Celebrate the Holidays
at The Henry Ford

Museum Programming

Celebrate Holidays - Visit With Santa

Visits with Santa
Start your holiday season by visiting history’s greatest toymaker at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. For one special weekend only, say hello and snap your own photo with Santa in front of our towering 25-foot tree.

Hallmark Exhibition

Miniature Moments: A Journey through Hallmark® Keepsake Ornaments
Explore our extensive collection of nearly 7,000 Hallmark ornaments made between 1973 and 2009. Relive holiday memories, remember special people and events, and find new inspiration for your own holiday traditions as you experience the artistry and creativity that went into creating each Keepsake ornament.

Light and Joy in the Holiday Season
For many, December provides a time of reflection, gathering and hope for the future. Through this limited-time exhibition and series of performances, discover how Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s are celebrated through traditions of food and light.

MichLUG LEGO Building Display
November 18 - January 5

Holiday Train Display
November 18 - January 5

Polar Express

Polar Express 3D
The Christmas tradition continues at Giant Screen Experience. The Polar Express has delighted families for years at The Henry Ford. Join us again for the adventure, excitement, and magic of this holiday classic.

Shopping Experiences

Celebrate Holidays - Holiday Greens and Trees

Holiday Greens & Tree Lot
Take home a seasonal tradition from our Holiday Greens and Tree Lot, located outside of Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. We specially source our fresh balsam firs for their heritage shape and distinctive pine scent. Museum admission is not required to shop. Closed for the season.

Members Shopping

Member Shopping Night
Be the first to unwrap the magic of the season with this exciting after-hours retail event featuring live music, cider and donuts, and lots of holiday spirit.

2023 Pink and Red Candy Cane

Online Retail Store
Shop our online retail store for The Henry Ford exclusives and artisan handcrafts from Greenfield Village.

Learn More About Our Holiday Stories

Wright Brothers' Christmas Tree

Wright Brothers' Christmas Tree - Video
Christmas was a special time in the Wright home.
Hallmark Ornaments

Through the Years with Hallmark Ornaments - Blog
The Henry Ford recently acquired a collection of thousands of Hallmark ornaments from Indiana Hallmark retailer, The Party Shop, spanning the years 1973 to 2009.
How to Make 1760s Hot Chocolate

How to Make 1760s Hot Chocolate - Video
In 18th-century America, a warm chocolate drink was as popular as coffee and tea.
Hanukkah - Artifacts

View Hanukkah Artifacts  - Collections
Begin to explore these artifacts through The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation® through our digital collections.
How WWII GIs Celebrated Christmas

How WWII GIs Celebrated Christmas - Video
It's December of 1944 in wartime England, and the tide is turning in favor of the Allied Forces.