Taylor events, attractions bring joy to the holidays

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

 Santa’s Magic Forest
When: Every weekend in December. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Road, in Heritage Park.
What: Downriver’s finest holiday display is back by popular demand. Bring the entire family to visit Santa Claus while walking through a magical winter wonderland of animated characters and beautiful holiday light displays. Admission is only $3 -- $2 for seniors and children 10 and under. Photos with Santa by Rosecrans Picture Perfect Photography are only $5 each. All proceeds from Santa’s Magic Forest benefit Fish & Loaves, a nonprofit organization that is operating the holiday display as a fund-raiser to support its continued work of providing food and nourishment to those in need in Taylor and surrounding communities.

 Taylor Community Chorus Christmas Concert
When: 7 p.m. December 8.
Where: Hoover Middle School, 27101 Beverly
What: Last year’s Christmas shows drew standing-room-only crowds. Since then, the chorus has grown to more than 30 members. Tickets are only $5; $3 for children 12 and under. For more information call Director Mark Ennis at (313) 717-1242.

 Operation Christmas Basket Food Distribution
When: Noon to 4 p.m. December 12
Where: Taylor Sportsplex, 13333 Telegraph Road
What: Fish & Loaves and the City of Taylor Community Development Department will distribute food to families for the holidays. For more information, call Fish & Loaves Board President Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas at (313) 291-1221.

 25th Annual Seniors Christmas Party
When: 2 to 6 p.m. December 13
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 Eddie O. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased by December 6. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call the City of Taylor Department of Senior Services at (313) 291-7740.

 Breakfast with Santa
When and Where: 9 and 11 a.m. December 15 at Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, 25505 Northline Road, and 10 a.m. December 15 at Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse Road.
What: Children and their families get to dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus – a popular holiday event that sells out quickly. Tickets, which went on sale November 26, are $7 at both pro shops. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Families are welcome to use their own cameras; otherwise, photos will be available for an additional charge. For more information, call (734) 287-2100. Please reserve high chairs and booster seats when you purchase your tickets.

 Reindeer Days at the Petting Farm
When: Noon to 4 p.m. December 15 and 16.
Where: Heritage Park Petting Farm, located at 12803 Pardee Road at Northline Road.
What: The farm's biggest event of the year has been expanded to two days to accommodate all of the children and families that want to meet live reindeer, have their photo taken, enjoy hot chocolate, make crafts and purchase stocking stuffers. For admission rates and other information, call 734-374-5946.

 10th Annual True Meaning of Christmas – free Christmas dinner
When:
Noon to 3 p.m. Christmas Day, 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. The dinner is open to everybody! 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. The Taylor Police Department has donated dozens of turkeys and hams. Further contributions are made by the Taylor Governmental Management and Administrative Employees Association. 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 at beautiful Lakes of Taylor. Start the celebration out right with a tantalizing appetizer buffet featuring Swedish meatballs, pear and brie in phylo dough, assorted cheese and crackers, fresh fruit and antipasto skewers. The meal includes hand-carved roasted prime rib of beef, Snapper Veracruz, crab stuffed shrimp, Chicken Veringue and much more – including an elaborate dessert display. Seating is by reservation only; call (734) 287-9001.

 Seniors New Year’s Party
When: 2 to 6 p.m. January 9
Where: William Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy Street
What: There will be a catered meal and musical entertainment during the annual Near Year’s bash for seniors. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased by January 2. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call the City of Taylor Department of Senior Services at (313) 291-7740.