January 6, 2011

Holiday Nights @ Greenfield Village

For Christmas this year my dad bought everyone in our family tickets to "Holiday Nights" at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan. Greenfield Village is part of America's largest historical attraction. Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. Holiday Nights allows you to participate in the Christmas celebration the way our ancestors would have.

The evening began at 6pm. When my family arrived at the village we were greeted by a gentlemen keeping warm by an open fire. He told us a bit about what was going on in the city that evening, carriage rides, carolers, Santa and his reindeer and he reminded us that dinner would be served at the Inn at 8pm sharp.

We decided to start the evening by taking a model T ride. Phil and I had never rode one before. It was cold since windows were not a normal part of a vehicle back them but we cuddled up under a warm wool blanket while our driver told us about the gas and brake system of the car and facts about the Ford company.

Next we decided to take a ride on a hand crafted 1913 carousel. It was fun to be a kid again and ride around in circles while Christmas music played in the background.

After our ride we explored the village visiting the Wright Brothers home, where they built the first airplane and various other historical homes and inns. We even stopped by to see Santa and a few of his reindeer before heading to dinner at the Eagle Tavern and Inn.

The meal was completely candlelit and delicious! We had 7 courses. My favorite was the Pork and Apple Pie! Yummy! We finished the evening by all singing the 12 days of Christmas together complete with choreography!

It was a really fun experience and I would recommend it for your family! You can go to Holiday Nights without having dinner as well which may work better for families with smaller children.

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