Step into Christmases of the past at historic homes decorated for the holidays including Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester. Completed in 1929, the 88,000-square foot mansion was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of auto baron John Dodge and her second husband, lumberman Alfred Wilson.
The Cotswold-style home of Henry Ford’s son, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House on Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores, is dressed for Christmas Traditions that include Nutcracker and Holiday Teas, a Holiday Dinner and Tour, and Christmas Story Time.
W.K. Kellogg’s summer home welcomes visitors on select December dates for the annual Kellogg Manor House Holiday Walk. The mid-1920s Tudor-style home is on Gull Lake near Battle Creek.
For an idea of how Depression Era families celebrated the holidays visit the Scolnik House in Muskegon, while the décor at the neighboring Hackley and Hume Houses evokes grand Christmases of the 1890s. In Grand Rapids the 1895 Voigt House Victorian Museum celebrates an old fashioned Christmas on two December weekends and hosts kids at Christmas Break Kids Camps later in the month.