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Christmas in July at The Ford House

It might be peak summer temperatures outside but at Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, the jolly old elf himself and Mrs. Claus are stopping by as part of their summer vacation! And they are bringing special news about this winter’s holidays at Ford House.

On Tuesday, July 25, at 12 p.m., Ford House will kick off “Christmas in July” with a special experience featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. Arriving at the historic estate in their red Ford Mustang convertible, the beloved Christmas couple will spread holiday cheer as they announce Ford House’s new winter holiday event, “Home for the Holidays at Ford House”.

“Home for the Holidays at Ford House” is a new winter experience, combining the best features from several years of Christmas programming. From November 24 to December 31, visitors will enjoy a brilliantly lit evening walk throughout the historic estate with glittering white lights surrounding them. Additionally, guests will be able to explore the first floor of the Main Residence and marvel at its understated elegance, a look inspired by Eleanor Ford’s tastes and wishes.

“We are so thrilled to bring this new event to our guests,” says Mary Ann Bauman, Ford House Public Events and Engagement Manager. “Our guests have shared their favorite moments from previous years, and we’ve gathered those together to make ‘Home for the Holidays at Ford House’ a truly magical experience the longtime visitors and first-time guests will all enjoy.”

The Christmas in July kick-off begins at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, outside the Ford House Main Residence. Tickets to this ceremony are free, but reservations are recommended. Visitors and media can sign up to attend by visiting

Tickets to “Home for the Holidays at Ford House” go on sale to Ford House members at 12:30 p.m. in person on July 25 at the Visitor Center and then online the next morning. Tickets for the public go on sale on Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

Julie McKeeman
Author: Julie McKeeman

Julie is first and foremost a mom of two amazing kiddos, Elliott and Bennett. She is an elementary school librarian whose passion is to create safe spaces for all children.