10 Things To Do in Detroit This Weekend

Modified: December 05, 2022 | Story by Amelia Ritter

Happy holidays from Detroit! Whether you’re looking to deck the halls, find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, or just make the most of the winter wonderland, check out these 10 can’t-miss events and things to do happening in the city and the metro area this weekend, December 9-11!

Monroe Street Midway Winter Wonderland

Presented by Bedrock, the Midway is decked out for its first-ever winter holiday season! There’s outdoor fun for everyone, with rides, games, and snacks – all located across from Campus Martius Park from November 11 to January 29. Entry and many experiences are free, so bring your family and friends!

Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge

’Tis the season for the Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge – in collaboration with the Gilbert Family Foundation and Downtown Detroit Partnership – to once again fill Cadillac Square with winter holiday shops and snacks! The Markets’ 18 local small businesses sell specialty everything – from apparel to accessories and decor – for adults, children and pets, so you can pick the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (including yourself). The Lodge’s comfy couches and cozy fireplace give you a warm welcome with drinks and eats from the Iconic Collection, including cocktails, cocoa, cider, popcorn, nachos and hot dogs. Come with your friends and family for a festive time in the city!

Blake’s Santa Experience

The Rink at Campus Martius Park presented by Visit Detroit is open seven days a week, including holidays, from November through March and our experienced team will ensure that from the moment you step out onto the ice, your visit will be unforgettable. Skating at the Rink at Campus Martius Park, award-winning holiday lighting and public spaces, along with fantastic retailers and restaurants all come together this season to make a perfect “staycation” with no shortage of opportunities to support local businesses.

Midtown Makers Market

Retailers in Midtown Detroit have assembled to debut the first Midtown Makers Market, a seasonal celebration of craft highlighting local artists and vendors. Shinola Detroit’s Home Store will transition into a marketplace where customers can shop and support local business. The first level will feature vendors and makers including: Mesh Detroit, SMPLFD, Dos Jefes Garments, Ilera Apothecary, Dabls African Beads, Atelier Detroit, and Hamtramck Ceramck. On the second level, guests can get a reprieve from the cold as they sip on cocktails from Two James Spirits.

Downtown Oxford Holiday Market

The city of dreaming spires will again be filled with festive joy as the Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city on beautiful and historic Broad Street in 2022. With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air – a visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience.

Shop Detroit: Livernois Avenue of Fashion Walking Tour

Get in the spirit by shopping local in Detroit’s Black Business District., The Avenue of Fashion! Located in Northwest Detroit, Livernois has long been the heart of retail in Detroit. We will visit shops that are new to the Avenue within the last few years, as well as the older businesses that have been anchors in the community for decades. We will also learn about community efforts in place to make the area a better place to live, work, and shop. From art, to baked goods, to fresh apparel, there’s a little something for everyone on the ave.

Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet

This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet! The acclaimed holiday tradition is LIVE at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, December 11 for three performances at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for the 30th Anniversary tour. Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Cheer for the Detroit Lions as they face the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field! Do you need a spot to get some pre-game grub? We got you

Detroit Lions Watch Party at Beacon Park

Wayne County Lightfest

The Wayne County Lightfest is magical four-mile stretch of Hines Park, displaying nearly 50 animated themed displays and more than 100,000 lights. The Lightfest is open Wednesday-Sunday from Thursday, November 17, 2022 until Saturday, December 24, 2022 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and closed Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Enjoy the Holidays

The holiday season is here and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Winter Wonderland that is Detroit! Lace-up your ice skates, grab your shopping list, and get ready to have the best winter ever.

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