New Noel Night hours: extending a long-standing tradition
More than 120 participating venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Detroit Historical Museum, will open their doors to the public this Saturday, December 1 for the 46th annual Noel Night. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping and performances by over 200 area music, theatre and dance groups.
New in 2018, Noel Night will include both daytime and evening programming, with cultural institutions participating from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Midtown shops and restaurants participating 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wayne State University’s Woodward and Warren Park will be one of only a handful of spaces open all day. Events include the third annual Winter Art and Retail Market (WARM), which will feature 30 TechTown-affiliated small businesses and dozens of WSU-affiliated artists. The WARM will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and serve as the starting location for the Reindeer Run, which gets going at 4:45 p.m.
Outside the WARM, visitors will find a Noel Night Beer Tent presented by 8 Degrees Plato. Plus, WSU will preview park improvements — activating the space with a free digital photo booth, free make-and-take kid’s crafts, and food trucks. Across Warren, WSU’s Bookstore and Welcome Center will also be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The park in between will house the Ice Scrapers Challenge.
A dozen other WSU colleges and departments will also be participating, including: Art Department Gallery (exhibition); Bonstelle (A Christmas Carol); Department of Biological Sciences (snacks, shirts and research); Department of Music (hands-on instruments); Schaver Music Recital Hall (musical performances); Elaine L. Jacob Gallery (exhibition); Geoscience Club and Planetarium (show and science demos); Museum of Anthropology (exhibition); Hilberry Theatre (holiday stories); Maggie Allesee Dance Theatre (performances); University Press (book sale and show); and Walter P. Reuther Library (photo op and exhibits). For more information on the activities taking place on campus, visit go.wayne.edu/noel-night.
Parking is available in WSU Parking Structures 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8. There will be a free shuttle service that runs between parking decks and participating venues. Woodward will be open this year, and the QLINE, DDOT and SMART will be operational. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.noelnight.org.