The holiday celebration continues in Downtown Detroit with singing, eating, shopping, skating, carriage rides, street performers and opportunities to help those less fortunate.
Let’s start with the music.
Like to sing? Get downtown this Friday, December 12 and join in the fun with “WJR’s 49th Annual Christmas Sing” in Campus Martius Park. The caroling sing-a-long complete with Christmas stories is hosted by WJR’s Paul W. Smith and Santa and celebrates Christmas in the City.
The Showcase D’Holidays tent opens at 5:00 p.m. with a live broadcast on Talk 760 WJR of a Special Edition: “Opportunity Detroit” hosted by Paul W. Smith, Mitch Albom and Steven Piazza. Caroling follows from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. It’s free and is sponsored by DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
You might want to hurry down and join in “Showcase D’Holidays” fun. There are just two weeks left to enjoy great food at featured restaurants and a terrific lineup of musical performances.
Check out Cadillac Square in Campus Martius Park. It will heat up with four restaurants per weekend and four bands per night on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Food service will be available from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There’ll be great food and it’s served in a block long, heated tent in Cadillac Square. A great place to get warm.
Musical headliners for this weekend are Thornetta Davis on December 12 and Hotsauce on December 13. Next weekend features Amp Fiddler on December 19 and Corktown Popes on December 20, plus performances from other top Detroit acts.
Here’s the schedule for the music and featured restaurants schedule for upcoming weekends:
Friday, December 12 – Saturday, December 13
Featured restaurants for Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 are Fountain Bistro, Slow’s BBQ, The Whitney and Atwater in the Park.
Friday, December 12
5:00 p.m. WJR Live Broadcast
7:00 p.m. WJR 49th Annual Live Christmas Sing-A-Long
8:00 p.m. Lightening Bugs
8:45 p.m. Flint Eastwood
10:30 p.m. Thornetta Davis
Saturday, December 13
5:00 p.m. Nigel & The Dropout
7:00 p.m. 1592
8:45 p.m. Austin Scott
10:30 p.m. Hotsauce
Friday, December 19 – Saturday, December 20
Featured restaurants for Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20 are Andiamo Italia, Joe Muer’s Seafood, The Whitney and Atwater in the Park.
Friday, December 19
5:00 p.m. Alyssa Simmons
7:00 p.m. Call Marvin
8:45 p.m. Half Light Music
10:30 p.m. Amp Fiddler
Saturday, December 20
5:00 p.m. Seven Birds One Stone
7:00 p.m. Dave Hamilton Band
8:45 p.m. Larry Lee & The Back In The Day
10:30 p.m. Corktown Popes
While you’re enjoying the music and the food please do what you can to help those less fortunate. There is an optional $2 donation at The Showcase. Proceeds from beverage sales benefit a different non-profit each weekend, including the Salvation Army, Detroit Goodfellows, THAW, COTS and Matrix Human Services.
There’s shopping galore. The Somerset Collection CityLoft continues at the First National Building, 660 Woodward Avenue with nearly 40 Somerset retailers, including 7 for All Mankind, Aveda, The Body Shop, The Buckle, Cache, Eddie Bauer, Icing, Lego, Lilly Pulitzer, Lacoste, Paradise Pen, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, The Detroit Shoppe, Thomas Pink, plus live DJs, carolers and more. It’s open through December 23, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
When you’re done shopping or listening to great music stop by the new Rink Side Bar in Campus Martius Park. It’s got cozy indoor/outdoor seating area with heaters, a bar and panoramic views of Campus Martius Park. The Rink Side Bar is open December 4 – February 28 (Thursday through Saturday) from 4:00 p.m. to rink close and December 18 – January 3 (everyday) from 4:00 p.m. to rink close.
For more Winter Magic information, please visit www.campusmartiuspark.org.
Many Detroit area businesses are responsible for the magic downtown during this holiday season.
- Quicken Loans for the Season of Winter Magic 2014
- DTE Energy Foundation for the official City of Detroit Christmas Tree
Official sponsored include, Compuware Corporation, WXYZ Channel 7, McDonald’s, IKEA, Meridian Health Plan, WNIC, Ernst & Young, Honigman, Marketing Associates, First Merit Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hines, Bedrock, Absopure Water, Faygo, Atwater Brewery, The Detroit People Mover, Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, AutoLiv, Anytime Fitness Detroit, ZipCar, GalaxE Solutions, The Michigan Christmas Tree Association, TI Automotive, Clark Hill, City Loft, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, People’s Transit, good people popcorn, Just Baked Cupcakes, 93.9 The River, Metro Times, Greko Printing, Blumz Florist, Hard Rock Café, and many others.