Noel Night in Midtown Detroit

Treat yourself to a night filled with cheer and the holiday spirit, Dec. 3, 2016, in Detroit's Midtown district.


More than 70 organizations, museums, shops, restaurants and more come together to open the 44th annual Noel Night, Dec. 3, 2016, 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 Sonny Knight & The Lakers, the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Rhythm Society Orchestra and others.

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Aside from the big venues open for the night, families can swing through other midtown favorites including local shops City Bird, Nest, Bob’s Classic Kicks, the various shops at The Park Shelton, Source Booksellers, SocraTea – and plenty of restaurants, too.

Get your picture taken with Santa at the Detroit Historical Museum (5:30-8:30 p.m.). 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.

Parents will want to check out the beer tent run by 8 Degrees Plato – and don’t forget to grab some grub from the food truck rally in the The Scarab Club parking lot.

Then, as tradition, the Salvation Army Band leads the community sing-along on Woodward Avenue at the end of the festivities, at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The full 2016 schedule will be up online before the event. Each venue is offering something unique for visitors. Head there 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.

Need a lift? Not a problem! There is free shuttle service among venues – and Lyft is offering a $20 credit with the code NOELNIGHT16.

For more details on the 44th annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit, visit the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2016.