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Wade House Celebrates a Historic Christmas


A horse-drawn wagon ride through the woods is part of the experience of a Wade House Christmas celebration

Wade House historic site in Greenbush will host a mid-19th-century Wade House Christmas celebration, on Saturday and Sunday, December 7–8, from 10 am to 4 pm both days. Yankee and German holiday traditions, including period crafts and games for young and old, and horse-drawn wagon rides, will make for a memorable experience. Guests will experience the sights and sounds of an 1860s Wisconsin Christmas celebration. The Wade House stagecoach hotel will be decorated in traditional Christmas splendor with fresh evergreen garlands and a candlelit Christmas tree as focal points.

All Decked Out for the Holidays

Activities will abound on each level of the 27-room hotel. The experience will begin on the first floor. Costumed staff will greet visitors inside the historic tap room and shed light on the origins of Santa Claus and his gift-giving tradition. The ladies' parlor will be graced with a freshly cut Christmas tree adorned in 1860s fashion, and the space will resound with period music. In the hotel's dining room, visitors will create holiday crafts once featured in "Godey's Lady's Book." In the third-floor ballroom, participants will have the opportunity to play parlor games.

The delightful aroma of mulled cider and plum pudding will waft out from the hotel's 19th-century kitchens and entice guests to these culinary spaces where they'll learn about the longstanding association of plum pudding with the Christmas season.

More Festivities in Store

The festivities continue in the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, where seasonal décor and live music will help to spread holiday cheer. On both days, food and beverages will be available at the Butternut Café, and live music will entertain guests. Musical groups scheduled to perform include: Sound Celebration Women's Chorus, Kohler High School's Madrigal Singers, Sheboygan North High School's Northern Lights and Sheboygan North High School's Holiday Strings Chamber Orchestra.

Take Part in 'The Big Bundle Up'

While celebrating a Wade House Christmas, consider donating new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's 'The Big Bundle Up' charity campaign. "The Big Bundle Up" is a statewide collection program running now through January 4, 2014. This is the third year of the program. Last year's program collected more than 17,000 winter items to help warm up families in need.

If You Go

Admission to this special event is $11 for adults, $5.50 for children (5-17), $9.25 for students and senior citizens (65 and over) or $30 for a family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17). Horse-drawn wagon rides are included in the cost of admission.

:: Posted December 5, 2013

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