Holiday Happenings in and around the “D”

by Megan Domanski


I moved to Detroit in August of 2010 specifically to complete my first “City Year.”  Coming from Pennsylvania, I knew little about Detroit other than its general location in Michigan and the fact that cars were made there.  As I lived and served in the city, I discovered that there were many exciting things happening in Detroit – some of which the locals didn’t even know about!  With the holiday season coming up, I wanted to highlight some local events and opportunities to celebrate the season.  Whether you are new to the area or a Detroit native, I hope you will find something that sparks your interest and make a new discovery about our wonderful city.  This list is in no way exhaustive, but I hope that it at least provides a starting point.


Art for the Holidays

Usually serving as a fine art gallery, the Detroit Artist’s Market opens its doors to local artists for its Annual Art for the Holidays Show.  Check it out for handmade gifts from a variety of mediums.

Detroit Artist’s Market – 4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Saturday, Nov. 12-Friday, Dec. 23rd
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday in December: 12:00-5:00 p.m.


Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park

This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the midst of downtown Detroit.  Whether you are an experienced ice skater or a first timer, the rink at Campus Martius Park should not disappoint you.  The cost is reasonable and there are plenty of places nearby to warm up and rest weary feet.

Campus Martius Park – 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

Open daily from November 19th-the beginning of March, hours vary

ADMISSION PRICES (2011-2012 winter season):

Adults 13 Years to 49 Years $7

Children 12 Years and younger $6

Seniors 50 Years and Older $6

Skate Rental $3

For more information, including daily hours, please visit


Noel Night

Noel Night is a yearly event which takes place in midtown Detroit.  Many midtown institutions are free and open to the public (including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library).  In addition, there is live music and entertainment, craft projects, a used book sale in the basement of the library, and many opportunities to sample food, drinks, and purchase items.

Midtown DetroitMostly between Cass and John R, and Kirby and Willis; there are maps available detailing each place that is open
Saturday, Dec. 3rd – 5:00-9:30 p.m.


Detroit Urban Craft Fair

If you’re looking for the perfect handmade gift for someone who seems to have everything, or are simply looking for some unique items to purchase for yourself – make sure to check out the DUCF.

The Masonic of Detroit – 500 Temple Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201-2693    

Saturday, Dec. 3rd – 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 4th-11:00 a.m.-6:00p.m.


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

It is hard to imagine going through the holiday season without at least seeing a smidgen of “The Nutcracker” ballet on TV.  If you’ve ever thought about seeing it live; or want to see it again, check out this version at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

Fox Theatre, Detroit – 2211 Woodward Avenue  Detroit, MI 48201
Sunday, Dec. 11th – 3:00 p.m.


If you have great holiday or everyday happenings around the D, please leave a comment! We will update the list with anything wonderful!


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