By Shelby Clark
With dropping temps and even snow, metro Detroiters are staying inside, but not for long. Birmingham is offering various events to entice people back outdoors.
Birmingham’s Shain Park will be hosting holiday events, starting with the Birmingham Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. Shain Park is located at the intersection of S. Bates Street and Martin Street in downtown Birmingham.
The weekend of Dec. 6-8 will include live, local entertainment and music, ice sculptures, hot drinks, kids activities and even real reindeer. Traditional German food and drink will also be served.
In addition to the first December weekend festivities, carriage rides and “Santa’s House” begin Nov. 27. A horse-drawn carriage will take riders around the downtown area. Carriage rides will end on Saturday, Dec. 21. Running until Dec. 24, Santa’s House will be located under the Shain Park pavilion, where children can take their picture with Santa.
Known for shopping, the city is also catering to the holiday present rush. The Birmingham Winter “Markt” will also feature traditional holiday art, decorations and crafts, holiday foliage, home accessories and other gifts for sale.
The market is open 3-9 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Visit http://www.birminghamwintermarkt.org for further details.
Once the holidays are over, look for Birmingham’s restaurant week to take place Jan. 27-31 and Feb. 3-7. For more information on Birmingham’s winter activities, visit http://www.enjoybirmingham.com or call 248-530-1200.