Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village in Dearborn


Cast off the holidays’ modern commercial buzz for a few hours and transport the family to a simpler time at Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, returning to the popular outdoor historic area select dates Dec. 2-30, 2016.

Touted as a “step into a Christmas card from the past” – and named a “top ten family holiday destination by USA Today and Reader’s Digest” – this annual transformation warms up the chilly evenings with a well-measured mix of nostalgia and good cheer, complete with lantern-lit pathways, carolers, decorations and other entertainers in old-fashioned garb – and Kris Kringle, who suitably sets up shop at the Robert Frost House through Friday, Dec. 23.

Ever tried real chestnuts, hot off a roasting fire? Get a real taste of the well-known Christmas tune, or try other tasty options at several food stops. Like to feel the frosty air? Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, Model T or rent some skates to take a spin around a bonafide ice rink.

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The Rockwellian scene also features holiday vignettes prime for family photo ops, as well as non-stop entertainment happening throughout the village, featuring heaps of carolers and a fife-and-drum corps – and that doesn’t even include the strolling presenters and artisan demos you’ll happen upon. Sneak in a bit of shopping, too, at Liberty Craftworks (if you fancy glass and pottery). Or, find historic toys at the Main Street Emporium – plus an ornament shop down Main Street. It’s all topped off by a spellbinding fireworks display and rousing sing-along.

Times are 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 and 26-30, 2016.

Word to the wise: Be sure to get your tickets in advance! This event does wind up with sold-out dates. The cost is $26/adults, $23.50/seniors, $19.50/ages 3-11, free/kids 2 and under and $6/parking. There’s a $2 coupon online, good to use Dec. 4, 11 and 20. Got a membership to The Henry Ford? Costs are a bit less (check out its website for details).

For further details on the 2016 Holiday Nights event at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, visit Metro Parent’s calendar listing.

This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016. Photo courtesy Roy Ritchie.