15 ways to celebrate the holidays in Detroit so they don't suck

If you're not someone that plans holiday gifts and decorations months in advance, that's okay. Neither are we. Sometimes the holidays are a drag to get through, especially with the stress of traveling, seeing family, and trying to pick out the perfect gift.

To help ease you through the holiday season, we've selected 15 ways to celebrate the holidays in Detroit so they don't suck.

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Go to Noel Day & Night
Midtown
Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
This year, Noel Night will be extending its Midtown celebration to an all day event. During the day, there will be activities and vendors up in the Cultural Center, and at night Noel Night will be throughout Midtown. 
11 a.m. -5 p.m. daytime hours 
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  nighttime hours 
Photo courtesy of @metrotimes

Go to Noel Day & Night


Midtown
Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

This year, Noel Night will be extending its Midtown celebration to an all day event. During the day, there will be activities and vendors up in the Cultural Center, and at night Noel Night will be throughout Midtown. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. daytime hours 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. nighttime hours Photo courtesy of @metrotimes
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See Santa run in his finest speedo
Briggs Detroit- 519 East Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Dec. 2, 12pm-6pm
Put on your skimpiest suit or holiday gear and run the Detroit Santa Speedo Run! Don’t worry about being in shape, it’s only a mile run downtown – you got this! 
Photo courtesy of Blulz60 / Shutterstock

See Santa run in his finest speedo


Briggs Detroit- 519 East Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Dec. 2, 12pm-6pm

Put on your skimpiest suit or holiday gear and run the Detroit Santa Speedo Run! Don’t worry about being in shape, it’s only a mile run downtown – you got this!
Photo courtesy of Blulz60 / Shutterstock
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Light the Menorah in the D
Campus Martius - 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m.
Jewish Festival of Lights will be kicking off the first day of Chanukah at Campus Martius with its 8th annual Menorah in the D. There will be live entertainment, carriage rides, a Kosher food truck and more.
Photo courtesy of @metrotimes
Photo by Olga Gamburg

Light the Menorah in the D


Campus Martius - 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m.

Jewish Festival of Lights will be kicking off the first day of Chanukah at Campus Martius with its 8th annual Menorah in the D. There will be live entertainment, carriage rides, a Kosher food truck and more.
Photo courtesy of @metrotimes Photo by Olga Gamburg
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Ride in a horse drawn carriage at Christmas in Plymouth
Downtown Plymouth
Dec. 6, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Carriages, dining, live music, art shows, and more. 
Photo courtesy of @matt_envisions

Ride in a horse drawn carriage at Christmas in Plymouth


Downtown Plymouth
Dec. 6, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Carriages, dining, live music, art shows, and more.
Photo courtesy of @matt_envisions
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Krampus Night
Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom - 715 East Milwaukee Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Dec. 7, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
A wild night of amazingly bad lip synching and barely rehearsed skits. The 8th annual Krampus Night will be hosting a donation drive, photo booth, short film festival, fugly sweater contest, gingerbread house contest, and a not so silent auction. 
Photo courtesy of @krampusnight

Krampus Night


Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom - 715 East Milwaukee Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Dec. 7, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.

A wild night of amazingly bad lip synching and barely rehearsed skits. The 8th annual Krampus Night will be hosting a donation drive, photo booth, short film festival, fugly sweater contest, gingerbread house contest, and a not so silent auction.
Photo courtesy of @krampusnight
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See the neighborhood light up at Corktown Aglow
Corktown - Dec. 8
This 3rd annual tree lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.
Photo courtesy of Emily Berger

See the neighborhood light up at Corktown Aglow


Corktown - Dec. 8
This 3rd annual tree lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.
Photo courtesy of Emily Berger
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Get your tiki on at Chin Tiki Christmas Sale and Show
Chin’s Restaurant - 28205 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI 48150
Dec. 8, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tropical cocktails, tiki swap meet, Chinese food, vendors, art, live music, and more.
Photo courtesy of Salivanchuk Semen

