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FREE Tax Help for Adults Over The Age of 55 in Novi, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

FREE Tax Help for Adults Over The Age of 55 in Novi, MI

Would you like someone who has been trained to help you with your taxes this year for free?

Want to make sure your getting all your money back this tax season?

January 31st is the first day that you can file your taxes for 2013. Can you believe that the 2014 tax filing season is already here? Tax season can be very stressful, and the good news is that it doesn’t have to be.

The City of Novi has teamed with the AARP Foundation by providing a location where anyone who is over the age of 55 can get help preparing their taxes for free. The AARP Foundation is providing a free program that offers the services of trained volunteer AARP tax preparers. The program kicks off next week.

The AARP Foundation has been helping people prepare their taxes since 1968 with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This program has helped almost 50 million low-moderate income tax payers with tax preparation through the years.

Below is a quote from the AARP Foundation’s website that helps to communicate their mission and why They are helping with tax preparation.

“AARP Foundation wants to win back opportunity for those now in crisis, so thousands of vulnerable low-income Americans 50+ can regain their foothold, continue to serve as anchors for their families and communities and ensure that their best life is still within reach.”

When, Where and What to Bring

Every Thursday by appointment from February 6th until April 10, you can head over to the Novi Civic Center and get help preparing your taxes. The Novi Civic Center is located on 45175 W. 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375.

Before you leave home, you will need to collect paperwork to bring to your appointment. Documents to bring include:

  • Identification that has been government issued. For example, your driver’s license or state ID.
  • A copy of last year’s tax return.
  • The social security card for you, your spouse and all you dependents.
  • Your bank routing number and account number. *Bring these for a direct deposit of your tax refund. You can find these numbers by asking your bank or bringing in your check book.
  • All W-2 forms.
  • Any unemployment compensation forms.
  • Any of the following forms, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, 1099-R or a 1099-MISC.
  • Bring in something to show your home mortgage interest like a 1098 statement.
  • Receipts of anything that you have donated to charity in 2013.

For the entire list of what to bring including the documents for itemized deductions, please see the AARP Foundation’s website at: Important Documents to Bring to Your Appointment.

  • To schedule an appointment, please contact the City of Novi Older Adult Services at 248-347-0414.
  • For more information, please call Sandy Fisher, the Social Services Coordinator at 248-347-0421 or email her at sfisher@cityofnovi.org.

What Do You Think?

The City of Novi offers a number of support services to the community and providing the location for the free tax preparation service in concert with the AARP Foundation is one of them. Have you ever taken advantage of any of the services that the City of Novi has to offer?

What to Do in Novi and Northville, MI This Weekend

by The Jamey Kramer Group

What to Do in Novi and Northville, MI This Weekend

Looking to get out of the house this weekend?

Is it time to create a great memory for your family?

The frigid Michigan weather has many people nestled inside. The weekend is around the corner, and it is time to get out of the house. It’s time to make family memories, and it’s time to head to Novi and Northville, Michigan. These two cities have shopping, workshops and events for the whole family. Take a look below at the different events happening for you this weekend.

Novi Ice Arena

One great family memory that you can create includes ice skating and hot chocolate. If you are looking for something to do this weekend or during the week, check out what the Novi Ice Arena has to offer you and your family.

Noon Skate: Looking to do something midday during the week? Head over to skate for only $2. From January 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014, all ages are welcome between 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm.

Public Skate: Open from January 1 through April 30th on Saturday and Sundays from 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm to take the whole family skating. For all Novi residents, admission is only $4 and for non-Novi residents, admission is $5.

Novi Home Improvement Show

Would you like to add an addition to your home or update your kitchen? Then this is the event for you. This show is running all weekend at the Suburban Collection Showplace at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Show hours are:

  • Friday from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

“Anything and everything you need to improve your home can be found under one roof. Talk to local home improvement specialists and designers about the newest products and features.”

Before you head out to the show, make sure to read our article, Do Renovations Increase the Value of Your Home?, to discover which renovations will get you a great return on investment.

Northville High School Theater Presents Lend Me a Tenor

This student led production showcases Northville High School students working together on and off the stage to bring you a Broadway-worthy comedy. The play is set in a hotel suite during the 1930s in Cleveland, Ohio. You can support the hardworking students all weekend.

