There’s nothing like a holiday market to round out the year and celebrate the season. Metro Detroit’s holiday markets come in all shapes and sizes, from cozy community art markets, to bustling outdoor food stalls decked in twinkling lights and snow.
Of course, even though they’re often outdoors, holiday markets necessitate lots of people together in crowded quarters. Quite a few traditional Detroit holiday events and markets have been canceled in 2020, which means this could be a good year to branch out and try something new (while remaining safe).
The following holiday markets in metro Detroit are taking precautions – whether it’s reducing attendees, or going fully virtual – and are going ahead in 2020.
1. Eastern Market Holiday Markets
Tuesday, November 24; Sunday, November 29; Sunday, December 6; Sunday, December 13;
Sunday, December 20; Tuesday, December 22
Eastern Market might just be the best place to get your holiday market fix this year. This Detroit institution is loved by locals and visitors alike, and has been an especially popular destination in 2020 thanks to its open-air structure.
Throughout November and December, head to Eastern Market for their special Holiday Markets. At the Sunday markets, you’ll find Michigan-made products including art, jewelry, handmade soaps, and more. This is the perfect time to pick up thoughtful stocking stuffers and gifts.
The Tuesday Markets (the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas), are foodie-focused, and the perfect replacement for the crowded grocery-store run to pick up your holiday meal ingredients.
2. Small Business Holiday Edition Virtual Tour
Saturday, December 12
The event will be held on December 12, and includes a virtual tour (via Zoom) of Detroit’s neighborhoods. Your tour guide will feature Detroit’s best shopping districts, locally owned shops and boutiques, and uniquely Detroit gift ideas.
Not only will attendees get a deeper look into Detroit’s coolest shops and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, but you’ll also get the opportunity to support small businesses when they need help the most.
3. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
December 4-6, 11-13, 15-23, 26-28
Each year, throughout December, Greenfield Village transforms into a winter wonderland for their Holiday Nights events. 2020 marks 20 years of Holiday Nights, and this is one quintessential Detroit holiday event that’s going ahead.
Throughout the grounds, you can enjoy decked-out homes and Christmas trees, colorful carousel rides, carolers on cobbled street corners, and even live reindeer. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks show.
Be sure to bundle up (including wearing a mandatory facemask), because this outdoor event can get chilly.
4. Light Up Beacon Park
November 20-January 10
Light Up Beacon Park is a go-to holiday event in downtown Detroit each year. Unfortunately, their November 20 tree lighting event was canceled this year due to gathering restrictions. However, the park will still be decorated and ready for visitors, seven days a week throughout the end of November, December, and the beginning of January.
There are of course some adjustments this year, to keep everyone safe, but there will still be holiday light installations and the Children’s Tree. Featuring over 125,000 LED lights, this is a great spot to snap some holiday photos and have a socially distanced outdoor meet-up.
5. Detroit Artists Market Art For the Holidays
The Detroit Artists Market is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Sugar Hill Arts District. Each year, they host the Art For the Holidays market, which is known as the longest-running holiday art market in all of Michigan. The market features work of contemporary Michigan and Detroit-based artists.
There’s something here for people of all tastes and budgets – from Christmas tree ornaments to paintings to large sculptural pieces. It’s the perfect market to pick up a gift for the art lover in your life, and support Detroit artists at the same time.
This year, there are both in-person and virtual options for attending the market. All artwork is viewable online and can be purchased through the Detroit Artist Market website, and is available for curbside pickup.
6. Lathrup Village Winter Market
Saturday, November 28
Lathrup Village, in Oakland County, is hosting an outdoor winter market on November 28. The market itself will feature unique gifts from local small businesses. Entrance to the market is free, but a donation of shelf-stable food for the Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter is suggested.
After perusing the market, take some time to check out the local Lathrup Village shops, boutiques, and other businesses partaking in the “Lathrup Business Bingo.” Participation will enter you to win a variety of prizes.
7. TechTown The SHOP Virtual Market
December 4 and 11
TechTown is an entrepreneur incubator in Detroit, known for accelerating startups and providing hundreds of jobs in the city and metro area. This year, TechTown is supporting local entrepreneurs through a virtual holiday market.
“The SHOP” is a pop up market, featuring the wares of locally owned Detroit businesses, in an all-online format. There are two dates to choose from for the online event, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Each online market will feature a variety of vendors, including businesses such as Love Travels Imports, House of African Prints, Sol-3 Avenue, and more to be announced.