Guide to Holidays in Detroit

Guide to Holidays in Detroit

Tis the season! Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with friends and loved ones at these festive holiday events.


BYOB Christmas Lights Trolley Tour + Rooftop Party // 1551 Winder
Pre-party at 900 Tower + Terrace, a drive through Wayne County Lightfest, a wild night at the Detroit Zoo and a visit to Campus Martius.
Throughout December

Belle Isle Holiday Stroll // Belle Isle
Enjoy an evening stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Detroit Boat Club.
December 8th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Corktown-a-Glow // Corktown
Corktown-a-Glow is back for their second year of family-friendly fun, prize opportunities and other festivities throughout Corktown. Guests are able to enjoy stops at Eldorado General Store, Detroit Athletic Company, Metropolis, Ponyride Holiday Makers Market, a free photo booth with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony with carolers.
December 9th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Silent Disco: Ugly Sweater Party // Beacon Park
Be a part of a Guinness World Records™ attempt at Beacon Park for the largest gathering of (ugly) holiday sweaters! Afterwards take part in the popular Silent Disco in the Winter Lodge.
December 9th from 7 p.m. to midnight

Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday // Fox Theatre
Direct from New York, five of Broadway’s brightest stars will take audiences on a journey through Broadway history with the music of Kander & Ebb, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many more.
December 9th from 7 p.m. to midnight

Menorah in the D // Campus Martius
Menorah in the D is an annual community-wide menorah lighting event with complimentary snacks and hot beverages, a larger than life menorah, performers from the Detroit Pistons and much more. The lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m.
December 12th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular // Fisher Theatre
Christmas Wonderland is one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.
December 12-17th

Home Alone in Concert // Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy one of the most beloved holiday films of all time projected on a giant screen in stunning High Definition accompanied by the Detroit Symphony live in the splendor of Orchestra Hall.
December 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Twas’ A Girls Night Before Christmas // Fox Theatre
From the producers of the box office smash Girls Night: The Musical comes the must see holiday show.
December 14-17th 

Ugly Sweater Party // HopCat
Go to HopCat for fun, beer flights, ugly sweater contests, food and games all benefiting Focus: HOPE’s Senior Holiday Delivery Program.
December 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Gold Cash Gold // revolver
Gold Cash Gold’s Brendon & Hailey are hosting a can’t miss 5-course Christmas dinner.
December 15th at 6:00 + 9:00p.m.

Home for the Holidays // Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Share Detroit’s favorite musical holiday tradition with family and friends and marvel in the spectacle of the season! It’s a sparkling holiday celebration, and yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!
December 15-17th

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas // Fox Theatre
Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller produced the features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting.
December 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Detroit Santarchy Downtown Bar Crawl // Downtown
Dress in full holiday costume attire and jump on the bus to hit up downtown bars.
December 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Once Upon a December Eve // Detroit Symphony Orchestra
A wonderful Holiday Tradition in the Metropolitan Detroit Area. The community looks forward to enjoying an evening of beautiful music that includes Holiday Favorites, Traditional and Contemporary Carols, Classical Gems and Stunning Jazz Arrangements.
December 16th at 7:30 p.m.

98 Degrees // SoundBoard
The guys from 98 Degrees are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band and they’re bringing Christmas classics to the stage this holiday season.
December 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Great Russian Nutcracker // Fox Theatre
The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land” Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus.
December 17th

Elf the Musical // Fox Theatre
Elf the Musical is coming to town to bring one of your favorite Christmas traditions to life with song and dance this holiday season.
December 20-24th

Under the Streetlamp // Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Under the Streetlamp returns to get “Hip to the Holidays” with a joyous performance of your favorite holiday tunes plus songs from the American Radio Songbook.
December 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party // Atwater Brewery
Put on your ugliest Christmas look (suit, sweater, onesie) and head to Atwater for food and drink specials and a DJ spinning all night.
December 21st from 5 p.m.

A Christmas Carol // The Scarab Club
Join us for Shakespeare in Detroit‘s reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. That’s right, the classical company will present a holiday classic for the entire family!
December 23th at 7:00 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve // Little Caesars Arena
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to town this holiday season to perform The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.
December 23th

WWE Live Holiday Tour // Little Caesars Arena
During the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view at Little Caesars Arena, WWE announced its return to Detroit one final time this year for the WWE Live Holiday Tour.
December 27th at 7:30 p.m.


Keep the party going, check out our guide to New Year’s Eve fun.


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