The Fifth Annual Southwest Holiday Fest brings the Christmas spirit to life in the heart Of Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood Saturday. The family-friendly free holiday festival offers fun winter-themed free activities, live music, a tree lighting ceremony, great food and drink, shopping, and more from 4-8 p.m. at participating locations between 16th and 25th Streets and West Vernor Hwy and Bagley Street.
The Tree Lighting ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Children can visit Santa in the Ford Resource and Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercado, strike a piñata in the Mexicantown Welcome Center, participate in a posada at Xochi’s Gift Shop, see a holiday show at the Matrix Theatre Company at 8 p.m., and more. Each participating venue has something different to offer, some of the sites will have hot chocolate or Mexican Christmas fruit punch and food available.
“Attending Southwest Holiday Fest is one of the most fun things you can do this holiday season,” said Kate Brennan, Matrix Theatre Company Interim Executive Director and festival co-founder. “The atmosphere that permeates the festival is heart-warming and celebratory, and it really captures the joy of the season. This event is entirely driven by its sponsoring businesses and organizations, and we are all proud and excited to once again show off our corner of the city to local residents and visitors alike.”
All activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified by individual locations. Participating businesses, organizations, and sponsors are All Saints Literacy Center, Matrix Theatre Company, Vista Partnership, Mexicantown Community Development Corporation, Ford Resource and Engagement Center-Mexicantown Mercado, Xochi’s Gift Shop, TechTown Detroit, Repair the World, Living Arts, Build Institute Detroit, Tamaleria Nuevo Leon, ProsperUs Detroit, Detroit Farm and Garden, Plaza del Sol, Honey Bee Market, El Popo Supermarket, Mexican Village Restaurant, Giovanna’s, Los Galanes restaurant and Our/Detroit.
About the Organizers:
The Mexicantown Community Development Corporation is a private not-for-profit, Michigan, 501(c)(3) corporation.The mission of Mexicantown Community Development Corporation (MCDC) is to serve as ambassadors of Mexicantown – the gateway to Detroit – and preserve, enrich, and promote Mexicantown as a vibrant, inclusive, multicultural residential and business community.
Matrix Theatre Company creates outstanding, affordable, and inclusive professional and educational theatre that addresses issues of community concern. Founded in 1991, Matrix Theatre Company offers a full season of professional productions and educational programs.