Christmas in Detroit: Everything You Need To Know

Campus Martius Tree Lighting 2023 Detroit

Detroit does Christmas RIGHT! There is so much to see and do, and each year it keeps getting better! Everything you need to know, right here!

Getting Around

Holly Trolley

Get around town to all the best Christmas spots for FREE!

Experience the magic of the holiday season in Downtown Detroit. Hop on the Holly Trolley and enjoy a FREE ride to some of downtown’s most exciting locations, including the Midway, Winter Markets, Cadillac Lodge, Book Tower, and more.

Runs Nov 9 – Jan 7

Hours:
Thurs & Fri: 4-8pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm-8pm
Not Available on Dec 24

 

Parker’s Alley, Columbia Street, & Book Tower are all decorated super cute!

Parker’s Alley: A pedestrian only street that is always decorated! They do seasonal event here too, so keep an eye on their social media for announcements!

Columbia Street: Another pedestrian only street that includes JoJo’s Shake Bar (over the top Christmas shakes, paint your own ornament, & more!) Plus, the Union Assembly Christmas Pop-Up is here too!

Book Tower: The lobby is GORGEOUS! Plus, you can stop in at Le Supreme (French) or Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge (Spanish Tapas) and check out those new spots!

 

Campus Martius Fun

Cadillac Square Lodge & Markets

Downtown Detroit Markets: Nov. 9 – Jan. 7 (17 Vendors)
Cadillac Lodge: Nov. 9 – Jan. 21

Cadillac Lodge is an iconic tradition in Downtown Detroit during the holidays. The family-friendly pop up features a large, heated tent filled with board games, plush seating, luxurious blankets, and roaring fireplaces.

There’s magical fun to be had the whole season through, with live music on the weekends and interactive activities. Plus, our new menu features specialty holiday cocktails and yummy bites including Detroit style chili, warm soft pretzels with beer cheese. Join us five days a week until New Years Day.

And make sure to visit the Arctic Zone too, our gingerbread house concession stand serving drinks and snacks right next to the Campus Martius Ice Rink.

Cadillac Lodge is funded by the Gilbert Family Foundation and operated by the Iconic Collection, with additional support from Bedrock and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

You may also be interested in my Christmas Pop-Up Bars Post >>Click Here<<

Market Hours:
Wed-Thurs: 11am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm
Sun: 11am-7pm

Lodge Hours:
Mon-Tues: CLOSED
Wed-Thurs: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Parking: 
The best parking options to visit us include: The Z Parking Garage, One Campus Martius Parking Garage, and the Buhl Parking Garage. There is also metered street parking available around the area.

 

Monroe Street Midway

Nov 9 – Jan 7

We’ve swapped out roller skating, basketball, and mini-golf for arctic slide sledding, winter bumper cars, an indoor arcade, and puck-putt for even more fun for everyone this winter season! It’s all happening at the Monroe Street Midway (across from Campus Martius Park) from November 9 – January 7. As always, the Midway offers FREE entry to everyone.

Hours:
Thurs: 11AM – 8PM
Fri & Sat: 11AM – 10PM 
Sun: 11AM – 8PM 

Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving Day/Christmas Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 11AM – 4PM
New Year’s Eve & Day: 11AM – 8PM

 

 
 
 
 
 
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1001 Winter Wonders (Detroit)

Open Nov 16 – Dec 24, 2023

SANTA CLAUS IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT
The jolly man in red will be awaiting your visit downtown at 1001 Woodward Ave. this winter season! Santa will be available for FREE photos, first come first served. Be sure to dress warm as lines for Santa may extend outdoors.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY SANTA
In partnership with UMAISE, this inclusive experience will incorporate sensory adaptations and a wheelchair-accessible layout. Families can pre-register for December 2 between 4:30PM – 6PM, or December 8 between 1PM – 3PM.

Thurs-Fri: 4PM – 8PM
Sat-Sun: 12PM – 4PM

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Rink at Campus Martius (Detroit)

Open 7 Days/Week & Holidays!

Duration is 2 Hours.

You can purchase tickets online ahead of time. (Must have socks for skate rental. You can purchase them at the rink if need be.)

First Come First Serve

ADULT ADMISSION………………………..$12
CHILD ADMISSION………………………….$9
ACTIVE MILITARY…………………………..$8
FIRST RESPONDER…………………………$8
59+ SENIORS………………………………….$9
SKATE RENTAL………………………………$6
SHOE CHECK………………………………….$2

FOR QUESTIONS OR GROUP RATES CALL 313.963.9393

Hours:
December 12 – January 1 
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm 
Friday: 11 am – Midnight
Saturday: 10 am – Midnight 
Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm 

Holiday Hours 
Christmas Day: noon – 10 pm 
New Years Eve: 11 am – 11 pm
New Year’s Day: 11 am-11 pm

January 2 – March 3 
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 11 am – 9 pm 
Tuesday: 11 am – 6 pm 
Friday: 11 am – 11 pm 
Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm 
Sunday: Noon – 8 pm

 

Other Christmas Pop-Ups Located Downtown

Blitzen’s On Bagley (Detroit)

2545 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

Begins on Wednesday, 11/15/23

Hours:
Sun-Tues: 5pm-11pm
Wed-Thurs: 5pm-12am
Fri-Sat: 5pm-1am

Seating is first come first serve. Get there early on those busy weekend nights! (Or go on a weeknight when it won’t be as crowded!)

