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Novi & Northville's Christmas Tree Recycling Programs

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Wondering where to take your drooping Christmas tree?

Hoping that someone would pick up your Christmas tree this year?

If you are wondering what to do with your Christmas tree this year, have you thought about recycling it? All over Oakland County there are parks where you can drop off your Christmas tree. In Northville, Michigan, you can have your Christmas tree picked up and recycled for you.

The following are the recycling times, dates and more information for Northville and Novi, Michigan.

Northville’s Christmas Tree and Christmas Decoration Removal

The City of Northville contracts with Waste Management to pick up trash, recycling materials and composting materials. Residents will enjoy having Waste Management pick up their Christmas tree for them as part of this service.

The City of Northville states that following the Christmas holiday, you may place your Christmas tree, wreaths, roping and garland for pick up.

The guidelines include,

  • Place your Christmas tree about 10 feet away from your garbage.
  • Place the tree outside by 7:00 am on your scheduled pick up date.

For residents that are north of Eight Mile Road, your scheduled trash pickup date is Monday. For residents south of Eight Mile Road, your scheduled trash pickup date is Tuesday.

If a holiday occurs on Monday or Tuesday, the collection day will fall one day behind.

Christmas tree collection will continue until the end of January.

Would you like to read more on what can and cannot be recycled in Northville, Michigan? Please see: The City of Northville’s Solid Waste Service Provider Household Refuse Collection, Recycling and Compost Service.

Oakland County Christmas Tree Recycling

Just like last year, you can bring your Christmas tree to one of the 11 different locations and have your Christmas tree recycled. According to Destination Oakland, the park system takes the trees and turns them into compost. That compost is free of charge and made available to the public in 2015 at the Orion Oaks location on select days.

The service is free and self-serve. The parks will be open seven days a week from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The program is running from December 26, 2014 - January 20, 2015.

Please make sure to remove all decorations, metals, strings etc.

Here are the locations to help find the closest one to your home.

  • Addison Oaks Park near Oxford
  • Catalpa Oaks in Southfield
  • Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills
  • Groveland Oaks Park near Holly
  • Independence Oaks Park near Clarkston*Will accept trees until February 3rd, 2015
  • Lyon Oaks Park in Lyon Township  
  • Orion Oaks Park in Orion Township *Will accept trees until February 3rd, 2015
  • Red Oaks Golf Course in Madison Heights
  • Springfield Oaks Park in Davisburg
  • Waterford Oaks in Waterford
  • White Lake Oaks in White Lake Township


Recycling your Christmas tree will help the environment by keeping it out of the landfills. Be sure to “go green” and use one of these Christmas tree recycling programs.

Not sure what to do this year for New Year's Eve? Check out New Year’s Eve in Northville and Novi, Michigan.

From the entire team at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2015.

New Year’s Eve in Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your kids?

If you are ready to plan what you would like to do on New Year’s Eve, this is article for you. Whether you are looking for an event for the whole family or a night out with your special someone, you will find what you are looking for in Northville and Novi, Michigan.

Here are New Year’s Eve events available this year:

Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Events

Northville Nite Family New Year’s Eve Party

  • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Recreation Center at Hillside Middle School
  • 775 North Center Street, Northville, MI
  • 248-349-0203

Bring your friends and family and come celebrate at the Northville Nite Family New Year’s Eve Party. This year’s theme is movies. You and your family can enjoy crafts, inflatable games, and lots of entertainment.

The Rotary Club will have hot dogs, pizza, and drinks available for purchase.

Tickets are on sale now. Call the Northville Recreation Center for the cost of tickets and registration at 248-349-0203.

Family New Year’s Bash

If you are looking for a place to celebrate the New Year with your kids, make sure to check out the Family New Year’s Bash at Paradise Park. Your family will find a huge buffet table full of macaroni and cheese, chicken wings and more. Your kids will have unlimited soda available to them.

The event will include laser tag, karaoke, a craft table and an unlimited bounce house. Balloons are scheduled to drop at 4:00 pm, and some of the balloons will have prizes and party favors.

Tickets are $9.95 per child. For a family of four the cost is $34.

Call to reserve your tickets today.

