Holiday events range from displays to tour and plays

going-placescThere are so many fun holiday events going on or coming up that it may be hard to decide which to attend first.

They range from the traditional Christmas activities at Greenfield Village and Taylor’s Magic Forest to the Fantasyland display in Lincoln Park, plays and a holiday lights tour that will follow a pizza party in Southgate.

Lantern-illuminated paths, Santa and his live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides and a fireworks finale are a few reasons visitors are attracted to Greenfield Villlage’s Holiday Nights.

There also are musical and dramatic performances, holiday cooking demonstrations and a Christmas-tree and greens sale. Admission prices are $26, adults; $23.50, seniors; and $19.50, youths (no charge for children under 2).

The event continues Dec. 20 to 23, and Dec. 26 to 30. For more information, go to

Magic Forest

In addition to visits and photos with St. Nick, Santa’s Magic Forest in Heritage Park is offering carriage rides, music, entertainment, animated characters and light displays through Christmas. Admission costs $3 ($2 for seniors and children 10 and under). Unwrapped toys for needy children are being accepted at the park, 12111 Pardee. For more information, call 734-374-3906.


Lincoln Park’s Fantasyland, in the Kennedy Memorial Building, 3240 Ferris, has been a favorite of families since 1964. Admission is only $1, and photos with Santa are $3, or $5 for two. Among the attractions are a wide variety of animated displays, including a new one with Ralphie and Randy of “A Christmas Story.”

Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Memorial Building is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and will be open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 313-386-0140.

Lights tour

A tour of holiday lights will follow a pizza and salad buffet at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Zodiac Racquet Club/Foggia’s Pizzeria & Sports Bar, 14795 Dix Toledo, Southgate. The cost of $59 includes the buffet, soft drinks, sweets, prizes, light show admission and the motorcoach fare.

Stops are scheduled at the Wayne County Light Fest, Detroit Zoo, Rochester Hills, Lakeshore Drive, Campus Martius and Woodward Avenue. Ugly sweaters are encouraged. For more information, call 313-757-1283.

‘Frosty Follies’

A cast of 80 young people aged 5 to 19 will sing, dance and perform musical theater numbers Dec. 16 and 17 in the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center production of “Frosty Follies” at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.

Cookies will be served during intermission, and Santa will be available for visits after the show. Tickets, $7, are available at and 734-771-7945 and will be sold at the door.

‘Fancy’ play

The play “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas,” based on the best-selling children’s picture book,” will be staged Dec. 16 to 18 at the City Theatre, 2301 Woodard Ave.

Tickets, $29.50, general admission, are available all Ticketmaster locations and or 800-745-3000. For additional information, call 313-471-6611.

Stepping back

Visitors to the Ford-MacNichol Home, 2624 Biddle, Wyandotte, will step back in time Dec. 16 and 17 to experience a turn-of the-century Christmas with authentic décor. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 16, and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 17. Admission will be free. For more information, call 734-324-7284.

Russian ballet

A performance of the Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” is scheduled for Dec. 18 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets starting at $31.50 are available at, Ticketmaster locations and To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.


“A Christmas Story, the Musical,” will be presented Dec. 20 to 24 at the Fox Theatre; tickets for matinees are $35, $45, $55 and $65; for evenings, $35, $45, $55 and $75. To purchase tickets, visit, Ticketmaster locations or To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.