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Things to Do this Weekend in Detroit

There’s still time to get into the holiday spirit with all the different events going on. Here’s a lineup of things to do between December 19 – 22.

Thursday, December 19

5 PM – Evening Holiday Market at Eastern Market, 2934 Russell Street
Thursday markets feature plenty of Michigan-made gift options including clothing, art, jewelry, beauty products, and more. Free. All ages welcome. More details

Friday, December 20

8 PM – This Wonderful Life, A One Man Show at Spread Art, 5141 Rosa Parks Boulevard
Ken Falkenhagen inhabits 30-plus characters in this one-man retelling the Frank Capra holiday classic. From everyman George Bailey to evil old Mr. Potter, Clarence, and the dotty angel, it’s a weird and wonderful reworking of the story about the effect that one hard-working man’s life has on the people around him. Doors open at 7:30. Ticketed event. More details

Saturday, December 21

10 AM – See The D Walking Tour at City Tour Detroit, One Campus Martius (Meet by Santa’s cabin)
Downtown walking tour features art, architecture, new developments and more. It’s especially festive as you take in all the seasonal activities taking place downtown on this 2.5 hour tour. Ticketed event.

12 Noon – Parker’s Alley Winter Weekends at Parker’s Alley behind Shinola Hotel
Visit the festively decorated retail and dining destination perfect for families and shoppers from noon until 2 pm. Enjoy carols performed by the Detroit Actors Theater Company sing carols. Enjoy free* giveaways from the following Parker’s Alley retailers while supplies last: free Hot Chocolate or Chai from Madcap Coffee and free ice cream from Huddle. Lots of holiday greenery and cute rustic rocking chairs make great photo op stops.

Parker’s Alley is festively decorated with greens and cute rocking chairs for fun photo op stops.

2 PM – Santa Skate at Frankenmuth Rink, Campus Martius Park
Put on your festive attire and skate with Santa. Standard admission rates apply. More details

Campus Martius Park is a winter wonderland. On Saturday, you can skate with Santa!

Sunday, December 2

10 AM – Final Holiday Market at Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St, Detroit, Michigan 48207
Sunday markets feature plenty of Michigan-made gift options including clothing, art, jewelry, beauty products, and more. Free. All ages welcome. More details

12 Noon – Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Avenue
This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. The New York Times, “Hot Ticket!” Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Ticketed event. More details

3 PM – First Annual Christmas Choir Musical at Nazarene Michigan Baptist Church, 901 Melbourne Street
Fellowship with the awesome churches of the North End community: Affirming Love Ministry, Second Mount Zion of the Apostolic Faith Church, Greater Ephesian Baptist Church, Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church. Potluck meal served in Fellowship Hall following the choir performances. Free. Open to the public.

4:30 PM – Menorah in the D at Campus Martius Park
9th Annual Lighting of the Menorah in the D. Entertainment and refreshments begin at 4:30 pm followed by Menorah lighting at 5 pm. Family friend event includes complimentary soup and cider, marshmallow roasting, face painting, games, Dancing Dreidels, Dreidel mascot, and more. More details

Monday, December 23

9:30 PM – Twas the Night / R & B Karaoke at Granite City inside the Renaissance Center

The Holiday Season celebration! Hit the stage for R&B Karaoke until 11:00 pm. Giveaways from local brands and food/drink specials all night. Special Guest DJ Ray from 97.9FM. Event sells out every year so plan on a great time. Ticketed event. More details

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