Novi and Northville Restaurants Open New Year’s Eve

No. VI ChopHouse

Reserve your New Year Eve’s dinner at the Novi ChopHouse while reservations are still available. The restaurant offers an award-winning steak and you will be able to choose from an award-winning wine list.

Make your reservations by calling the restaurant or at Open Table.

Brick’s of Northville

Reservations are still available at Brick’s of Northville. Choose among 30 beers on tap, specialty craft cocktails, and margaritas. You will be able to enjoy acoustic music and entertainment.

Make your reservations by calling the restaurant or through the

Rocky’s of Northville

Enjoy a delicious dinner as you ring in the New Year. Rocky’ of Northville is taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. You may make your reservations by calling Rocky’s or through the

Steve & Rocky’s

Steve & Rocky’s has been called “one of the best restaurants in America" according to Gourmet Magazine. They will be open on New Year's Eve and will feature a limited special menu including lobster, tuna, duck, filet mignon and king crab.

Hours: New Year's Eve, 2:00 pm - 12:00 am

Reservations are highly suggested. For availability, please call the restaurant or check the


There are a number of exciting events to enjoy on New Year’s Eve in Novi and Northville, Michigan. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, we wish you happiest of holidays and a happy New Year.

Novi, Michigan Weekend Events – December

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Want to take your children to see Santa and avoid the mall?

Not sure how to bring up drug education with your grade schooler?

This weekend, Novi, Michigan has a lot to offer its residents and visitors from an annual drug education event and last minute one of a kind gifts to ice skating with Santa. Check out the following to find out more information about these events.

Indoor Farmers Market

  • Saturday, December, 20, 2014
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road
  • Novi, MI 48375

If you liked the Novi Farmers Market this past summer, you are going to love the Novi Indoor Farmers Market. Gift shopping is made easy with all the one of a kind artisan items and gourmet foods.

This winter, the selections of Michigan-made products and food products are being expanded according to the City of Novi’s website. You will have a wide selection of items to choose from that will fit perfectly in your home.

Mark your calendars with the following dates that the Novi indoor Farmers Market will be open:

  • January 10 and 24
  • February 14 and 21
  • March 7 and 21
  • April 4 and 18

Novi Ice Arena Skate with Santa

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
  • 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Novi Ice Arena
  • 42300 Nick Lidstrom Drive
  • Novi, Mi 48375
  • Phone: 248-347-1010

Seeing Santa during the holiday season is a tradition for most American families. We all remember standing in those long lines at the mall just to whisper our most hoped-for present to Mr. Claus. While seeing Santa was always great fun, those lines were always a thorn in our parents’ sides.

This year, you can avoid the lines and skate with Santa over the weekend.

Bring your camera and your kids this Sunday to the Novi Ice Arena and skate with Santa. There will be raffles and games, too. Create wonderful and stress-free memories with your kids this weekend.

For all Novi residents, the cost of the event is only $4 and for non-residents it’s $5. Need skates? No problem, the cost of the skate rental is $3. For more on what the Novi Ice Area is up to, check out their website

Addicted to Games Not Drugs

  • Monday, December 22, 2014
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lucky Strike Lanes
  • Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk
  • 44325 West 12 Mile Road #H-160
  • Novi, Mi 48377
  • Phone: 248-374-3420

The Novi Youth Council, the Novi Police and Fire Department will be joining your K - 6th graders at Lucky Strike Lanes for the annual Addicted to Games Not Drugs event.

The first 600 students will enjoy an unlimited amount of games, bowling and snacks for only $10 per student.

In the past years, this event has raised more than $2,000 for charity, offers drug education materials, and gives students the opportunity to create a public service announcement about drug education for a local cable station.

For photos from previous events, please see: Addicted to Games Not Drugs.

Take Away

This weekend in Novi, there are a number of events for you and your family to attend. Whether you are taking your children to see Santa, providing drug education for your grade schooler, or getting last minute shopping done, Novi, Michigan has what you need.

How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Wondering how to make sure you find the freshest tree at the farm?

Not sure about the perfect cutting technique?

There really is nothing like a fresh Christmas tree during the holiday season. The aroma of a freshly cut tree spreads throughout your home inviting the holidays in. Make sure that you pick the perfect Christmas tree and keep it beautiful all season long with the following tips.

