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Detroit – By Saturday evening, thousands of people were meandering through Midtown, visiting over 100 venues with shopping, ice sculptures and caroling on Woodward Avenue. Now in its 45th year, Noel Night is Detroit’s longest running holiday celebration.

Midtown Detroit, Inc. Director Sue Mosey said this year’s event would highlight small businesses. The artisan market featured 100 locally based small business to show off their one-of-a-kind craft.

“(There are) a number of fun pop-up spaces and performances by over 200-area music, theatre, and dance groups and other national acts – something for everyone,” Mosey wrote in a press release.

Wayne State's Welcome Center had their annual “canstruction” event where students construct displays out of canned food, all donated from Kroger to Gleaners Food Bank.

“The snake from Fantastic Beasts made out of sardines cans is really cool and very creative,” said Erin Davis of Ann Arbor. “This is my first Noel Night in 15 years. We went to the market and I’m going to show my son, Justin, the DIA and Historical Museum.”

Noel Night performers included: Afro Blue, Cantus, Sidewalk Chalk, The Cactus Blossoms, Les Nubians, Etienne Charles’ Creole Christmas, The Tartan Terrors, the Rhythm Society Orchestra with Paul King and Thornetta Davis.

The district-wide “open-house” followed tradition allowing attendees into the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and historic churches in for free.

“This is my first Noel Night and so far, it’s so much fun and not too cold,” said Melody Martin from Bay City.

Martin, who is visiting family in Detroit, took her sons to the Detroit Public Library where they made cardboard Christmas trees.

The evening’s festivities culminate with community sing-along led by the Salvation Army band on Wayne State University’s campus on the corner of Woodward and Warren Avenue.

srahal@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @SarahRahal_

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