Detroit may very well have the biggest menorah in the country -- seriously, how many menorahs require a forklift to light? With such grandiosity, an epic annual celebration obviously follows. Head to Campus Martius for the lighting ceremony, which includes festivities like a marshmallow roasting pit, a fire show, balloon sculpting, a free hot snack bar and soup, and much more.
Friday, December 20
The holidays are all about finding the things that unite us. And sometimes, that thing is a passion for video games and anime. Enter Nerd Night, where your evening will include music by The Seven Sages (a Legend of Zelda cover band) and several of Detroit’s finest bands covering Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and anime theme songs, plus DJ Snesei.
Saturday, December 21 - Sunday, December 22
Why do 24 hours of improvised comedy when you could do 25? The rules for Planet Ant’s wonderful annual fundraiser are similar to those of the classic walk-a-thon. Except, instead of miles walked, comedians will collect pledges for each consecutive hour they perform. Will things get a little crazy? Seems likely!
Friday, December 27
The Roots’ reputation certainly proceeds them, even before they took the gig as the resident band on The Tonight Show. However, the Tonight Show’s schedule is quite demanding, so there are only a few times of the year Questlove and company can tour -- like around the holidays.
Monday, December 30 - Tuesday, December 31
Little Caesars Arena
If you haven’t noticed, Detroit takes hockey pretty seriously, which is why the Great Lakes Invitational has become a mainstay holiday tradition for many. Not only do you get a choice college tournament featuring Michigan and Michigan State, but the whole event is capped off by the Red Wings’ final home game of the year.
Cost: $15 and up per game
Friday, January 10
If you haven’t revisited it recently, please rest assured in knowing that Napoleon Dynamite is still as extremely funny today as it was 15 years ago. If you don’t believe, see for yourself at the Redford’s screening. But this isn’t just any ordinary screening -- there will be a special with the actors behind Napoleon, Pedro, and Uncle Rico, plus Tina! Yes, TINA THE FAT LARD WILL BE THERE.