Traditions of Christmas past at Holiday Nights in Village

The streets of Greenfield Village will be illuminatedby more than 350 lanterns during Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village.

It’s a winter wonderland of Christmas traditions at Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.

The program runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 26 and 27. Ticket prices are $14.50 for adult members, $12.75 for youth members (ages 5 to 12), $17 for adult non-members and $15 for youth non-members. Children 4 and under are free. To purchase tickets, call (313) 982-6001 or go to

During the program, Greenfield Village will be illuminated by more than 350 lanterns that line the paths leading to 300 years of Christmas traditions. The activities are named after famous Christmas songs and sayings: “Oh, Bring Us a Figgy Pudding” features holiday cooking at the Ford Home, McGuffey Birthplace, Adams Family Home and more. “Deck the Halls” features festive decorations at Cohen Millinery, Grimm Jewelry Store, Sarah Jordan Boarding House and the Wright Brothers Home.

“Over the River and Through the Woods” features free rides on a Model T, the 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel and the horse-drawn wagon. “Troll the Ancient Yuletide Carol” features live musical performances throughout the village including caroling quartets, bands and fiddlers. “Ho, Ho, Ho’s” draws visitors toward the Frost Home to visit Santa and his reindeer. “Find Tidings of Comfort and Joy” features holiday displays at Cotswold Cottage, the Tintype Studio, Richart Wagon Ship and Smiths Creek Depot. “Fa La La La La’s” wraps up the evening on the Village Green with the grand finale processional, festive sing-along and winter fireworks display.

Visitors can “Have a Cup of Cheer” with hot chocolate or other beverages, and fill up on Pork and Apple Stew at the Central Market on State Street, chestnuts or fresh-carved roast beef near Cohen Millinery and the Heinz House, some sweets at Sir John Bennett’s, or snacks and food at A Taste of History or Village Pavilion.

Back again is the family dining package, Supper with Santa. A special ticket price combines dinner and Holiday Nights admission, and begins with a horse-drawn wagon ride to A Taste of History restaurant inside Greenfield Village. Visitors can enjoy a casual holiday turkey meal, arts and crafts and storytelling. Santa himself will make a tableside visit to wish each child a Merry Christmas.