Posted by: Kath Usitalo | December 2, 2010

Christmases Past At Greenfield Village

The Cohen Millinery shop window simply dressed for the holidays

Sunday afternoon was gorgeous: crisp, sunny…perfect for a walk through the historic neighborhoods of Greenfield Village on the last day of the season; the outdoor museum in Dearborn is closed until April except for its very special Holiday Nights.

The Christmas tree in Henry Ford's boyhood home

The Village takes on a different feel on these winter evenings, with carolers and instrumental music, candle light, warming fires here and there, an ice skating rink, Santa and his reindeer, warmly lit shops and homes, and a fireworks display and community sing to cap it all off.

We’ve attended twice over the years, and both times it was so cold I don’t know how those musicians kept the music flowing through their antique brass instruments.

Dress warmly and enjoy a taste of Christmases past, but be sure to make reservations: The evening program, which runs from 6:30-10 p.m. December 4, 10-11, 17-23, and 26-27 does sell out (December 4, 11 and 18 are already booked).

Eagle Tavern, a stagecoach stop built in 1831 in Clinton, Michigan

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