Greenfield Village Holiday Nights 2016 Start Soon

Disclosure: Greenfield Village is providing my family with tickets to Holiday Nights to facilitate a review. They also provided us with tickets to the 2015 event.

My family loves visiting Greenfield Village. By far our favorite time to attend is for their annual Holiday Nights celebration. At Holiday Nights most of the historical homes are open and decorated as they would have been to celebrate Christmas at their time of origin and location of origin. 

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What to See at Holiday Nights

My favorite part of Holiday Nights is seeing the historical houses as they would have celebrated Christmas at their time and location of origin. One of my favorites, is always the Susquehanna Plantation that is celebrating a wedding. My husband is partial to the Giddings house where there is usually a chocolate making demonstration. Last year, we also enjoyed the Civil War Encampment at the McGuffey schoolhouse where we learned about how Thomas Nast’s drawings of Santa during the Civil War influenced the Santa we picture today.

Wedding Feast in Susquehanna Plantation Sign at Greenfield Village Holiday Nights


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We have attended Holiday Nights 6 times, and each trip we find something new to do. Last year we found the Print Shop and we got to take home a Santa print. 

Print at Greenfield Village's Holiday NightsThe previous year, we took advantage of the free Model T rides. This year, I’m hoping to talk my family into a free wagon ride/sing along.

Greenfield Village Holiday Nights - Ready to Ride a Model T


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Other activities at Holiday Nights include Ice Skating and a tree lot. The evening ends with caroling and fireworks. 

Visit Santa at Holiday Nights

Be sure to stop by to see Santa greeting everyone from the second floor balcony of the Robert Frost home (only on the nights before Christmas). Santa’s helpers are positioned in the crowd below so you can give them your child’s name which they radio up for Santa to call out. Last year we were approaching as Santa was helping with a proposal.

You can visit with Santa in person by opting for the Supper with Santa package on select nights.The first time that we attended Holiday Nights we did the Supper with Santa package. 
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What to Eat at Holiday Nights

Every time we’ve been to Holiday Nights we have stopped for hot chocolate and snacks at the Village Pavilion. The first year we went, we did the Supper with Santa package. Last year, we had hot Roast Beef sandwiches from one of the stands. I believe Taste of History is also open during Holiday Nights.

Roast Beef Sandwiches at Greenfield Village's Holiday Nights

What to Wear at Holiday Nights

December evenings can be quite chilly. Throughout the village you will find fire pits to warm up at and many of the buildings have fires going. However, you should plan to dress warmly for cold winter nights. My daughter usually wears her snow pants, winter coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. I have been known to double up with tights and fleece leggings or tights under wool pants in addition to my warmest coat, hat, and gloves. After a couple of trips, my husband now owns long underwear and wears his warm coat and gloves. Good boots are also important to keep your feet warm.

Holiday Nights Tickets

Buy your Holiday Nights Tickets now since popular nights sell out quickly. Ticket prices are:

  Non-Member Price Member Price
Adults $26 $22
Youth (Ages 3-11) $19.50 $16.50
Seniors $23.50 $20

Children 2 and under are free. There is also a $6 parking fee for non-members which is charged with your ticket order.

Greenfield Village offers a $2 coupon for admission on select nights.

Holiday Nights Schedule

Greenfield Village Holiday Nights are held on select nights in December. Holiday Nights begins at 6:30p and ends at 10p each night. There is a fireworks display at 9:40p. Be sure to buy your tickets early because popular nights do sell out. I can’t wait for our visit this year, and hope the weather is great that night.

All of the nights for Holiday Nights are listed below:

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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