5 Holiday House Tours to Visit in Michigan
Looking for a seasonal activity the whole family can enjoy? Try a holiday house tour.
Every year, the public is given unprecedented access to opulent homes decked out in the season’s best. Some include historic estates dating back to the early 20th century, while others are linked to prominent figures who helped shape Michigan’s landscape.
Here are five holiday houses worth a visit:
- Edsel Ford House – Grosse Pointe Shores, MI: In the 1960s, Eleanor Ford hosted high society parties in honor of her granddaughters. Now, more than 50 years later, visitors can relive the timeless affair complete with vintage holiday décor, and authentic family photos. Take a trip down memory lane with the Holiday Belles House Tour, available until Jan. 6, 2019.
- Greenfield Village – Dearborn, MI: Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is a multifaceted event that includes decorated homes and plenty of shops. There is also holiday storytelling, vignettes, and live musical performances. This seasonal event runs until Dec. 27. Please note: Tickets for Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 21-23 are sold out.
- Meadowbrook Hall – Rochester, MI: Meadowbrook Hall is celebrating the 47th year of its annual Holiday Walk. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the grand estate, which features 50 Christmas trees including a 10-foot Poinsettia. On special nights, attendees can enjoy hot cocoa while admiring the iconic grounds. The Holiday Walk Self-Guided Tour runs until Dec. 23.
- The Hackley and Hume House – Muskegon, MI: Managed by the Lakeshore Museum Center, the Hackley and Hume historic site is a must-see holiday fixture. The Victorian-style homes of Charles H. Hackley and Thomas Hume are vivid reminders of the wealth and charm of Michigan’s lumber era. Tours run until Dec. 28.
- Cappon House – Holland, MI: The Cappon House offers an interactive experience where visitors can make arts and crafts, indulge in holiday treats, and sing Christmas carols. The home is filled with yuletide cheer and seasonal decorations inspired by family traditions from over 100 years ago. This event takes place Dec. 15 and 16 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
What are some of your favorite places to visit during the holidays? Share your recommendations in the comments below.
For more fun seasonal activities, visit these blogs:
- Unique Places to Visit Santa in MI
- Michigan Parades and Festivals to Get You in the Holiday Spirit
- Michigan December Bucket List
Photo credit: Cliff