Show times this weekend only:

  • Friday at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Gorman’s Sample Sale

The furniture sale of the year is finally here. If you would like to add some beautiful pieces of furniture to your home, you cannot miss this sale. Head over to Gorman’s Novi location at 27800 Novi Rd. Novi Mi 48377. This sale is on Saturday at 12:00 pm at all the Gorman’s locations and includes items that have been marked down 40-60% off.

Summary

Whether you are looking to make family memories, to purchase the perfect dining room table, or attend a play, Novi and Northville have everything you could ask for.

Novi Public Library Has Solutions for Cabin Fever

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi Public Library Has Solutions for Cabin Fever

Have you and your toddlers been inside all week?

Would you like to get out of the house, but don’t know where to go?

These past few weeks in Michigan have been cold and have left many toddlers and their mothers stuck inside with cabin fever. What do you do in the wintertime in Michigan? Today, we wanted to share with you some of the things that the city of Novi has to offer young families.

Novi was voted as one of the best cities to live in for young families. Great schools, affordable living, and a thriving city is what helped Novi to place in the top 5 spots on the list, One of Michigan’s Best Cities to Live in for Young Families. You can read more about this honor at Novi Scores as One of Michigan’s Best Cities to Live in for Young Families.

Great schools, affordability and a thriving city are not the only attributes that have many young families flocking to purchase homes in Novi, Michigan. There are also free family-friendly events that help to beat even the strongest cases of cabin fever.

Novi Public Library Free Events

The library may not be the first place you would normally think to look for toddler and children-friendly activities, but the Novi Public Library has a lot going on that will get you and your little one(s) out of the house. You may even get some adult time while you are at it. Below is a list of free events available throughout the week for your young families.

Baby Time

This group is for birth to 12 months. During the group you will sing songs, recite rhymes, and many other activities to help promote early literacy. This group meets:

Mondays from 10:15 - 10:45 am

  • January 6 - February 3   
  • February 24 - March 24 
  • April 14 - May 12

Tot Time

This group targets 12-23 month old children. In this group, you will explore stories, finger play and more. Just like Baby Time, the group is designed to help promote early literacy. Dates and times:

Mondays from 11:15 - 11:45 am

  • January 6 - February 3
  • February 24 - March 24 
  • April 14 - May 12

Tuesdays from 10:15-10:45 am

  • January 7 - February 4   
  • February 25 - March 25 
  • April 15 - May 13  

Thursdays from 11:15-11:45 am

  • January 9 - February 6   
  • February 27 - March 27 
  • April 17 - May 15  

Two of Us

If your toddler has reached the fun loving twos, this group is perfect for you. The activities will have you dancing, listening to books and will give your toddler the opportunity to socialize with other toddlers. This group meets:

Wednesdays from 11:15-11:45 am

  • January 8 - February 5   
  • February 26 - March 26 
  • April 16 - May 14  

Fridays from 10:15-10:45 am

  • January 10 - February 7 
  • February 28 - March 28 
  • April 18 - May 16  

Three’s Company

In this group, your 3 year-old will enjoy reading books along with finger play. This group meets on the following dates and times:

Tuesdays from 11:15-11:45 am

  • January 7 - February 4   
  • February 25 - March 25 
  • April 15 - May 13  

Wednesdays from 10:15-10:45 am

  • January 8 - February 5   
  • February 26 - March 26 
  • April 16 - May 14  

Fridays from 11:15-11:45 am

  • January 10 - February 7 
  • February 28 - March 28 
  • April 18 - May 16  

Starlight Story Time

If you are in need of an evening group, dress up your preschooler in their PJs and head over to the library. Don’t forget to bring your child’s favorite stuffed friend or their favorite blanket. This group features stories, music and even a “bedtime treat” and meets on the following dates:

Tuesdays from 7 - 7:30 pm

  • January 14 
  • February 11
  • March 11    
  • April 8

If you would like to sign up for any of these groups, please visit The Novi Public Library’s website or call 248-349-0720. Each group has the size limited to the first 40 participates, and the library asks that the parents or caregivers attend with their little ones.

What is your favorite thing to do during the winter in Novi, Michigan to beat cabin fever?

