Noel Night returns for the 43rd year on Saturday, December 5, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in Detroit’s Midtown district.
Over 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Public Library, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this holiday event.
Enjoy performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, including, Madeleine Peyroux, The Diving Bell, Imani Winds, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys and Detroit’s Queen of Blues, Thornetta Davis.
New retail has been popping up around town and you’ll have a chance to find something special for everyone on your list. These are just some of the places you should visit for men’s and women’s clothing items: Carhartt, Detroit Clothing Circle, The Black Dress Co., Kit and Ace, Willys and The Peacock Room.
For unique gifts, visit City Bird, Nest, Goods, Detroit Artists Market, Shinola, Nora, Source Booksellers, Hugh, Artloft and new this year, the Mother of Divine Mercy Gift Shop inside St. Josaphat Church where you can find gift items and even wood furniture made from the church’s original steeple!
Sugar Hill Clay Studio and the Park Shelton are just a couple of locations where kids can enjoy making crafts to take home. For a little more activity, visit Detroit Yoga Lab, where kids can do yoga with Buddy the Elf for free!
Avalon International Breads, 8 Degrees Plato (who will also have a tent on the Woodward lawn of the Detroit Public Library), Cass Café, Epicurus Restaurant, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Hopcat, La Feria and many other culinary favorites will be open! If you want a more hands-on approach to your food that night, you can take a holiday cooking demo class at Whole Foods Market, which will be offered every half hour between 5:30-8 p.m.
Don’t forget to check out the Ice Scraper Challenge at the DIA Plaza, where students from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies will turn blocks of ice into sculptures!
The tradition of a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts led by the Salvation Army Band is expected to be one of the highlights of the evening.
As you can see, there are plenty of activities for all ages, from horse-drawn carriage rides, gift shopping, craft activities, amazing performances and more. Here’s a handy map of all featured locations for the event.
Parking is available in area lots and you can find suggested locations here. Parking lots and structures typically charge between a $5-10 fee. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to the stores and performances you want to see, as traffic will be hectic with M-1 Rail construction and road closures. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues.
This Saturday, join Detroit’s cultural institutions, small businesses, historic churches, galleries and more amid the sounds of carolers, the sparkle of twinkling lights and holiday cheer in the air!