Noel Night activities take place in Midtown Detroit, from Ferry Street to the north, Edmund Place to the south, St. Antoine to the east and Third Avenue to the west. Woodward Avenue is closed to traffic between Antoinette Street to the north and Warren Avenue to the south. There is free shuttle service that runs continually between parking decks and participating venues, as well as plenty of parking in area lots and structure.
Directions to Midtown from the Major Freeways
For those visitors coming from the north and south driving on I-75, we encourage you to use an alternative exit rather than the Warren Avenue exit to avoid the high volume of traffic on Noel Night. In addition, we encourage people to avoid driving into Midtown on John R as it gets backed up every year due to traffic.
Please see the directions below for suggested driving routes.
Driving Southbound/Northbound I-75 (Chrysler Freeway)
1 Take the Mack Avenue Exit 52.
2 Turn left onto Mack Avenue and drive west five blocks to Woodward Avenue.
Driving Southbound/Northbound M-10 (The Lodge)
1 Take the Forest/Warren Avenue Exit 3.
2 Turn left on Forest (which is one-way heading east).
3 Drive east four blocks to Woodward Avenue.
Best Bets for Parking at Noel Night
Each year at Noel Night, we experience traffic gridlock in the Midtown district—resulting in 1 hour + delays for visitors in their pursuit to find parking. This year will be no different. Wayne State University Police will be out assisting with traffic control this year; however, we want to ensure that each visitor has the best experience possible during the short five hours of this amazing event. Please take the following recommendations into consideration:
1 ARRIVE EARLY
This includes for parking and the performance that you want to see. In some instances, this may mean 2 hours early.
2 ENTER MIDTOWN FROM THE I-75 MACK AVENUE EXIT or the M-10 FOREST EXIT
Woodward will be closed between Antoinette Street and Warren Avenue due to Noel Night. We also encourage people to avoide driving into Midtown on John R--every year it gets backed up due to the volume of traffic.
3 PREPARE TO WALK
It is better to park in one of the structures on the outskirts of the event footprint and walk towards Woodward Avenue—a 10-15 minute walk is better than being stuck in traffic for 1 hour or more. Not only will you get a good workout, but you will also be able to access the highways quicker on departure, rather than if you parked in the heart of the district. Make sure to also dress warm and in layers.
4 PARKING COSTS $
Unless you're one of the lucky ones and have a complimentary parking pass or find free parking on the streets (a rarity!), please be prepared to pay anywhere between $5-10 for parking in the structures. Those parking structures closest to the Detroit Institute of Arts generally charge $10. Please see our recommendations below for best places to park.
5 PARKING TICKETS ARE NOW $45
It’s best to just avoid this situation. Park only in parking structures or lots that are well marked and secured, or on streets that have signage that clearly indicate the rules for parking there.
Recommended Parking Structures & Lots
The following parking structures and lots are open to all from 3:00-11:00 p.m.:
- Parking Structure 1 – 450 West Palmer ($10 per vehicle – Credit Only)
- Parking Structure 2 – 5150 Lodge Service Drive ($10 per vehicle – Credit Only)
- Parking Structure 6 – 61 Putnam ($10 per vehicle Credit Only)
- Parking Structure 8 – 91 West Forest (Up to $10 – Cash or Credit)
- Lot 23 – 38 W. Palmer ($10 – Credit Only)
- Lot 33 – 5521 Woodward ($10 – Cash Only)
- Lot 35 – 5555 John R ($10 – Credit Only)
- Lot 56 – 50 W. Hancock ($10 – Cash Only)
- Lot 57 – 237 E. Hancock ($10 – Cash Only)
- Lot 59a – S/E corner John R. and Warren ($10 – Cash Only)
- Lot 60 – 4710 Second ($10 – Credit Only)
- Lot 72 – 4510 Cass Ave. ($10 – Credit Card & Noel Night Performer Passes Only)
*Parking fees are based per vehicle
*If you’re Wayne State affiliated, your OneCard Debit will be accepted at regular locations
Lyft is the Ridesharing Partner of Noel Night
We're excited to announce that Lyft is the new ridesharing partner of NoelNight! Visit: https://www.lyft.com/invite/noelnight16 or apply the code NOELNIGHT16 for a $20 credit. Don't waste a precious minute of this short 5-hour event--use Lyft and avoid the hassle of parking a car in Midtown Detroit.