Preview: 46th annual Noel Night is Saturday in Midtown Detroit

Attendees outside the Detroit Public Library main branch during Noel Night

DETROIT — The 46th annual Noel Night is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018, with over 120 participating venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies

Also, the area’s historic churches, cultural pop-ups, restaurants and designer brewery locations and art galleries will be featured. This year, extended daytime hours will include more children’s activities like the Detroit Actors Theatre Company showcase at the Michigan Science Center Toyota 4D Theater. Performances start at 12 noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

All of the activities will be free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house.  Other activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft making and performances by over 200 area music, theater, dance groups and a giant sing-along.

Thornetta Davis

A great place to start Noel Night is at Old Main on the campus of Wayne State University,  which will host a concert in Schaver Musical Recital Hall at 7 p.m.  Included will be performances by the Electronic Music Ensemble, the WSU Women’s Chorale, the WSU Men’s Glee Club and IL Segreto String Quartet.  Another attraction on Cass Ave will be at the Walter P. Reuther Library and Archive of Labor and Urban Affairs.  They will feature historic photos, Hannukah games and story time.

Detroit Blues legend Thornetta Davis will be belting out her version of holiday cheer at 9pm at 1st UU Church at the Cass Corridor Commons.  The Salvation Army Brass Band Sing-Along is at a new location (Cass and Prentice Ave) at the Noel Night Band Stand.  It will start at 9:30 p.m.

The QLine will be operational on Woodward Ave.  There will be free shuttle service that runs continually between parking WSU parking structures decks and the participating venues.

Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit’s Midtown district. Call 313-420-6000 for additional information. 





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