December offers events for all ages during holidays

December is filled with continuing special events and displays for children and adults, among them the annual Holiday Nights celebration in Greenfield Village, Lincoln Park’s Fantasyland exhibit and Santa’s Magic Forest in Taylor.

Holiday Nights at the Village
The festivities at Greenfield Village will continue at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 to 8, 13 to 15, 19 to 23 and 26 to 28 and end with spectacular fireworks at 10 p.m.

Horse-drawn wagons and Model-T rides, demonstrations by skilled artisans and entertainment by costumed presenters are just a few of the attractions.

Among the entertainers are the Christie Street and Main Street carolers, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band and the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife & Drum Corps.

Santa will be in attendance with his live reindeer at the Robert Frost House until Dec. 23.

A skating rink (with skates to borrow), food sta-tions and shopping at village stores are available.

The cost for Holiday Nights is $22, adults, and $16, youths; children 4 and under are free.

Packages including dinner at the Eagle Tavern and Supper with Santa also are available.

At the Eagle Tavern, an authentic meal will be served by costumed reenactors, and live music of the period will be performed.

Santa will pay a personal visit to each table at the Taste of History Restaurant, where a casual buffet turkey dinner will be served, and guests will be invited to create festive table decorations.

For additional information, call 313-982-6001 or go to

Lincoln Park’s Fantasyland
Before Santa climbs into his sleigh on Christmas Eve to deliver presents, he will be in attendance at Fantasyland in Lincoln from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take last-minute requests from good little boys and girls.

Other hours and days for visitation are 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The exhibit is housed in the Lincoln Park Bandshell, 3240 Ferris at London.

Sponsored by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Fantasyland is in its 49th year, a spokes-woman said. Admission is $1, and photos with Santa are $3 or two for $5 (free with your own camera). Mrs. Claus is available for photos with Santa when her busy schedule permits.

The displays, including a nativity scene, a schoolhouse, train, reindeer, elves and other holiday favorites are back, along with coloring books of the ’60s, and limited-edition Fantasyland candy bars. For more information call 313-386-1817.

Santa’s Forest in Taylor park
Santa’s Magic Forest, in Taylor’s Heritage Park, features hundreds of animated characters, dozens of Christmas scenes and glowing holiday light displays.

Manned by volunteers from the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, Santa’s Forest is open on weekends from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. It will close on Dec. 22.

Admission is $3 per person ($2 for children 10 and under). Photos with Santa are $7.

Heritage Park is at 12111 Pardee Road. For additional information, call 734-442-0031 or go to

Sicilian tenor will perform
Sicilian tenor Rosolino Claudio Cardile will perform with members of the Bellini Opera Theatre as part of his American debut at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maltese Club of Dearborn, 5221 Oakman Blvd.

Born in Palermo in 1986, Cardile received the Simone Alaimo Award in 2011. He will be joined in the performance by Bellini Opera Theatre sopranos Eva Evola and Elena Repnikova, mezzo soprano Lisa Agazzi, baritone Dino Valle and pianist Gina D’Alessio.

For tickets and additional information, call Chuck Vella at 313-846-7077.

Concert set by WCCCD
Wayne County Community College District Taylor Campus will present a concert titled “Sounds of the Season” as a holiday gift to the public at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, 21000 Northline.

Taking the stage will be the Southern Great Lakes Symphony and the Downriver Community Voices.

The concert is being sponsored by the WCCCD School of Education and the Workforce Development Office. For additional information, call 734-374-3200.