The tree lighting ceremony at Campus Martius officially kicked off the 2016 holiday season. Check out all these upcoming secular and spiritual events offered in Detroit over the next few weeks. There’s bound to an event or a few, that will help you celebrate the spirit of the season and create lasting memories.
If we’ve missed your event, please feel free to provide a brief description of it in the comments section along with the date and a link. Time permitting, I will try to incorporate your events into this list.
November 18 – December 31
Enjoy carriage rides, ice skating, visits with Santa and a variety of kid and adult fun throughout the holiday season.
November 19 – December 30
Visit this authentic cathedral and historic site outfitted in its finest seasonal decorations. “Christmas at Historic Trinity” is an annual tradition showcasing over 650 angels, 250 creches from around the world, and over 50 decorated Christmas Trees, animated characters, many doll houses, garlands – bows – wreaths – candles everywhere, unique old Christmas decorations, and much more.
November 22, 27; December 4, 11, 18, 20 (Tuesdays/Sundays)
Fun, festive opportunity to shop local this holiday season and find great gifts for family and friends that are uniquely Detroit and Michigan made
One of the country’s largest and most spectacular parades in the United States makes its way down Woodward Avenue and captures the imaginations of millions of children and their families. A holiday tradition dating back to 1924, this year’s parade celebrates its 90th anniversary with larger than life floats, colorful helium-filled balloons, thunderous marching bands, and exciting specialty acts! The parade culminates with the presentation of the key to the city to none other than Santa Claus. Join thousands of spectators and watch the parade live or tune in to WDIV-TV, Local 4 and view it from the comfort of your home.
November 25 – 27
Sir Roger Moore narrates this holiday classic presented by the Michigan Opera Theatre featuring more than 100 dancers and larger-than-life characters to Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score.
December 2 – 28
Catch these holiday favorites on the big screen throughout December: White Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Bishop’s Wife.
Annual living history event showcases Christmas traditions throughout American history and how members of the military celebrated away from home and hearth. Meet soldier and civilian reenactors from Revolutionary times to World War II. Tours of historic Fort Wayne given.
Over 70 institutions open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theater and dance groups, and other special performances.
December 3, 4
Decades long tradition presented by Fort Street Chorale and Chamber Orchestra at Fort Street Presbyterian Church
This jazz-gospel version of Handel’s classic Messiah has become a tradition for the Motor City and features Detroit-inspired music styles of jazz, gospel, blues are intertwined with swing, classical and scat. The Opera House pulses with music and the true spirit of the holidays as more than 80 musicians fill the stage and share a soul-stirring experience.
Big band, dancing fundraiser for historic Fort Wayne held in the recreation center used by US troops stationed here. Holiday swing dances were big events during World War II.
Limited tickets available for an intimate preview tour of the five decorated homes featured on Sunday’s public tour. Ticket price includes dinner and wine/dessert reception.
Five historically significant homes will be on display and decorated for the holiday season. Visitors can view the fine exterior and interior residential architecture of the early 1900s. The tour transports one back to the “Golden Age” of Detroit when Boston-Edison residents included such familiar names as Henry Ford, James Couzens, Charles T. Fisher and S.S. Kresge.
Contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music debuts this holiday season at Fox Theatre.
December 11, 12
Hosted by Detroit Mercantile located inside Eastern Market, Detroit Merry Market features unique gift items from regional and local vendors.
Hundreds of Santas converge upon the city for a spirit-laden pub crawl.
December 20 – 24
This holiday season, the Fox Theatre presents the award-winning Broadway hit, A Christmas Story, The Musical and brings this beloved classic movie to life
Menorah lighting ceremony at Campus Martius commemorates Chanuka. The Festival of Lights is celebrated throughout the day with a variety of family-friendly events.
Preschool and elementary aged children and their families can make their own noisemaker, write a time capsule letter, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa and, most importantly, celebrate the New Year at the Detroit Historical Museum.
Ring out the old and bring in the new at this fun, festive event featuring many activities and entertainers held in the heart of downtown Detroit.
In the ‘Burbs
A Christmas Carol – Meadow Brook Theatre
Big Bright Light Show – Rochester*
Fantasyland (Debuted in 1964) – Lincoln Park
Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village – Dearborn
Wayne County Light Fest– Westland*
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak*
Winter Wonderland – Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
2nd annual Black Santa Photo Experience – Southfield Pavilion
32nd annual Festival of Trees – Dearborn
45th annual Holiday Walk – Meadow Brook Hall
*Enjoy all the festive light shows in one night via the Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Lights Bus Tour (Southgate departure – multiple dates)