Ring in the holidays at the Troy Historic Village

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 24, 2015

 Lola Fultz, 4, of Troy, makes a Christmas card at the print shop at the Troy Historic Village last year.

Lola Fultz, 4, of Troy, makes a Christmas card at the print shop at the Troy Historic Village last year.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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Looking to celebrate Christmas close to home?

The Troy Historic Village and the city of Troy will offer holiday fun in your own backyard.

The Troy Historic Village will celebrate A Classic Christmas, offering a taste of the past  with hot mulled cider and — new this year — a make-your-own hot cocoa bar.

“You can still get a taste of the past at a homey, warm, Christmas event,” said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village. “It’s an alternative to the mall crush.”

Attendees can also make a Christmas card in the print shop.

For the first time this year, Boy Scout Troop 1701 will sell Christmas trees on-site.

“All the proceeds benefit the Scouts and the village,” Campbell said.

The jolly old elf will be on-site for photo opportunities, and people can also take photos with vintage clothing props in the Parsonage House. The Village Gift Shop will be open for business, and candy and cookies will be served.

The Historic Village is once again a collection site for Toys for Tots.

“We have a great relationship with Toys for Tots, and it’s a way for us to help and give back,” Campbell said.

“We’ve always been thrilled to partner with them,” said Rebecca Perelli Yarbrough, regional coordinator for Toys for Tots.

She said the unwrapped toys are distributed to children in need, from infants up to age 13. The Historic Village will collect toys through Dec. 11.

“Follow what’s hot (in toys), and that is a good choice,” Perelli Yarbrough said.

Donations may be made online at www.toysfortots.org, and cash will also be accepted at the event.

Perelli Yarbrough noted that 97 cents from every $1 given goes directly to the children.

“Toys collected in the community stay in the community until the needs are met, then distributed throughout southeast Michigan,” Perelli Yarbrough said, adding that the recipients are screened.

“We try not to miss a child,” she said. 

Santa will arrive in grand style at the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Veterans Plaza at Troy City Hall. The Athens High School choirs, under the direction of Adrienne Covian, will perform as Santa arrives with the Troy High Colts drumline. Hot cocoa, sweets from Tim Hortons and candy canes will be available. It will also be a collection site for Toys for Tots.

Troy Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart said that gathering around the Colorado blue spruce Christmas tree at City Hall has become a tradition that many families look forward to each year.

“It’s so wonderful to see the look of awe on the children’s faces as Santa marches in with the Troy High drumline and later lights the Christmas tree,” Stewart said. “To me, the Christmas tree lighting is the beginning of a truly magical season.”

The Troy Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road. Genisys Credit Union sponsors the free event.

The Troy Historic Village Classic Christmas will be held 1-3 p.m, Dec. 5 at the Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road. The cost is $8 per person, $5 for seniors and children 12 and younger, and $25 for a family. Free parking and a shuttle service will be available at Zion Church, 3668 Livernois Road. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit www.troyhistoricvillage.org/classic-christmas or call (248) 524-3570.

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