Quiet Valley announces its 25th Annual Old Time Christmas
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm will present its 25th annual Old Time Christmas event on December 5, 6 and December 12, 13 with continuous tours every 15 minutes beginning at 3:00 p.m., with the last tour going out at 7:00 p.m.
More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of our families and our heritage. Begin a new tradition with your family this year with a visit to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life. From the softly glowing lantern lit tour of the 19th century farm to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition for many years to come.
Gather around a bonfire while you wait for your visit to the 1800s to begin. Guides in period clothing will lead guests on their journey into the past beginning with this year’s Victorian skit where Sarah and her younger sisters are busy making wonderful presents for their family. Pick up some gift giving pointers while you are there. Before you leave take a peek at their Christmas Putz, a homemade nativity and village scene that was a custom the Moravians began and was soon enthusiastically adopted by the Pennsylvania Germans.
Afterwards it’s on to the living Nativity located in the barnyard which includes the Quiet Valley farm animals and offers a glimpse at the foundation of this special holiday. Then off to a simple log cabin where folks will enjoy a 1700s German Christmas tale that focuses on preparing for the holiday. At the one room schoolhouse there is plenty of excitement as the school marm leads both the musicians and guests in singing their favorite seasonal carols. There is plenty of nervous trepidation in the original farmhouse as folks await a visit from the Belschnikel, a traditional Pennsylvania German character who made his rounds during the Christmas season. Everyone is anxious to see if they pass his inspection as to whether their behavior for the last year was naughty or nice.
A final stop in the Engel Education Building for complimentary refreshments adds a final festive touch to the visit. As you leave be sure to stop in the Holiday Gift Shop which is stocked with handcrafted items made by Quiet Valley artisans. It is the place to find unique gifts at reasonable prices.
Those looking for a truly meaningful way to start their Christmas season will discover it at this very special event.
Old Time Christmas is held annually the first two full weekends of December. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12, with those under three admitted free. You will be outside part of the time so remember to dress warmly. Group tours, by reservation only, for groups of 12 or more are available at a discounted price each of the four days, with groups going every 15 min. beginning at 2:30pm through 3:30pm. Perfect for scout troops, church groups and large families that want to go on tour together. The event takes about an hour & a half to finish touring. For more information contact Quiet Valley at 570-992-6161, gro.yellavteiuqnull@mraf, or consult the web site at www.quietvalley.org. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation dedicated to the preservation and presentation of 19th century agricultural history. All monies raised help support the mission of our farm museum and its educational programming. Quiet Valley is located 3 ½ miles south of Stroudsburg, Pa. off of Business Route 209.
Deborah DiPasquale – Director of Marketing
(570) 992 – 6161