at The Ford House
Bundle up and head to Edsel and Eleanor Ford's estate, decked out in its holiday best

Model T rides on Main Street during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village Doug CoombeModel T rides on Main Street during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Photo by Doug Coombe courtesy of The Henry Ford.December 2-30, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village
Like a Norman Rockwell painting, Greenfield Village during the holidays takes you to a kinder time, with chestnuts roasting, carolers and horse-drawn carriages

December 3, Noel Night
From the DIA to the Detroit Historical Museum, Scarab Club and the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, all of your favorite Midtown Detroit cultural institutions have something planned for the 44th annual Noel Night

UMS 2015 Messiah 0008Handel's Messiah, photo courtesy of UMSDecember 3-4, Handel's Messiah presented by UMS
For the holiday purists, the holiday season is not complete without this UMS production, dating all the way back to its founding season in 1879

December 8-11, A Christmas Carol presented by Wild Swan Theater
One of many opportunities to see this Dickens classic, all performances from Wild Swan include American Sign Language interpreting

December 9, Holiday Pops presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Classical and pops unite to present beloved holiday tunes at Hill Auditorium

December 10, Too Hot to Handel presented by Rackham Choir
If you prefer your Handel on the jazzier side, then this Motor City tradition is for you

December 10, Christmas Family Party at the Arab American National Museum
An Arabic rhythm and dance workshop, plus cookie decorating, are just some of the events at this annual family party

December 11, A Very Electric Christmas at Music Hall 
Lightwire Theater interprets holiday tunes from Mariah Carey to Tchaikovsky in this presentation for all ages

December 16-18, Home for the Holidays presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
You have six opportunities to see carols and classics from Associate Conductor Michelle Merrill

Through December 23, Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall
The 110-room Tudor-revival style mansion is decked for the holidays for daily tours