Southwest Holiday Fest features music, theatre, food, traditional punch and more | Culture | Detroit

People celebrate Southwest Holiday Fest in Detroit.  - SW Holiday Party, Facebook

SW Holiday Party, Facebook

People celebrate Southwest Holiday Fest in Detroit.

Detroit’s seventh annual Southwest Holiday Fest kicks off Dec. 10 with music and theater performances, traditional Mexican Christmas punch, roasted chestnuts, and even a piñata.

The annual event of winter-themed activities takes place from 3-7 PM on the Bagley/Vernor Corridor between 16th and 24th Streets, home to unique shops, restaurants, bars, and cultural institutions.

The event features free food and drinks, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a Puerto Rican trio with Santa Claus, a theatrical performance at the Matrix Theater, a Mexican-style posada, face painting and cookie decorating.

Each participating location offers something unique.

“Attending Southwest Holiday Fest should be on your to-do list this holiday season,” Kate Brennan, the festival’s co-founder and interim director of Matrix Theater Company, said in a statement Wednesday. “The atmosphere that permeates the festival is heartwarming and festive, and it really captures the joy of the season. This event is fully powered by the sponsoring companies and organizations, and we are all proud and excited to once again showcase our corner of the city to residents and visitors alike.

Participating companies, organizations and sponsors include the Matrix Theater Company, Mexicantown Community Development Corporation, Ford Resource and Engagement Center-Mexicantown Mercado, Xochi’s Gift Shop, We The People, Living Arts, Plaza del Sol, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, El Popo Supermarket , Los Galanes Restaurant, Mexicantown Restaurant, the Hubbard Richard Residents Association Southwest Detroit Business Association, The Hubbard Richard Mexicantown Mainstreet Designated Area, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. All events are free and open to the public.

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