New Hours, Locations For 2018 Noel Night In Detroit

November 27, 2018 - 9:05 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit will ring in the holiday season on Saturday with the 46th annual Noel Night, which features new hours and locations this year. 

Thousands of people are expected to pack the streets of Midtown on Dec. 1 for an “open house” celebrating the city’s diverse holiday traditions amid the state’s premier arts and cultural institutions, historic churches, galleries and small businesses.

FREE of charge, Noel Night is a festive evening packed full of performances to enjoy with family and friends.

This year, museums including the C.H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, as well as the College for Creative Studies, and the main branch of the Detroit Public Library will be open only during daytime hours, with the traditional holiday programming at these locations moving to a daytime schedule. Noel Night daytime hours and free admission will be offered at these institutions from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The remainder of the venues throughout the Midtown footprint will continue with the early evening hours as they have done historically: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.   

Transportation options will continue with limited free Noel Night shuttles, the QLine, MOGO bikes, DDOT buses, and electric scooters (weather permitting). LYFT will also serve as Noel Night’s official ride share partner and offer discounted rides to and from the district—use code: NOELNIGHT. For more information about parking in the district, visit: noelnight.org.
Perennial favorites such as the Noel Night bandstand featuring the Salvation Army Brass Band Sing-Along has been relocated to the corner of Cass Avenue and Prentis Street. The Ice Scraper Challenge featuring students from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies transforming blocks of ice into unique sculptural creations has been relocated to the plaza between Wayne State’s Welcome Center and Bookstore along Warren Avenue. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul will also continue to host their annual Live Animals of the Nativity on their Woodward Lawn with new hours from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wayne State’s “Winter Art and Retail Market” will continue to be hosted at Warren and Woodward between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. The College for Creative Arts and Crafts sale will also take place but during the daytime hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Headlining performances during the day include:

•    The Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company | noon, 2, 3, & 4 p.m. | Michigan Science Center – Toyota 4D Theater
•    Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings | 4 p.m. | Detroit Public Library – Friends Auditorium
•    Lily and Madeleine | 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. | Detroit Institute of Arts – Lecture Hall
•    Luke Winslow-King | 1 & 4 p.m. | Detroit Institute of Arts – Rivera Court
•    Rev. Sekou | 3:30 p.m. | Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Headlining performances at night include:

•    Birds of Chicago | 7:30 & 9 p.m. | Majestic Theater Complex - The Magic Stick
•    CMAP presents “Nutcracker Silhouettes” shadow puppet performances | 4:30, 5:30, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. | Mosaic Midtown Church
•    Cris Jacobs | 9 p.m. | Detroit Shipping Company
•    Frank Moka | 9:30 p.m. | Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center – The Cube
•    Kuinka | 7 & 9 p.m. | The Garden Theater
•    Monophonics | 9 p.m. | Motor City Brewing Works Warehouse
•    Olivia Millerschin | 7 p.m. | The Scarab Club
•    Salvation Army Sing-Along | 9 p.m. | Noel Night Bandstand
•    Tartan Terrors | 6 & 8 p.m. | Noel Night Bandstand
•    Thornetta Davis | 9 p.m. | EMEAC + Cass Commons + 1st UU Church

Many other opportunities to have your photos taken with Santa will continue to be available day and night, including:  Bethel A.M.E. Church (6-8 p.m.), Busted Bra Shop (3-6 p.m.), Cass Community United Methodist Church (5-10 p.m.), City Bird/Nest (5-10 p.m.), Detroit Historical Museum (1-5 p.m.), Detroit Institute of Arts, Filson (4-8 p.m.), Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (4-11 p.m.), Mosaic Midtown Church (5-10 p.m.), The Park Shelton Lobby (call for time), and The Scarab Club (12-8 p.m.).

A number of new businesses and venues will be participating this year, reflecting the growth of Noel Night and the Midtown Detroit district:  Advance Plumbing, Bakersfield, Cobb’s Corner Bar, Common Pub, Detroit Shipping Company, For the Love of Sugar, Founders Brewing Company, Griot Music Lounge, PKSA Karate, Pure Detroit, Rocco’s Italian Deli, Second Best Bar, Castalia Cocktail Bar, Spread Deli + Coffee, St. Patrick Senior Center, Willis Show Bar, and Woodward Gardens Collective.