More than 100 organizations, museums, shops, restaurants and more come together to open the 45th annual Noel Night, Dec. 2, 2017, brought to life by the nonprofit organization Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Cultural institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Science Center open their doors to the public for the free “open house” from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. There are yuletide treats, children’s activities throughout Midtown, shopping and so much more.
Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and participate in some holiday shopping. Create something special at various family craft activity areas. Check out the 200-plus music, theater and dance groups – including Afro Blue, Cantus, The Main Squeeze, Rhythm Society Orchestra and others. .
Aside from the big venues open for the night, families can swing through other midtown favorites including local shops Clothing Circle, Busted Bra Shop, Elite Courture Boutique and Bikram Yoga Midtown Detroit – plus plenty of restaurants, too.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at various locations and at various times throughout the festival. Check out the night’s schedule for details.
The Ice Scraper Challenge is happening just across the way at the DIA Plaza. Wayne State University and College for Creative Studies students sculpt ice right before your eyes.
Don’t forget to check out the living nativity at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul and the Winter Art and Retail Market at the corner of Woodward and Warren for some real holiday fun.
Then, as tradition, the Salvation Army Band leads the community sing-along on at Warren and Woodward Avenue at the end of the festivities.
Each venue is offering something unique for visitors. Head to noelnight.org to get a rundown of the planned events and where they’re taking place. Activities are within the boundaries of Ferry Street to Edmund Place and St. Antoine to Third Avenue.
This post was originally published in 2011 and is updated regularly.