Santa Claus is coming to town – and you’re invited to welcome him!
The spirit of the holidays officially kicks off when Santa Claus arrives in Taylor by fire truck during the Santa’s Magic Forest Holiday Parade, starting at noon Saturday, November 27, at Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.
The public is invited to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus, dignitaries and other community groups marching in the parade.
Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand will present a key to Santa that will unlock Santa’s Magic Forest, Downriver’s finest and most festive holiday display, located in the Heritage Park Activity Building.
Several hours later, at 6 p.m., the public also is invited to the annual holiday tree lighting and sing-along at the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, located on Northline Road, just east of Pardee Road.
The parade will start at the back of Heritage Park and march up the roadway to the Activity Building. Spectators should line up on the north side of the park.
The parade lineup will feature many local groups, including the city elected officials, the Kennedy High School marching band, cheerleaders, homecoming queens and kings, members of the Taylor police and fire departments, representatives of Taylor Ford and the Rotary Club of Taylor, volunteers with the Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry, members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and the Taylor Cultural Arts Commission, and Bo Bo the Clown.
Mayor Lamarand will formally welcome Santa to Taylor. Free hot cocoa will be served. Families then will have the opportunity to walk through Santa’s Magic Forest.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be mainstays in the Magic Forest along with hundreds of animated characters and thousands of twinkling lights. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. The Magic Forest also will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. December 20-22 during Christmas week.
Local churches and schools will provide periodic entertainment throughout the weekend hours. Admission is $3; $2 for children 10 years of age and younger. Pictures with Santa by Rosecran’s Picture Perfect Photography will be available for purchase for $7 each.
All proceeds benefit the Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry, which provides food to Downriver families in need. The pantry, located on Northline Road in Taylor, serves Taylor and the five surrounding communities. (To volunteer, call 734-442-0031.)
“If you remember the wonderful holiday displays at Hudson’s from several decades ago, you will love Santa’s Magic Forest,” said Fish and Loaves volunteer Connie Fedel. “My family looks forward to this every year. It’s great family fun.”
The third annual holiday tree lighting and sing-along is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Taylor Conservatory. Participants will sing songs of the season and light up the 20-foot Christmas tree under the conservatory dome. Refreshments and cookies will be provided.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT IS NOVEMBER 28
The Taylor Cultural Arts Commission will present the annual Taylor Community Chorus Christmas Concert starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 28, at Taylor’s William D. Ford Senior Activity Center.
Directed by Mark Ennis, the cheerful sounds of the chorus in concert are sure to put the audience in the holiday spirit. Tickets are only $5. They can be purchased in advance by calling (313) 291-7893 or may be purchased at the door.
The Ford Center is located at 6750 Troy, west of Telegraph Road and north of Ecorse Road.
For more information on the chorus or becoming a member of the Taylor Cultural Arts Commission, visit www.taylorarts.org.
Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Magic Forest.