Tis the season to celebrate. And what better way to kick off the holidays than by mingling with fellow Detroiters, buying gifts from local businesses, and even decorating a gingerbread man. The CW50 Street Team stopped by the Big Holiday Biergarten to get in the holiday spirit. The event was held inside Detroit’s Fisher Building, where holiday lights and decorations created a festive atmosphere as cheerful groups of friends and families wandered the halls of the historic building. Hundreds of people came out to shop, sample local beers, and celebrate the season.

The Street Team talked with the event’s coordinator and creative director, Ryan Hooper. “The Big Holiday Biergarten was something that we dreamt up awhile ago and finally got the opportunity to do”, he said. “It’s a celebration of historic architecture in the Fisher Building and we’re also helping bring awareness to these beautiful Big Head figures that you see.”

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The Big Holiday Biergarten was created as a fundraiser for the restoration of the historic Big Head figures that have been used for years in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The lobby of the Fisher Building was lined with the paper mache heads, designed to resemble everything from a group of pirates to a variety of different animals and creatures.

The Street Team’s Scott Wolchek enjoyed hearing people’s reactions to seeing the Big Head figures up close.

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“They’re really cool and fun to just look at”, said Julia Crump.

“I think they’re awesome”, said Lee Jenks. “I can’t believe craftsmanship like this has survived over eighty years.”

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The Big Head figures will remain on display in the Fisher Building until January 30th.