11 Christmas Tree Tips

  • Reader’s Digest suggests that before you head to the tree farm, make sure to measure the height of the ceiling in the room where you plan to put the tree. You will want your tree to be about a foot shorter than the ceiling.
  • Do not forget to measure the circumference of your tree stand to make sure that the trunk of the tree will fit in it.
  • Keeping in mind your home’s climate, pick the type of tree that you like the best.
  • If you are purchasing a pre-cut tree, recommends making sure that the farm from which you purchase your tree doesn’t store their trees lying down.
  • Test the freshness of the tree by bending a needle in half with your fingers. If you are looking at a fir, the needle should snap. If you are looking at a fresh pine, the needles should bend, but not break.
  • When chopping your tree down, make sure to use a straight cut to be sure it fits right in your tree stand. Country Living suggests making the cut as horizontal as possible. While you lean down to make the cut, put your side and shoulder on the ground and saw back and forth.
  • While most tree farms will have saws available and are willing to trim and package up your tree for you, recommends bringing some bungee cords to help secure it.
  • Make sure to bring your check book or cash because some farms do not accept credit or debit cards. The farm may not even have electricity, so if you are unsure about anything, be sure to call ahead.
  • After you get your tree home and you notice it looking a little droopy, a great tip is to make a fresh cut into the trunk of the tree. The new cut will help absorb water and add freshness to the tree.
  • When transporting your tree home, wrap the tree in a tarp and place it inside your car if possible. This way, the tree will be protected from the wind. If you have to transport the tree outside the car, make sure it’s wrapped in a tarp and tightly bound to your car.
  • Pick a spot in your home where the tree will be cool. Placing the tree by the fireplace or a heating vent will cause the tree to dry out faster.

Christmas Tree Farms Near Novi and Northville, MI

The following are four Christmas tree farms near Novi and Northville, Michigan:

  1. Braun's Tree Farm
    796 Warren Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    (734) 663-2717
  1. Broadview Christmas Tree
    4380 North Hickory Ridge Road
    Highland, MI
    (248) 887-8733
  1. Huron Christmas Tree Farm
    32120 King Road
    New Boston, MI
    989) 876-7690
  1. Middle Road Tree Farm
    4235 Middle Road
    Highland, MI
    (248) 887-1494


These eleven tips will help to choose and care for your Christmas tree. From making sure you measure your tree’s trunk and your ceiling, to tips on transporting your tree home, you will ensure you will be able to enjoy your holiday season with the perfect Christmas tree.

From all of us as the Jamey Kramer Group, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Holiday Weekend Events in Northville, Mi – December 2014

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Want to avoid the crowds this year when visiting Santa?

Whether you are looking for that perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift, visiting Santa, or need help getting your holiday gifts wrapped, this weekend Northville, Michigan has everything you are looking for.

Plan your weekend with the following events in mind.

Tinsel and Treasures Holiday Market

  • Northville Community Center
  • 303 W. Main Street, Northville, MI
  • Friday, December 12th from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 13th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 14th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Give the loved ones on your holiday list something they didn’t expect and something they will love. This weekend at the Tinsel and Treasures Holiday Market, you will be able to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list. The market will be full of gourmet foods, one-of-a-kind pieces of work, glass design, original fashions and everything you need to dress up your home for the holidays.

The 75 hand-selected juried artists and crafts people are from all over the Midwest. Come and support your local economy this holiday season.

Santa at Maybury Farm Maybury Farm

  • 50165 Eight Mile, Northville, MI
  • Phone: 248-374-0200
  • Saturday, December 13th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 14th from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 20th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 21st from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Admission will cost you a smile and a donation to help feed the animals of Maybury Farm this winter.

Bring your little ones to meet Santa at his workshop. Santa will be greeting visitors from his beautiful antique sleigh.  For more information, please see: Northville Community Foundation.

Gift Wrapping Station

  • Northville Downtown Development Authority
  • 215 West Main Street, Northville, MI
  • 248-349-0345
  • December 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21th from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you need help wrapping all those holiday presents this year? Stop by the Northville Downtown Development Authority at the gift wrapping station and have your presents wrapped for you.

