The 44th annual Noel Night is planned for Dec. 3 with another year of caroling, unique shopping items, family events and—of course—visits with Santa are among the evening's highlights throughout midtown, Detroit.
Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in midtown.
Annemarie Borucki, special projects manager, said the amount of new venues participating this year are among the things that makes this year's event different.
"The fact that we have so many more new venues participating, it changes the dynamic of everything,” she said. “I think it shows the popularity of the event, and as long as [the] weather is good, I think that we're going to have a really big turnout.”
Headlining the list of new venues participating in Noel Night for the first time include The Whitney, BLOCK Detroit, HopCat, Mac n' Brewz and Wayne State Libraries.
Per tradition, the Culture Center-wide holiday open house will include over 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Public Library, will be open to the public free of admission charge.
Noel Night will also have a wide range of music performances throughout the night. The Good Lovelies, back by popular demand, will perform at the DIA's Riviera Court at 8 p.m., and Sonny Knight & The Lakers will perform at the DSO for back-to-back performances at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Chris Harrington, managing director of the Paradise Jazz Series and curator at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, said participating in an event like Noel Night is a fantastic experience, and that he is excited for the DSO's presentation this year.
"I like to connect great artists with great people, and Detroit has a fantastic and very supportive, intelligent audience. The fact that they get to come in and experience this world-class talent, I think is going to be great," he said.
Other performers of note include well-known R&B singer Thornetta Davis, soprano Cree Carrico and Canadian alternative country singer Lindi Ortega.
One of Noel Night's most anticipated performances won't take place as Sharon Jones, lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, passed away Nov. 18 in New York. A decision on whether to replace this performance or to honor her memory is being discussed, according to a post on Noel Night's official Facebook page.
Third Man Records, approaching its first anniversary in midtown, is another first time participant.
Jessica Artt, who works at Third Man Records, said, "We're all really excited here. We put on events throughout the entire year here, so we have a stage where we do live performances, so we're excited to spin that off in a way that benefits midtown and the Cass Corridor. I think we're all pretty excited about it."
To alleviate parking issues, attendees are encouraged to arrive early and to park in marked lots and parking spaces. The 44th Noel Night will take place in midtown on Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For up to date information, visit Noel Night's website.