I’ve taken part in Ann Arbor’s Midnight Madness festivities for the past two years. When I went to the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, I was either unaware of the event or I chose not to attend. During undergrad I tended to stick to undergraduate-friendly State Street or South U. But there is truly something special about being a grad student and spending time on Ann Arbor’s dynamic Main Street, which caters to a more mature crowd.
On the last weekend in November, local shops in Kerrytown Market and on and around Main Street stay open from 6 until midnight and feature special late-night sales. There are also street performances that include University of Michigan dance and a cappella singing groups.
Midnight Madness 2012 was this past Friday night. The streets and stores were absolutely flooded with eager students and Ann Arborites! But it wasn’t crowded enough to drive my friends and me away. The stores we visited were each unique and it was even fun to just window-shop and listen to the carolers huddled around the storefronts.
If you’ve been too busy working or studying to take a walk down Main Street this season, you should take a moment to experience it—the hundreds of twinkling holiday lights and unique storefront displays are almost magical and they are also a much-needed reminder that winter break is just around the corner.