For years now, Detroit has put on a fabulously, fun night on the first Saturday of December called Noel Night. Tomorrow night is when this event becomes 41 and if you haven't been before, now is definitely the time to be a part of the tradition. This event has something for every one, from the little ones and the little at heart ones to the frugal spenders and those who have a heavy wallet.
The most important thing you need to know is that is you visit Noel Night's website, you can download the schedule and the map for the evening. Trust me, this is not an event you want to go into blind. The Detroit Historical Museum, DIA, Michigan Science Center, The Charles H. Wright Museum, The Detroit Public Library, the colleges, and other local businesses all have their doors open for free. While this is nice enough on it's own, each place has their own activities going on. Some have arts and crafts as well as Santa, others are selling local cuisine or art works, and there are even performances as well. Looking at the schedule and map ahead of time will help you plan out an evening that every one will enjoy. Maybe all you want to do is at the DIA or perhaps you want to avoid the museums and just hit the local shops. Knowing this ahead of time will help you plan your night even better.
The one downside to the event is that parking is limited and can range from $5-$10 depending on where you park. However, when you consider that you would never find such a wide range of activities for free any other time, $5-$10 for your whole family is really not that much. The website actually recommends coming at least an hour early for a spot and even has a list of recommended parking areas.