Here’s your chance to enjoy a family-friendly, educational holiday attraction that will be whirling you back in time to an old-fashioned Civil War-era Christmas celebration at Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio. It is approximately a 30 minute drive from Cleveland.
On this 90 minute indoor-outdoor evening tour with a theme this year of “Handcrafted Holidays,” visitors with lanterns in hand will stroll the historic Western Reserve village. The scenario will transport visitors back to Christmas Eve, 1864. Along the way, visitors will encounter various costumed village residents who will share information about holiday celebrations, customs and traditions from the era. Visitors will be able to tour houses around the Village Green.
On the tour, visitors can meet spinners at the Jonathan Hale House who will be creating holiday decorations and they can join a family that is preparing their house for a holiday celebration as they await friends’ arrival. Visitors can also observe a holiday feast being cooked on an open hearth and watch as a family prepares toys for holiday gifts. Be sure you don’t miss a visit to the Meetinghouse where you can meet Reverend Carr and others who will be singing Christmas carols by candlelight. After the tour, visitors will attend a Victorian-era holiday party where they will be able to enjoy some holiday treats.
As these are indoor-outdoor tours, make sure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions. The Marketplace at Hale Farm & Village will be open on all Holiday Lantern Tour dates and visitors will be able to purchase gifts like handblown glass, iron works, brooms, candles and pottery as well as other local artisan and “Made in Ohio” items. Guests will also be able to purchase treats at the Hale Holiday Sweets Shop or indulge in a glass of Ohio-made wine or beer.
The Holiday Lantern Tours will be offered on December 5, 11, 12 and 18-23. Reservations are required. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for WRHS members and $12 for children (3-12). For more information about the Holiday Lantern Tours or about Hale Farm & Village, call 330-666-3711, Ext. 1720 or get online at www.wrhs.com.
Hale Farm & Village is located at 2686 Oak Hill Rd. in Bath, Ohio. Bath is 23 minutes from Cleveland and it is approximately a 30 minute drive.