Activities like high tea, candlelight tours and Santa's workshop begin next month at the Henry Ford Estate

November 9, 2007

DEARBORN / Nov. 9, 2007---Beginning next month, the Henry Ford Estate will host a line-up of activities and programs that give patrons a chance to experience the holiday season at the mansion.

Festivities such as a high tea, concerts, luncheons, candlelight tours and Santa’s workshop are scheduled through the end of December. New this year is “Candles and Carols,” where participants can experience sounds of the season along with dessert and tours of the Estate.

“At no other time of the year is the Estate more vibrant than the holiday season,” said Gary Rodgers, general manager of the Estate. “This highly anticipated period is a favorite of many because the Estate is transformed into an enchanted and whimsical holiday hamlet. All three floors of the Estate are adorned and decorated to highlight not only the ambiance and elegance of the house, but also the festive warmth of the season.”

During the holiday season, the Estate will be decorated by some of Michigan’s most renowned florists who donate their services, Rodgers said.

Annual holiday activities returning this year include a holiday high tea on Dec. 19; a holiday luncheon on Dec. 4, 6, 13, 18 and 20; a holiday luncheon concert on Dec. 14; Santa’s workshop on Dec. 7; and candlelight tours of the Estate on Dec. 23 and Dec. 26.

Admission cost for the programs range from $9 to $38 and reservations are required. For more information, call 313-593-5590 or visit http://www.henryfordestate.org/programevents.htm for the complete holiday event schedule.

The Henry Ford Estate, a National Historic Landmark located on the University of Michigan–Dearborn campus, was home to automotive pioneer Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, for more than 30 years. Regular business hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with tours every hour except noon; Sundays, tours are every half hour from 1 p.m. to 4:30pm. The Pool Restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Estate Gift Shop is open daily.

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