Hockeytown Hot Spots: How to Make the Most of Detroit's 2013 Hockeytown Winter Festival

The SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival hits Detroit December 15 - 31, 2013. Today, Dan Fuoco of the Detroit CVB tells us how to make the most of some Hockeytown hot spots in Detroit during the festival. 

During the month of December, Detroit dons the colors red and white in honor of Hockeytown! Two weeks prior to the Winter Classic, downtown Detroit is a hotspot of hockey-themed activities, events, and opportunities to meet hockey alumni and Hall of Famers. Welcome to the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival!

Know Before You Go: Travel Tips

The festival kickoff date is Sunday, December 15 and it runs to New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, which happens to be the date for the Alumni game, with an appearance from Steve Yzerman.

Snow slows everything down – unless you’re on top of it, like a skier – so plan accordingly and give yourself some time to get downtown. And because you’ll be outside for an extended amount of time, this time dress for warmth and comfort — I’m talking snow boots, scarves, mittens (in honor of the mitten state), and layers!

If you haven’t already made lodging arrangements, is your link todowntown hotels. And the current Visit Detroit magazine provides all the information you’ll need to make the most of your stay in The D, including a cover story with more info on the NHL Winter Classic!

Hockey-Themed Exhibits, Games & Activities:

  • Hockey Hall of Fame artifacts exhibit

  • Full-size street hockey rink for ages five and older

  • Open skate on a full-size synthetic ice rink (hockey skates only, please)

  • Hardest shot radar cage game

  • Top shot electronic hockey net game

  • Mini-sticks game

  • Bubble hockey game

  • Video game challenges


Autograph & Photo Opportunities

  • Stanley Cup display with photo opportunities

  • Q&A sessions with Red Wings and Maple Leafs alumni

  • Alumni autograph booths

  • Locker room displays and photo opportunities

Food & Entertainment

  • SnowZilla simulated toboggan slide

  • Bounce house

  • Local musical acts

  • Food truck vendors

  • Detroit restaurants

  • Hot cocoa and s’mores stations

  • Fire pit warming stations

Coke Zero Fan Zone hours during Hockeytown Winter Festival:

The Coke Zero Fan Zone takes place outside of Comerica Park in conjunction with the festival. The fan zone is free to ticket holders of each day’s Winter Festival hockey games or just $5 admission per day for non-ticket holders.

The Fan Zone will fill three giant heated tents with tons of fun and excitement for hockey fans of all ages including:

  • Friday, Dec. 27 from 1-10 p.m. (Great Lakes Invitational games MSU vs. MTU – 3:30 and WMU vs. U-M – 7 p.m.)

  • Saturday, Dec. 28 from 1-10 p.m. (GLI Consolation Game – 3:30 p.m. and GLI Championship Game – 7 p.m.)

  • Sunday, Dec. 29 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (OHL games Windsor vs. Saginaw – 1:30 p.m. and London vs. Plymouth – 5 p.m.)

  • Monday, Dec. 30 from 1-8 p.m. (AHL game Toronto Marlies vs. Grand Rapids Griffins – 5 p.m.)

  • Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown games – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

Plenty of activities and events make for a robust buildup for the Winter Classic. Red Wings fans are dedicated, loyal and passionate about Hockeytown. In fact, “The Captain” (Steve Yzerman) said it best when he said: “Very few cities in the NHL have the history or the following of the Detroit Red Wings.” The event will make hockey history, but the fans will make the event!

Do you plan to visit the Hockeytown Winter Festival in Detroit? Let us know if you'll be there!

Dan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.