48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


p.m. Don’t let the kids miss Santa’s departure at Somerset Collection as he heads back to the North Pole. Highlights include a live a cappella group singing holiday carols, accompanied by hundreds of Santa’s little helpers. Santa will leave from North Grand Court to the Somerset Collection’s rooftop. 2 p.m. Free. 2800 W. Big Beaver, Troy. Visit thesomersetcollection.com.

p.m. Enjoy a jazz performance by Grammy Award-nominated musician Gene Dunlap at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe. Dunlap is known for combining the sounds of late night groove, contemporary jazz and R&B. 6 p.m. Sat. $15 cover. Reservations are recommended. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. Visit dirtydogjazz.com.


a.m. Visit Sea Life Michigan Aquarium for its Fishmas Holiday Event. Venture into a winter wonderland of trees, lights, wreaths, snowflakes and more. Children can have their picture taken with Scuba Santa. Sea Life’s own elf on a shelf, “Merlin,” will be on site watching over animals. 11 a.m. Sat., Sun. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin, Auburn Hills.

a.m. Explore traditional notions of landscapes through four different time-based works by artists Jim Campbell, Antti Laitinen, Joanie Lemercier and Rick Silva as part of “Moving Image: Landscapes” exhibit at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. 525 S. State, Ann Arbor. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Call (734) 764-0395.

p.m. See “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” live on stage at the Fisher Theatre. This stage production tells the true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom. 2, 8 p.m. Sat. and 1, 6:30 p.m. Sun. (Performances continue through Jan. 8.) 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (800) 982-2787.

Jocelynn Brown