​​Macomb County Heritage Alliance 


The Octagon House, 57500 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48094

Late Fall events

December 3, 

Victorian Christmas Tea
Join us for this annual holiday event.  The tea is $25.00 includes tea and raffles to support the restoration and maintenance of the Octagon House.  Additional information at octagonhouse.org calendar.  Reservations are required 586-781-0084.

December 10,

The last Victorian Christmas Tea for 2022.  Join us in this holiday favorite.  The house is dressed for the holidays.  Reservations are required $25.00 per person. Enjoy the fundraising raffles to support the restoration and maintenance of the Octagon House.  Reservations at 586-781-0084 or info@octagonhouse.org. 

Calendar of Events

​MCHA Member Organizations

Baumgartner House, Christmas Open House, December 4, 1-4 p.m.

Our December Christmas Open House at the Baumgartner House will be on Sunday December 4th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Depot is full of really nice Christmas décor and we have it all priced and ready for sale. We will be serving Christmas cookies and hot chocolate for you to snack on while you do your shopping.

Since we are not able to store unsold Christmas décor, we will be having a half price sale on Sunday December 11th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please come and help us clear out everything.

The Baumgartner Museum will be closed during the winter months of January and February. We will open up again on March 5th with our Easter décor sale.

Huron-Clinton Metro Parks have events running every week! Check out their website for more information. 

Holiday Lights at the Farm, Wolcott Mill Metropark, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, multiple time slots

Get in to the holiday spirit by taking in the signs and sounds of the season at the Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center. Stroll through the farm and enjoy traditional holiday decorations and thousands of sparkling lights. Write your letter to Santa at the letter writing station, then visit with him in his workshop in the Dairy Barn. Listen to Holiday music while you visit our resident animals and take a tractor drawn wagon ride around the farm fields to check out the holiday light displays. Spending a relaxing evening at the Farm Center is sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit. This program is outdoor only so please dress for the weather.

Ages: Fun for all ages!
Cost:$8 per person, children under two are Free.
Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

Winter Wonderland, Lake St. Clair Metropark, December 3, 10 a.m.- Noon and 1-3 p.m. 

​Get in the holiday spirit with us here at Lake St. Clair Nature Center! Join us to create unique winter themed keepsakes, get to know woodland critters here in the park, participate in winter activities and enjoy some hot cocoa by the fire. There will be opportunities for winter family photos, so plan your winter wear accordingly! Afterwards join one of our naturalists to explore the nature trails in search of our winter animal friends.

Ages: Fun for all ages
Cost: $6 per child, $3 per adult, children under 2 are free!
Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. three days before the program.

Nature Ornaments, Lake St. Clair Metropark, December 4, 10 a.m. - Noon

Join us for a crafty afternoon sipping hot cocoa by the fire. Relax with some holiday music as you create unique ornaments made from natural materials. We’ll provide the instructions; you provide the creativity! This session is designed for older participants with more complex crafting planned, along with the use of tools such as hot glue guns.

Ages: 15 and older
Cost: $6 per person
Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. three days before the program.

Kids' Nature Ornaments, Lake St. Clair Metropark, December 4, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

During this kid-friendly program we’ll get crafty with natural materials and create one-of-a kind holiday ornaments! These crafts will be easy for little hands and won’t require tools like hot glue guns to create. We’ll enjoy sitting by the fire, sipping hot cocoa, listening to holiday music while using our creativity.

Ages: 5 and up
Cost: $5 per participating person
Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. three days before the program.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Visit the Octagon House, December 11

The Loren Andrus Octagon House will be hosting Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on Sunday, December 11.  The House will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This will be the last open house of 2022.   

In addition to visiting with Santa, you can take a self-guided tour of the house and enjoy the many Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations with docents available on each floor to assist you.  Christmas items will be for sale, many of which are handmade by our volunteers.  Don't miss the Gift Shop which has many unique gift ideas including books by local authors and our bake sale featuring many Christmas goodies.    

The Loren Andrus Octagon House is located at 57500 Van Dyke, just north of 26 Mile Road in Washington Township.  Admission is $6.00, children under 4 and members are free.  For additional information, visit our website at 
http://www.octagonhouse.org, email info@octagonhouse.org, or call 586-781-0084.