Greenfield Village Holiday Nights in Dearborn

The festive outdoor family tradition, Greenfield Village Holiday Nights, returns with old-fashioned flair, select dates Nov. 30-Dec. 27, 2018.

Cast off the holidays’ modern commercial buzz for a few hours and transport the family to a simpler time at Greenfield Village Holiday Nights in Dearborn, returning to the popular outdoor historic area select dates Nov. 30-Dec. 27, 2018,

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, himself.

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.

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. It’s all topped off by a spellbinding fireworks display and rousing sing-along.

Times are 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, 13-16, 18-23 and 26-27, 2018.

Word to the wise: Be sure to get your tickets in advance! This event does wind up with sold-out dates. The cost is $28/ages 12-plus, $25.25/seniors, $21/ages 5-11, free/kids 4 and under. Parking is $6.

For further details on the 2018 Greenfield Village Holiday Nights in Dearborn, or for information on other family fun things to do this weekend, visit Metro Parent’s calendar.

This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated regularly.  

Photo courtesy Roy Ritchie.

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