Although the chilly weather is tempting us all to stay inside our Norfolk homes and cozy up with a classic holiday movie and a hot drink—there’s truly no better time than now to get out and explore the Ann Arbor, MI area and all the exciting holiday activities that await. From classic traditions to shopping opportunities and everything in between, Norfolk Homes is here to help you enjoy this holiday season to the fullest extent in the places where we’ve been building our carefully crafted homes for over 30 years. Read below to find a few of our favorite holiday activities happening this year near our new home communities in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline, Jackson and Marshall.
Step into a festive wonderland right in the heart of Ann Arbor as the city transforms into a magical spectacle of lights and decorations. Our team recommends a stroll through the Kerrytown District, where historic charm blends seamlessly with seasonal cheer. The Kerrytown Market & Shops boast a variety of unique boutiques, perfect for finding that special holiday gift. Take in the enchanting holiday displays as you explore the cobblestone streets adorned with twinkling lights, creating a cozy and warm atmosphere that perfectly complements the season. Additionally, Bundle up tight and stop by Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena in Ann Arbor for the full Michigan winter experience, which offers skate rentals, open skate sessions, themed events and periodic hockey.
Just a short drive from our communities, Chelsea offers a Hometown Holiday experience that captures the essence of small-town charm. You’ll undoubtedly appreciate the nostalgic atmosphere as the community gathers to explore the twinkling lights, take part in the gingerbread workshops and get the full close-knit Christmas experience. Savor the delightful smells of roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa as you stroll through the beautifully decorated streets.
In the idyllic city of Jackson, the holiday season exudes a sense of warmth and coziness with its charming light displays. Drive through the popular Nite Lites just outside of Jackson, which is the largest drive-through light show in the entire state of Michigan with unique animated displays and dazzling lights for over five miles. The charming blend of holiday activities and small-town warmth makes Jackson, MI a must-visit during the holiday season.
Saline welcomes the holidays with open arms and incredible treats that Norfolk homeowners indulge in. Support local and give the gift of ignited taste buds at Benny’s Bakery, which offers up delicious pastries, cakes, cookies and pies that pair perfectly with the holiday season and colder weather. Stroll from shop to shop on Main Street, filling your bag with unique gifts and local treats—experiencing the warm and inviting spirit that defines Saline during the holidays.