Holiday display benefits those in need

Photo courtesy of Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry
Santa’s Magic Forest opened to the public Saturday at the Heritage Park Activity Building in Taylor with hundreds of animated characters in colorful Christmas scenes. Proceeds go to Fish & Loaves Community Pantry to help feed the needy throughout the year in Taylor, Southgate, Dearborn Heights, Brownstown Township and Woodhaven. The holiday display Friday through Sunday through Dec. 22.

TAYLOR — Billed as “Downriver’s finest holiday display,” Santa’s Magic Forest returns to town Saturday with a host of holiday favorites — all for a good cause.

Santa’s Magic Forest is a relatively new attraction which fills Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Road, with hundreds of animated characters in colorful Christmas scenes.

The season kicked off yesterday with the arrival of Santa Claus, who was presented with a key to the city. Santa’s Magic Forest will be open for visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m Sundays through Dec. 22.

Admission is $3 — $2 for children 10 and under — and photos with Santa will be available for $7, provided by Rosecrans Picture Perfect Photography.

In its sixth year, the Forest is operated by volunteers from Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry. Proceeds benefit the pantry’s mission of feeding the hungry and needy throughout the year in Taylor and nearby communities Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Southgate, Brownstown Township, and Woodhaven. Fish & Loaves was founded in 2008 and has assisted more than 4,000 households and 13,000 individuals.

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