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What is the Wonderfest?

• Shopping: 250 small businesses. Thousands of made in Michigan products.

• More than fifty artists and quality crafts people.

• Free rides on our carousel courtesy of Rightway Home Improvements.

• Free rides on the Santa Strawberry courtesy of Majic Window.

   • ADULTS - $7 at the door. KIDS- $3.  Free kids tickets available at Walgreen, Dolly's Pizza and Gardner White while they last.

• Great holiday foods.

• Play Video Games.

• Gardner White Lounge.

• Huge steam engine layout.

• Kids activities and crafts.

• Free choirs and magic shows

• Free charity gift wrapping

• Museum Store- gifts from Michigan Museums

• Charities and fundraising, more than 50 non-profits

• Many vendors donate to Children's Miracle Network through Beaumont Hospital

• Visit with Santa, photo opportunities

• Make your dollars count- support small businesses, buy Michigan made and fair trade.

FREE TICKETS!

FREE TICKETS FOR KIDS, WHILE THEY LAST.

Visit 

Gardner-White Furniture

  select locations of

Walgreen

  or 

  for free kids tickets

Advance Tickets?

http://www.neptix.com/events/1702

A New Location!

Big Change for 2013

The Christmas Wonderfest is moving to the Suburban Collection Showplace in 2013.  Dates are December 5-8.  All of the popular elements are returning along with some new ideas.

The Christmas Wonderfest is moving inside for the first time in it's four year history.  Traditionally an outdoor show, the move to the Suburban Collection Showplace allows for more booths, more rides and more fun.

"Outdoors we were always limited by the size of tent we could put up.  We have never had more than forty or fifty booths. Now we can have 200!," reports the event producer, Mark Loeb.  "Instead of fighting the elements, we are bringing the best of the outside in.  Full sized rides, and expanded North Pole area and more surprises."

The move also allows for a much lower booth rent, making it possible for small companies, and those manufacturing in Michigan to participate.  All in all, expect a great time with much more variety than ever before.

If you would like information about participating, please email Mark@Integrityshows.com

Amazing!

It has been amazing how so many people and groups have joined together to make this a fabulous event.  Over 200 small businesses, more than 50 great artists and crafts people, well over 20 choirs, musicians and dance groups.  And the part we are most proud of is that we are raising money for close to 50 charities during the event!

Our Museum store features about a dozen of Detroit and Michigan's beloved institutions. We'll be sell there gift shop items to help support them and their missions.

Check out our schedule page to see all that's going on.  Click on the wrappers to find out when your favorite group is wrapping your presents for donations.  I like to say that it is free, but please tip them. All the money goes to their mission, with Integrity Shows picking up the costs of supplies.

Remember the old TV expression, "But Wait There's More!"?  There really is.  Free rides, Santa, Steam Engines, Reindeer Obstacle Course, art projects, great foods, Gardner White lounge, video games....

We'd love for you to come down with your family to see what all is there.  Support these small local businesses. Spend your money where your heart is with thousands of made in Michigan choices.

WOW!

Good times at the Wonderfest.  Everything from guitar holders shaped like hands to made in Detroit clothing.  Two hundred fifty stores. Fifty great artists, rides and so much more.

              

Live Steam Trains at the Wonderfest

Suburban Collection Showplace logo

The move to the Suburban Collection Showplace is paying off in many ways.  In addition to hosting five times as many stores we are able to add additional activities and entertainment.  Picture a giant model train layout with over-sized steam engines.  Five trains covering an area the size of ten rooms. 

The Michigan Small Scale Live Steamers will be showing off their huge track in the WonderFest's North Pole area.  Kids will be able to enjoy the trains while waiting in live to meet Santa.  After sharing their lists they can return to the train or enjoy any of the other art, active or fun activities.

