There are new hours, spread wider across the day, to offer visitors more options and ease congestion. A conservative estimate of 25,000-35,000 people is expected this year, said Annmarie Borucki, director of art and culture for nonprofit Midtown Detroit Inc., which produces the event to the tune of more than $200,000.
IF YOU GO
- When: 1-10 p.m. Saturday
- Where: Indoor and outdoor activities throughout Detroit’s Cultural Center/Midtown
- What: Live music, shopping, ice carving, family-friendly activities and more
- Who: More than 100 area music, theater and dance groups and 110-plus venues and businesses participating
- Cost: Free
- More details: noelnight.org
Last year’s event featured a host of changes, including earlier hours, 17 new venues and an expanded scope of activities. The rollout was met with pouring rain that put a damper on the event and kept many people away. Organizers intend for this year’s event to be a proper debut of the new format.
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