Taylor events, attractions bring joy to the holidays

Plenty of seasonal events and activities are scheduled in the City of Taylor:

 “The Nutcracker”
When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. December 2 and 2 p.m. December 3
Where: DSA Ford Theater for the Arts Auditorium, 123 Selden Avenue, Detroit.
What: Stars of the New York City Ballet will join their talents with the Taylor Ballet Americana and the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra to present three performances of “The Nutcracker,” the classic ballet that has become a Downriver tradition. A special tiny tots performance with abridged highlights will be performed at 11 a.m. December 2. The other performances will be full length. Ballet Americana is an award-winning and nationally recognized dance company. For ticket information call (313) 576-5111 or (866) 701-5986 or visit www.detroitsymphony.com or www.dso-aces.org. For more information on Ballet Americana or the Taylor Dance Program, call (734) 374-3904.

 Christmas Concert
When: 7 p.m. December 2
Where: Hoover Middle School, 27101 Beverly
What: The annual Christmas concert performed by the Taylor Community Chorus, directed by Mark Ennis. Admission is $5. Refreshments will be served. For more information on the chorus or the performance, call (313) 717-1242.

 Sunday Concert Series
When: 4 p.m. December 3 and 10.
Where: Heritage West Mound Church in Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.
What: The Taylor Historical Society presents its last two concerts of the series. The Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Choir performs December 3. The St. Paul Church of Christ Choir performs December 10. The concerts are free, although goodwill offerings are accepted. For more information, call (313) 274-5928.

 “The Little Town of Christmas”
When: 2 p.m. December 14 (doors open at 1:30) and 6 p.m. December 15 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: William Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy Street.
What: The Primetime Players of the William Ford Senior Activity Center present "The Little Town of Christmas" (by Pat Cook). The December 14 production is a seniors-only matinee. Tickets are $5 for seniors and students; $7 for everyone else. For more information, call (313) 291-07740.

 Breakfast with Santa
When and Where: 9 and 11 a.m. December 16 at Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, 25505 Northline Road, and 10 a.m. December 16 at Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse Road.
What: Children and their families dine with Santa. Tickets, which went on sale November 27, are $6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (The breakfasts have been a sellout.) Families are welcome to use their own cameras; otherwise, photos will be available for an additional charge. For more information, call (734) 287-2100.

 Meet Santa’s Reindeer
When: Noon to 5 p.m. December 17
Where: Heritage Park Petting Farm, located at 12803 Pardee Road at Northline Road.
What: The farm's biggest day of the year invites visitors to meet live reindeer, have their photo taken, enjoy light refreshments, make crafts and purchase stocking stuffers. For admission rates and other information, call 734-374-5946.

 24th Annual Christmas Party
When: 2 to 6 p.m. December 19
Where: William Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy Street
What: There will be a catered dinner, a gift for everyone, door prizes and musical entertainment provided by Solitaire. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased by December 12. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call the City of Taylor Department of Senior Services at (313) 291-7740.

 “True Meaning of Christmas” – the ninth annual free Christmas dinner
When: Noon to 3 p.m. December 25
Where: William Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy Street, just west of Telegraph Road and north of Ecorse Road.
What: A group of volunteers serve free Christmas dinner to anyone, whether alone, less fortunate or hungry – and their guests. This year, the meal will include turkey, ham, white and sweet potatoes, gravy, corn, salad, beverages, desserts and all the trimmings. The dinner is organized by the Domski family, which years ago chose to end its annual gift exchange and put the money toward a meal for anyone to enjoy. In addition, the Taylor Police Department has donated dozens of turkeys and hams. Last year’s Christmas meal drew an estimated 200 diners and plenty of volunteers. Those who cannot arrange transportation to the Ford Center can call for a free ride in advance or on the day of the event. The telephone number is (313) 291-7740.

 New Year’s Eve Buffet
When: 4 to 9 p.m. December 31
Where: Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, 25505 Northline Road
What: The annual fabulous New Year’s Buffet will be served. The meal includes hand-carved prime rib, roasted salmon with dill and hollandaise, chicken marsala with wild mushrooms, apple-glazed pork loin and sun-dried tomato, baked crab stuffed shrimp, herb tortellini with garlic and parmesan, roasted Yukon gold potatoes, fresh vegetable medley, salad, dinner rolls and a large dessert display. Seating is by reservation only; call (734) 287-9001.