Looking for a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season with the family? Concordia University Ann Arbor is hosting A Manor Christmas December 1-3, featuring entertainment, shopping, and food for the entire family. The campus will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with an outdoor Christkindl market, a heated entertainment tent, a lantern parade and tree lighting, and tours of the 1916 Earhart Mansion.
“This event serves as Concordia’s Christmas card to the community,” said Joan Koerschen, event chairperson. A Manor Christmas is free and open to the public.
Here are five fun activities to check out:
Deck the halls!
Tour the historic Earhart manor house on the grounds of Concordia’s campus. Rooms will be professionally decorated by local designers. Make sure to check out the secret passageway that leads to the gentlemen’s billiard room, which will be decorated by Full Fathom Five Interior Design.
O Christmas Tree!
The third floor ballroom of the manor will be transformed into a Festival of Trees. The tabletop Christmas trees have been decorated and donated by local business and community groups, and will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of trees will benefit North Star Reach, a camp for children with medical challenges, along with Concordia Scholarship Fund.
Here We Come A- Wassailing!
Visit the Christkindlmarkt and experience a unique European-style shopping and dining experience featuring seasonal foods and drinks, greens, and hand crafted gifts from local artisans.
Santa Claus is Coming To Town! Look for appearances by Kris Kringle during the holiday weekend festivities. Twisty The Magic Elf ( a.k.a. Keryn Thompson Kolar) will also be on hand to perform illusions and create unique balloon sculptures on Saturday, December 2 from 2-3pm, and also on Sunday, December 3 from 1-2pm.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
Local performer Kevin Devine will lead a family holiday sing-along program on Sunday afternoon, December 3. Devine is a singer/songwriter who has been performing and recording children’s music for more than twenty years.
Still need more Christmas cheer? Attendees can purchase advanced tickets for the 40th annual Boar’s Head Festival, a medieval Christmas pageant that explores the symbols and traditions of the season. The performance will take place in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity at Concordia’s main campus on Dec. 1-3. This year’s performance is directed by Gerald Dzuiblinski, with music directed by Dr. Brian Altevogt. To purchase tickets, call 734-995-7537.
Concordia University is located at 4090 Geddes Rd.
A Manor Christmas takes place: Dec. 1 from 3-9pm, Dec. 2 from 12-9 pm, and Dec. 3 from 12-4.
For more information visit cuaa.edu