BUSY WEEKEND AT HERITAGE PARK: Magic Forest offers extended hours in conjunction with Reindeer Days

The annual Santa’s Magic Forest will be open to the public on weekends through December 22 at the Heritage Park Activity Building in Taylor’s Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.

Known as “Downriver’s finest holiday display,” Santa’s Magic Forest is an indoor magical winter wonderland that features hundreds of animated characters, dozens of Christmas scenes and beautiful holiday light displays.


The Christmas kingdom is operated by volunteers from Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry. All proceeds support the pantry’s mission of feeding the hungry and needy throughout the year in Taylor and the surrounding communities of Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate and Woodhaven.


Usual Magic Forest hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Hours at the Magic Forest are extended to noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday in conjunction with this weekend's Reindeer Days at the nearby Heritage Park Petting Farm. (The Petting Farm will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with live reindeer being available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days.)

Admission to the Magic Forest is only $3 per person -- $2 for children 10 and under. Photos with Santa will be provided by Rosecrans Picture Perfect Photography for only $7.


Fish & Loaves, located at 25670 Northline Road, was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit organization and has assisted more than 4,000 households and more than 13,000 individuals, including children. Distributing about two million pounds of food annually, Fish & Loaves is a “client choice” food pantry, allowing families and individuals to “shop” six times per year in a setting organized like a grocery store. This allows for a sense of dignity, higher client satisfaction and less waste.


For more information about Fish & Loaves or Santa’s Magic Forest, call (734) 442-0031 or visit www.downriverfishandloaves.org.