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Holiday Nights Greenfield Village: 2023 Guide UPDATED

Greenfield Village: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn MI
Dates: December 2-4, 9-11, 15-23, 26-28
TImes: 6:30-10 p.n. Pre-entry available for members at 6

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Photo from Greenfield Village/ The Henry Ford Museum

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

A visit to Greenfield Village Holiday Nights is one of the favorite family traditions and a perfect yuletide activity at holiday time.

In fact, a pure Michigan Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down Main Street at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village, the smell of roasting chestnuts filling the air.

One of the premier holiday celebrations, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is annual holiday tradition for countless visitors who flock to the Henry Ford Museum in Wayne County for this annual Christmas event.

The sounds of carolers, and fiddlers ring out across the 80 acres of Greenfield Village, while the chestnuts and warming bonfires will help you warm up in historic fashion while you mingle with merrymakers amid the bustling yuletide activity during America’s most heartwarming holiday.

The event offers the perfect opportunity to explore Greenfield Village in this glimmering setting, all decked out in its finest tinseled detail.

There is simply so much to do here, from a fabulous Holiday Nights dinner and a fireworks-filled sky that marks each evening’s finale. Take a ride on the carousel or horsedrawn wagon, and sample some delicious food and warm beverages as you wander along the street brimming with holiday cheer with the holiday lights as a backdrop.

Read on for our Complete Guide to all of the things to do and fun activities at Holiday Nights Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum.

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Photo from Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford

About Holiday Nights Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village is one of the coolest places in Michigan.

During the busy days of Christmas, this amazing museum opens its doors to centuries of holiday traditions it tells the holiday story of a past, simple life in America near the turn of the century. During the holidays, this special spot in southeast Michigan provides a taste of history wrapped up in Christmas cheer.

Every year during the Michigan Christmas season, Greenfield Village becomes a winter wonderland during Holiday Nights.

This is one of the marquee events that Greenfield Village puts on every year, a favorite holiday event in Michigan and an annual tradition for countless families to get into the holiday spirit.

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Photo from Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford

What is Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village?

Holiday Nights is a holiday celebration on the historic Greenfield Village grounds. Want to feel like you have been transported into your favorite classic Christmas movie? Then this is the event for you. Walk down Main Street and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of years past as Model T’s roll by, and the smell of roasting chestnuts and warming fires transports you to a simpler time in Michigan life.

Visiting Henry Ford’s beloved Greenfield Village at night just feels special, as you wander past the decorated historic homes and shops, holiday vignettes presented in period attire and hear the carolers and see live musical performances.

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Photos from Greenfield Village/ The Henry Ford Museum

Things You Can Do at Holiday Nights Greenfield Village

While Holiday Nights is a great way to spend date night, this is truly an event for the whole family, too.
Included with your ticket are horse-drawn wagon rides with live music, free ice skating and skate rental, free carousel rides, and free historic Model T rides.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the entertainment and activities that this amazing event offers. Santa will also be at all the pre-Christmas dates along with live reindeer, the kids will love this!

There are also amazing holiday carolers through the grounds spreading holiday cheer. Greenfield Village goes all out with the decorations both inside the historic buildings and outside.

You can peek inside the homes for a look at Christmas past, too, as you stroll past the decorated homes and shops. The different historic buildings on the property are home to different holiday vignettes presented in period attire.

In addition, you’ll find skilled artisan demonstrations and holiday cooking demonstrations. This isn’t just a fun event, you might learn something too. These demonstrations are a great and interactive way to experience history and learn about the holiday traditions of the past.

PRO-TIP: The blacksmith is my favorite demonstration, and it’s always warm in the Blacksmiths Shop!

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Photo by Greenfield Village/the Henry Ford

Dining at Holiday Nights: Holiday Nights Dining Packages

Looking for even more fun and a great meal? Holiday Nights offers two options: Supper With Santa, and Holiday Nights in Eagle Tavern dining packages.

Supper With Santa at Holiday Night Greenfield Village

Supper With Santa features a menu with favorites like turkey breast with cranberry relish, carved Dearborn Ham with maple mustard, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, cornbread stuffing, buttered carrots, green beans and caramelized onions, rolls, Christmas cookies and more.

In addition, Santa himself will be making an appearance at dinner!

Holiday Nights in Eagle Tavern

Holiday Nights in Eagle Tavern is a more upscale dining experience. This is a great way to meet up with friends, enjoy a nice meal and get into the holiday spirit.

Menu items include a selection of cold meats and cheeses, squash soup, freshly baked bread with jam and butter, chicken, pork and stewed apples, carrots and parsnips, roasted beef with brown gravy, roasted potatoes, and lemon cake with cranberries. Full vegan and gluten-free meals are available upon request in the online purchase process.

If you’re lucky enough to enjoy dinner at the Eagles Tavern, make sure you stick around for the post-meal sing along!

Fireworks at Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Make sure you stay till the end of the night for the fireworks finale and singalong! This is a can’t-miss part of the Holiday Nights experience. Make sure you grab some freshly made kettle corn and a hot chocolate for optimal viewing.

Come out and explore the historic Greenfield Village grounds and get into the holiday spirit at Holiday Nights, one of Metro Detroit’s premier holiday events.

Christmas Trees and Greens Sale

It wouldn’t be winter in Michigan without a trip to the Christmas Tree Farm or local tree lot. You can pick up a Christmas tree, wreath or roping to start your holiday decorating.

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About the Author
Cy Nardone is a Content Creator at mymichiganbeach. He grew up in Grosse Pointe and attended Grosse Pointe South High School. He went on to attend Wayne State and then Michigan State University where he majored in Sports Journalism. Cy is a lifelong Detroit sports fan who loves food. Cy looks forward to expanding our Metro Detroit content and hopes to turn you on to a new spot to adventure or eat.