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Host Dr. Paul Reeves and Karl Ziomek discuss the holiday events with Mayor Rick Sollars in his week's "Coffee with Mayor Rick Sollars" weekly podcast.
Included in the discussion is the success of such November events as the Taylor Winter Festival, sales at the Recreation Center, Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lakes of Taylor and Lunch with the Clauses at the Petting Farm. Mayor Sollars also explains the "blue hue" of the Christmas lighting at Heritage Park. The trio then preview December's events across the community, starting with a special adoption day at the Animal Shelter and Taylor Community Chorus holiday concert, both scheduled this weekend (see the events' tab of the website).
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Santa’s Magic Forest has once again returned to the Heritage Park Activity Building (12111 Pardee Road) and welcomes visitors for the holiday season. An enchanted realm that delights children and adults, the Magic Forest features more than 20 different magical and heartwarming Christmas scenes, made lively by moving animatronic figures. Since enhanced by the City of Taylor, a number of the holiday scenes were once displayed at the famous Ford Rotunda and at Hudson’s Department Stores.
Awaiting children in the heart of the Magic Forest are Santa and Mrs. Claus. There’s an opportunity for every child to sit on Santa’s lap and share their hopes for Christmas. Rosecrans Picture Perfect Photography is also on hand to create the perfect individual portrait of those visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Magic Forest welcomes visitors every weekend: Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 7 p.m. General admission (cash only) to Santa’s Magic Forest is $3 with children 3 and younger admitted free. School groups are welcomed during the week through special, advance arrangement by calling (734) 992-6284.
The Magic Forest is assembled and staffed by volunteers as a benefit for the Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry. All proceeds from the Magic Forest support the Taylor-based pantry, which distributes 1.5 million pounds of free food annually to families in need across six Downriver and Dearborn Heights communities.
The official presenting sponsor for Santa’s Magic Forest is Masco Corporation. Other sponsors include Real Estate One (Gold sponsor), UAW-Ford National Programs Center (Silver Bell Sponsor), DTE Energy (Holiday scene Sponsor), Downriver Association of Realtors (Magic Forest Host), and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency (Magic Forest Host).
For more information about Fish and Loaves, visit the website www.downriverfishandloaves.com or check out the pantry on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fishandloaves.
Other key December holiday events in the City include:
REINDEER DAYS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 10 and 11 at the Heritage Park Petting Farm. Admission is $5 per person; under 3 free. Visit real Reindeer and spend time with Santa Claus.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to noon December 10 at the Lakes of Taylor Golf Course. Admission is $9.95; under 3 free. Great experience for the entire family includes an excellent buffet breakfast and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves and others. Space limited. Call (734) 287-2100.
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: A day of skating, dinner and a movie with Santa and his elves at the Taylor Sportsplex. VIP $10 ticket is good for skating with Santa and dinner with elves, beginning at 3 p.m. GA $2 ticket good for “Elf” the movie at 6 p.m. Limited tickets. Call (734) 374-8900.
TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS DINNER: The 19th annual free Christmas dinner will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, December 25, at the William Ford Senior Activities Center. Sponsored since its inception by the Domski Family of Taylor, the dinner is free to anyone who wants to attend. If you need transportation, call (313) 291-7740 before or on the day of the event.