Meadow Brook Holiday Walk gets national recognition

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published November 27, 2018

 The Meadow Brook Hall the Meadow Brook Hall is filled with holiday décor.

The Meadow Brook Hall the Meadow Brook Hall is filled with holiday décor.

Photo by Donna Agusti

ROCHESTER HILLS — Meadow Brook Hall’s annual Holiday Walk is in the running for recognition as the best holiday historic home tour in the nation.

“Right now we are in third place,” Shannon O’Berski, MBH director of external relations, said Nov. 20. “Beating out the Biltmore (Estate) and Graceland. We may have a shot here to win.”

O’Berski urged the public to vote for MBH by following a link on the hall’s Facebook page.

“It would really matter to us and have a big impact to our visibility outside Michigan,” she said. Voting ends Dec. 10. The competition is sponsored by USA Today.

This year’s Holiday Walk offers some new treats for visitors. A massive poinsettia tree features 150 live poinsettias.

“It is brand-new this year on the sun porch,” O’Berski said. “We also have a lot of fun family activities inspired by the (Wilson) family dog. Santa is coming, and this time he is bringing his reindeer.”

The hall’s 47th annual Holiday Walk runs Nov. 23-Dec. 23. The hall is decked with more than 50 dazzling Christmas trees. Visitors are invited to a self-guided tour of grand rooms filled with holiday décor.

Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook Hall was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens.

“It is a National Historic Landmark that led to the founding of Oakland University,”  Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Alaina Campbell said. “We are blessed to have it in our community.”

“It is one of my favorite places in the city,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “Every year, (the Holiday Walk) changes a little. I love the music and the lights. I’m thankful Mrs. Wilson believed in legacy and community.”

The annual Holiday Walk is a fundraiser that supports the preservation and interpretation of the hall. For a full schedule of MBH Holiday Walk events and tickets, call (248) 364-6200 or visit www.meadowbrookhall.org.