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Holidays in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

Visit this Oakland County history haven for some holiday magic and family fun – and, of course, Santa! – happening Nov. 23, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013

The Henry Ford Museum is a place full of joy every day of the year – but from Nov. 23, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013, it becomes an enchanted spot to enjoy some holiday cheer during Holidays in the Henry Ford Museum.

There's great, festive fun in store for parents and children alike at this Dearborn place. For train lovers, the annual Lionel and LEGO train displays will be chugging around – and both are definitely must-sees. You'll also find plenty of hands-on activities in that area that kids will get a kick out of.

Ready to be amazed? The giant Christmas tree is back for the event! This 25-foot marvel will be all lit up and decorated with everything from cars to model Faygo bottle ornaments.

And don't forget to bring the camera: The tree makes a beautiful backdrop for a family holiday photo.

Good tykes, take note: From Nov. 23 till Dec. 24, 2012, Santa will be in town visiting the museum. Take the kids to see the big man himself at the following times:

  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays

Kids also can leave their wish lists or thank-you letters for Santa in his special LEGO mailbox.

Then, settle down with story time inside the Bangor and Aroostook train car, where the entire family can listen to readings of Christmas stories during the following times and dates:

  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays Nov. 20-Dec. 21
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends Nov. 24-Dec. 23
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and weekends Dec. 24-Jan. 6

Museum admission is $17/adults, $12.50/ages 5-12 and free/4 and under. That fee lets you check out the Holidays in the Henry Ford Museum activities – but it also covers the other goodies at this venue. So be sure to take a trip through the rest of the museum to see the innovative inventions and artifacts from memorable milestones in history.

For more on the 2012 Holidays in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, check out the Metro Parent listing.

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