Several school groups, including cheerleaders, DECA, Taylor Robotics and Champions (the district's elementary school before- and after-school program) will participate as the City of Taylor, Downriver Fish & Loaves Food Pantry and the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens hosts the “Taylor Winter Festival Christmas Kickoff” at Heritage Park (Northline and Pardee roads) Saturday, November 28.
The fun will begin at 3 p.m. with “The Christmas Parade” (free admission), to be held along the ring road inside Heritage Park. It will feature Fire and Police vehicles (including the Taylor Fire Department’s newest vehicle), various civic organizations and, or course, the arrival of Santa Claus!
Tentatively scheduled to attend are “Frozen Characters” Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Carey Ann’s Clown Caravan; the Culver’s and Liberty Tax mascots; members of Taylor Dance, Belle Tire hockey, Taylor Little League baseball, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Allen Park Knights of Columbus; Miss USA Michigan Da’Stanza Murphy; the Miss Downriver Teens; Taylor Robotics; Taylor Soccer; and various cheerleading and student groups from the Taylor high schools and middle schools.
The parade will begin at approximately 3 p.m. near the Northline Road entrance to Heritage Park (which will be closed for this event) and will march to the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion. Anyone attending should park in the Sheridan Center (Pardee Road) parking lot. To view the parade, take the path located along the north side of the Activities Building to the parking lots behind. They border on the park's circular drive, and should offer the best viewing. Those lots will be closed to vehicles on parade day.
The parade will end in front of the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion. At approximately 4 p.m., “The Sheridan Center Tree Lighting” (free admission) will include entertainment by the Taylor Community Chorus and others, presentations, ice sculptures, giveaways, rides and the initial lighting of a huge new Christmas tree that will be located in the open air pavilion for the rest of the holiday season. The tree was donated to the City of Taylor by Realty Transition LLC. City workers have been installing the huge tree inside the Sheridan Center this week.
Afterward, the entire crowd will march next door to the Activities Building for an approximate 5 p.m. “Grand Opening of Santa’s Magic Forest” (GA $3, children under 3 are free). Enjoy Downriver’s finest indoor Christmas display. Get your photos taken with Santa Claus ($8)!
Then wrap up the evening with a 6 p.m. “Bonfire and Tree Lighting” at the Taylor Conservatory (free admission). Enjoy refreshments and song and the warmth of the bonfire before the Conservatory lights its Christmas tree to cap off the day’s events!
Officials from the City of Taylor, Downriver Fish & Loaves Food Pantry and the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens hope this event will be the start of an ever-expanding kickoff celebration of the Holiday Season. Sponsors of this event are Biggby Coffee, Target, Texas Roadhouse and Meijer.
Fish & Loaves is the sponsor and beneficiary of Santa’s Magic Forest. It is a 501(c)3, client-choice, food pantry, “Ensuring No One Goes Hungry” in the communities they serve. It is a faith based, non-sectarian organization staffed by volunteers serving those in need regardless of religious beliefs. Located in a 12,000 square-foot facility, the pantry currently serves residents of seven adjacent communities--Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, and Woodhaven.
The Taylor Conservatory Foundation is also a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is creating beautiful public spaces, promoting the arts and sciences, and preserving the natural environment by promoting positive community outcomes with its programs designed for a multitude of social, educational, and environmental needs.
PARKING NOTES: The Northline Road entrance to Heritage Park will be CLOSED for this event. Anyone arriving should use the Pardee Road entrance. Spectators should park in front of the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion. Parade participants should also use the Pardee entrance, but will be directed to a parking location deeper inside Heritage Park, closer to the area where the parade will begin.