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Each month, Metro Detroit comes alive with a wide array of pop-ups, markets, festivals, and other events to participate in. No matter your interests, there is always something happening around the city. Before we fully dive into the holiday season, enjoy your month with any of the happenings around the area. If you’re looking to liven up your weekend plans or want something exciting on the calendar, check out one of these events that are available for a limited time!
CANTON HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET
46000 Summit Parkway, Canton
Many people begin their holiday shopping right after Halloween, and this market is a great way to start the shopping season! “This year the Canton Farmers Market will host its 6th Annual Holiday Artisan Market,” shares Sarah Pushies, Canton Health & Wellness Specialist and Canton Farmers Market manager. “Kick off your holiday shopping and buy locally from hand crafters and artisan bakers! Over 35 artisan and food artisan vendors will be in attendance for this festive holiday market. There is no admission to attend. Marketgoers will be able to find unique items that will make the perfect gift for everyone on their list, including friends, family, and even something for themselves. This popular annual event offers shoppers a chance to shop locally and support our community’s artisans, who look forward to sharing their handcrafted goods here each year.”
ALL THINGS DETROIT HOLIDAY SHOPPING & FOOD TRUCK RALLY
2934 Russell Street, Detroit
A few days into November, one of the most anticipated holiday shopping events will return to Eastern Market. With 200+ small businesses for one event, you can expect to see local makers, handcrafted goods, holiday-themed products, DJs, a 360 picture booth, and more. “All Things Detroit has drawn as many as 12,000 shoppers in a single day. It’s the ultimate way to start filling those gift lists. And this year, photos with Santa Claus are an added bonus. “All Things Detroit will celebrate a decade of supporting small businesses in the coming year,” said event Founder Jennyfer Crawford-Williams of Ask Jennyfer. “We invite everyone to come and experience what makes it so special. We’ve built more than just a popular event; we’ve created a community.” Beat the crowd tickets are $10 and allow two hours of early access shopping (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) before everyone else gets to shop. General admission tickets are $5 for shopping from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and children 6 and under are free. Tickets are available online and can also be purchased at the door.
DETROIT TREE LIGHTING
800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
Metro Detroiters, one of your favorite traditions is back in its 20th year. The annual tree-lighting will be held from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday, November 17, and everyone is invited to participate in the free festivities. “The Detroit Tree Lighting presented by the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) and DTE Energy Foundation is a cherished downtown tradition,” said David Cowan, chief public spaces officer at the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “We welcome all to Campus Martius Park for the lighting of the 64-foot Norway spruce decked out with thousands of lights and to enjoy “Merry & Bright: 20 Years of Holiday Lights” — the 20th-anniversary special edition of this free event featuring Olympic figure skaters, live music performances, holiday shopping, and other family-friendly activities.”
FERNDALE UNDERGROUND MARKET
November 18 – 19
221 West Troy Street, Ferndale
There is a new holiday market coming to the Metro Detroit scene. The Ferndale Underground Market is taking place on the lower level of Ferndale’s parking garage at the intersection of Allen and Troy. Event director, Mark Loeb, shares, “The new Ferndale Underground Market is an edgier take on the traditional holiday markets. It features Artists and makers, authors and bakers… basically small independent creative businesses.” He says that the reaction has been quite positive so far. “Virtually everyone we talk to about the market gets excited. Ferndale is a great place with edgier stores and restaurants that appeal to many people. We’re adjusting the concept of Holiday Markets in the same way we alter art fairs for the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.”
BLAKE’S HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
November 18 – 19, 24 – 26
17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
Rounding out our list is Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill Holiday Extravaganza. Starting off with Blake’s annual tree lighting in Orchard Square at 6 p.m. on November 18, this is a holiday season must-see. You’ll find carolers, live music, children’s crafts, face painting, ice skating, Santa photos, and more! Feel the holiday cheer with shopping, events, and all of the twinkling lights. You can pick out the perfect Christmas tree, evergreen wreaths, porch pots, and other unique finds from local artisans. With all of the excitement, enjoy cozy igloo dining and hot beverages to keep warm on these chilly November weekends.
This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on November 1, 2015, and was authored by Amber Ogden.