Noel Night Returns to Midtown Detroit and The Cultural Center

For the first time since 2019, the beloved holiday tradition is back. Explore all Noel Night has to offer on Dec. 3, 2022.
The Michigan Science Center is among the venues participating in this year's Noel Night. // Photograph by Jacob Lewkow, courtesy of Midtown Detroit, Inc.

On Dec. 3, 2022, more than 90 venues in Midtown Detroit and the Cultural Center will open their doors for the return of Noel Night. The 48th annual holiday tradition, which has been on a hiatus since 2019, kicks off at 5 p.m. and features a wide variety of activities that the entire family will enjoy.

Start your evening off with a free visit to one of your favorite educational spots including the College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, or the Michigan Science Center.

The area’s art galleries, non-profit organizations, churches, and cultural institutions, along with area bars and restaurants, will also be open during the event.

In addition to the educational opportunities, Noel Night also features live music, “stunning” outdoor art installations at the DIA, family crafts, yuletide treats, holiday shopping, visits with Santa, and much more.

There will even be two free holiday matinee performances in the Detroit Film Theatre, and live art demonstrations and performances by both local and national artists including The Soul Rebels, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond, Frontier Ruckus, and “Detroit’s Queen of Blues,” Thornetta Davis.

“We are thrilled for the return of Noel Night and grateful to our partners working with us to bring back this holiday tradition for our community,” Sue Mosey, Executive Director of Midtown Detroit, Inc, said in a press release.

“Noel Night will feature a large footprint of venues offering unique programming, holiday shopping in some really fantastic small businesses, family activities, live music and more all in beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces.”

Noel Night runs 5-10 p.m. in Midtown and 5-9 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Admission to the event is free, but fees may apply for some activities and will vary for items on sale.

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This post was originally published on Nov. 7, 2022, and has been updated with more recent information. 

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