‘Tis the season to be jolly, and if you wish to celebrate holiday cheer, there’s no better place to do so than at Detroit’s 43rd annual Noel Night this Saturday, Dec. 5 in Midtown.
More than 70 different institutions will open their doors from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., offering free programming, including 200 plus performances and activities. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center and Detroit Historical Museum are just a few participating venues.
“Noel Night is a really beautiful event for the city of Detroit… It’s one of those events that I think has become a family tradition with a lot of our visitors, and it kind of begins ushering in the holidays for them,” Annmarie Borucki, special projects manager at Midtown Detroit, Inc., said.
Noel Night activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, a live nativity scene, crafts for children and headline performances by Madeleine Peyroux, Bronze Radio Return, The Diving Bell and Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys.
“It’s one of those events where, unfortunately, there’s something for everyone and there’s no way you can do it or see it all,” Borucki said.
The 2015 schedule of events is updated often and can be found here. For Noel Night first timers, Borucki suggests heading to Midtown early in the day for lunch or dinner, choosing one can’t-miss performance ahead of time and just walking around and seeing what you see for the rest of it.
Restaurants participating in Noel Night include Cass Café, Motor City Brewing Works and Traffic Jam & Snug.
“We want people to have a taste of what’s here (in Midtown), but we hope that it’s enough to bring them back to experience the venues when they’re offering their own programming on a general weekend or weeknight,” Borucki said.
No matter what, don’t miss out on Noel Night’s annual sing-a-long with the Salvation Army Band, which closes out the evening on Woodward Avenue.
Keep in mind: it’s a good idea to arrive early, as traffic and construction delays in Midtown are essentially guaranteed.