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Plan Your Visit — Getting to Downtown

Santa Claus is standing by. The lights on the tree are almost ready. The entertainment we’ve planned may just be the best yet, as the Downtown Detroit Partnership presents its 20th Annual Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 17, and we’re making it Merry and Bright in every way possible.

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Plan Your Visit to Detroit Tree Lighting

Kick-off the holiday season at the 20th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting, held Friday November 17 at 4p inside Campus Martius Park. This family-friendly event is complete with holiday shopping, carriage […]

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Twenty Years of Tree Lighting

It all started 20 years ago with a group of key leaders led by Edsel B. Ford, II, founding chair of the Detroit 300 Conservancy. The vision was to restore the heart of our Downtown through a world-class public space in honor of Detroit’s 300th Birthday. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) team led by Bob Gregory supported by Heather Badrak and Tom Parkinson was assembled to execute this vision. Twenty years later, DDP continues to honor and protect Edsel’s legacy gift.

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Downtown Detroit Hot Spots

Discover exciting locations and destinations throughout Downtown Detroit. Whether it’s hometown favorites, or the newest digs. Hear from hometown experts and expats about some of their favorite spots.

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Building community by breaking barriers

In a world that continually strives for progress and equality, the right to live a life free from stigma and discrimination is a fundamental cornerstone of human rights. It’s a right that should not only extend to schools and workplaces but also to the very heart of our communities: downtowns. This perspective was underscored by the World Health Organization during World Mental Health Day, celebrated annually on October 10, which seeks to enhance awareness, knowledge, and actions that foster and safeguard mental well-being. This year’s theme, “Mental health is a universal human right,” emphasizes that this right is not confined to a specific setting but should be universally accessible and respected.

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We Make It Happen Holiday

We Make Inclusion Experiences Growth Innovations The Action Development Incubations Connections Together Happen We Make Holidays Happen The Downtown Detroit Partnership produces the Detroit Tree Lighting presented by DTE Foundation. Now, celebrating its 20th anniversary […]

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

Don your favorite Ugly Holiday Sweater and get ready to join us for a night of festive fun under Detroit’s Christmas Tree, featuring Joey Namou and DJ Chris Hesano to […]

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Holiday Carriage Rides in Downtown Detroit

Experience the magic of Downtown Detroit from inside an enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Carriage rides take passengers on a journey through the bustling city. With the dramatic backdrop of the city […]

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