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Family Guide To Downtown Detroit Holiday Markets


It’s the season of giving and we partnered with Bedrock Detroit and the Quicken Loans Community Fund to give one lucky reader a basket of goodies ($400 value!) AND a $100 Detroit card to shop downtown. Enter to win below and click here for official contest rules. Then plan a trip downtown for some family fun and local shopping. Here are 5 activities for your family to do this Christmas season.


Relax & Play Games @ Cadillac Square Lodge

Cadillac Square Lodge is a heated glass enclosure that’s beautifully decorated for the season (and a perfect place for family pictures). It offers food and drinks for purchase and board and table games for FREE! The Lodge is open to the public Wednesdays (4pm to 9pm), Thursdays and Fridays (4pm to 11pm), Saturdays (11am to 10pm) and Sundays (11am to 7pm).


Ice Skate @ The Rink in Campus Martius

Located in the heart of Downtown The Rink is an outdoor ice rink open every day (including Christmas and New Year’s Eve) beginning the night of the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 22nd. Prices: Skate rental is $5; Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors (59+) and Children (12 & under).


Go On A Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

Take a ride through Downtown Detroit’s beautifully decorated streets on Fridays and Saturdays from November 22 through December 28 6pm to midnight. Tickets are available for purchase at the Woodward Esplanade (south of Campus Martius) – $10 per person and $40 for a private group ride.


Find Christmas Greens @ Greystone Gardens in Capitol Park

Pick up a tree and decorations for the holidays at Greystone Gardens and then stop into Cannelle for hot chocolate and a sweet treat.


Shop Local @ Holiday Markets

Stop by the glass huts along Cadillac Square and pick out special gifts for friends and family on your shopping list. The Market opens on Wednesday, November 13th and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays ( 11am to 8pm), Friday and Saturday (11am to 10pm) and Sundays (11am to 7pm). Here’s the vendor line-up:

  • Awanya: Ethnic textiles, couture and home decor that is sustainably crafted with hand-dyed fabric from West Africa.
  • Detroit Dough: Pre-packaged edible cookie dough
  • Detroit Fiber Works: A collection of one-of-a-kind fiber artwork made by Detroit artists.
  • Dutton Farm Market: High-quality natural bath and body care products made in an integrated workplace by adults with disabilities.
  • Eli Tea: Ethically sourced losse-leaf tea with specialty tea pots and gift sets
  • Ferosh Chick: Lifestyle clothing brand curated with modern boho fashion and young contemporary styles committed to quality, uniqueness and affordability.
  • Good Cakes & Bakes: Gourmet baked goods made with local and organic ingredients sold individually and in holiday gift baskets
  • Healthy Roots Dolls: Dolls created to empower young gifts by representing the beauty of diversity.
  • Inkcourage: Temporary tattoos, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, buttons and stickers that feature words of encouragement
  • KaraLyn Street: Stylish and effortless homemade jewelry for the everyday busy woman.
  • Lush Yummies Pie Co.: Award winning pie cups and cookies filled with rich butter and fresh fruit from Michigan farms
  • Makamashi: Handcrafted home goods imported from Morocco, including pillos, rugs, baskets, ceramic bowls, cotton towels and more.
  • Mongers’ Provisions: A collection of artisan cheese, cured meats, locally made jam and craft chocolate bars.
  • Ohana House: A shop with a little bit of everything including locally made gifts, clothing, toys and home décor.
  • SMPLFD: Streetwear brand specializing in wearables, merchandise, accessories and graphic design for all genders and ages.
  • The Vintage Wick: Luxury candles with all-natural, vegan wax in beautiful glassware
  • Wild Little Fawns: Clothing and accessories fit for the organic, vintage and whimsical lifestyle of modern parents and kids
  • 3Dogs1Cat: Urban pet shoppe with products from pet apparel to toys, snacks and home decor for the pet lover.


Where to Park

You need to know what to do with your car in the Motor City!  Here are some places to park when you’re downtown.


Parking Structures:

  • Z Lot // 225 Gratiot Ave
  • One Campus Martius // 1188 Farmer St
  • City of Detroit (underground) // 1206 Woodward Ave
  • Kennedy Square // 720 Griswold St


Street Parking: Downtown Detroit has a pay by plate system for street parking. Pay with a credit card at the parking machine located on street. Download the Park Detroit app to extend your time without having to go back to your car. Parking is FREE 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..

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