Believe it or not, the holiday season is one of the best times to spend a day in downtown Detroit. Between the skating rink at Campus Martius Park, the beautiful 60-foot Christmas tree and more, downtown Detroit comes to life during this time of year. Read on to find out how you can spend a festive day in downtown Detroit.
You may or may not know that Campus Martius is home to its own skating rink, open this season from November 18, 2016 – March 5, 2017. Not only can you take a leisurely stroll around the rink with your friends and family, beginning January 4, you can partake in a game of broomball, which, it turns out, isn’t actually played with brooms!
The rink is open seven days a week, including holidays. Admission fees are $8 for adults and $7 for those 12 and under, as well as seniors 50 and older. Check out the official times the skating rink is open here.
Every year, commemorating the opening of the skating rink for the season, the city of Detroit holds a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The tree stays lit all season long and is located directly next to the skating rink, making for a beautiful sight to behold during the holiday season.
After a good skating session, you’ll probably want to warm up. Luckily, downtown Detroit has plenty of independent coffee shops, brewing your favorite caffeinated (or decaffeinated) beverages. Roasting Plant on Woodward Avenue and Cadillac Square is a great option since it is a short walk from the skating rink. There is also The Bean Bar on Congress Street and Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters on Griswold Street.
If you’re in the city on either Sunday, December 18, or Tuesday, December 20, you’ll want to make a trip to Eastern Market for their Holiday Market. This special event only happens a few times leading up to Christmas and is an opportunity for patrons to do some shopping for themselves or loved ones straight from local vendors. At Holiday Market, you can expect to enjoy holiday-themed food and beverage vendors, locally grown trees, carolers, Santa and more. Holiday Market is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, so plan accordingly.