The Rainmaker Tipping Point Theater

  • 361 E. Cady Street, Northville, MI
  • 248-347-0030
  • Thursday, December 11th at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, December 12th at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 13th at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 14th at 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This is the last weekend to enjoy to classic American story, The Rainmaker. Tickets are from $29 - $32 per adult, $27 - $30 per student and senior citizen. According to the Northville Times,

“At a time of devastating drought in the West lays the story of “plain” Lizzie Curry whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off - without success - nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat. When suddenly from out of nowhere a charming, sweet-talking man appears with quite the sales pitch.

He promises to bring rain, while he turns his magic on Lizzie, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own.”

Holiday Dining

Would you like to spend Christmas Eve anywhere but the kitchen? You won’t want to miss our article, Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Northville and Novi, Mi.


Northville, Michigan is filled with holiday events for you and your family this weekend. From a holiday market and visiting Santa at Maybury Farm to attending “The Rainmaker” at the Tipping Point Theater, you will be able to create wonderful memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The holiday season is here, and it’s time to start planning your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners.

Holidays are for spending time with family and friends. However, the holidays can become stressful when you have a houseful of people and are trying to prepare that big Christmas dinner everyone is expecting. Not to mention all the dishes that come with cooking at home that add to the exhaustion.

This year, we invite you to try out one of the restaurants in Northville or Novi, Michigan that will be open for the holidays. Whether you are looking to go out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you will find the perfect place to take your guests to this year. It’s time to let someone else do all that cooking and all those dishes.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve

Black Rock Bar and Grill

Black Rock Bar and Grill is quickly becoming known as Michigan’s best steakhouse. It’s not just their delicious steak that will win you over, but it is also the unique way of cooking that steak. You will be able to cook your Angus Certified steak or seafood yourself on a hot volcanic rock at your table, or if you prefer, the chef prepare it for you.

While Black Rock does not take reservations, they are currently taking calls for priority seating.

Deadwood Bar and Grill

If you like a rustic scene, a comfortable atmosphere, delicious food, and great services, Deadwood Bar and Grill may just be the perfect place for you and your family on Christmas Eve. While normally this restaurant doesn’t take reservations, they are taking them for Christmas Eve.

  • Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    The last reservation is for 7:00 pm

Rocky’s of Northville

Another amazing steakhouse is located in Northville, Michigan. Rocky’s has been around for the past 20 years and has made quite the name for themselves. The website even boasts that on any given day, you will find the owner of the restaurant in the back preparing everything from scratch.

  • Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rocky’s of Northville is currently taking reservations.

Steve & Rocky’s

According to Gourmet Magazine, Steve & Rocky's is “one of the best restaurants in America". They will be open on Christmas Eve and will feature 3 different options for your dining delight. 

  • Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Reservations are not required, but are suggested.
  • Location, Phone Number and Website:
    43150 Grand River
    Novi, Michigan 48375

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

New Wing Hing

Looking for some delectable Asian cuisine for Christmas Day this year? New Wing Hing specializes in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Szechuan cuisine.

  • Hours: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location, Phone Number and Website:
    43171 W. 7 Mile Rd.
    Northville, Michigan 48167

Dragontown of Novi

Dragontown of Novi is a family owned business. They work hard at making sure their customers are happy. The cooks are from Hong Kong with decades of experience.

  • 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

Bringing it Home

Wherever you choose to spend your holidays this year, all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group would like to wish you the happiest of holidays!

Novi, Michigan Weekend Events – December 2014

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Looking for ways to get the whole family together?

Over the next two weekends, Novi, Michigan is bustling with holiday events. From the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Civic Center to the Novi Indoor Farmer’s Market and other family fun holiday events, you will want to be sure to mark your calendar so that you won’t miss a single event.

Here are the events for the next two weekends in Novi, Michigan:

Light Up The Night

  • December 6th, 2014
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Civic Center Campus
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road

Kick off this holiday season on Friday by attending the Light Up the Night annual event. According to the City of Novi’s website, Novi’s Mayor Bob Gatt, along a “special visitor from the North Pole”, will be lighting the holiday tree.

The fun doesn’t stop there. There will also be:

  • A craft show,
  • A craft activity for kids,
  • Marshmallow roasting,
  • A petting farm,
  • Ice sculptures,
  • Live performances,
  • Free food samples from local restaurants 
  • Festive hay wagon that will take you and your family to a magic show at the Novi Public Library.