How Many Snow Days Are Michigan Schools Allowed?

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Michigan snow days

Have you ever been part of a school district that had to extend the year because of all the snow days?

We know kids love snow days, but what happens at the end of the year?

Children in the Novi Community School District in Novi, Michigan and across most of the state are finally back in the classroom after 3 consecutive snow days. Heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures had schools closing and children smiling. It’s ever kid’s dream to have a snow day and three in a row are more than any child could ask for.

With so many snow days, many parents are wondering what will happen at the end of the year. Will the school year have to be extended? How many snow days are allowed in Michigan?

The Novi Community School District has it covered. If you are a parent in this school district, you can breathe a sigh of relief and if you are not, you may want to consider moving.

State Requirements for Canceled School Days

The state of Michigan requires that each school district provide 1,098 of instructional hours within the 170 day school year. School districts are allowed up to 6 canceled school days due to weather, power outages, or anything that is unusual.

The Novi Community School District knows what Michigan’s winter weather can be like, so they schedule 1,110 hours of instruction. According to the Novi Patch, Superintendent Steve M. Matthews said in an email to Patch."

So we have a little more flexibility and could go over the 5 snow days and still meet the state requirement."

Public Act 29 of 2013

Michigan’s government anticipated the potential for inclement weather in the state. In May of 2013, Governor Rick Snyder signed a new law that could allow for longer school days to make up for canceled days instead of having to add more school days at the end of the year. This allows for schools to have 6 snow days or canceled days, and if the school needs to go over that limit, they can extend the school day instead of going into the summer months.

Novi is known for having great schools. Zillow.com has many of the individual schools in Novi ranked at either a 9 or 10 out of 10. In addition, Novi has also been ranked as One of Michigan’s Best Cities for Young Families and the 2nd Best City in Michigan.

If you are looking to move and want a great school district for your children, please give our office a call. We would love to help you find your dream home in Novi. Please call my office at 248-348-7200, use our convenient contact form, or email me at: Jamey@JameyKramer.com.


 

14 Ways to Protect Your Home in Sub-Zero Temperatures

by The Jamey Kramer Group

14 Ways to Protect Your Home in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Are you nervous about the pipes freezing in your home?

Are you planning to put your house on the market in the spring, but are concerned that your landscaping will be ruined from harsh winter weather?

There is no hiding the fact that it is extremely cold outside in the Detroit metropolitan area. According to Weather.com, today’s high for Northville, Michigan is 2 degrees Fahrenheit, and the low is 0 degrees. In Novi, Michigan, the numbers look similar with a high of 2° and a low of -1°. On top of the freezing temperatures, there is also a chance of snow today.

Michigan residents are accustomed to harsh winters, but temperatures this extreme raise a number of questions when it comes to protecting homes from damage including:

  • How do we keep our pipes from bursting in sub-zero temperatures?
  • How far should you place a space heater from something combustible?
  • How do I protect my landscaping from winter damage?

These are great questions, and we will answer them below as we provide you with 14 ways to protect your home from sub-zero temperatures.

14 Tips for Protecting Your Home in Sub-Zero Temperatures

  1. Keep your attached garage door closed as much as possible to minimize cold air from entering your house.
  2. To make sure your newly installed outdoor plumbing doesn’t freeze, shut off the water to your outdoor faucets, and then drain the water from the pipes leading to the outside faucets.
  3. Be certain that you know where the water shut off valve is in your home. This way, if a pipe does burst, you know exactly where to go to shut off water.
  4. If you plan to leave your home for an extended period of time and wonder what temperature you should set your home’s thermostat to, NBC Washington recommends to set it no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. If you are using space heaters inside your house, make sure they are at least 3 feet away from anything combustible.
  6. Don’t forget to have your local utility phone number available before you actually need it. Hopefully, you won’t have to use it, but if you do, you will not have to search for it.
  7. Let your faucets drip. If you have any pipes that are located on outside walls that you think could freeze, let your indoor faucets drip. Turn both the cold and hot water on a slow drip.
  8. Another tip for your pipes is to keep the cabinets open. This way whenever the heating system turns on, your pipes will be warmed up.
  9. Clear out your gutters. By doing this, you will help to minimize the risk of ice buildup on your roof.
  10. Check around your home on the outside and in. If you find a crack or even a hole, the Weather Channel recommends filling it in with caulk.
  11. If you do discover a frozen pipe, remember that it can be damaging to try and thaw it with an open flame. Instead, try a hair dryer.
  12. To reduce heat loss, close your drapes and blinds at night. During the day, open them to allow the natural warmth from the sun.
  13. Come spring, your trees and shrubs will thank you if you shake off any heavy snow from them now.
  14. If you have a newly planted tree or shrub, install 4 stakes around and enclose it was a burlap sack.

