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Michelle Gerard

The best holiday markets in Detroit

Where to buy gifts made in Detroit this season

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The Cadillac Lodge at the Downtown Detroit Market.
| Michelle Gerard

The holiday season is upon us, and while you could just get all of your shopping done with the click of a button or at a mall, there are plenty of options to buy local gifts while enjoying the city this winter.

We’ve rounded up the best markets, pop-ups, and shopping events in Detroit this holiday season that feature local makers, artisans, and businesses.

Stay tuned, as we’ll continue to update this list as more markets are announced.

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Noel Night

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The biggest holiday event in Detroit, Noel Night takes place across a wide swath of Midtown and includes all the major cultural centers and shops in the area. The Winter Art & Retail Market at Warren and Woodward avenues, which will be open most of the day, will feature 50 pop-up vendors. In addition to shopping, there will be light displays, horse-drawn carriages, crafting activities, over 100 performances—all free.

Th 47th annual Noel Night takes place on Saturday, December 7 from 1-10 p.m.

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Detroit Artists Market

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Calling itself the “longest-running holiday art market in Michigan,” Art for the Holidays at the Detroit Artists Market has been around since the late 1960s. This shop, featuring a wide array fine art and gifts from Detroit artists, is open through December 28.

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Downtown Detroit Markets

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The two markets at Capitol Park and Cadillac Square feature 17 vendors—from streetwear brands and artmakers to bath products and food producers—selling goods out of glass sheds. The Cadillac Lodge—a large, covered event space—has even more local goods, including beverages from Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Blake’s Hard Cider.

They’ll be open every day of the week except Monday and Tuesday through January 1.

Shop for a Cause Holiday Mart

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For those who want to make sure their holiday shopping money goes towards a good cause, stop by this market at the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. The sixth annual “socially responsible” market will feature goods and crafts made locally and in emerging nations with proceeds going to Detroit-area nonprofits.

The Shop for a Cause Holiday Mart takes place on Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Holiday Market at Eastern Market

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At Eastern Market, Saturdays are a year-round event. But during the holiday season, the market opens up on seven select Tuesdays and Sundays as well, including a night market on December 19. This is always a great opportunity to do some holiday meal shopping alongside gift-buying.

See Eastern Market’s website for exact dates.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

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The Masonic Temple gets crafty December 6-8 as the Detroit Urban Craft Fair takes over. Over 100 crafters and artists will be selling their wares at the event. Tickets are $1 Saturday and Sunday, and $10 on Friday night.

Ponyride Holiday Maker’s Market

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Taking place at the Grand on River, the annual holiday market features goods from over a dozen Detroit makers. It’s also right around the corner from the new Ponyride location, which is hosting an open house.

The Maker’s Market takes place on December 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The SHOP: Holiday Edition

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On November 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this weekly Friday retail pop-up at TechTown takes on a holiday flare with a wider selection of sellers.

Pewabic Holiday Shopping Night

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The historic Pewabic Pottery will be open Wednesday, December 11 from 5-9 p.m. for a special holiday shopping night. In addition to refreshments, there’s usually discounts on Pewabic’s classic hand-made goods.

Want to make your own gifts this holiday season? The head to Post, which is hosting workshops throughout December for those who want to make wreaths, cards, keychains, bath products, and try out screen-printing on textiles and notebooks. A full schedule can be found here.

And if you do want to shop, POST also offers an array of Detroit-made goods.

Hamtramck Open Market

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This free event at Woodward Throwbacks will feature 40 local food and craft makers from Hamtramck and Detroit. It takes place on Saturday, December 16 from 6-11 p.m.

Small Business Saturday

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A number of commercial corridors will have special events on Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 24. That includes Grandmont-Rosedale, which will have over 30 vendors at the Grand River Workplace, and the many small businesses open on the Avenue of Fashion.

GM RenCen Holiday Headquarters

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The GM RenCen will host 30 Detroit businesses for one week each in a rotating marketplace. The pop-up shops will be open on level one of the 300 tower, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting December 2.

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Noel Night

Photo by Michelle Gerard

The biggest holiday event in Detroit, Noel Night takes place across a wide swath of Midtown and includes all the major cultural centers and shops in the area. The Winter Art & Retail Market at Warren and Woodward avenues, which will be open most of the day, will feature 50 pop-up vendors. In addition to shopping, there will be light displays, horse-drawn carriages, crafting activities, over 100 performances—all free.

Th 47th annual Noel Night takes place on Saturday, December 7 from 1-10 p.m.

Photo by Michelle Gerard

Detroit Artists Market

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Calling itself the “longest-running holiday art market in Michigan,” Art for the Holidays at the Detroit Artists Market has been around since the late 1960s. This shop, featuring a wide array fine art and gifts from Detroit artists, is open through December 28.

Courtesy Detroit Artists Market

Downtown Detroit Markets

The two markets at Capitol Park and Cadillac Square feature 17 vendors—from streetwear brands and artmakers to bath products and food producers—selling goods out of glass sheds. The Cadillac Lodge—a large, covered event space—has even more local goods, including beverages from Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Blake’s Hard Cider.

They’ll be open every day of the week except Monday and Tuesday through January 1.

Shop for a Cause Holiday Mart

Via Facebook

For those who want to make sure their holiday shopping money goes towards a good cause, stop by this market at the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. The sixth annual “socially responsible” market will feature goods and crafts made locally and in emerging nations with proceeds going to Detroit-area nonprofits.

The Shop for a Cause Holiday Mart takes place on Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Via Facebook

Holiday Market at Eastern Market

At Eastern Market, Saturdays are a year-round event. But during the holiday season, the market opens up on seven select Tuesdays and Sundays as well, including a night market on December 19. This is always a great opportunity to do some holiday meal shopping alongside gift-buying.

See Eastern Market’s website for exact dates.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

The Masonic Temple gets crafty December 6-8 as the Detroit Urban Craft Fair takes over. Over 100 crafters and artists will be selling their wares at the event. Tickets are $1 Saturday and Sunday, and $10 on Friday night.

Ponyride Holiday Maker’s Market

Taking place at the Grand on River, the annual holiday market features goods from over a dozen Detroit makers. It’s also right around the corner from the new Ponyride location, which is hosting an open house.

The Maker’s Market takes place on December 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The SHOP: Holiday Edition

On November 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this weekly Friday retail pop-up at TechTown takes on a holiday flare with a wider selection of sellers.

Pewabic Holiday Shopping Night

The historic Pewabic Pottery will be open Wednesday, December 11 from 5-9 p.m. for a special holiday shopping night. In addition to refreshments, there’s usually discounts on Pewabic’s classic hand-made goods.

POST

Want to make your own gifts this holiday season? The head to Post, which is hosting workshops throughout December for those who want to make wreaths, cards, keychains, bath products, and try out screen-printing on textiles and notebooks. A full schedule can be found here.

And if you do want to shop, POST also offers an array of Detroit-made goods.

Hamtramck Open Market

This free event at Woodward Throwbacks will feature 40 local food and craft makers from Hamtramck and Detroit. It takes place on Saturday, December 16 from 6-11 p.m.

Small Business Saturday

A number of commercial corridors will have special events on Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 24. That includes Grandmont-Rosedale, which will have over 30 vendors at the Grand River Workplace, and the many small businesses open on the Avenue of Fashion.

GM RenCen Holiday Headquarters

The GM RenCen will host 30 Detroit businesses for one week each in a rotating marketplace. The pop-up shops will be open on level one of the 300 tower, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting December 2.