The best part about this event is that it is free to the community. For more information, please see this flyer.

Novi Indoors Farmers Market

  • Every other Saturday
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road

Due to popular demand, this winter you can still be able to enjoy the Novi Farmer’s Market at the Novi Civic Center. There will be gourmet foods and artisan items available. Be sure to attend for the perfect one of kind gift that is awaiting you.

According to the City of Novi’s website, the Farmer’s Market will be open on the following Saturdays:

  • December 6 and 20
  • January 10 and 24
  • February 14 and 21
  • March 7 and 21
  • April 4 and 18

Holiday Family Road Rally

  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014
  • Starting at Township Hall
  • Located in Furest Park, on the corner of 10 Mile and Taft Road
  • Registration Ends December 5th

For $100, you and your family can have a night to remember. Bring your team of 4 - 6 people and your car to find the “wild & crazy” items to photograph.

There must be at least 1 adult over the age of 21 in a team. For every picture that is taken, your team will earn points. Come dressed in holiday attire and earn bonus points.

At the end, participants will head to a restaurant where they will enjoy a free appetizer and the awards. Remember that your team must bring a digital camera.

For more information visit, Holiday Family Road Rally.

Breakfast With Santa in Novi, Michigan

  • Saturday December 13, 2014
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • All Ages
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road
  • Registration Ends Tomorrow

Next Saturday, join Santa and the Mrs. for a delicious breakfast. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available in Santa’s Workshop for visiting. A delectable pancake and sausage breakfast will be served. The event will also include crafts, music and a story by Mrs. Claus.

The cost of the event is $5 per person and children 2 and under are free. For more information visit, Breakfast With Santa.

Take Away

Novi, Michigan will be filled with family-friendly holiday events that you won’t want to miss. From the lighting of the Christmas tree to visits with Santa, you and your family can enjoy these family-friendly events and create lasting memories.

December Gardening Tips for Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Looking for a way to protect perennials from harsh winter weather?

Wondering how to pick the perfect Christmas tree?

There are still a few last minutes of things to do in your garden this month. Here are a few tips to help you complete these items and check them off your to-do list before the ground freezes and the weather gets too cold to work outside.

December Gardening Tips for Northville and Novi, Michigan

Backyard Garden Maintenance Tips for December

  • During the winter rains and snow, make sure to cover up your compost pile. This will help keep in the oxygen and help keep your pile from becoming foul-smelling. 
  • While there isn’t any snow on the ground, do one more sweep under your fruit and nut trees. Pick up any of the fruits and nuts that have fallen to the ground and that are still in the trees. Better Homes and Gardens reports that this will help prevent disease and pests for next year.
  • You can still plant spring flowering bulbs as long as the ground is not frozen.
  •  The Old Farmer’s Almanac provides two great tips if you are looking to keep your perennials safe this winter:  
    1. Build a box without a top out of wood. Once the ground has frozen place the box over the plant and fill it with leaves.
    2. Layer the soil around your perennials with winter mulch, like chopped leaves.

Snow and Ice Care

  • Instead of using salt on icy sidewalks and driveways, Organic Gardening suggests using sand or kitty litter. This will help keep your plants and grass from getting damaged.
  •  After heavy snows, make sure to shake off the branches of your evergreens. This will help keep them from breaking.
  •  Pick a warmer day and head outside to prune the dead or weak branches of your trees.
  •  When mulching around your trees and shrubs, make sure to keep the mulch away from the bark.

Christmas Tree Tips

  •  When selecting the perfect Christmas tree, choose one that does not have needles drooping. Some drooping needles are all right, but more than a dozen may indicate that the tree is too dry.
  •  Try bending one of the needles to make sure it does bend. If it does not bend that means it dried out and you should pick another tree.
  •  When you get the tree home, cut about 1-2 inches off the trunk and place the tree in cool water for about 24 hours.
  •  Set up your Christmas tree in a cool spot in your home. Make sure to water it on a regular basis to ensure that it does not dry out.

This weekend in Northville, Michigan, Santa will be coming to visit and on Friday night, the galleries and shops are staying open late to give you great deals. To read more about this exciting event, please see, Northville, Michigan Weekend Events - Kickoff to the Holidays

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