Things To Do Over Winter Break

things to do over winter break metro detroit

There are plenty of places to go and things to do this break (even with the shutdown).


You don’t have to be stuck in the house all Christmas Break if you feel comfortable enough to venture out!’


If you want to stay home, I have some options here for you too!


For An Afternoon of Winter Fun

Go Fowling at the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck

Opening again as of 12/26/20!

Reservation Only

$10/person to reserve a lane (for a limited time only!)

2 Hours, 6 people/lane

No drinking inside the building, but you can drink on the outdoor patio (working to make cozy)

Lanes and balls (lol) cleaned after each party

Masks must be worn at all times inside the building

Reserve online


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Host a Private Screening at MJR (Thanks for this idea Derek!)

Miss going to the movies?

How about organizing a private screening with your family and friends.

$199 for up to 20 guests in a private auditorium

Must book at least 24 hours in advance.

Between 12/25 – 1/7, choose from (movie availability is subject to location):

Wonder Woman

News of The World


Promising Young Woman

The Dissident



Monster Hunter


Midnight Sky

True To The Game 2

Honest Thief

War With Grandpa


Movie theaters are open again (so you don’t HAVE to rent one out to go).

They just cannot serve food and beverages. You also have to wear a mask the entire time.



Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit at Henry Ford (Dearborn)

Now – Jan 31, 2021

It is recommended to purchase your ticket ahead of time.

From the site: “An exhibition for the hero in all of us. From comics to film, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes and props. Spectacular artifacts thrill both avid collectors and casual fans, while immersive set pieces, soundscapes and interactive elements bring the Marvel Universe to life in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.”

General Admission is $35 for non-members

While you’re in the area, stop by The Heights Meat Market & Grill for some lunch or dinner on their heated patio. They also have HCBs!


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Top Golf (Auburn Hills)

Top Golf is open! Yes, there is social distancing. Yes, you have to wear a mask.

All game play is half priced on Tuesdays!

DEC Workers and Teachers receive a 10% discount through April 30, 2021.

(They are also taking reservations (open from 10am – 11pm) for NYE! For more New Years Eve ideas, see THIS POST.)

While you’re in the area: Check out the heated patios at MBTB Tasting Room or Blue Skies Brewery!



Hang Out At Blake’s Winter Wonderland (Armada)

Honestly, I just really want someone to do this with me lol.

They have the perfect outdoor set up: ice skating, igloos, heated tent…

It sounds like such a fun and festive afternoon to hangout here.

I’d really like to do that before the magic of Christmas ends.

For more details on skating at Blake’s, see this post.


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Go Ice Skating at Dodge Park (Sterling Heights)

Must register

75 person limit per time block

For the full details: Click Here


Sterling Heights Residents: Free only with valid ID.

Non Sterling Heights Residents: $5 per person.

Skate Rentals: $4

Skate Sharpening: $5


Explore Mt. Clemens

I feel like Mt. Clemens is often forgotten about when discussing cool spots in Metro Detroit, but there are so many hidden gems here like Rec Bowl and Octopus’ Beer Garden. (They are both open for heated patio dining too!)

Make sure you stop by Miller Brother’s Creamery and Pops’ Sweets An Treats. Both businesses have been hit hard because of the shutdowns and could really use community support!


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Food & Drinks

Patio & Tent Dining

MANY places on the list are walk-in/no reservations, so just get there early and you can snag a spot!

Penny Black, Bubba’s, Chomp…just to name a few.


Igloo Dining

There are some igloos in the area that don’t have minimums (or they have small minimums) and there are igloos that you may be able to get into without an advance reservation too!

Bar Louie in Royal Oak only has a $100 minimum Fri-Sun.

Call 248.397.8240 to make a reservation!

These igloos haven’t been on my Igloo Dining List for very long, and they have not been as publicized as some of the others. I think you will have a better chance of snagging a rez!



Crafty Things

Head to Party Cakes & Supplies on Hayes in Macomb and pick up the supplies to make your own hot chocolate bombs!


