Holiday Splendor fundraiser to shine at Cranbrook

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 27, 2017

 Trees, tables and more will be adorned during the annual Holiday Splendor event at Cranbrook House Dec. 1-3.

Trees, tables and more will be adorned during the annual Holiday Splendor event at Cranbrook House Dec. 1-3.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Thanksgiving has passed, so go ahead: Put that Christmas tree up without fear of grief from Grinches.

And if you’re looking for a little festive inspiration, you can head to the annual Holiday Splendor event at Cranbrook House this weekend. The halls of the historical estate’s first floor will be decked out with 23 unique tree- and tablescapes created by various designers and organizations.

“The enchanted manor becomes even more magical and inspiring when it’s decorated for the holidays,” said Cranbrook House spokesperson Eric Franchy in an email. “These holiday settings are the work of local residents, organizations and businesses who volunteer their time and talent to make the event possible. They are essentially given free rein of their space, which makes Holiday Splendor exciting to see each year.”

Randy Forester, of the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary, said he’s especially looking forward to a display that will be presented in the dining room by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

“The Cranbrook Kingswood girls school had all of this gorgeous china and silver that the girls in the boarding school would sit down to with white gloves and be served by waitresses,” he said. “So they’re pulling out that vintage china and silverware, and they’ll replicate an actual table from the days of Kingswood gone by in the ’50s and ’60s.”

Franchy said guests will get the chance to explore each exhibit, get some holiday shopping done in the gift shop and have a little fun with a scavenger hunt challenge. On Saturday, families with advance reservations will receive a free gift and the chance to chat with Santa Claus, who’s scheduled to appear 9 a.m.-noon.

Of course, it is the season of giving, and Holiday Splendor wouldn’t be the same without a little support for local causes, like Mittens in Detroit, which distributes gloves to children and adults in need around metro Detroit, and the Judson Center.

The event will also benefit the Cranbrook Auxiliary, which keeps the historical estate running with help from volunteers year-round.

“Guests are encouraged to bring new mittens and gloves to support the great work being done by Mittens in Detroit, and new toys and diapers to assist in the efforts of the Judson Center,” Franchy said. “As Cranbrook founder George Booth often said, ‘The only way to have is to give.’”

Holiday Splendor: Trains and Trees will be open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Admission costs $20, or $10 for children 5-10 years old. Children under 4 are admitted for free.

To make reservations for the Santa Sighting, contact Cranbrook House and Gardens at (248) 645-3149. Cranbrook House is located at 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills. Additional parking will be available across the street at Christ Church Cranbrook, and a shuttle will transport guests from that lot.