Steamers

Walgreens Free Children's Ticket Locations:

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Address

City

8850 Newburgh Rd.

Livonia

7210 N. Middlebelt Rd.

Westland

29370 Plymouth Rd.

Livonia

140 S. Milford Rd.

Milford

2270 Union Lake Rd.

Commerce Township

7380 Orchard Lake Rd.

West Bloomfield

29030 Northwestern Hwy.

Southfield

7490 Haggerty Rd.

West Bloomfield

17001 Newburgh Rd.

Livonia

25905 5 Mile Rd.

Redford

33239 8 Mile Rd.

Livonia

22318 Pontiac Trl.

South Lyon

29200 6 Mile Rd.

Livonia

24150 Novi Rd.

Novi

44300 Ford Rd.

Canton

24133 Grand River Ave.

Detroit

27750 Grand River Ave.

Farmington Hills

23111 Lahser Rd.

Southfield

33333 6 Mile Rd.

Livonia

24140 Orchard Lake Rd.

Farmington Hills

Growing Growing Grown!

We have surpassed our wildest dreams with this year's Wonderfest. Already close to 300 artists, vendors, food purveyors and more have signed up and there are precious few slots left to fill.

Our North Pole has grown tremendously too.  Twenty choirs throughout the weekend, a full sized carousel, steam engines, craft projects and more.  Special announcements of new additions coming soon.

Thanks to one of our associates we are preparing the Reindeer Obstacle Course so that young ones can see if they have what it takes to work for the big guy.

Stay in touch with this web site and we'll let you know as we get the schedules finalized.

Thank You! 2012: A Success

Patrons and participants loved our new look with more space and simple decor and the mild weather helped contribute to huge crowds. 

Those returning from last year expressed that they appreciated the changes.  One especially popular decoration was our Santa Bear Tree, featuring a sample of every Hudson's Santa Bear from the time they started making them until the merging of the chain.

Many of those that came down the first weekend returned with family members the second.  People from all over the country expressed that this event helped them to see Detroit as a healthy city that is growing and rediscovering itself.

Once again we demonstrate that there is a craving for shopping in downtown Detroit.  Stores take notice!  The patrons are here.

Detroit does not have as many of the "chain stores" as many big cities. What we do have is hundreds of small businesses offering unique products and personal attention.  You could say it's old fashion, but we say it's the coming thing.  In Detroit's boutique stores you get the attention and care that cyberspace will never offer.

Plans for next year's event will be announced early in 2013.  In the meantime feel free to contact us with any questions and suggestions.

We would especially like to thank Quicken Loans and Campus Martius Park for their help.

Mark Loeb, Producer of the Christmas Wonderfest

Wow!

The 2011 Wonderfest was amazing. Thank you all for coming down to Campus Martius and enjoying the Christmas Wonderfest.  What a fabulous event.  Over 1000 kids made ornaments to post on the tree donated to Oakwood Health System. Tens of thousands skated, rode the Ferris wheel or enjoyed the carousel.  Our Motor City Marketplace raised over $10,000 for local museums.  Most importantly people from across the region and beyond enjoyed their time in the city.

We listened to your feedback.  In 2013 we are adding more international shopping, more artists and one of a kind items.  More art activities for children. 

We have some space available for holiday themed, Detroit themed, artistic gifts or other appropriate vending.  Special pricing for one of a kind artists and non-profits.

If you would like to join us, or have ideas for improving the event, please contact me  right away!

Thank you for supporting this new Detroit tradition.

Mark Loeb

SPONSORS:

  • Majic Window
  • Rightway is providing free rides on the Christma Carousel!
  • Fresh 100.3
  • Gardner White Furniture
  • Walgreen
  • Dolly's Pizza
  • Mix 92.3
  • Integrity Shows
  • Media Alchemy

LaTEST NEWS:

12/08/2013
Media exposure

We would like to thank our media partners.

WNIC - The Christmas Station, 95.5 FM. Oakland Press, Metro Times, Yelp, Comcast, CBS Digital Media, Lamar.

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11/29/2013
Who's Wrapping?

Click on More to find out about some of the groups wrapping it up for you at the event.

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11/15/2013
Christmas and Music Go Together

The Wonderfest is going all out to have great music throughout the hall. 

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