Noel Night, a 47-year tradition in Detroit’s Midtown, embraces change

More than 110 of Detroit’s cultural institutions and businesses will be showcased Dec. 7 for the 47th annual Noel Night, a free and beloved Cultural Center tradition that’s evolved in recent years with more changes on the way.

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.

“There seemed to be a positive reaction to having the hours spread out because it gave people more time to explore Noel Night offerings,” Borucki said in an email. “We do believe we still have to convince people this is the same Noel Night as before even with all the changes.”

This year’s event runs 1-10 p.m. with shopping pop-ups, historic church tours, museum open houses, live music caroling and holiday cheer galore. Noel Night staples, such as the ice sculpting challenge and annual bass brand sing-along, will return.

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