The holidays are just around the corner and Metro Detroiters are getting in the spirit. Sure, it might be chilly outside, but there’s something about bundling up to enjoy the festivities that makes the cold feel inviting. Forget online shopping… it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bust out the fuzzy mittens and head over to one of these beautiful, locally-curated holiday markets.
Now through December 31, Cadillac Square and Capitol Park – right in the heart of downtown Detroit – will feature holiday pop-ups perfect for snagging that last-minute, locally produced gift. Clothing, jewelry, candles, and even pet supplies are all available at 20+ unique shops. If you’re hungry, grab some hot soup or a charcuterie board at Thyme & Honey, or make your own custom hot chocolate at Bea’s.
If you live around Mount Clemens, be sure to check out the Holiday Market at the Anton Art Center, where you’ll find unique and affordable gifts, beautiful home decor, and Michigan-made artwork. They are open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the weekends. Admission is free, but donations to the Anton Art Center are welcome.
Detroit’s historic Eastern Market is a timeless weekend destination during the summer months, but there’s no better time to explore than right now. Leading up to the holidays, Shed 5 will feature a rotating roster of locally-owned businesses selling a variety of fun gift ideas. While you’re there, try out one of the many delicious restaurants surrounding the market and take in the incredible murals that cover nearly every building wall in the vicinity.
German Christmas markets are known throughout the world as the epitome of holiday cheer. Fortunately for Metro Detroiters, Frankenmuth’s ChristKindlMarkt brings the joy close to home. During the weekends leading up to Christmas, enjoy grilled sausages, hot cacao, and warm Glühwein (mulled wine) while you browse the shops to find your perfect holiday gift. Bring the kids along so they can see Santa one more time before the holiday.