Christmas trees, firepits and igloos pop up in Detroit

By Jack Rechsteiner, managing editor.


Downtown Detroit has been turned into a winter wonderland that looks like it fell right out of a magical holiday movie onto Woodward Avenue.

Starting in December and running until January 29, the city of Detroit has transformed its downtown area into a unique seasonal experience. From Capitol Park to Cadillac Square – and plenty of places in between – Christmas trees, firepits, tents, igloos and booths from over 30 local businesses have been set up to feature many types of wares and activities. The market is supported by Quicken Loans and the Downtown Detroit Partnership and it was designed by the Groundswell Design Group.

The main hubs for the Detroit Winter Market are set up in Capitol Park, 1001 Woodward and Cadillac Square, with additional festivities along the open space of Woodward and the Spirit of Detroit Plaza. Shoppers looking to enjoy the unique experience can find things ranging from jewelry to clothing to chocolates to cards to local art.

Cadillac Square is set up in the style of a European outdoor square with terrarium-like glass booths housing vendors such as Detroit Hustles Harder, End Grain Woodworking Co., The Natural Market, Ashe Coffee Supply Co. and the Somerset Collection. Just across the street from the Cadillac Square section of the Detroit Winter Market is 1001 Woodward, which has more than a dozen indoor pop-up shops that include jewelry makers, contemporary clothing, eyewear, home goods, books and more.

For those looking for food and drink, the market has a wide range of options to choose from along with an ample amount of seating that includes deck chairs around roaring firepits. The market has indoor options too, like the heated lodge tent in Cadillac Square that has leather couches, blankets, chandeliers, board games and TVs or the inflated igloos at the Spirit of Detroit Plaza that have food and coffee options.

Capitol Park is another warm, inviting part of the market that is located right in the heart of the city. The park is adorned with seasonal ornaments and a collection of local retailers, along with a food truck and a Michigan tree farmer any wreaths, garland or berries that visitors may need. There is plenty to see while enjoying the offerings of the Detroit Winter Market, as the Woodward walkway is fully decorated with wreath-like arches, bright lighting and plenty of spots for photo opportunities.  

The market promises to be an experience never before seen in downtown Detroit, and it very much follows through on that promise. The Detroit Winter Market is closed on Mondays, but open for the rest of the week with hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on the Detroit Winter Market, go to

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