Anyone who has ever visited Conner Prairie’s Conner Prairie by Candlelight — their holiday activities — have always gone at night. There was something comforting and intimate about those cold nights spent roaming 19th century Indiana, learning about how our ancestral families celebrated Christmas and Chanukah.
But this year, they’re holding their new 1836 Outdoor Adventure during the day, on December 3, 10, and 17 from 10 am to 4 pm. You can visit 1836 Prairietown and learn how the different residents celebrated the holidays 175 years ago
Enjoy the sights from a horse-drawn wagon ride and visit the Campbell home where it’s holiday party time. If you prefer a more raucous party, join the Rowdies as they sing, play games and tell stories around the bonfire and maybe even cause trouble for the other folks in town. Learn how to make a candle for someone special on your gift list, sample a holiday treat from an 1800s-era recipe, treat yourself to a holiday lunch and much more. You can even stop by the Conner House for a chocolate demonstration and tasting and purchase your favorite Indiana-made chocolate treat.
I’ve done the holiday party in the past, and have always had a good time. I never thought about Christmas not being about Santa Claus and parties and gift giving, but the Outdoor Adventure shows that Christmas is not what it always was. And of course, we’re reminded that not everyone celebrates Christmas as we visited a newlywed Jewish woman who was passing through Indiana, heading west, to be with her husband and her new community.
Tickets are $12 for adults, and $9 for youth, ages 2 – 12.