Nights to Remember

During the holidays, Greenfield Village takes on a special glow – and yes, there are chestnuts roasting on an open fire // Photographs by Justin Maconochie

There’s always plenty to do year-round at Greenfield Village. But during the popular Holiday Nights held in December, the village is transformed into what is called “a living Christmas card.” There are candlelit paths, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice skating — and of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Throughout the popular attraction, the regular highlights are open, including Model T rides, the 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, and the Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop. You can also watch potters, tinsmiths, and other artisans make holiday ornaments — many of which are on sale at the Liberty Craftworks Store. And if it’s chilly, you can always warm up by a bonfire or stop in the glassblowing exhibit.

There are also costumed presenters, live entertainment, specialty foods, and more. And a fireworks display caps off the evening.

You can opt for packages that include an authentic holiday meal at Eagle Tavern — an 1850s stagecoach stop. There’s also a “supper with Santa” horse-drawn wagon ride to A Taste of History Restaurant to eat a buffet-style holiday turkey dinner, make a hands-on table decoration, and get a tableside visit from Santa Claus.

Holiday Nights are 6:30 p.m.–10 p.m. through December (6-8, 13-15, 19-23, and 26-28). Tickets are $18.75 for members (nonmembers: $22), $13.50 for youth ages 5-12 (nonmembers: $16), and 4 and younger are free. Visit or call 313-982-6001.