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The Holidays in Greenfield Village
What was life like in the 1880’s? What were the holidays like? Those are the questions that Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan likes to help answer.
On most days, the village is open for guests to freely wander as they peek into the lives of those throughout history. Homes and workshops belonging to recognizable names such as the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford dot the streets. Vintage Model T’s drive the roads and people dressed in era-appropriate garb go about their business. It is a spectacular display for both young and old alike.
However, for several weeks leading up to the beginning of the holiday season, Greenfield Village transforms into an awe-inspiring scene of jolliness. Holiday Nights, as the special ticketed event is called, transports you from the modern day celebrations into those of the past.
How does it differ from any other day at Greenfield Village? These are just a few of the grand activities awaiting your arrival.
10 Unique Things to Experience During Holiday Nights
Visiting Greenfield Village on any particular day of the year puts you in the right spot for an eye-opening adventure. This vintage village is full of relics, information, and novelties from the past. While you can still experience everything this village has to offer during Holiday Nights, the event offers more.
Which of these ten things have you experienced during Holiday Nights? Tell me in the comments.
1. Vinage House Tours
This is one of my favorite parts of wandering Greenfield Village! I love being able to walk through these fully furnished homes which are often set up to look exactly like it did in the past – photo evidence bearing truth to their design.
Also as a special treat during Holiday Nights, the homes take part in the festivities by putting up a tree and setting up the table with a beautifully displayed holiday meal.
2. Included Model T Rides
The Model T Rides are often available when visiting the village, however, there is something different about it during the stark of winter. It might be cold, but why not bundle up and take a ride around to see the lights and the magic of Main Street? It is a different experience.
3. Wagon Rides Around the Village
If getting around in a vintage Model T isn’t your thing or you just want more, be sure to hop on one of the many horse-drawn wagons. Continue your adventure cozied up in a straw-filled cart – that also comes with its own musical entertainment.
4. Shopping Opportunities
As the hustle and bustle of the downtown village bring an eye-opening look into what holiday shopping was like during the 1880’s, the opportunity goes a bit further than that. During Holiday Nights, guests can actually partake in the shopping as well!
Maybe you’d like a wreath or a tree ornament? How about a toy or lump of coal? Shopping opportunities are available at Henry Ford’s own Liberty Craftworks for glass and pottery collections, at the Main Street Emporium for historic toys and there is an ornament shop located outside on Main Street.
5. Community Bonfires
True to Michigan winter, evenings wandering Greenfield Village can get quite frigid. However, apart from escaping the cold by entering one of the many buildings on the campus, communities bonfires are also a great way to warm up.
Peppered across the village, some bonfires are set up with seating to rest, while others with performers telling stories or playing music. It’s not hard to stay awhile.
Music and stories are still a big part of the holidays for many families, so I was happy to see these played out during the Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village so nicely.
Hear drummers play, carolers sing all around the village and allow storytellers to take you on a journey. It is all part of the immersive adventure back in time.
7. Santa Sighting
Did you know that Santa loves to visit Holiday Nights too? During the event, look for him on a rooftop and listen for your name to be read off through the sea of cheers.
Are you on the nice list? I caught a few names being read off in the video below. Let me know if you’re on it!
8. Learning Opportunities
History is all around during Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village and it’s a great way to sneak in a little fun learning. Be sure to stop by all of the open houses and museums. Also, speak with the cast members in the homes – ask questions. There is a ton of knowledge floating around this village, don’t miss it!
9. Outdoor Ice Skating
A quaint ice skating rink can also be found in the village – skate rental available on site.
After finishing the evening with sing-along caroling and a lighted procession, be sure not to miss out of the fireworks overhead. It is a grand display of lights and the perfect way to end a day in the village.
What to Know About the Event Ahead of Time
- The event runs Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-27 and 29-30 from 6:30 pm – 10 pm.
- Ticket prices for Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village are $22.00 for adult members and $16.50 for youth members, $26.00 for adult non-members and $19.50 for youth non-members. Children two and under are free.
- A $2 coupon is available online for select nights at www.thehenryford.org.To purchase tickets, call (313) 982-6001 or visit the website.
- Drink and snack items are available for purchase in the village.
- Shopping is available.
Video Tour | Sneak Peek
Join us on our tour of the Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village!