Noel Night is Detroit's holiday carnival and city-wide holiday party. It's the event's 41st year, so Midtown is doing it up big with carriage rides, surprise sing-alongs, tons of stores and vendors and more.
Performances by over 120 musicians and performers will be scattered about between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. The museums and library will all be open late and decked out in gorgeous lights -- it's worth going just to see the DIA splashed with color. (It's also worth not trying to drive near here if you're in a rush -- a lot of streets will be shut.)
Check out your favorite store or organization's Facebook page for their personalized Noel night activities as well! Businesses from all over town often host special events in honor of this Detroit tradition.
See Noel Night details and the massive schedule of events here.
On Saturday and Sunday the Masonic Temple will be filled with local and national vendors selling their one-of-a-kind wares at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. The organizers promise jewelry, silkscreen and letterpress prints, hand-screened t-shirts, children's items, warm knits, handmade clothing and accessories, recycled art, and unique home goods this year.
Admission is $1. See the details here.
Monster Drawing Rally
This MOCAD hosted event Friday night brought a monster number of artists together for a live drawing event and fundraiser.
Ponyride Maker's Market
Ponyride hosted a holiday market sprawled over their 30,000 square foot space Friday night. Over 50 local businesses sold gifts and goodies. Between this and the craft fair, this weekend is a gift-givers dream. (I won't tell if you buy those gifts for yourself.)
Light Up The Aquarium
The Belle Isle Aquarium wants an electric eel and "other piscatorial novelties"! Help them out by attending their fundraiser Friday night. Bell ringers and violinists will greet you at the doors, but electronic band Spaceband will close out the evening.
Palmer Woods Holiday Home Tour
The gorgeous Palmer Woods neighborhood is offering a tour of five "exquisitely styled" homes Saturday evening. The historic neighborhood promises to be decked out for the holidays and full of unique features and decor.
It's pricey at $75 a person, but includes a docent and transportation between houses is included. See details here.
The Grille Midtown Opening
Midtown got a new eatery on Woodward this week called The Grille Midtown. The "upscale casual" restaurant boasts a Motor City theme, complete with bumpers and headlights as decor.
Try it between 5-11 p.m. any day this weekend.
Windsor Whiskey Walking Tour At Walkerville
Way back in prohibition days, Detroiter and insanely rich man Hiram Walked smuggled his whiskey into Detroit easily by making it just across the river. A humble man, Walker's Canadian whiskey town was dubbed Walkerville.
Walkerville is now a neighborhood in Windsor churning out Canadian Club whiskey and Walkerville beer. Try them both and find out more about the hilarious history of Walkerville at the tour Saturday.
- The holiday market, beer garden and ice skating are still open in Campus Martius and Cadillac Square
- "Detroit Unleaded," a locally made romantic comedy written, directed and produced by Rola Nashef of Detroit, opens at Emagine Theater in Novi
- A downtown and Greektown bar and restaurant tour
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