Bonus Tips

  1. If your car battery is dead, do not try to jump-start it while it is still frozen. That could lead to the battery rupturing or exploding.
  2. Keep your car’s gas tank above half way full to avoid freezing.
  3. If you have any pets, keep them inside.
  4. If you decide to head out outside today, dress warm and in loose fitting clothing.

When sub-zero temperatures hit, using practical tips will help you to protect your home from damage. The good news is that warmer weather is on the horizon. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, please stay warm and stay safe.

Christmas tree recycling

Would you like to recycle your Christmas tree this year instead of throwing it out?

Do you need someone to pick your Christmas tree up for you?

Christmas has come and gone. While many people like to keep their Christmas trees up until after the holidays, your tree may be looking a bit sad. Now that it is New Year’s Eve, you may be wondering, What am I going to do with this Christmas tree?

It can be hard to part with your Christmas tree especially when it has brought so much joy into your home. Instead of throwing out all those memories, the cities of Northville and Novi, Michigan both offer options to recycle your Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Disposal Options

Please make sure to check which options below are best for you. The city of Northville, Michigan even offers a Christmas tree pick up service.

The City of Northville’s Christmas Tree Pick Up Service

According to the City of Northville, between now and through the end of January, the city offers a Christmas tree pick up service. They do ask you to place your tree 10 feet from your “rubbish”. The city asks that you put your tree and your “rubbish” out of the curb by 7 am on your scheduled pick up date.

To read more about recycling in Northville, Michigan, please see: Curbside Recycling Guidelines.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Christmas Tree Recycling

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers a free Christmas tree recycling program that runs from December 26th 2013 until January 20th, 2014. You may drop off your tree anytime from 9 am – 4 pm any day of the week. There are 11 different locations to choose from. The following are the locations as reported by Destination Oakland,

  • Addison Oaks Park/Day Use
  • Catalpa Oaks
  • Glen Oaks Golf Course *Closest Self-Serve Christmas tree recycling site.
  • Groveland Oaks Park/Day Use
  • Independence Oaks Park: *Will accept trees until February 3rd, 2014
  • Lyon Oaks Park/Day Use: *Closest Self-Serve Christmas tree recycling site.
  • Oakland County Market
  • Orion Oaks Park/Day Use: *Will accept trees until February 3rd, 2014
  • Red Oaks Golf Course
  • Springfield Oaks Park/Activity Center
  • White Lake Oaks Golf Course

Destination Oakland has the following requirements for recycling Christmas trees:

    “All decorations, plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. Large quantities from commercial lots will not be accepted.”

Christmas trees will go through the park’s system processes and turned into wood chips and compost. The woodchips and compost will be free to all at Orion Oaks on selected days.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, we hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2014.

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Novi and Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Good News

Are you looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve?

If you are looking to make some amazing New Year’s Eve memories with your family or to attend a great party as a couple, Northville and Novi, Michigan are the cities to do it in. From medieval princesses to champagne Swiss cheese fondue, these cities have it all. Take a look below at the different events that are waiting for you.

New Year’s Eve Event in Northville Michigan

Northville Knights Family New Year’s Eve Party

The Northville Knights New Year’s Eve party is a great event for the entire family and will be held at the Recreation Center at Hillside Middle School. When you arrive, you will walk through the castle gates and be transported back to medieval times. This is a time where knights fought for princesses through archery and fencing and people played tournament games.

This event is open to both residents and non-residents. You will be able to enjoy crafts, inflatable games, and much more. Hot dogs, chips and more will be available for purchase. For more information, please see Northville Parks and Recreation.

