The 44th annual Noel Night, known as a Cultural Center-wide holiday open house, takes over Midtown on Saturday, December 3rd from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. The event will feature plenty to see and do like horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, and an abundance of holiday performances from groups in the area.
Even after 44 years, Noel Night in Midtown continues to grow every year. With over a hundred different institutions being represented, from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, this will be the biggest celebration of culture the event has ever seen.
Annmarie Borucki, the Special Projects Manager for Midtown Detroit Inc., thinks that the event is great for the area because it is showcasing the high quality art and entertainment both the event and area is able to provide.
“The number of people attending keeps increasing and that is definitely in correlation to the development of Midtown,” said Borucki. “It is a bigger event this year with a lot more to see and do, along with a lot more walkability and businesses for our guests to experience.”
Attendees will be able to cross a lot of items off their holiday shopping list along with browsing through some impressive art galleries. The Wayne State University art market will be open all night for your holiday shopping needs, along with numerous other small stores throughout Midtown.
There will be plenty of holiday cheer spread throughout the evening with live music and entertainment. Some of the highlights include up-and-comers Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Lindi Ortega, and the Czech Marionettes. There will also be a community sing-along led by the Salvation Army Band at the end of the night.
With literally hundreds of things to do, it is almost impossible to do everything that Noel Night has to offer. Whether you plan your night out or just go with the flow, it is encouraging to see a big holiday event like this succeed year after year in Midtown.
“I think so many people feel that with all of the development and improvement of Detroit, there is still a lot of negative press surrounding Detroit.” said Borucki. “So many people out there are rooting for Detroit to change and get better, and this event is a testament to the growth and development of the area.”
With the popularity and size of this year’s event, it is important to plan your parking plans ahead of time. There are plenty of paid parking lots around the event, and there will be shuttle services at select locations. For more information be sure to visit www.noelnight.org.