Detroit – Towards the end of Saturday night, 50,000 people will have toured Midtown visiting more than 100 places with shopping, ice sculptures and Christmas carols at Woodward Avenue Now, on its 45th anniversary, Noel Night is the oldest Christmas party in Detroit.

Midtown Detroit director, Inc. Sue Mosey said this year's event will highlight small businesses. The artisan market presented 100 small local businesses to showcase their unique craftsmanship.

"(There is) a series of fun emerging spaces and performances from more than 200 areas of music, theater and dance groups and other national acts, something for everyone," Mosey wrote in a press release.

The Wayne State Welcome Center held its annual "construction" event where students build canned food displays, all donated by Kroger to the Gleaners Food Bank.

"The Fantastic Beasts snake made from sardine cans is really great and very creative," said Erin Davis of Ann Arbor. "This is my first Noel Night in 15. We went to the market and I'm going to show my son, Justin, the DAY and the Historical Museum."

Noel Night's artists included: Afro Blue, Cantus, Sidewalk Chalk, The Cactus Blossoms, Les Nubians, Etienne Charles & # 39; Creole Christmas, The Tartan Terrors , the Rhythm Society Orchestra with Paul King and Thornetta Davis.

The district's "open house" followed the tradition that allowed attendees to enter the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Museum of Science, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Museum of History, Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and free historical churches.

"This is my first Noel Night and until now, it's very fun and not too cold," said Melody Martin of Bay City.

Martin, who visits his family in Detroit, took his children to the Detroit Public Library where they made cardboard Christmas trees.

The evening festivities culminate in a community song led by the Salvation Army gang on the campus of Wayne State University at the corner of Woodward and Warren. Avenue

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