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Take a virtual cooking class w/Cooking with Cocktails!

(Screenshot from the Cooking with Cocktails website)




Get glammed up before NYE (even if you’re staying home). It’ll feel good to get out of your sweats and PJs. I always feel better when I look my best. There is no reason why you can’t still sparkle this year.


The Bronze Bar (Washington + Mobile)

Get an organic (PARABEN FREE) spray tan that will leave you with a beautiful bronze glow. (NYE specials to be announced soon!)


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Teased and Polished (Shelby Twp)

Next, stop by Teased and Polished for a glam blow out!


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Paint Nail Bar (Birmingham)

Finally, swing by Paint Birmingham for a NON-TOXIC & FUME FREE mani/pedi.


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Day Trips

Downtown Detroit

There is so much to do and see downtown!

Start over at Iggy’s Eggies Breakfast Window for a delicious breakfast to go sandwich.


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Stroll through Capitol Park and admire the Christmas Trees and wreaths.


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Make your way over to Campus Martius. Grab your photo op with the Christmas Tree while you’re still in the spirit and enjoy some skating too!


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Have lunch or dinner or just grab a drink at one of the many heated patio or tent dining options! (Motor City Brewing Works, PAO, SheWolf Pastifico, Marrow, The Royce, Grey Ghost…just to name a few.)

Lumen and Tin Roof also have igloos downtown too (although you need a reservation).


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Other Cool Spots Downtown:


Eastern Market – There is always something to do or see!


Take a walk through the alleyway (The Belt) by The Skip and the Z Lot! (That is the spot from my photo on Facebook!)


Belle Isle Holiday Stroll – Through 1/1/21


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Beacon Square Park – all decked out for the season!


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You can also wander around Corktown for a little shopping and food.

Ottava Via, Ima, and Bobcat Bonnies all have heated patios or tents open right now too!



Day Trip Out To Howell (For M Street Bakery Of Course!)

Grab one of their legendary milkshakes and some other goodies too! (I have had the edible cookie dough and it is wonderful.)

Swing by East Lansing or Ann Arbor on your way home and grab some No Thai to go for lunch 🙂


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Check Out Some of the Small Businesses in the Area


Lottie Mae & Co (Shop Online or at the Brick and Mortar Store in Rochester): Candles, Decor, & Gift Shop!


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Sage Green Flowers & Events (Keego Harbor): A Boutique Floral Shoppe {Looks like this one is call ahead to place order only right now}


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Kiloh & Co (Shop Online or at the Pop Up in Plymouth): Small Batch Local Love + Game Day Apparel


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Rail & Anchor (Shop Online or at the Store in Royal Oak): A Modern General Store Curating Quality Goods That Make Us Smile


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Dig’s Consignment (Clarkston): Unique Home Decor + Furniture From Every Decade


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Chic Antiques Market (Almont): You can shop online until the next in person market days Jan 22-24!


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Light Exhibits

There is still time to see some cool light exhibits if you didn’t get a chance before Christmas!

DTE: Magic of Lights (highly recommended by my 4th graders!) – 1/2/21 (Buy tickets in advance.)

Zoo Lights – 1/3/21 (You’re gonna have to watch this page like a hawk to try to snag some tickets.)

Downtown Rochester – Light Display has been extended through 1/31/21! (Lots of heated patio and tent options here too!)

Glenlore Trails – Buy tickets in advance. General Admission is $20. (There are some tickets available starting Jan 1. Keep scrolling on the ticket sales page.)

Partridge Creek – Walk around the mall, shop, and enjoy the lights! You could also make a reservation ahead of time for some heated patio seating at PF Changs! (I heard that CPK has their patio open too, but I have not confirmed that yet.)

Nicol’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza – 12/31/20

For More Details on the Lights Exhibits, check out this post HERE.



Check out my New Year’s Eve Post for more ideas of things to do (it doesn’t have to be NYE to do them)!

If staying cozy at home is more your jam, you can check out this post for some book recommendations.


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