Ice Scraper Challenge

The Ice Scraper Challenge returns to the Detroit Institute of Arts Plaza. Watch students from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies transform blocks of ice into unique sculptural creations throughout the day and evening, all under the tutelage of the Ice Guru, Randy Finch.


The 'bots are back! Apetechnology's lovable Electric Snowman returns with friends: two new abominable snowmen robots who will take over Woodward Avenue south of the Ice Scraper Challenge between 5:00-10:00 p.m. Apetechnology is a Detroit-based electromechanical and sound collective led by Ch!p Flynn that operates out of Detroit’s New Center area.



Horse-drawn carriage rides are a fabulous way to get in the spirit of the season! Tickets are sold in the lobby of The Park Shelton located at 15 E. Kirby across from the Detroit Institute of Arts-- $7 / adults and $3 per children ages 12 and under.

the magic of the virgin birth

Ralph Taylor of Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions will present The Magic of the Virgin Birth, a Carnival inspired large-scale dance and music production with live steel drums outdoors at the Wayne State University green space located at the southwest corner of Woodward and Warren at 6:15 and 8:00 p.m.


The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, one of the venues that has been participating in Noel Night since the beginning, is hosting its annual "Live Animals of the Nativity" on their Woodward lawn from 5:00-9:15 p.m. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is located at 4800 Woodward.

The Wayne State University Winter Art & Retail Market is a new pop-up marketplace that will also be located at the Wayne State University green space located at the corner of Woodward and Warren. Wayne State’s Office of Economic Development, the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History (A&AH) and TechTown Detroit are partnering on this market that will feature local businesses and A&AH-affiliated artists. In addition, The Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE), in partnership with its client/partner Reclaim Detroit, will host a holiday wreath sale as part of this marketplace. TechTown’s annual Reindeer Run Scavenger Hunt also begins at this corner. 

Wreaths are available in 12" and 20" sizes and are made in Michigan from Fraser Fir and Cedar—and decorated with a bright red ribbon and pine cones—for an exceptionally beautiful and highly aromatic holiday welcome. Your purchase supports C2BE's efforts in building a network of worker-owned businesses in Detroit. 

Winter Art & Retail Market