Holiday Fun, Festive Dinners & More: December Events in the D

By: Amber Ogden | November 30, 2015

You may still have some Thanksgiving leftovers lingering in your refrigerator, but the holiday season is officially upon us! December means all things holly jolly, and these are a few ways you can soak up the holiday cheer in the D this month with your loved ones:

Grey Ghost Pop-Up Dinner

Chicago chef duo John Vermiglio and Josef Giacomino are opening a restaurant in Detroit called Grey Ghost, and as a preview, are hosting a pop-up dinner at Hamtramck’s Yemans Street on Friday, Dec. 4. “The Cow Menu” consists of dishes like Veal Tongue with Brussels Sprouts, Pomelo and Tonnato, and Steak with Carrot, Coffee and Smoked Crème Fraiche.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. meal cost $75 and can be purchased online.

Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Head to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium and Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Friday, Dec. 11 for free holiday fun! All three buildings will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with free admission, and participants will be able to enjoy holiday music, free mulled cider, Dutch Girl Donuts, hot cocoa, cookies, crafts and more.

Teddy bears and toys will be collected for the Michigan State Police “Trooper Teddy” program and Toys for Tots.

Ferndale’s Annual Holiday Ice Festival

Don’t miss out on Ferndale’s Annual Holiday Ice Festival on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features more than 50 different ice creations in the downtown area, hayrides around town, carolers singing holiday music and an appearance by Santa Claus himself.

Bring your kids to lunch with Santa at Rosie O’Grady’s at noon! You can find the day’s full schedule of events here.

The Lodge

If you’re the type who likes to wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, yet still hope to avoid the mall at all costs, visit The Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20.

Held at The Eastern, an event space in Eastern Market, the drinking and shopping event will allow you to shop local, handcrafted goods. Local vendors, food trucks and The Wild Turkey Bourbon Bar will all be present.

No matter how you enjoy your days in December, make sure they are all merry and bright!