DETROIT (WWJ) – A great Detroit tradition continues Saturday evening in the Cultural Center. It’s the 39th annual Noel Night, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. along Woodward near the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Event organizer Annmarie Borucki said over 30,000 people are expected to attend.

“There’s a lot going on, free admission to all the museums, we have carriage rides as usual, great holiday shopping. Our major performance this year is the Blind Boys of Alabama who are coming in on their first stop of their national holiday tour. They’ll be performing at the First Congregational Church at 7:45 p.m. If you want to see it, I’d tell you to arrive early,” Borucki said.

And you won’t want to miss one of this year’s highlights:  A “Slavic-Soul Party” on Canfield.

“Don’t miss Motor City Brewing Works. Slavic-Soul Party is a Balkan brass band coming in from Brooklyn that is performing two shows there. It’s kind of an unusual experience where they don’t perform on stage, they perform with the audience, you are a part of the experience. They’re a brass band and they just intermix with the audience and they play and it just becomes one big dance party,” Borucki said.

The night ends with the annual sing-along on Woodward Avenue.

“The night will culminate with the traditional end of the night annual sing-along with the Salvation Army. Everyone gathers in the street on Woodward, which will be closed off to traffic, and we have a big stage out there and everyone sings Christmas carols. It’s a beautiful way to end the night,” Borucki said.

For a complete list of Noel Night activities, click here.


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