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Christmas in the Park to celebrate bygone era

by Taylor Nye

2019 Christmas in the Park blacksmith/ Mandy Fiock

Each year Heritage Park & Museum at 416 N. Jackson Street is opened to visitors for Christmas in the Park, a twinkling wonderland of a bygone era that is sure to be fun for the whole family. 

In 2021, Christmas in the Park has two dates: November 27 and December 4. While in the park, visitors can enjoy a spectacle of lights, strolling carolers, musicians, a live nativity scene and sit on the lap of old Saint Nick.

This year, the event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $3, which gives access to refreshments and also enters visitors in the drawing for door prizes. 

Free hot cocoa, coffee, punch, cookies and other goodies are served in various buildings on the Heritage Park grounds. Most of the historic buildings are open, with volunteers dressed in period costumes to help give visitors the feeling they are stepping into the past.

In the blacksmith shop, the glow of metal sparks dance off the burning coals as the blacksmith hammers meta,l and visitors can expect live demonstrations of the trade. The general store is quaintly stocked with turn-of-the-century items, some of them even handmade. Chilly visitors can also take a moment at the store to warm themselves by the wood stove, as our ancestors did in Hopkins’ early days as a county. 

2019 Christmas in the Park tree/ Mandy Fiock

The one-room log house will also be warmed by a fireplace, as Heritage Park volunteers hand out delicious treats to guests. In the Smith Greg House, children visitors can tell Santa what they would like for Christmas, and enjoy hot cocoa afterwards. Peanuts and popcorn are available in the railroad building

The chapel will be alive with the sounds of live Christmas music. In the Atkins House, volunteers serve punch and cookies near a magnificent Christmas tree. Visitors can also hear the sweet music of a dulcimer as a local musician gives a live demonstration of this 18th century folk instrument. 

Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park invites you to step back in time and experience the true meaning of the Christmas season in 2021. 

Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park contributed to this report. 

Photos by Abbi Beggs

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