It's that time of year again for our annual renewal of our Greenfield Village membership at The Henry Ford. We have renewed year after year and enjoyed our membership immensely and in so many different ways over the years. When we bought our first membership, my husband and I were newlyweds. We had no children as of yet and were happy to walk around the village and explore the beautiful houses. We'd walk arm in arm through the museum and spent many an afternoon walking the same streets, reveling in the new things we would notice with each returning visit.
As our family grew, we found that pushing a stroller through the village could be relaxing and the perfect activity that we could do as a family, no matter the age of our children. We visited during Harvest Days to take pictures of our newly walking little one playing in the beautiful fall colored leaves and to ride the old fashioned carosol for the first time. A few years later we would do the same with our second little bundle of joy.
After six years, had we seen every part of the Village that we could see? Have we explored each and every house and thouroughly as we could or was there still more there to interest us? There is always something new happening at The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village! We've begun buying the Family Plus membership so that we can bring friends or family along with us. When we renewed our membership this time we got our tickets for Holiday Nights which we attended with our children and my parents. There were carolers and ice skating, beautiful homes decorated for the holidays, carriage and Model T rides, bonfires to keep warm by and delicious treats to discover. We tasted homemade doughnuts covered in cinnamon, fresh and hot, right out of the fryer, and oh, so delicious!
At the end of the evening, we stopped and saw Santa on the balcony of the Webster house. He called out to my children by name and they beamed with joy as he waved to them and wished them a Merry Christmas. The kids even got to meet one of Santa's reindeer. Fireworks were the actual finale to the evening but with two freezing tots we headed for the car after stopping to warm our hands by the fire and check out the stores on the way out. As we were leaving there were real trees, wreaths and greenery that you could being sold to decorate your home just like those in the Village.
Holiday Nights runs from 6:30-10 PM and require ticket purchases ahead of time. Tickets sell out quickly for the holiday celebration.