Location:
The Recreation Center at Hillside Middle School
700 W. Baseline
Northville, Michigan

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cost:
2 years: $3.00
3 - 17 years: $18.00
18 years and up:  $12:00
Ticket sales at the door begin at 4:30 pm

New Year’s Eve Event in Novi Michigan

The Melting Pot of Novi

The Melting Pot of Novi is serving a special New Year’s Eve dinner. This four course meal includes champagne Swiss cheese fondue, salad, surf and turf, milk chocolate with caramel, candied pecans flaming turtle and more. The dinner also includes a champagne toast and a gift bag for every couple. The price tag for this event is $129.00 per couple. Reservations are required and the last reservation will be booked at 11:45 pm. For more information, please see: New Year’s Eve at The Melting Pot of Novi.

Location:
The Melting Pot of Novi
26425 Novi Rd
Novi, MI 48375

Time: By reservation

Cost: $129.00 per couple

Phone: 248-347-6358

New Year’s Day - January 1, 2014 Event

If you are looking to support Michigan State during the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day, The Northville Sports Den will open at 12 pm. Voted Northville's best sports bar for the third year according to the website, there will be $3.00 domestic pints, .99 cents sliders, and $.75 wings. For more information, please see www.northvillesportsden.com.

Location:
The Northville Sports Den
133 West Main Street, Suite 102
Northville, MI 48167

Time: Opens at 12:00 pm

Cost: Free to enter

However you are planning to celebrate your New Year’s Eve, all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Foreclosure Crisis Comes to an End

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Good News

Have you seen less and less foreclosure signs in your neighborhood?

Will There Be More Foreclosures in 2014?

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Eve everyone! The holidays are always an exciting time of year. They are a time to celebrate, relax and to be thankful. It is also a great time to be with friends and loved ones.

We wanted to share with you something that you and your loved ones, and actually any American, can celebrate this holiday season. On this Christmas Eve, we would like to share fantastic news about the housing market.

According to an article published by the Detroit Free Press, Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president stated,

        “The depth and breadth of the decrease provides strong evidence that we are entering the ninth inning of this foreclosure crisis."

No one will contest that the last 5 years have been difficult. Prior to this housing crisis, foreclosures were an uncommon occurrence. Then suddenly, many Americans saw foreclosure signs pop up in their own neighborhoods. Since 2006, over 7.7 million homes fell into foreclosure, went through a short sale or were lost in a home distressed sale.

Good News

The good news to celebrate this holiday is that the season of foreclosure is coming to an end.

The Statistics

If you are like me, you are probably thinking, “that sounds good, but where are the numbers?” In the same Detroit Free Press article, we learned that November proved to be a great month. Foreclosure activity was down by 37% from a year ago in November. That is the lowest foreclosure numbers we have seen since December 2005.

Even Better News

Michigan was not even one of the states with the highest foreclosure rates. Those states were: Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois and South Carolina.

The article also pointed out that there might be a little fight from foreclosures during this coming year. However, it was reported that a foreclosure comeback that could threaten the housing recovery was “highly unlikely”.

What Does This Mean For You?

This positive news means that right now or sometime in 2014 might be the perfect time for you to move into your dream home. You may have been waiting and stayed in a home that your family has outgrown. Now is the ideal time to take the next step and start looking for your next house.

Michigan is the perfect state to do that in. With lower costs of living and the rebounding economy, you can get a lot of home for your money. Cities like Northville and Novi, Michigan offer a small town feeling while being close to a big city. If you have any questions about moving into these areas or if you are eager to start looking, please call our office at 248-348-7200. We would be honored to help.

Have a wonderful holiday week everyone, and please make sure to visit this page on Thursday if you would like to know where to go out for New Year’s Eve.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

Are you looking for someone else to cook your Christmas dinner?

Would you like to reduce your holiday stress?

The holidays are almost here. With Christmas Eve only 8 days away, you may find your to-do list a little overwhelming. Between buying presents, wrapping those presents, making cookies, decorating the tree, and cleaning your house, making Christmas dinner may seem more like a dream than a reality.

