You can learn more about Ohio’s history and participate in a wide variety of fun holiday activities at the annual Christmas in Zoar Village festivities being held on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 at Zoar Village in Zoar, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.
Founded in 1817 by a group of German Separatists escaping religious persecution in their native land, Zoar Village was formed to provide a communal society in order to survive in an unfamiliar land. Twenty-four of the original buildings still stand in the historic village. Among the activities at this holiday event will be horse-drawn wagon rides, tours of some of the private historical homes all bedecked with their holiday finery, a juried craft show featuring crafters and artisans and their handmade wares and historical demonstrations.
As guests stroll the streets of the historic village, they can enjoy carolers and live musical entertainment performances. Be sure to check out the church service being held on Saturday and don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony taking place on Saturday evening.
An added attraction to the Christmas in Zoar Village celebration will be a free guest speaker — John Christopher Hart who will be relaying a tale about a “Civil War Christmas Remembrance.” The story takes place on Christmas Eve, 1893 and Civil War veteran William Chilcote is getting ready to host a holiday party and he reflects on how Christmas was celebrated in song, food and fellowship during the war years. This activity is free and will be offered at the Zoar Church located at 142 East 5th Street in Zoar on Saturday at 1 p.m.
There will be plenty of food and beverages (including authentic German fare) available for purchase. Hours for the Christmas in Zoar Village event are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Christmas in Zoar Village event, call 330-874-3011 or 800-262-6195 or get online at www.historiczoarvillage.com. Zoar Village is located at 198 Main Street in Zoar, Ohio. Zoar is 62 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a one hour drive.