Holiday festivities are making their way down Woodward this Saturday, as the 45th Noel Night lands in Midtown. Hundreds of businesses, organizations, churches, and museums will be open, welcoming visitors with holiday cheer. The night officially runs from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Check out the full list of participating venues here. Here’s a rundown of what to expect this year.
First, Woodward will be open for the first time. The QLINE will run and visitors cannot wander around the busy road. If you’re driving, slow down. If you’re walking, be alert and careful.
A variety of parking options are available around Wayne State and around the Woodward Corridor. Expect to pay up to $12 to park nearby. Bringing cash is always a good bet. Street parking will also be available, but remember to pay the meters—they stop at 10 p.m. Be alert when it comes to timing at the meters and parking in a legal space—tickets are $45.
Shuttles will be running from various parking structures throughout Midtown.
You can also find structures on the east side of Woodward, near the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Another option could be to park at the south end of the QLINE, around Brush Park and the arena, and taking the streetcar down Woodward.
LYFT has a special promo code for the night: Use the code NOELNIGHT for a discount.
What to see
Noel Night is a fun way to see places in Midtown that you might not see every day. We suggest stopping by the Scarab Club behind the DIA, which will have drinks, vendors, entertainment, and more. Preservation Detroit will also be open in their beautiful space at the MacKenzie House at 4735 Cass Avenue.
One of our favorite installations at Noel Night is the Ice Scraper Challenge in front of the DIA. If you’re really into the holiday spirit, catch a carriage ride at the Walter P. Reuther Library. A full lineup of events can be found here.
Where to shop
Local businesses will be open for browsing and shopping. We’ve rounded up a few special holiday-themed markets in our holiday shopping guide. Also check out the Cass Collective, 71 Garfield, and the Detroit Clothing Circle for holiday shopping. The corner of Woodward and Warren will also host a large Winter Art and Retail Market (WARM) with 50 vendors.