Detroit Today: Why Noel Night in Midtown Detroit is so special

WDET Studios will be among more than 100 institutions participating in Noel Night this year.

The Detroit Institute of Arts on Noel Night.

The Detroit Institute of Arts on Noel Night.

The 49th annual Noel Night will return to Detroit’s Cultural Center and the Midtown district on Saturday, Dec. 2.

A longstanding holiday tradition, the district-wide open house features participation from more than 100 institutions — including the Detroit Public Library, Detroit Institute of Arts, MOCAD, Michigan Science Center, College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University and several small businesses — who open their doors to the public for special events and activities, free of charge. There will also be live music performances, interactive holiday experiences, visits with Santa and food trucks/beverage stands. WDET will be participating as well from 5 to 10 p.m. at WDET Studios, 4600 Cass Ave.

Susan Mosey, executive director of Midtown Detroit, Inc., has been instrumental in making Noel Night the beloved holiday tradition it is today. On Thursday, she joined Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today to discuss how the celebration has grown to be a premier event of Detroit’s holiday season over the decades.

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Susan Mosey is the executive director of Midtown Detroit Inc. On Saturday. Dec. 2, Midtown Detroit Inc is hosting the 49th annual Noel Night. She says as the event has grown, Midtown Detroit has broadened its performances, but has maintained a focus on Detroit artists. 

“We have some national acts that are really interesting and kind of bring in, I think, a bit of a higher profile… but the bread and butter of this event is homegrown arts and culture,” says Mosey.

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