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Things to Do in Downtown Detroit

Celebrate the season in the city with activities for all! From returning favorites to new additions, we've got everyone covered. Check our schedule for details on dates and times, then mark your calendar to make some memories!

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Monroe Street Drive-In Powered by Emagine

And…action! The Monroe Street Drive-In Powered by Emagine is back in Detroit with a new lineup of fans’ favorite films and festive features. This season’s Drive-In offers outdoor heated seating pods – a perfect fit for your group of family or friends – and a mural by the city’s own Sheefy McFly. See what’s showing and get your tickets to experience downtown movie magic!

The Drive-In is open:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7pm-10pm

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Downtown Detroit Markets

Check off your gift list and your wish list at the Downtown Detroit Markets in Cadillac Square! This season’s selection of 18 local small businesses sell specialty everything – from apparel to décor and snacks – for adults, children and pets. See the list of shops and start your shopping list!

The Markets are open:

Wednesday and Thursday 11am-8pm

Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm

Sunday 11am-7pm

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Cadillac Lodge x Bea's Detroit

Come cozy up for fun with family and friends! Located in Cadillac Square and partnered with Bea’s Detroit, the Cadillac Lodge has a hodgepodge of drinks, eats, games and programs for everyone to enjoy. In the comfort and style of a ski-lodge setting, the Lodge gives you a warm welcome to sit and sip Bea’s special holiday lemonade and toasty treats like hot chocolate, coffee and soup. Plus you can show off your skills with board games, trivia and karaoke. Raise a steamy mug to some friendly competition!

The Lodge is open:

Wednesday and Thursday 11am-8pm

Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm

Sunday 11am-7pm

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1001 Winter Wonders

Enjoy an enchanting stroll around downtown Detroit’s North Pole inside the 1001 Winter Wonders display! Your walk begins within a picturesque icescape and snow scene. The wintry pathway leads you along to a photo-op stop inside a life-size gingerbread house, nestled beside a serene skating pond. You can exchange waves with Santa and even take a peek at his secret cabin before dropping a postcard into his magical mailbox. Make a holiday wish come true at 1001 Woodward Avenue!

Winter Wonders is open:

Friday 4pm-8pm

Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4pm

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Downtown Shopping Days

Get great deals, discounts, freebies and festivities! Three dozen downtown Detroit businesses are hosting a month of holiday events and special offers to step up your shopping experience. Come on in – ’tis the season of gifting!

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Campus Martius Park

Unwrap the gifts of the city at Campus Martius Park! You can glide on the ice rink or ride in a horse-drawn carriage, with a beautiful backdrop of decorations for the season. Special holiday happenings are sure to make your spirit bright. For lighting the tree and Menorah in the D, Campus Martius is the place to be!

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Parker's Alley Heart

The heart of Parker’s Alley is an ever-changing work of art, always decked out for Detroit's next event or an upcoming holiday. Show some love and snap a selfie with this popular Instagrammable masterpiece! Be sure to hashtag your post: #ParkersAlleyHeart

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