by CYNTHIA KMETT
It’s become a tradition to take the annual tour of Meadow Brook Hall during the holidays, and you don’t want to miss it.
Welcoming guests to a preview of the home last week was Alaina Campbell, president of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an absolute jewel in the heart of our community,” she stated with a smile when introducing Rochester Mayor Cathy Daldin, who couldn’t agree more. Meadow Brook Hall is “truly one of the best gems this community has and I’m thrilled to share it with you,” she said.
Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett concurs. “It’s always such a special time to come here,” he said of the annual Holiday Tour. “Jewels and gems aren’t enough to describe the magnificence of this home.” He wanted to thank everyone who works so hard to make this annual event a success. “We are thrilled that this is in our city and the Christmas magic is here.”
If you haven’t taken the tour, Mayor Barnett says this is the year to cross it off your bucket list.
New things are happening at Meadow Brook’s annual Holiday Walk from “Holiday Lights and Winter Nights” and guided candlelight tours to an interactive “Kids Candy Adventure” and more!
Meadow Brook Hall’s 46th annual Holiday Walk runs November 24 through December 23, 2017. Visitors can tour the grand rooms of the great estate decked in elegant holiday decor, then stroll down candy cane lane to the land of “Santa & Sweets.”
The 2017 Holiday Walk is sponsored by Oakland University Credit Union. April Clobes, president an CEO of the MSU and OU Credit Union said, “We are most proud to be presenting this event. Our goal is to help our members meet their dreams.”
The Meadow Brook estate will shine a little brighter this holiday season during “Holiday Lights and Winter Nights.” For these special evening tours, guests will experience the National Historic Landmark trimmed in lights then walk the lit path to the “Land of Santa and Sweets” located at Knole Cottage and Danny’s Cabin, where they can warm themselves by the outdoor fire while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Self-guided house tours will also be available during “Holiday Lights and Winter Nights.” Also new this year, children of all ages can participate in the “Kids Candy Adventure,” inspired by the Candy Land board game, where kids will search for treats and sweets while touring the mansion then collect their prize at Candy Cane Cottage.
Candlelight Tours will take place on December 10 and December 17. Guests will enjoy an evening guided tour of The Hall complete with the ambient glow of candlelight and a champagne reception in the Ballroom. The cost to attend is $40 per person. Reservations are required. To make a reservation call (248) 364-6252 or purchase tickets online at meadowbrookhall.org.
Santa will be at his workshop located inside Danny’s Cabin on December 21 through December 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. Families are encouraged to stop in for a visit and snap a selfie with Santa! Tour admission required to visit with Santa.
Throughout the Holiday Walk, children can write a letter to Santa and drop it in his mailbox while visiting his workshop.
Meadow Brook’s 46th Annual Holiday Walk is open to the public from Friday, November 24 through Saturday, December 23, 2017. Tour hours are Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admittance at 4 p.m.), and “Holiday Lights and Winter Nights” takes place on December 11 and December 18 through December 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (last admittance at 8 p.m.). Tickets are $20 for adults, $7.50 for children 17 and under (accompanied by an adult); children age 2 and under are free. On Tuesdays, seniors age 62 and older will receive $5 off admission. All tours are self-guided and reservations are not required.
Meadow Brook Hall is fully self-supporting, relying on special events such as the annual Holiday Walk for the preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. For more information about the Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk, call (248) 364-6200 or visit meadowbrookhall.org
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook Hall represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival style architecture in America and is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square feet. It was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens.
Named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, Meadow Brook Hall strives to preserve and interpret its architecture, landscape, and fine and decorative art so that visitors may be entertained, educated and inspired by history.