Wayne State University celebrates 47th annual Noel Night

On Saturday, Dec. 7, more than 110 Midtown institutions, shops and restaurants will again open their doors for a Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. The 47th annual Noel Night promises to be full of good food, local shopping, kids crafts, live music and other special performances. Venues north of Warren Avenue will be active from 1 to 7 p.m. Venues south of Warren will be active between 5 and 10 p.m.

Wayne State University schools, colleges and divisions are sponsoring dozens of events and activities between 1 and 10 p.m. Woodward | Warren Park will again serve as a primary activity hub and include the 4th annual Winter Art and Retail Market (WARM), a pop-up holiday marketplace with 70 small, local businesses and WSU-affiliated artists, plus a biergarten, food trucks, a digital photo booth, kids crafts and karate demonstrations. Other perennial WSU favorites include: 

  • The Canstruction Design and Build Competition. Teams of architects, engineers, designers and students design, build and showcase structures made entirely from canned food.
  • An Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by WSU Music Education students. Visitors will have the opportunity to try flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, violins and cellos.
  • Free Planetarium shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Tickets will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside Old Main on Hancock.
  • The Reindeer Run. Teams are invited to decipher clues that lead to Noel Night destinations. The first three teams to cross the finish line with the most correct answers will receive jolly prizes.

New in 2019, Old Main will include a Preservation Corner where visitors can learn about WSU’s David Mackenzie House, historic Hamtramck and the Workers Row House historic site in Corktown. Additionally, through a partnership between WSU and Lyft, Wayne State students are designing and painting a mural on the back side of the WSU Press Building. On Noel Night, WSU and Lyft will light up the new mural and activate the adjacent alley with carolers, seating and snacks (all in close proximity to the annual WSU Press Warehouse sale).  

WSU students, faculty, staff and alumni can view a thorough list of the many exciting events and activities planned across campus, including performances, gallery exhibitions and more.

The official Noel Night website includes parking and transportation suggestions. Visitors should be prepared to navigate Midtown on foot, although a shuttle will be operating with various stops throughout the festival. For rideshare users, Lyft is offering a one-time discount of 25% off rides to and from Noel Night.

Plan ahead by viewing Midtown Detroit, Inc.’s comprehensive event guide.

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