Tree lighting ceremonies, holiday shows and SANTA, there's plenty to do during the Christmas season throughout Metro Detroit. Here is…
Bring the kids to downtown Detroit for family fun this winter for holiday fun and FREE activities for everyone to enjoy.
Take a walk thru a Winter Wonderland and drop your letter off to Santa at 1001 Woodward. This brand-new interactive holiday display features Santa’s Cabin, a gingerbread house, and festive decor. Stop for selfies and to deliver your wish list. Winter Wonders is open Fridays 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays & Sundays 12pm to 4pm, now through January 30, 2022.
Make the most of the early evening and drive downtown to check out the five giant bells, each with a hanging swing set. Guests can swing on each bell, and once all five are rung, a unique song and light display will be activated. The one-of-a-kind installation is designed to bring people together – specifically during the holiday season. Beacon Park is a open from 6am to 10pm and the Swinging Bells will be on display until Sunday Jan. 9, 2022.
Bundle up and head to the Detroit Riverfront for Winter at Valade Park! Each weekend, starting December 10th, visitors can warm up by oversized outdoor fires, enjoy hot seasonal alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, make s’mores on the custom marshmallow roasters, grab a sled from the Sled Shed (featuring free sleds when it snows), play synthetic ice curling and more. Don’t miss Holly Jolly Riverfront December 10th – 12th.
Listen to your holiday favorites performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. From the kid-focused Winter Wonderland on December 11th to family-friendly Home Alone In Concert and Home For the Holidays concerts, there’s nothing like Orchestra Hall at Christmas time.
Get dressed up and go out to the show.
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze @ Fox Theatre, Detroit: December 3-5
- The Hip Hop Nutcracker @ The Fisher Theatre, Detroit: Sunday, December 5
- A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage @ Fox Theatre, Detroit: Saturday, December 11
- A Magical Cirque Christmas @ Fox Theatre, Detroit: Sunday, December 12
In addition to weekly Saturday market day, Eastern Market is open for additional day for all your holiday shopping needs and extra fun in the city.
Cadillac Lodge is back with a beautiful winter space to cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate and the cutest (and delicious) charcuterie box! This year, the Lodge is run by Eastern Market favorite Bea’s Detroit . You’ll find delicious warm beverages and amazing soups + snacks that all ages will love. It’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in all the city sights and sounds during the holiday season. You can also shop the 18 small businesses featured in the Winter Market.
Strap on your skates and take laps on The Rink surrounded by the downtown skyline. Open daily, admission is $11 for adults and $9 for kids. Skate rental is available for $5 per person.
Cozy up in the car for a drive-in movie experience downtown. The cost is $20 per vehicle and the weekend movie schedule is released every Tuesday.
School’s out but you can still have fun learning. From art at the DIA to S.T.E.M. at the Michigan Science Center and history at the Wright Museum and Detroit Historical Museum there are plenty of places to explore. BONUS: Admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts is FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and the Detroit Historical Museum is offering FREE admission on Sundays.
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..