They are right next door to Goblin sushi (which is awesome)! You can order from Goblin if you’re hungry, and they’ll bring it over to you!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sippin’ Santa at The Skip (Detroit)

1234 The Belt
Detroit, MI

Tropical Themed Santa! You can also purchase the tiki cups, but they go VERY quickly each year. You need to jump on it!

Begins on Friday, 11/17 (Just in time for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius!)

Seating is first come first serve.

Hours:
Closed Mondays
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-Midnight
Fri-Sat: 4pm-2am
Sun: 4pm-Midnight

No food. Drinks only.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Miracle at Dragonfly (Detroit)

2929 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

Brand New For 2023!

Opens Wednesday, 11/22/23

Hours:
Tues-Thurs: 5pm-11pm
Fri-Sun: 5pm-Midnight

You can make a reservation using the link above!

Drinks only for the pop-up!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Union Assembly (Detroit)

Cocktails & Cable Knits

Begins Wednesday, 11/22 and runs through NYE!

This one will be on the 2nd floor where you’ll get a great view of the city!

Cocktails Only (No Food)

Swanky 50/60s Retro Christmas Cocktail Vibe!

Seating is first come, first serve. However, you can rent out the entire space for a holiday party or gathering. Reach out to the events team at catering@unionjoints.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Whiskey Winter Wonderland at Detroit City Distillery (Eastern Market, Detroit)

2462 Riopelle St
Detroit, MI 48207
313-338-3760

Christmas Trees and Greens Dripping with Colorful Lights and Festive Holiday Drinks! Enjoy a menu with 15 craft cocktails.

Whiskey Winter Wonderland
Begins on Friday, 11/24/23

Hours:
Wed-Thurs: 4-10pm
Fri: 4-11pm
Sat: 10am-11pm
Sun: Noon-6pm

Seating is First Come First Serve.

No food. Drinks only. The drinks are AMAZING!!!!

They also sell cocktail kits, spirits, and merch on their website or during market hours.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Eatori Market (Detroit)

1215 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

Brand New For 2023!

Open as of Friday, 11/17/23!

They are doing some remodeling on the inside, so they have a heated tent set up right outside that is super warm and decorated super cute for Christmas.

Bar Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues-Fri: 4pm-Midnight
Sat: 11am-Midnight
Sun: 11am-10pm

THE BEST FOOD! If you’re looking for a pop-up that is a good compromise of food, drinks, and cute Christmas decor, this might just be the stop for you! The Market Chicken is one of the most amazing dishes I have ever had!

 

225 Sleighride (Detroit)

225 Jos Campau (Right next to Atwater Brewery downtown!)
Detroit, MI 48207

Brand New For 2023!

 This is a speakeasy so secret you won’t even find them on social media!

This onehas classy Christmas vibes (think evergreen) with little gingerbread cookies in the drinks!

Opens on Friday, 11/24 and runs through 1/7/24!

Hours:

Nov 24-Dec 17:
Thurs-Fri: 4pm-11pm
Sat: 12pm-11pm
Sun 12pm-9pm

Dec 18-Jan 7:
Mon-Fri: 4pm-11pm
Sat: 12pm-11pm
Sun: 12pm-9pm

You can walk-in, but it is highly recommended to make a reservation! (Linked above)

 

For The Full List of 20 Christmas Pop-Ups, Click HERE!

 

One of My Favorite Secret Christmas Date Nights

Reserve a table at Parc and enjoy views of the Campus Martius Tree all lit up (while you’re warm and comfy and eating and drinking haha).

 

Christmas Shows 

Trans Siberian Orchestra

Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, MI

When: Dec 23, 2023
Showtimes: 3pm & 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $59.75+/person

 

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Downtown Detroit/Woodward Avenue Through the Downtown Detroit Partnership

Every Friday & Saturday; Nov 18 – Dec 30 from 6 – 11pm

$10/person & $40 for the whole carriage/a group (Credit or Debit Card Only)

First Come First Serve

New Year’s Eve Carriage Rides: Dec 31; 6-11pm

“Experience the magic of Downtown Detroit from inside an enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Carriage rides take passengers on a journey through the bustling city. With the dramatic backdrop of the city skyline and Detroit’s Christmas Tree, these charming tours are a wonderful way to embrace the holiday cheer in Downtown Detroit.”

While you’re downtown, make sure you check out the Cadillac Square Lodge, Tree & Ice Rink, and Christmas Pop-Up Bars!

 

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