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DIA Special Events
40th Annual Noel Night
Saturday, December 01, 2012
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The 40th Annual Noel Night will take place on Saturday, December 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area. Over 60 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house." Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band—a long-standing Noel Night tradition.
Events at the DIA include:
Visit With Santa, 5-8:30 pm, Kresge Reception, 2nd level
Gingerbread Puppet workshop, 5-8:30pm, Education Studio, 1st level
California Guitar Trio/Montreal Guitar Trio, 7:45 pm, Lecture Hall, 1st level
Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Michigan, 5:30 pm, Kresge Court, 1st level
Suzuki Royal Oak Camerata, 6:30 pm, Kresge Court, 1st level
The Good Lovelies, 7:45 pm, Kresge Court, 1st level
Rhythm Society Orchestra & Paul King, 5:15 & 7:45 pm, Rivera Court, 2nd level
Mosaic Youth Theatre, 6:15 pm, Great Hall, 2nd level
Festival Singers, 7 pm, Great Hall, 2nd level
Motor City Brass Quintet, 5-6 p.m., Kirby Entrance, 1st level
Please note that the exhibition Faberge: The Rise and Fall will not be open on Noel Night.
Noel Night activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. Convenient parking is available in area lots.
Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district. Call 313-420-6000 or visit http://midtowndetroitinc.org/events/noel-night for additional information.
Each year at Noel Night, we experience traffic gridlock on John R and on Warren Avenue at Woodward, resulting in 1 hour + delays for visitors in their pursuit to find parking.
We encourage everyone to park away from the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Michigan Science Museum. Arrive early! Recommended parking areas are listed below.
Best parking in Midtown:
WSU Parking Structure 1 (located at Cass and Palmer)
WSU Parking Structure 2 & 5 (located on Anthony Wayne Drive)
WSU Parking Structure 6 (located at Cass and Putnam)
WSU Parking Structure 8 (located on Forest between Cass and Woodward)
WSU Parking Lot 33 (5521 Woodward)
WSU Parking Lot 60 (4710 Second)
WSU Parking Lot 54 (4840 Second)
Avoid parking in these areas:
The Cultural Center Lot (located on John R directly behind the Detroit Institute of Arts)
WSU Parking Structure 3 (the Rackham Garage Structure located on Warren between John R and Woodward)