Winter Magic In Detroit


The holiday season in Detroit’s vibrant urban core will kicked off on Friday, November 22 with the highly anticipated 10th annual tree lighting in Campus Martius Park. The Winter Magic season, sponsored by Quicken Loans, brings thousands of people to the city’s downtown streets for festivities and holiday gift shopping.  

The Winter Magic season provides a variety of fun activities for all ages including:

$1·       The Rink at Campus Martius Park Young and old alike can take to the ice daily from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, March 2. Skate rental is $3 and admission is $7 for adults, $6 for children (12 and under) and seniors (50 and older). Broomball also will be offered on Tuesday nights in January and February.  

$1·       Holiday Marketplace and Beer Garden More than 30 specialty artisan, boutique and local food vendors will open up shop in Cadillac Square, adjacent to Campus Martius Park, weekends from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 22. The Marketplace also will feature a Beer Garden with craft beers, warm winter cocktails, live entertainment and TVs for those who wish to watch sporting events.

$1·       Rink Side Lounge New to the festivities this year is a cozy outdoor seating area with heaters, a bar and panoramic views of the activities in the park. The Rink Side Lounge will be open weekends and holidays.


$1·       Horse-Drawn Carriage RidesFamilies can snuggle up and enjoy a ride through the magically decorated streets of downtown Detroit. Rides are offered weekends starting Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 29. Rides are priced at $5.

$1·       Street PerformancesJugglers, stiltwalkers and fine artists are just some of the street performers who will be entertaining Campus Martius visitors on weekends from Friday, November 22 until Sunday, December 29. 

Detroiters can shop ‘til they drop on the 1200 block of Woodward, between Grand River and Gratiot, courtesy of Bedrock Real Estate Services, the real estate arm of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies. 

“Bringing the streets to life with great shopping and creating a destination here in Detroit’s vibrant urban core is our passion,” said Dan Mullen, Vice President of Development for Bedrock Real Estate Services. “We’re proud to bring unique retail options to Woodward Avenue  in downtown Detroit this holiday season for all residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Retailers popping up downtown this holiday season now through Thursday, December 21 include:  

$1·       The Detroit Shoppe – Showcasing people, places and products that have shaped Detroit

1201 Woodward Avenue; Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$1·       Rock Paper Scissors – Offers personalized stationery, paper, home goods and gifts

1213 Woodward Avenue; Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$1·       The Hand-Made Company – Michigan-made products from a variety of Detroit retailers

1219 Woodward Avenue; Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$1·       Spielhaus Toys – A hand-made specialty toy shop

1249 Woodward Avenue; Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$1·       Somerset Collection City Loft – Your favorite Somerset Collection retailers in Detroit

1261 Woodward Avenue; Hours: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Thursday, November 21.

$1·       Moosejaw– Popular national outdoor retailer

1275 Woodward Avenue; Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(Open Tuesdays beginning December 3)

The Detroit 300 Conservancy and Campus Martius Park are grateful to Quicken Loans for its presentation of the season of Winter Magic 2013, DTE Energy Foundation for its presentation of Our Official City of Detroit Christmas Tree, and the wonderful support from all of our Official Sponsors including Compuware Corporation, McDonald’s, WXYZ Channel 7, Meridian Health Plan, Ernst & Young, GalaxE Solutions, IKEA, Honigman, Marketing Associates, Absopure Water, Faygo, Frankenmuth Brewery, The Detroit People Mover, Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Autoliv, Clark Hill, Hines, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, People’s Transit, Just Baked Cupcakes, good people popcorn, 93.9 The River, Real Detroit Weekly, D-Hive, Greko Printing, Blumz, Great Lakes Trophies, Hard Rock Café, Sterling Group, Michigan Christmas Tree Growers Association and many others.

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