Big 3: Top events Saturday and Sunday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

1. Noel Night in Midtown

The 44th annual Noel Night is a celebration of the holidays throughout 100 venues in the Midtown area, including open houses at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Public Library. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage, shop, check out live performances or join in on the community sing-along on Woodward with the Salvation Army Band. 5-10 p.m. Sat. Midtown Detroit. (313) 420-6000 or

2. Ben Folds at Orchestra Hall at the Max

Pop/rock singer, songwriter and pianist Ben Folds teams up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a concert that includes his pop hits and a movement from his piano concerto. Folds gained mainstream success in the 1990s with his band Ben Folds Five, which hit with the popular single “Brick” in 1997. 7 p.m. Sun. $35-$110. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

3. Will Downing’s Soulful Sounds of Christmas featuring Najee at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel

R&B and soul singer Downing will be joined by smooth jazz saxophonist Najee for this holiday concert. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $35-$50. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

Melody Baetens