Greenmead Historical Park

Greenmead Historical Park is a nearly 200-year-old, 95-acre historical park purchased by the City of Livonia in 1976 and operated by the City of Livonia’s Parks and Recreation Department. The park includes the historical Greenmead Farm and its outbuildings, a 13-building historical village, Greenmead Community Garden, Virginia B. Matley Nature Trail, and soccer fields. Special events are hosted on the grounds of the historical village, including weddings.

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Greenmead 365 is a public master planning effort to develop a 20-year plan that will lay out the future of Greenmead Historical Park. This unique and important treasure trove of history needs to be able to better serve the residents of Livonia and Metropolitan Detroit. To do so, we need you to tell us what you’d want at Greenmead. Greenmead 365 is a public engagement effort to do just that.

What would you like to see at Greenmead 365 days a year? What would make you and your family want to come to Greenmead Historical Park daily, weekly, monthly, annually? To be able to make Greenmead more interesting and engaging for you, we need to know what you want from it. Visit Greenmead365.com to get involved and let us know what you'd like Greenmead's future to look like.


Alexander Blue House

Special events

LIVONIA PARKS AND RECREATION HOLIDAY FUN

We've got a big lineup of holiday activities this December. Check back for more details on each individual event, or visit our registration portal to register for those events that require it.

  • Nov. 9-Dec. 3 – Santa's Mailbox @ Kirksey Recreation Center
  • Dec. 1-24 – Deck the Rec @ Kirksey Recreation Center AND Greenmead Historical Park 
  • Dec. 3-4, 10-12, 17-19 – 5-10 p.m. Fri/Sat., 5-8 p.m. Sun. Night of Lights (Santa 5-8 p.m.) @ Greenmead Historical Park
  • Dec. 4 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch with Santa* @ Civic Park Senior Center (sold out)
  • Dec. 4 – 1-4 p.m. Santa Stroll* @ Greenmead Historical Park (sold out)
  • Dec. 5 – 4 p.m. Merry & Bright Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting @ Civic Center Campus (Frost MS to City Hall, then library)
  • Dec. 5-31 – Light Up Livonia citywide
  • Dec. 11 – 3-5 p.m. Christmas Tea* @ Greenmead Historical Park (sold out)
  • Dec. 13-14 – 6-8 p.m. Santa's Workshop Calling* (by phone)

*Registration required.

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DECK THE REC2021 Deck the Rec Flyer Opens in new window

Calling local organizations, businesses, and families! Does your tree have what it takes to win the title of Best Holiday Tree in Livonia? There’s a new spin on Deck the Rec. Place your tree at either location: the Kirksey Recreation Center or Greenmead Historical Park. There will be one winner from each location. Each participating group will receive four single-day passes to the Kirksey Recreation Center.

Space is limited on this fun contest! The recreation center location is sold out, but there is still space available to register for an outdoor tree at Greenmead. Voting runs Dec. 1-24.

Participant must provide tree (artificial; at least 5-feet tall) and all decorations (securely attached). Electricity is provided; no open flames are allowed. Participant is responsible for set up on or before Dec. 1 and take-down Dec. 29-30. Voting runs Dec. 1-24.

Livonia Save Our Youth is sponsoring prizes for the winners of both outdoor and indoor trees.



NIGHT OF LIGHTS2021-12-3 Night of Lights Flyer

Night of Lights, presented by Masco Corp., is back with more lights, more activities and more community fun! Formal activities for this regional holiday attraction will take place the first three weekends in December with the lights on display all month long. Night of Lights will take over Greenmead Historical Park from 5-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. Sundays from Dec. 3-4, 10-12 and 17-19. There is no event Dec. 5 so everyone can attend the Merry & Bright Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be returning for visits on the porch of the Alexander Blue House. New this year will be children’s arts and crafts inside Newburg School, and heated hospitality tent with outside firepits for sales of alcoholic beverages, snacks, warm beverages, and soft drinks for public gatherings on the weekends. Youth choir performances at Newburg Church as well.

Several Greenmead buildings will be decorated with lights:

*Alexander Blue House - Sponsored by DTE Energy
*Newburg Church - Sponsored by Edward Jones - Robin Whitfield
*Newburg School - Sponsored by Community Financial Credit Union
*Bungalow House - Sponsored by Embassy Title Agency
*A.J. Geer Store - Sponsored by MacFarland & Co.
*Blue Office - Sponsored by Marygrove Awning
*Street hockey rinks sponsored by Consumers Energy and Jimmy John's restaurants will be open for play.

Welcome Sponsors include Bill Brown Ford, OHM Advisors, LaFontaine dealerships, Livonia Save Our Youth, Lifemark Securities, Mercantile Bank, Schoolcraft College, Greener Method, Hegira Health, NYX, GFL Environmental, D&B Landscaping, Ford Motor Co., Cole, Newton and Duran, Madonna University, Growth Works, Cheryl Bowker Allstate, Community Choice Credit Union, Roush, Ashley Capital, Livonia Police Department, Livonia Golf Division, and UPS Store.

Admission will be a $10 suggested donation per vehicle for the activities during the weekend evenings.

Some event proceeds will be used to support Friends of Greenmead and the Livonia Anniversary Committee. Also, volunteers will be needed to staff the activities and earn money for their service clubs or sports teams. For more information, contact Livonia Chamber of Commerce President Dan West at dwest@livonia.org.

Nothing puts the holiday spirit into a community event more than the community itself. We’re looking for community members to bring that festive cheer to our event. Choose one shift or one for each of the eight days the event will run, but we’re seeking community members to volunteer their time Friday-Sunday the first three weekends in December for shifts ranging from 4:30-10 p.m. that average 2-3-hour increments. Check IDs at the drink tent (ages 18+), help with the Santa line, kids crafts, games, collecting parking donations or help as needed to get a broader view of the event. Grab a friend and sign up together, or go solo in spreading the holiday cheer. Sign up here to see how you can help or contact Billy at wkeppen@livonia.gov with any questions.


SANTA STROLL (sold out) 2021-12-4 Santa Stroll 2021 Opens in new window

Enjoy an afternoon blending rich history with contemporary celebration from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Greenmead Historical Park as you take photos with Santa, grab some take-and-make crafts, enjoy storytime, pet live reindeer, nab giveaways and more!

Please register for a 45-minute time slot as your arrival time and then enjoy a stroll through the village after your visit with Santa. This event is sold out.

Sponsored by Christian Financial Credit Union, Ascend Medical and Steinkopf Nursey.




CHRISTMAS TEA (sold out) 2021-12-11 Christmas Tea Opens in new window

Share an afternoon of holiday spirit with friends and family over tea, sandwiches and desserts at our Christmas Tea from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Greenmead Historical Park's Alexander Blue House. Courses will be served on Christmas china, with fine silverware and linens, and will be accompanied by holiday entertainment.

To assist staff with seating arrangements, please purchase all tickets for your group under one name. If members of your group are purchasing individual tickets, please provide full names when prompted at check out. 

Please be advised that parking for this event will only be available in Parking Lot B (southernmost Blue House lot) or the Special Events Parking Lot due to the Night of Lights event.

Register here or call (248) 477-7375 for more information. This event is sold out.