The Wright Museum


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The 39th annual Noel Night is the Midtown Detroit Cultural Center’s holiday open house with over 60 participating institutions including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The Wright Museum will feature pictures with Santa, performances by Ballet Renaissance, face painting, tours of the exhibition galleries, storytelling, quilting, Kwanzaa gift-making demonstrations and more!  The evening's festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band — a long-standing Noel Night tradition.  Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. 


Ford Freedom Rotunda: enjoy pictures with Santa Claus and a number of holiday performances including the Violin Divas at 7:15 & 8:15 pm.

General Motors Theater:

• 5:30 pm - Ballet Renaissance

• 6:30 - Motor City Jazz Octet

• 8 pm - Detroit Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis & The United Sound featuring the legendary Pat Lewis

Orientation Theater: Kwanzaa "How To" Workshops with Sumarah Karen Smith at 5 pm, 5:45, 6:45 & 7:45 pm

Multipurpose Room:

• 5 & 6 pm - Rowe Niodior African Dance Company

• 7 & 8 pm - House of Bastet Afro Brazilian and Belly Dance

Classrooms: Ornament making with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority & hands-on quilting demonstrations with various community quilting organizations


Noel Night is produced by the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA), a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district. 


For more information please call (313) 494-5800.  This event is FREE and open to the public; standard Museum admission is required to enter the exhibitions.


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
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