Get your tiki on at Chin Tiki Christmas Sale and Show


Chin’s Restaurant - 28205 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI 48150
Dec. 8, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Tropical cocktails, tiki swap meet, Chinese food, vendors, art, live music, and more.
Photo courtesy of Salivanchuk Semen
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Jfamily Chanukah Bash
Congregation Shaarey Zedek - 27375 Bell Rd, Southfield, MI 48034
Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
“A whole latke fun for the whole family.” Jfamily and NEXTGen Detroit will be putting on a family Chanukah Bash this holiday season. Enjoy the Menorah lighting, latke bar, chanukah cookie decorating and dreidel decorating. 
Photo courtesy of Fascinador / Shutterstock

Jfamily Chanukah Bash


Congregation Shaarey Zedek - 27375 Bell Rd, Southfield, MI 48034
Dec. 9, 4 p.m.

“A whole latke fun for the whole family.” Jfamily and NEXTGen Detroit will be putting on a family Chanukah Bash this holiday season. Enjoy the Menorah lighting, latke bar, chanukah cookie decorating and dreidel decorating.
Photo courtesy of Fascinador / Shutterstock
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Go ice skating at Campus Martius
Campus Martius - 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Grab your favorite ice skating partner and take a twirl in view of the Christmas tree at Campus Martius.
Photo courtesy of @detroit_kim_

Go ice skating at Campus Martius


Campus Martius - 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Grab your favorite ice skating partner and take a twirl in view of the Christmas tree at Campus Martius. Photo courtesy of @detroit_kim_
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Enjoy the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067 
Through December 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
See the Detroit Zoo lit up with over 5 million LED lights every weekend evening throughout December.
Photo courtesy of @hannah_kirn

Enjoy the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo


8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Through December 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
See the Detroit Zoo lit up with over 5 million LED lights every weekend evening throughout December.
Photo courtesy of @hannah_kirn
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View all of the lights at Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
Greenfield Village - Maple Lane, Dearborn, MI 48124
Through December 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Greenfield Village’s Holiday Nights will include ice skating, carolers, santa and his reindeer, craft making, carriage rides, holiday cooking demonstrations, and much more.
Photo courtesy of @rachyferraris_

View all of the lights at Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village


Greenfield Village - Maple Lane, Dearborn, MI 48124
Through December 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Greenfield Village’s Holiday Nights will include ice skating, carolers, santa and his reindeer, craft making, carriage rides, holiday cooking demonstrations, and much more.
Photo courtesy of @rachyferraris_
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Find the perfect gift at Holiday Market at Eastern Market
Eastern Market - 2934 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 
Every Sunday through Dec. 23
There’s something for everyone at the Eastern Market. Not only will there be plenty of Michigan made gifts, but ingredients for all of your favorite holiday recipes.
Photo courtesy of Eastern Market Corporation

Find the perfect gift at Holiday Market at Eastern Market


Eastern Market - 2934 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207
Every Sunday through Dec. 23

There’s something for everyone at the Eastern Market. Not only will there be plenty of Michigan made gifts, but ingredients for all of your favorite holiday recipes.
Photo courtesy of Eastern Market Corporation
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Jingle all the way to Ale Mary’s Beer Hall
Ale Mary’s Beer Hall - 316 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067 
Throughout December
Ale Mary’s will be serving christmas themed drinks and cookies this December.
Photo courtesy of @alemarysbeerhall

Jingle all the way to Ale Mary’s Beer Hall

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall - 316 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Throughout December

Ale Mary’s will be serving christmas themed drinks and cookies this December.
Photo courtesy of @alemarysbeerhall
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Shop for your loved ones at the downtown holiday markets
Capitol Park, Cadillac Square
Through January 13th
Shop from local Detroit brands at the pop up shops to get something special for everyone on your shopping list.
Photo courtesy of @metrotimes
Courtesy of Bedrock

Shop for your loved ones at the downtown holiday markets


Capitol Park, Cadillac Square
Through January 13th

Shop from local Detroit brands at the pop up shops to get something special for everyone on your shopping list.
Photo courtesy of @metrotimes Courtesy of Bedrock
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