QLine keeps Woodward Ave. open for Noel Night

Nov 30, 2017 at 10:00 am
Detroit's beloved holiday tradition is getting rerouted, thanks to the QLine.

In years prior, the city of Detroit has closed the stretch of Woodward Avenue  between Palmer and Warren in Midtown to host the Salvation Army community singalong, keeping the event accessible and walkable. But due to the introduction of the QLine earlier this year Woodward will remain open to traffic during the event, Crains reports.

The 45th annual Noel Night takes place this Saturday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., but this year the main attraction will move north to the southwest corner of Woodward and Warren on Wayne State University's campus. But, change of plans aside, the show will go on.

Over 100 venues will participate in the open-house style event including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Michigan Science Center, and the Scarab Club. Businesses along Cass Corridor and surrounding Midtown hubs will also be open and serving up holiday dining and shopping opportunities as well as live performances from nearly 200 music and theater groups. Afro Blue, Thornetta Davis, Les Nubians, and the Cactus Blossoms are all scheduled to perform.

The event, which kicked off in 1973, drew an estimated crowd of 6,000 folks during its initial run. In 2016, Noel Night counted nearly 40,000 visitors. This year, it's expected to beat those numbers (weather, permitting.)

For a complete listing and map of participating businesses, events, and live performances click here.