Note: This post was originally published on November 22 and has been updated with the most recent information.
The holiday season is in full swing in the Motor City! And while you could just get all of your shopping done with the click of a button or at a suburban mall, there are plenty of options to buy Detroit gifts here in the city this winter.
We’ve rounded up the best markets, pop-ups, and shopping events in the city this season. Bonus! They all feature local makers, artisans, and businesses.
Ongoing holiday markets
Detroit Artists Market
Art for the Holidays 2017 is currently running at Midtown’s Detroit Artists Market (DAM). Shoppers can find ceramics, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, glasswork, sculptures, cards, and prints by local artisans. DAM is located at 4719 Woodward Avenue. They’ll be open until 10 p.m. on Noel Night, December 2. They’ll also be open open 11 a.m.to 9 p.m. on December 15 and 16, and from 12-5 p.m. every Sunday in December.
Downtown Detroit Markets
Covering Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, and 1001 Woodward, the Downtown Detroit Markets feature over 30 local vendors in cute glass booths downtown. Browse everything from clothing to jewelry to wreaths to nuts. The markets are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas through January 7.
The Somerset Collection at the Foundation Hotel and more
While the items might not be made in Detroit, the pop-up shops of the Somerset Collection could save you a trip down I-75. This year, they’re set up at the downtown markets (above), along with big displays at the Foundation Hotel and the David Whitney Building. At the Foundation Hotel, a retail gallery is open with furniture, candles, home accessories, and more. Bonus! The kids can visit Santa’s Wonderland from December 16-23. The gallery is open until December 23 with a sales conceierge available Monday to Thursday, noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 2 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition, the Detroit Shoppe is open in the David Whitney Building. The shoppe has many Detroit-themed brands in a storefront facing Woodward Avenue. It’s open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’re shopping during the week, stop by Tower 300 at the Ren Cen to check out local vendors at the Holiday Headquarters. Starting November 27, they’ll be open Monday-Friday with a rotating list of local vendors.
Eastern Market Holiday Markets
On Sundays, find unique gifts at Eastern Market. Sheds will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with booths from local vendors. Bring the kids to visit Santa! The holiday markets will run November 26 and December 3, 10, and 17. On Tuesday December 19, pick up any food you need for holiday dinners, parties, or gifts at a special food-focused Tuesday market.
One time only pop-up shops and fairs
On the East side, Mack Market will feature local makers and vendors selling jewelry, candles, clothing, and more. Local chefs will also be on hand for special food offerings. Located at 14711 Mack Avenue (near Alter Road), Mack Market is open November 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Detroit Urban Craft Fair
Looking for crafty handmade goods? The Masonic Temple will open up to dozens of local vendors for the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. Find unique gifts and support local makers December 1-3.
The Lodge Market
The Eastern will host a variety of pop-up markets this season. Feel like you’re up north at The Lodge, with over 30 vendors and makers, food trucks, beer, and whiskey. It’s open December 2 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and December 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3434 Russell Street.
2017 Metro Times & Detroit Mercantile Company Merry Market
Head on over to The Eastern for the annual Merry Market. Coffee, food trucks, and over 35 local vendors will be on hand to browse. Well-behaved, leashed pets are also welcome. The Merry Market runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 9 & 10 at 3434 Russell Street.
The Eastern Holiday Market 2017
The following Sunday, The Eastern will hold its annual Holiday Market with approximately 38 local vendors. This indoor market will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday, December 17 at 3434 Russell Street.
Hamtramck Open Market
On Saturday, December 16 from 6-11 p,m., Woodward Throwbacks will hold a market in their new Hamtramck location. Expect 40 local vendors from Hamtramck and Detroit in their new industrial space.
Special shopping days/nights
Small Business Saturday
Of course, we think you should shop local every day of the year. But Saturday, November 25 is dedicated to small businesses, and there are plenty to frequent around the city. Check out special shopping events in Grandmont Rosedale, the Avenue of Fashion, and at Inner State Gallery. DFX will host a special shopping tour in Grandmont Rosedale that day, and through other neighborhoods throughout December. Check out their schedule here.
Shop businesses throughout Corktown Saturday, December 9 from 1-7 p.m. Shuttles will be available from Nemo’s to get you around the neighborhood. In the evening, a tree lighting ceremony is scheduled at the shops at Bagley & Trumbull.
Midtown’s annual Noel Night takes place December 2, with businesses, churches, and more opening their doors to thousands. Check out the pop-up shop at LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology (at 4219 Woodward), with designs, clothing, home goods, hot chocolate, barbers, and more. Also stop by Cass Collective at 4161 Cass Avenue to shop jewelry, menswear, and vintage goods. They’ll also have live music.
Noel Night takes place from 5-10 p.m. December 2.
Pewabic Pottery Holiday Shopping Night
Pewabic’s holiday collection is here, and available to shop all season. On Wednesday, December 13, they’ll open their doors later for a special Holiday Shopping Night from 6 -9 p.m. with coffee, wine, and holiday treats.
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