Why not go out this year for Christmas dinner? That would mean no dishes, no clean up, and no hours in the kitchen. Instead, someone else will serve you an amazing, stress-free Christmas dinner. If this sounds like something you are looking for, please check out our list below of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day and/or Christmas Eve in Northville and Novi, Michigan.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve

  • DeadWood Bar and Grill
    This restaurant is only open on Christmas Eve and will not be open on Christmas Day. Reservations are available for Christmas Eve.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    18730 Northville Road
    Northville, MI 48167
    248-347-4353
    www.deadwoodbarandgrill.com

     
  • Black Rock Bar and Grill
    If you have yet to enjoy a steak at Black Rock Bar and Grill, you are missing out. Black Rock Bar and Grill was voted the 1st Best Steakhouse in 2013 and 3rd Best Steakhouse in 2012 according to 4thebest Click on Detroit. This is the perfect place to spend your Christmas Eve. Reservations are available for Christmas Eve.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    44175 W 12 Mile Road
    Novi, MI 48377
    248-465-7777
    www.blackrocksizzlingsteakhouse.com

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

  • Dragontown of Novi
    I had a friend in college who always ate Chinese food on Christmas Day. It was a family tradition and he loved it. You can start a similar family tradition and order your favorite Chinese food on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Christmas Day: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    21518 Novi Road
    Novi, MI 48375
    Phone: 248-348-1440
    www.dragontownnovi.com

     
  • New Wing Hing
    This restaurant specializes in Szechuan, Mandarin & Cantonese cuisine. They have been serving the Northville area since 1978. Reservations are available for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 11:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    Christmas Day: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    43171 West 7 Mile Rd
    Northville, Michigan 48167
    248-348-8411
    www.newwinghing.com

Whether you are looking to go out Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Northville and Novi, Michigan have you covered. Have a wonderful week and make sure to stop back here on Thursday.

Holiday Events in Novi, Michigan You Won’t Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Holiday Events in Novi, Michigan

Are you looking for holiday activities to do over the weekend?

It has been only one week since Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations are in full swing. It is hard not to get excited about the holidays when there are so many great events planned.

Novi, Michigan is one of those places that offer something to do every weekend during the holiday season. Even if you are out of cash because of all those amazing Christmas presents that you having been buying, there are still exciting low cost or free events to partake in.

Today, I am sharing 3 events that are happening in Novi that you won’t want to miss. Two of these events are this weekend and one is the following weekend. So, get your calendars out as it is time to start planning your weekend.

3 Holiday Events You Cannot Miss In Novi, Michigan

  • Christmas Wonderfest – December 5-8

    The Christmas Wonderfest is an annual event that is modeled on traditional European Christmas Markets. This year it is being held indoors at the Suburban Collection Showplace Novi, Michigan. This holiday extravaganza includes shopping from 250 small businesses and thousands of Michigan made products. There will also be free carousel rides, magic shows, free charity gift wrapping, Santa Claus and more.

    Advanced tickets may be purchased at: www.neptix.com/events/1702. Adult tickets are $7.00 at the door and children are $3.00. Free kids tickets are available at various Walgreen, Dolly's Pizza and Gardner White locations while they last.

    Christmas Wonderfest Hours:

    December 5: 3 pm to 10 pm

    December 6: 3 pm to 10 pm

    December 7: 10 am to 10 pm

    December 8: 12 pm to 7 pm

    The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, Michigan. For more information, please visit Christmas Wonderfest.
     
  1. Light Up The Night – December 6

    Light Up The Night is a free community event that will take place at the Civic Center Campus on Ten Mile Road on Friday, December 6th from 6 pm and 9 pm. This holiday celebration is one that children of all ages will enjoy. Here are a few of the things that you can look forward to:

    You may read more about this event at Light Up The Night or call the City of Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department at 248-347-0400.
     
    • Free Refreshments
    • Marshmallow roasting
    • Ice Sculptures
    • Live Reindeer
    • Tree Lighting- at 6:15 pm
    • Santa Claus
    • Train rides
  2. Breakfast With Santa in Novi – December 14

    On Saturday, December 14 between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm, you and your family can enjoy a pancake breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. This event is being held at the Novi Civic Center at 45175 Ten Mile Road.

    You may pre-register before December 11 at a price of $5.00 per person and children under 2 are free. If you are unable to pre-register and there are still available tickets, the price will go up to $7.00 a person. For pre-registration, please see: Breakfast with Santa.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, enjoy the holiday spirit.

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