Whether you’re looking for shopping, ice skating, street performers or live music, you can find it all in downtown Detroit this holiday season!
“Holiday DLight: Made in Detroit” returns for the second year with even more activities and events. Here’s all you need to know about the Detroit tree lighting and beyond:
Salvation Army Red Kettle and Tree Lighting
The holidays officially kick off with the 10th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting in Campus Martius on Friday, Nov. 22. Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson will help light the Salvation Army Red Kettle in Cadillac Square at 6 p.m. followed by the tree lighting ceremony in Campus Martius.
This year’s tree is 60 feet tall, weighs 10,000 pounds and has more than three miles of lights wrapping it from top to bottom. New this year, you’ll see the tree’s 19,000 LED lights dance during “D-Light” – an audio/visual experience featuring holiday music synchronized with the lights that will play every night at the top of each hour through the holidays.
The Rink at Campus Martius Park
Ready to try that triple axel? Grab your skates and head to the rink, which is open daily from Nov. 22 – March 2. Skate rental is $3 and admission is $7 for adults, $6 for children (12 and under) and seniors (50 and older).
- Mondays – Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Fridays: 11 a.m. – midnight
- Saturdays: 10 a.m. – midnight
- Sundays: noon – 8 p.m.
Holiday Marketplace and Beer Garden
Cadillac Square will become a marketplace filled with specialty artisan, boutique and local food vendors every weekend from Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Dec. 22. Find unique gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!
Marketplace Hours (ET):
- Fridays and Saturdays: noon – 9 p.m.
- Sundays: noon – 6 p.m.
The Marketplace Beer Garden offers craft beers, warm winter cocktails, live entertainment and TVs for those looking to watch sporting events.
Beer Garden Hours:
- Fridays and Saturdays: noon – midnight
- Happy Hour Fridays: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sundays: noon – 6 p.m.
Rink Side Lounge
If you just want to relax, head over to the Rink Side Lounge (next to the rink), for an outdoor seating area complete with heaters, a bar and panoramic views of the activities in the park. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
- Fridays: 4 p.m. – midnight
- Saturdays: noon – midnight
- Sundays: noon – 8 p.m.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Treat your sweetheart or little ones to a tour of downtown by horse-drawn carriage. Rides are available weekends starting Friday, Nov. 22 lasting until Sunday, Dec. 29 and cost $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
- Fridays and Saturdays: 6 p.m. – midnight
- Sundays: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The 1200 Block of Woodward Avenue (across from the Hudson’s site between Grand River and Gratiot) has once again come to life with great options for you to purchase unique gifts this season.
The Detroit Shoppe (1201 Woodward), is operated by the Somerset Collection. The store features all Detroit-themed merchandise from famous foods to iconic photographs. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., now through Saturday, Dec. 21.
Rock, Paper, Scissors (1213 Woodward), is a personalized stationery, paper, home goods and gift store. There is currently one other location in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., now through Saturday, Dec. 21.
The Hand Made Company (1219 Woodward), a consignment-based store, will feature Detroit and Michigan-made merchants. Some of them include: Andrea Rosenfeld Jewelry, Brightly Twisted, Damn Handsome Grooming Company, Dave’s Sweet Tooth, Detroit Wood Type Co., Empowerment Plan, Joseph Wesley Tea, Mark Mardirosian, Michigan Scents, Mitten Crate, Simplified Clothing, Super Business Girl, The Sussman Brothers, and Well Wrought. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., now through Saturday, Dec. 21.
Spielhaus Toys (1249 Woodward), is an independent pop-up toy store where you’ll find high-quality, unique and safe toys, games and books. They will also offer great children’s events such as story time, craft time, music, and magic shows. Spielhaus Toys, a 2013 Hatch Detroit finalist, is a D:Hive and Downtown Detroit Partnership business. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., now through Saturday, Dec. 21.
CityLoft (1261 Woodward), will feature 12 of your favorite Somerset Collection retailers in its downtown Detroit pop-up store. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. for four exclusive weekends: Nov. 21 – 23, Dec. 5 – 7, Dec. 12 – 14, and Dec. 19 – 21.
Moosejaw (1275 Woodward), is an outdoor apparel and gear retailer. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and open late on Thursday until 9 p.m. Beginning Dec. 3, Moosejaw will be open regularly on Tuesdays as well.
As you can see, there is plenty to do with family and friends, so plan a visit to downtown Detroit and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season!
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