Dearborn named top Christmas town in Michigan

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The city was named the top Christmas town in Michigan by Nov. 30.

Rochester, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Holland, Christmas, Grand Rapids, Frankenmuth and Detroit rounded out the top nine cities.

The main attraction as mentioned by the site is Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village held annually through December.

Holiday Nights includes live music, skating, fireworks, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides and Santa with live reindeer ready to enjoy.

Festivities are held from Dec. 4, 5, 11 to 13, 17 to 23, 26 and 27. Tickets range from $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $18 for children 5 and older and children 4 and younger are free.

Other annual Christmas events in Dearborn include the Dearborn Historical Museum Victorian Christmas and Festival of Trees at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Festival of Trees is held at end of November with proceeds supporting Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. The free Victorian Christmas open house is held annually on Dec. 5 at the Commandant’s Quarters, 21950 Michigan Ave.

The city also hosts its yearly Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and sing-along at the start of December including live music, sing-along performances by local school choirs and bands and a visit from Santa Claus.

One student also has the honor of lighting the tree with the help of the mayor.

Finally, the Dearborn City Beautiful Commission hosts its annual Dearborn Aglow holiday home contest in mid-December which searches for the most festive Christmas decorations.

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