Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 at 6:00pm
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Downriver's Premiere Holiday Experience!
Remember “The Wizard of Oz,” one of Hollywood’s greatest hits? Recall how a tornado ripped through Kansas, whisking away little Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz. The movie made characters like The Wizard of Oz, The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Wicked Witch of the West into legendary figures. But what if Dorothy and Toto had been landed in a little different Oz? Like a park in Taylor …
The “Blizzard of Oz” is replacing the annual Taylor Winterfest this year. The Winterfest traditionally consists of a 5K run/walk, community parade, City tree lighting and fireworks display – all of which could not be done safely because of the pandemic. Likewise, Santa’s Magic Forest, an annual tradition in Taylor that benefits the Downriver Fish & Loaves Food Pantry, has also been cancelled this year. Given the holiday void, Mayor Rick Sollars is excited about the possibilities of this year’s offering.
The Taylor Winterfest will bring the holiday season to life as the “Blizzard of Oz” takes place at Heritage Park. Imagine a version of “The Wizard of Oz” meets the Great White North, and that will give visitors an idea of what they will be entering.
The City of Taylor and Bluewater Technologies, LLC, are partnering to create a winter wonderland filled with interactive high-tech laser shows, holiday displays and notable characters as families make their way down our own version of the “Yellow Brick Road” through the historic Coan Lake area, Heritage Park Petting Farm and the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Visitors will see full-building projections, more than 100 lighted Christmas trees, larger-than-life characters and more than 200,000 holiday lights as Heritage Park becomes a true winter wonderland.
Each weekend will bring a new theme and story to life:
WEEK 1: NOV 19-22 THE NUTCRACKER
Travel to the Land of Sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy and experience the classic story of a girl who falls in love with a magically brought to life nutcracker on Christmas Eve, and forced to wage battle against the Mouse King.
WEEK 2: NOV 27-30 GRINCHMAS
Heart two sizes too small? Join the Grinch as he attempts to ruin Christmas for Cindy Lou Who and the Mayor of Whoville!
WEEK 3: DEC 3-6 FROSTY PAWS (DOGS)
Give your pet some holiday cheer and take your best friend for a treat filled walk through Heritage Park’s winter wonderland
WEEK 4: DEC 10-13 POLAR PLUNGE
If you’re feeling a chill nipping at your nose, come visit Jack Frost in person along with those who love him most like Santa’s live reindeer. Keep an eye out for some large footprints in the snow, the Abominable Snowman might be sneaking around.
WEEK 5: DEC 17-20 SANTA'S WORKSHOP
Wander around the North Pole as Santa and his favorite elves work hard to meet their Christmas deadline
WEEK 6: DEC 21-22 & 26-27 HOLIDAY CARNIVAL
Join some of your favorite holiday characters for a weekend at the winter carnival featuring stilt walkers, fire tricks, balancing acts and illusion.
WEEK 7: DEC 28-29 & JAN 2-3 FROZEN
Do you want to build a snowman? Visit with Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa for some frozen fun during what may seem a perpetual winter.
WEEK 8: JAN 7-10 HARRY POTTER
Don’t let the last remaining glimmers of holiday magic go to waste. Mix in some fantasy and cast a spell to travel to Hogwarts and hope to hear, “yer a wizard!”
Date and Time: November 19, 2020 - January 7th, 2021; 6pm - 11 pm;
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a limited capacity event by reservation only through Universe.com. The special reserved scheduling will enable caravans of small groups and all of the necessary social distancing. We want all visitors to be safe. Masks will be required.
Reservations will be available by the half-hour each evening beginning at 6 p.m.
Non-resident $25 for adults and teenagers; $15 for children 4-13 years old.
Taylor residents receive a special discount $20 for adults and teens, and $10 for children 4-13.
Anyone 3 and under is free.
Take-it-yourself photos with Santa will benefit the Taylor Goodfellows, and other local charities will also benefit from this event.
Alcoholic drinks and general refreshments will be available for purchase inside the “Blizzard of Oz” area, which will be totally fenced off. Parking is free and available throughout Heritage Park. Other key features of the Winterfest will include a complete food truck court inside the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion, and a holiday-themed craft show inside the Activities Building (located directly behind the Taylor Community Library.
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