Each year Heritage Park & Museum at 416 N Jackson St is opened to visitors for Christmas in the Park. The event begins at sunset(5:30 pm) on November 30th and December 7th and lasts for three hours. While in the park, visitors can enjoy a spectacle of lights, strolling carolers, musicians, a live nativity scene and Santa Clause. Free hot cocoa, coffee, punch, cookies and other goodies are served in various building o the grounds. Most of the historic buildings are open, with volunteers dressed in period costumes to help give the feeling so stepping into the past. The festival will run from 6 pm to 9 pm.
The $3 admission ticket is eligible for one of the many door prizes to be given away, compliments of local business owners. The blacksmith shop is alive with the glow of metal and the sparks of burning coal as the blacksmith demonstrates his trade. The general store is filled with turn of the century items and is warmed by a wood stove to warm chilly visitors. Christmas decorations, some handmade, will be for sale there. A cozy one room log house is warmed by fireplace with someone serving warm treats. The chapel is alive with the sounds live Christmas music. The Atkins House has a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with hostesses serving punch and cookies. There, visitors can hear a dulcimer and violins playing Christmas music. In the Smith Greg House the children can tell Santa what they want him to bring them, and enjoy a drink of hot cocoa. Peanuts and popcorn are also available at the railroad building. Come join in the fun as you step back in time to enjoy the start of the Christmas season.