Downtown Detroit Christmas Events 2023

Downtown Detroit Christmas Events – Campus Martius ice skating and tree lighting info, Detroit Thanksgiving parade info, Beacon Park events, Santa Claus visits, Noel Night info, Detroit New Year’s Eve events, and more for the 2023 Holiday season.


Downtown Detroit Christmas Events 2023

Friday, November 17, 2023 from 5p-Midnight
Detroit Christmas Events – Campus Martius Park Tree Lighting
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Following the tree lighting Campus Martius Park Ice-Skating season begins! Enjoy holiday food and beverage offerings, carriage rides, visits with Santa, holiday shopping, and much more. This is a FREE event to attend. For more info,

Friday, November 17 (from 4p-9p) then nightly through January 16
Downtown Detroit Christmas Events – Light Up Beacon Park
Beacon Park (1901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226)
Children of all ages are invited to experience “Toyland” at Beacon Park with larger-than-life light features, including a Choo-Choo Train, Giant Teddy Bear and other photo moments. These new and returning interactive lighting features, totaling more than 125,000 twinkling LED lights will illuminate Beacon Park. Opening Night 11/18 from 5p-11:30p features dancers, live entertainment, live reindeer, Santa, and more. Hosted by the Downton Detroit Partnership.

Daily, November 17 through Christmas
Downtown Detroit Christmas Events – Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Enjoy the holiday lights at the world famous Campus Martius Park ice skating rink. Situated in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue, the Rink offers one of the most beautiful skating experiences in the country. Tickets can be purchased on-site or by phone at 313-963-9393 (First-come, first-served). Hosted by the Downton Detroit PartnershipPRICES / HOURS / MORE INFO

Every Friday & Saturday from November 18 through December 30 from 6p-11p
Detroit Christmas Events – Downtown Detroit Holiday Carriage Rides
Woodward Esplanade (600 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
See Downtown Detroit at Christmastime like you never have before – from inside an enchanted horse drawn carriage. Carriage rides take off from the Woodward Esplanade, directly south of Campus Martius Park. Rides are $10 per person and last about 15 to 20 minutes. On site only. No advanced reservations are accepted. For more info,

Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 8:45a
Detroit Christmas Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2023
Woodward and Kirby, Downtown Detroit, Michigan
Watch as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. Santa Arrives in Detroit! Parade Route info

Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3, 2023 (5 performances to choose from)
Detroit Christmas Events – Cirque Dreams Holidaze 2023
Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
Broadway-style production around an infusion of contemporary circus arts. As lights dim and the music swells, audiences will have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads as a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life. Individual tickets (starting at $35) are on sale now and can be purchased at You can purchase DISCOUNT TICKETS to these shows by using our AFFILIATE LINK.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 5p-9p North of Warren 5p-10p South of Warren
Detroit Christmas Events – Noel Night 2023
Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area (between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis)
With over 90 participating venues, this walkable holiday celebration features free indoor and outdoor programming, holiday shopping, stunning outdoor art installations, yuletide treats, caroling, family craft activities, artist demonstrations and performances by local and national artists. Noel Night is free and open to the public and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. Noel Night is a Cultural Center-wide holiday open house that is free and open to the public.. For more info…

Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:30p
Downtown Detroit Christmas Events – A Magical Cirque Christmas, A Holiday Variety Show
Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
Celebrate the season with a variety show full of nostalgia, charm, and awe-inspiring performances. Individual tickets (starting at $45) are on sale now and can be purchased at You can purchase DISCOUNT TICKETS to these shows by using our AFFILIATE LINK.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 at noon, 4p, & 8p
Detroit Christmas Events – Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet
Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
The story follows Clara through the Snow Forest to the Land of Peace and Harmony, featuring the classic life-sized Kissy Doll, fierce red-eyed Rat King, and the Slavic Troika Sleigh. There she encounters 10-foot-tall puppets, exotic flying birds, and dancing couples from five great heritages of the world. Impressive acrobatics integrated into classical ballet. Tickets (starting at $50) are on sale now and can be purchased You can purchase DISCOUNT TICKETS to these shows by using our AFFILIATE LINK.

This Downtown Detroit Christmas Events page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

See our Events / Things To Do tab for more events, activities and things to do in Oakland County and Metro Detroit Michigan.

Enjoy Downtown Detroit Christmas Events this holiday season.

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