The GCDDA is lighting up Garden City again this holiday season. More than 90 trees will twinkle each evening during the holidays with over 18,000 lights, greeting residents and visitors to our De’LIGHT’ful Downtown Garden City. Our star sprays and NEW colorful holiday banners will also be on display. With rave reviews from last year, it is our priority to make this year even better.
The elves will be out working diligently these next few weeks to help us transform into a De’LIGHT’ful Downtown. Give them a friendly wave when you see them.
Please join us for the 53rd Annual Santaland Parade with the theme of Santa’s Workshop The parade is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 10am. Additional information on the parade is available at www.santalandparade.com.
The Commons Corner at Ford Road and Middlebelt will have a NEW 22 foot Christmas Tree to tower over the festivities at our official tree lighting ceremony to be held on Monday, December 2nd at 6:30pm.
Come join us for cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas Carols and, of course, Santa Claus!
The Garden City Downtown Development Authority will be holding the 6th Annual Chili Cook-off event at the Farmer’s Market lot located at the Town Center shopping center at the northeast corner of Ford and Middlebelt Roads. The chili cook-off will take place from 11:00am until 6:00pm on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded for the “Best Chili”, “People’s Choice”, “Second Place” and “Best Table Theme”.
We need a couple of things to continue growing this great event! We need Sponsors; this is a great opportunity to get your name out there and showcase your business.
We also need chili. Talk to your neighbors, your friends, get a team together and come on out and show us what you can do. Our Chili Cook Off continually sells out and attracts hundreds of area residents.
In addition to the great chili, we’ll have a hot dog cart, a beer tent, a bake sale, Detroit Mini Donuts, live music, local merchants will set up with their wares plus much, much more!
We’ll have lots of stuff for the kids to do too and there will be wagon rides to transport everyone between the Chili Cook off and the Garden City Fire Station Open House.
The 3rd Annual” Hot Chili and Hot Rods”, car & motorcycle show will have awards in several different car classes.
If you are interested in registering a chili team, sponsorship opportunities, being a vendor, volunteering for the event, or have questions, please contact the Garden City DDA office at 734-261-2830 or e-mail email@example.com. Please visit our downloads page for the applicable forms and additional information.
The Garden City Farmer and Artisan Market is looking for vendors and volunteers for the 2013 season.
We are under new management this year with the Downtown Development Authority. The Garden City Market has been in existence for several years, but this is the first time the DDA will be managing it and we are very excited to use our knowledge and resources to create a thriving marketplace that will continue to grow each year.
The market is open on Wednesdays from 9am - 2pm. Our season this year will consist of 22 weeks, from June 5th to October 30th. It is located near the intersection of Ford Rd & Middlebelt. This is one of the busiest areas in Wayne County, we see over 60,000 vehicles go through here on a daily basis.
Lots and lots of plans are underway to ensure your success at the market this season:
Our goal is to make our market a Wednesday destination for our local residents, to provide a place to come together as friends and enjoy the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and locally made crafts.
We are in need of vendors, especially produce vendors. Please consider joining us this year. We would love to have you!
We have decided to slash our seasonal fee drastically, please contact Kim Dold for details at 734-261-2830 or 734-536-0373.
The Downtown Development Authority is lighting up Garden City this holiday season. More than 90 trees will twinkle each evening during the holidays with over 18,000 lights, greeting residents and visitors to our De’LIGHT’ful Downtown Garden City. Our star sprays and holiday banners will also be on display. This is just the beginning, in the next few years we hope to expand the lighting throughout the DDA District.
The experts at Panetta’s Landscape Supplies in Westland will be out working hard these next few weeks to help us light up the night, give them a friendly wave when you see them.
With our close proximity to the Lightfest in Edward Hines Park and the thousands of folks who have made driving through there a holiday tradition, we are hoping to create a place for them to go afterward, maybe do some shopping, or have a bite to eat while enjoying our De’LIGHT’ful downtown. With that in mind, you are invited to LIGHT up your business! Dress up your windows, hang some lights. Together, we can make Garden City a holiday destination!
If you’re really ambitious and want to have your display up prior to Thanksgiving, you may want to capture the Rock & Roll Christmas theme of our 52nd Annual Santaland Parade. The parade is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 10am. Additional information on the parade is available at www.santalandparade.com.
Please remember to think LOCAL and visit our neighborhood businesses to help with your decorating needs.
The Commons Corner will also be lit up, a 20 foot live Christmas Tree will tower over the festivities at our official tree lighting ceremony to be held on Monday, November 26th at 7pm. Come join us for cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas Carols and, of course, Santa Claus!
Stacey & Kim
Here, in our office window, lies Willy the Pig. She will be resting here as we figure out how to help her get back to her ol' self!
As of Tuesday, July 17,2012, potential thieves have lead the Garden City Police Department to only pieces of the famed ‘Cochon Rouge’, a.k.a. Willy the Pig sculpture. The base of the missing sculpture was found in a field near Mallard Lake in Green Oak Township along with evidence of the dismantled aluminum casting of the sow. Red fragments of the casting were found along a bike trailhead at Silver Lake Road and McCab Road.
The Garden City PD believes the original culprits ditched the sculpture in that area, satisfying their since of adventure and accomplishment. Further investigation suggests that another party may have come across the severed sculpture, not knowing the sow was hot, and is now adorning someone’s lawn as garden art in the greater Brighton area.
The Garden City Downtown Development Authority is leasing the sculpture through the Sauve Foundation whose founder and acting curator resides in the Brighton area. The sculpture is the creation of a Montreal artist. The Garden City DDA is offering a $500 reward for the arrest or conviction of the perpetrator who stole the sought after sow. Those with information should contact the Garden City Police (734-793-1700) or the Garden City Downtown Development Authority (734-261-2830).
Click here to see the 2013 Events calendar, designed to keep you "in the know" regarding the various events sponsored by the DDA.
For a downloadable pdf explaining more about what the Downtown Development Authority does, please visit our About the DDA page.
Application forms for the Garden City Farmer's Market are now available on our downloads page.