Christmas in the Backcountry

Christmas in the Backcountry

Join us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to experience how people celebrated the holidays in the 19th century.  This is the last public event of the year.  There’s something for everyone at this free event.  Be sure to bring your camera to capture a visit with Father Christmas.  The buildings will be open and reenactors will be there to bring history to life.

What to Expect

Visit with Father Christmas

Father Christmas will be in the Willow Springs meeting house to visit with the children and be available for pictures.

For the Birds

For many years we had a separate event called “Christmas for the Birds” at the Living History Park.  We’ve recently combined this event with Christmas in the Backcountry.  The children make bird feeders by coating pine cones in peanut butter and rolling them in seeds.  They take great care in picking out the perfect spot to hang their work of art on a tree for the birds to enjoy.


Throughout the park you will find historical reenactors demonstrating how Colonists in the 18th century would celebrate Christmas.

Storytime & Hot Chocolate

Children are invited to take a seat and enjoy holiday stories and hot chocolate.

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