Christmas comes to Ann Arbor's Concordia University this weekend

Visitors can enjoy a decked out Earhart mansion, performances and more

By Meredith Bruckner - Community News Producer

Each room of the Earhart Manor is professionally decorated by local interior designers (Photo: Concordia University)

ANN ARBOR - December is finally here, and Concordia University is hosting its inaugural holiday event A Manor Christmas Dec. 1-3. It will be nothing short of spectacular.

Seven local interior designers have transformed the university's historic Earhart Manor, the admissions office, into an enchanting Christmas home. The designers left their mark on different areas in the home, including the foyer, several grand rooms and the impressive upstairs ballroom.

The historic Earhart Manor on Concordia University Ann Arbor’s campus was home to Carrie and Harry Boyd (H.B.) Earhart in the early 1900’s (Photo: Concordia University)

The event is free to the public, and includes:

  • Guided tours of Earhart Manor
  • An outdoor Christkindlmarkt featuring food and art
  • Moving lantern parade
  • Festival of Trees display (available for purchase, community groups decorate dozens of trees)
  • Christmas tree lighting ceremony
  • Visit with Santa and his elf
  • Bow-making tutorials
  • Roving carolers
  • Student performances
  • Children's activities

The event benefits North Star Reach, the Paul Newman SeriousFun Network camp in Pinckney, Michigan.

Mrs. Earhart’s beloved greenhouse was restored for this weekend’s event and will offer musical entertainment, face painting for children, a family photo opportunity in front of the Christmas tree, as well as demonstrations for ornament painting and bow-making (Photo: Concordia University)


Friday, Dec. 1: 3 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: 12 - 9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3: 12 - 3 p.m.


Concordia University Ann Arbor, 4090 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor

Organizers say the prime time to visit is Friday/Saturday afternoon or early evening.

Signs throughout the grounds point the way to the Christkindlmarkt, Earhart Manor tours, children’s activities, and more (Photo: Concordia University)
Design groups involved:
•    Wendy Ryan Interiors
•    Enchanted Florist of Ypsilanti
•    Jane Henderson Interior Design
•    Elizabeth J. Interiors
•    State Street Studios
•    Full Fathom Five Interior Design
•    Christopher & Company – Walled Lake, Michigan

For more information about A Manor Christmas, click here.

Some of the rooms include the living and dining room, the library with a secret passageway to H.B. Earhart’s billiard’s room, and Mrs. Earhart’s morning room (Photo: Concordia University)

According to the press release:

"Event-goers can extend their celebration by purchasing tickets to Concordia’s 40th annual Boar’s Head Festival pageant, where medieval Christmas traditions are woven together with symbolism and the story of Christ’s birth. Call 734.995.7537 to reserve Boar’s Head Festival tickets."

A Manor Christmas is a free, family friendly event open to the community on Dec. 1-3 at Concordia University Ann Arbor (Photo: Concordia University)

Vendor tents line the grounds with options for artisan goods, holiday foods, and Christmas gifts for loved ones (Photo: Concordia University)

About the Earhart Mansion

"Once an historic 400-acre dairy farm on Geddes Road along the Huron River, the property, known as 'the Meadows,' was purchased by Carrie and Harry Boyd (H.B.) Earhart in 1916. H.B. Earhart made his fortune in the gasoline business in Detroit. They moved their family of four children to Ann Arbor to enjoy the 'small town living' that the community offered at the time.

The family home displayed treasures from their extensive travels, and the famous gardens were lovingly kept up by Carrie and H.B Earhart, personally.

In the early 1960s, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod purchased the land from the Earhart family for Concordia College. Concordia has since grown from a two-year college to a four-year university."

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