In Detroit, the holiday season doesn’t officially start until the Salvation Army Brass Band Sing Along takes place in Midtown, the city’s cultural center, during Noel Night. The mother of all holiday season festivals, entering its 44th year, Noel Night is the most magical night of the year for the district as it brings out the kid in everyone. Over 100 venues host a variety of holiday and family friendly holiday performances, installations and activities. This year according to organizers, Midtown Detroit, Inc. the event will be the largest yet, reflecting the growth of the neighborhood.
Held Saturday, December 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Noel Night is free of charge and allows participants to enjoy a festive evening packed with unique performances, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, music, dance, theatre, children’s make & take activities, unique shopping, holiday treats, and visits with Santa. This year’s event will feature more than 200 performances including soul luminaries Sonny Knight and the Lakers, the jazzy sounds of The Rhythm Society Orchestra and more.
Other can’t miss Noel Night activation include a perennial fan favorite the “Ice Scrapper Challenge”, at the Detroit Institute of Arts Plaza with students from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies transforming blocks of ice into unique sculptural creations throughout the day. Back this year is the popular “Live Animals of the Nativity” taking place on the Woodward lawn of the historic Cathedral Church of St. Paul from 5:00-9:15 p.m.
This evening also provides gift givers the perfect opportunity to rediscover the retailers of the Woodward Corridor. From AYV, Bob’s Classic Kicks, The Peacock Room, The Black Dress Company, Flo Boutique and more will feature holiday specials, in-store performances and the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Area restaurants will also be in the holiday spirit with many Midtown locations serving their full menus with a little cheer on the side. Over the last year, there have been numerous new restaurant openings including, Grey Ghost, Rock City Eatery, Pho Lucky and menu changes for neighborhood staples such as Union Street and The Whitney. After the community sing along, make your way to these great eateries to warm up and dine on some of the best food in the city.
Noel Night activities take place in Midtown Detroit, from Ferry Street to the north, Edmund Place to the south, St. Antoine to the east, and Third Avenue to the west. Woodward Avenue is closed to traffic between Antoinette Street to the north and Warren Avenue to the south. There is free shuttle service that runs continually between Wayne State University parking decks and participating venues. There is additional parking in area lots throughout Midtown. It is advised that attendees plan to arrive by 5 p.m.
to secure parking and have time to explore all that this family fun event has to offer. For more information on parking, shuttle bus service and everything else you need to know to make your 2016 Noel Night one to remember please visit www.noelnight.org
or call (313) 420-6000