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Midtown Detroit’s annual evening of holiday cheer is nearly here, when caroling, hot cocoa sipping, and Santa spotting will take over Woodward Avenue for an evening of holiday merriment. Saturday, December 5th, from 5 to 10pm, is the 43rd annual Noel Night, and this year, there are 71 official participating locations, more than 200 musical performances, holiday shopping, the community sing-along on Woodward, and more for all ages. 

Here are just a few of the places we recommend you stop by, listen to some music, sip some cider, see some some art, purchase a Christmas present, and catch up with old friends. 






  • You can find hot chocolate, cider, donuts, and other treats to nibble on throughout the evening at many locations.

  • For more substantial fare, head to the food truck rally at The Scarab Club or check out the food and drink vendors on the front lawn of the Detroit Public Library.

  • There will also be food trucks on site at MiSci, or if you need to warm up while viewing art or listening to live music, Café 78 at MOCAD, and the DIA’s Kresge Court and Café DIA have extended their hours.

That barely scratches the surface of the activities planned by Midtown Detroit Inc. and the local galleries, stores, restaurants, theaters, churches and museums. Click here for the full map of Noel Night to plan your evening.

Photos from Noel Night 2014 by Vanessa Miller.