Detroit is known for its coneys, just like it’s known for cars, music and much more. The two main spots right downtown are American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island, located right next to each other in the building on the split of Lafayette and Michigan Aves.
Tree lighting night will be incredibly busy, so be prepared to wait to get the dogs, but it will be worth it.
Walk into either and you’ll get a great dog with chili, mustard and onions, and the ambiance on the inside of both restaurants is something you’ve likely never seen before.
Located just a few blocks down Woodward Ave. from Campus Martius, Townhouse Detroit is a perfect spot to grab a drink or a bite to eat before or after the tree lighting.
Their menu features different raw items like caviar, wagyu or bigeye tuna, and you can get shared plates like French onion dip with chips, black truffle, crab and more.
The mains include salmon, local chicken, a filet, ravioli and others.
Where to Have Fun
Santa will be on hand at Campus Martius to help flip the switch and turn the tree on! He’ll also be available to meet with the kids and families after the event.
The skating rink will also officially open in Campus Martius, with adults and children welcome.
You can also stick around during the show to watch performances from local and nationally-known and award-winning figure skaters, live music from artists around the area, horse-drawn carriages, and more.
Plus, there are great places to cozy up with hot cocoa, drinks, and food trucks.
Photos by Matt Schwedt
Where to Stay
If you want to avoid traffic and driving through the city with all of those people around, there are plenty of great partners you can stay with on Friday night.
The Book Cadillac is one of Detroit’s largest and most famous hotels. It’s just two blocks down Michigan Ave. to Campus Martius for the tree lighting, so you can get in and out quickly if you just want to avoid crowds.
The hotel was built in 1924 and has traditional rooms, deluxe rooms, suites and more.
The Renaissance Center is Detroit’s tallest building, and the Marriott is located in the center tower of the building, offering stunning views of the city and the Detroit River.
It’s a great spot to stay for the tree lighting, because you can either walk to Campus Martius, just a few blocks away, or hop on the People Mover and use it to get closer to the heart of Downtown Detroit.