We had the most awesome night this past Saturday. It was the 41st annual Noel Night in Detroit! Normally, we don’t get a chance to attend as it coincides with several December birthdays, but luck was with us this year!
Steve and I parted at the WSU parking garage (only $6!). Even though it was a bitterly cold night, we were dressed for outdoors so we skipped the shuttle buses and walked to the Cultural Center (geocaching to and from the garage!).
What an amazing experience! The All City Marching band roamed the WSU campus, giving impromptu performances. Everyone dressed up in holiday wear and costumes. The roads were blocked off around the Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Science Center, giving it a huge block party feel!
After passing a petting zoo and coffee vendors, Steve and I ducked into the Cathedral Church of St. Paul for a totally fascinating history of the cathedral (and weird cathedral trivia, in general). The Cathedral is STUNNING! The altar is made of tiles from Pewabic Pottery. There were reproduction tapestries on the walls – the reproductions were made in the 1500’s. Fascinating sculptures and ceiling tiles.
After the Cathedral, back out into the cold for kettle corn, roasted almods, hot dogs, hot cocoa, and music everywhere. The venue stretched around 70 locations in the Cultural Center of Detroit – shops, musical performances, giveaways. We went into the Detroit Public Library – after a tour of the oldest part of the library, we stopped to watch the teen drama performances downstairs and the teen line dancing upstairs.
It was in one of the older rooms that we stopped to have our picture taken in front of the tree.
Wandering back outside, we stopped to appreciate the ice sculptures displayed under Rodin’s Thinker on the steps of the DIA. It was such an amazing festive spirit – everyone from all walks of life having impromptu chats, enjoying the holiday lights and sounds.
We didn’t even make a dent in the venues, but there is always next year. It was glorious seeing Detroit at its holiday finest!