Historical Museum hosts Victorian Christmas Dec. 6

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn Children can visit with Santa beginning at 3 p.m. during the free Victorian Christmas Open House on Dec. 6.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
Children can visit with Santa beginning at 3 p.m. during the free Victorian Christmas Open House on Dec. 6.

DEARBORN – The Dearborn Historical Museum will host a Victorian Christmas open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Museum’s Commandant’s Quarters, 21950 Michigan Ave.

The event is free.

Sponsored by the Museum Guild of Dearborn, the annual event is in the oldest building in Dearborn still on its original site, and one that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Commandant’s Quarters was built in 1833, the same year that the first significant collection of Christmas carols was published.

“Our favorite traditions come from this time in our history,” Museum Curator Jack Tate said.

Victorian holiday music, decorations and refreshments are part of the celebration. Children’s activities, including crafts, a visit with Santa, and a Santa’s Helper game take place from 3 to 6 p.m.

“It will be like stepping inside a Christmas card,” Tate said. “Elaborate garlands, the scent of warm spice, men and woman in period dress and holiday carols will help people to experience an old-fashioned Currier and Ives Christmas.

“The Victorians focused on family, goodwill, peace and happiness. That’s what we’ll be doing too.”

Donations for the museum will be accepted on site. For more information on the Victorian Christmas Open House, call 313-565-3000.