Noel Night is a 40 year Detroit tradition held early December. This year, Noel Night is on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area. The event features venues hosting musicians, crafters, children’s activities, arts & crafts, shopping, holiday delectable eats and visits with Santa. Over 40,000 visitors each year turn this area of Detroit into a Cultural Center-wide “Open House.” The events are free and there is also a shuttle service to take you around to the different venues.
The list of Noel Night activities is long, and with over 60 venues there is an enormous amount of sights and sounds. New this year is participation by Wayne State University Press and the opening of the new Michigan Science Museum.
Over 60 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, open their doors to the public FREE of CHARGE during this Cultural Center-wide holiday “open house.” Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band — a long-standing Noel Night tradition.
Over 200 performances are sure to bring the sounds of the season to life. Make sure to check the schedule for your favorite events and performers.
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Listed here are a few of the performances:
- The California Guitar Trio have joined forces with the Montreal Guitar Trio and will perform as a sextet at the Detroit Institute of Arts Lecture Hall at 7:45 p.m. Together, their technical wizardry is breathtaking, as is the wide range of instrumental music the group renders, everything from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly-arranged interpretations of jazz, classical music, and even surf rock.
- Get ready to smile and belly laugh—Noel Night favorite The Tartan Terrors are back! The Tartan Terrors showcase the best in Celtic music, dance and comedy, and will perform indoors at the Detroit Public Library at 6:15 p.m. and on the Woodward Bandstand at 8:00 p.m.
- Detroit R&B soulstress, Thornetta Davis, will also be performing in the Detroit Public Library Friends Auditorium at 7:45 p.m.
Food is available through out the Cultural Center. New to Noel Night are the following food venues:
- 55 West Canfield Lofts (55 W. Canfield) will offer hors d’oeuvres, hot beverages, live acoustic music, and tours of some of their available models.
- Visit SocraTea (71 Garfield) Detroit’s only tea room and sample seasonal teas and cookies.
- The Auburn (4240 Cass) – Tour the newest residential property in Midtown and warm up with a hot drink.
- Bethel A.M.E. Church (5050 St. Antoine) – Stop by this historic church for food and special holiday programming
- Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company with Whole Foods (3965 Woodward) – Enjoy artisan coffee with a holiday twist and Whole Foods will showcase the quarterfinalists who are competing for a chance to produce a mural on their first Detroit store.
- Rodin (15 E. Kirby) – Stop by Midtown’s newest restaurant and wine bar for egg nog and holiday music.
Noel Night activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. Convenient parking is available in area lots. Noel Night is produced by the University Cultural Center Association, a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit’s Midtown district. Call 313.420.6000 or visit the website for additional information.
Source: Midtown Detroit Inc.