Valade Park will be the go-to destination on the riverfront this winter. Each weekend, starting December 10th, visitors can warm up by oversized outdoor fires, enjoy hot seasonal alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, make s'mores on our custom marshmallow roasters, grab a sled from the Sled Shed (featuring free sleds to borrow when it snows), play synthetic ice curling and more.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is committed to helping visitors embrace winter by extending our great riverfront programming year-round. Through socially-distanced fun, the riverfront will provide a much needed place of respite for our community.  Stay tuned to our facebook page for all the latest information. 

  • Winter at Valade Hours - Every Friday 4-9PM, Saturday 12-9PM, Sunday 12-7PM December 10th - February 27th. (Winter at Valade will be closed the weekend of December 24-26 and December 31-January 2)
  • Free parking is available in lots near the park. Click here for a map. 
  • Valade Park Restaurants - Geisha Girls Sushi and Smokey G's Smokehouse, open Wednesday - Sunday from 12-8PM
  • Special Event weekends 
    Dec. 10 - Dec. 12 | Holly Jolly Riverfront - Santa, Wreaths, Ice Sculptures, Live Christmas music for all ages! 
    Jan. 14 - Jan 16 | Fire and Ice - Ice carving competition, Ice Throne, Techno Dance Party, Renaissance Fair Demos
    Jan. 28 - Jan 30 | Winter around the World - International Food Trucks, Curling Demos, Kid's Parade of Nations
    Feb. 11 - Feb 13 | Motown Love - Live music, Riverfront Carriage Rides, Galentines Day celebration, 
    Feb. 25 - Feb 27 | Mardi Gras at Valade - Second Line Band, mask making, Creole inspired cuisine and drinks
  • Weekly Programming - Click here to learn about winter fitness, birding classes, meditations, meet ups and more!

Support our Winter Programming



Presenting Sponsor

Huron-Clinton Metroparks


Fire and Ice Weekend Sponsor

Soaring Eagle


Winter Around the World Weekend Sponsor

Visit Detroit


Sled Shed Sponsor

Chip & Sarah McClure


Cozy Community Sponsors

Scott M Delcomyn

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Goyert-Treadwell Family Fund

Matt Grimes & Elle Schroeder

Wendy Lewis Jackson

Meijer Rivertown Market

MI Building & Construction Trades

Janine Pixley & Bryan Parkhurst

Russell Development Company

Barbara Senatore

Walker-Miller Energy Services 

Scott Wickens

Wolverine Packing Co.


Activity Booklet Sponsors

Banner Sign Co.

Detroit Segway 

Means Group Inc.