The 11th Annual Quicken Loans Season of Winter Magic at Campus Martius Park Hosts “WJR’s 49th Annual Christmas Sing” as it Returns to Downtown Detroit!

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“Showcase D’Holidays” enters its final two weeks with newly featured restaurants and musical headliners; holiday shopping continues at Somerset Collection CityLoft

DETROIT, Mich., December 8, 2014 – Returning to Detroit as part of Quicken Loans Season of Winter Magic presented by Detroit 300 Conservancy, “WJR’s 49th Annual Christmas Sing” will be held this Friday, December 12 at Campus Martius Park. Other holiday festivities continue with the first annual “Showcase D’Holidays” bringing newly featured restaurants and musical headliners for two more weekends along with shopping at Somerset Collection CityLoft, ice skating at The Rink, horse-drawn carriage rides and street performers.

“WJR’s 49th Annual Christmas Sing” celebrates Christmas in the City with Christmas stories and a caroling sing-a-long hosted by WJR’s Paul W. Smith and Santa! It all happens in the Showcase D’Holidays tent starting at 5 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 p.m. – 8 p.m. This free event sponsored by DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers fun for all ages.

Entering its last two weeks, “Showcase D’Holidays” brings new offerings of featured restaurants and musical acts adding to the festive entertainment lineup of more than 40 musical performances over its total five weekends. Cadillac Square in Campus Martius Park will heat up with four restaurants per weekend and four bands per night on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Food service will be available from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.Not only will guests be warmed up with delicious tastings from The Whitney, Slow’s BBQ, Joe Muer’s Seafood, Fountain Bistro and more, but they’ll experience it in the confines of a block long, heated tent in Cadillac Square. 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.

The full restaurant and music schedule for upcoming weeks is below.

(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

The Showcase also offers an opportunity to support a great cause, as an optional $2 donation and proceeds from beverage sales will benefit a different non-profit each weekend, including the Salvation Army, Detroit Goodfellows, THAW, COTS, and Matrix Human Services.

Bringing a magical holiday shopping destination to downtown Detroit, Somerset Collection CityLoft continues at the First National Building, 660 Woodward Avenue. Partnering with Bedrock Real Estate Services, it features 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. Open through December 23, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With warmth and good cheer, the new Rink Side Bar offers a cozy indoor/outdoor seating area with heaters, a bar and panoramic views of Campus Martius Park. Open December 4 – February 28 (Thursday through Saturday), 4 p.m. to Rink Close; December 18 – January 3 (everyday) 4 p.m. to Rink Close.

The Detroit 300 Conservancy and Campus Martius Park are grateful to Quicken Loans for its presentation of the season of Winter Magic 2014, DTE Energy Foundation for its presentation of Our Official City of Detroit Christmas Tree, and the wonderful support from all of our Official Sponsors including 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.

For more Winter Magic information, please visit www.campusmartiuspark.org.

About Campus Martius Park

Campus Martius Park, Detroit’s Gathering Place and the centerpiece of revitalization in downtown, is a legacy gift to the City of Detroit from the Detroit 300 Conservancy, a nonprofit organization and an affiliate of the Downtown Detroit Partnership that has raised over $20 million to design, construct, and operate the Park through businesses, foundations, and individual donations. The nationally-recognized Campus Martius Park is the recipient of The 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Open Space Award. Program Planning for the Park was by project for Public Spaces; the Park’s designer was Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC. For more information, contact the Detroit 300 Conservancy at (313) 962-0101 or visit www.campusmartiuspark.org.

About Quicken Loans

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego- based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among with Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past four consecutive years (2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010), and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in 2014.

Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 11 consecutive years, ranking #5 in 2014. It has been recognized as one of Computerworld magazine’s ’100 Best Places to Work in IT’ the past ten years, ranking No. 1 in 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 9,000 of its 11,000-plus team members work in the city’s urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/QuickenLoans.

About The DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation.

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