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Christmas in Zoar

December 3rd, 2008

Mr Chiot’s and I are huge fans of little local festivals. We really prefer the ones of historic origin like the Algonquin Mill Festival. Each year we kick off our Christmas season with a day at Christmas in Zoar. It’s such a fun event.

Start your holiday season with a visit to Zoar Village during Christmas in Zoar December 6, and 7, 2008. The historic village recreates many of the Christmas customs of the German Separatists who settled in Zoar in 1817, and includes the Krist Kind, who will distribute candy and sweets to good boys and girls.

The aroma of ginger cookies will waft from the Zoar Bakery, where cider will be served along with the cookies, and German Stollen and Bread will be available to take home, all made from Zoar recipes.

Saturday at 5 p.m. a Christmas Concert will be presented in the Zoar United Church of Christ, followed by a candlelight procession to the Zoar Garden and the Lighting of the Christ Tree.

Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission, good for both days of the festival, is $6 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free. All proceeds from this event are used to preserve historic Zoar Village. www.zca.org.

So if any of my local readers are looking for a great way to kick off their holiday season head down to Zoar for the festival. My only piece of advice is to skip the tree lighting (trust me it’s not what you think!).

Anyone else have any great local Christmas festivals of activities you like to take part in?

Update: here’s my post about our trip this year: Christmas in Zoar Holiday Decor

5 Comments to “Christmas in Zoar”
  1. MeghanO on December 3, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I really enjoyed Christmas in Zoar, I went a few years ago.

    Hmm… That might be something that my mother in law would really enjoy, I should mention it to her. Thanks for the reminder about it!

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  2. Missy on December 3, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    The tree lighting was GLORIOUS—what are you talking about!??? HA! For those of you who read the comment section, we waited in 8 degree weather for a half hour last year, freezing our butts off, because there is a MASSIVE pine tree in the center square and we were expecting it to be majestic with tons of lights and decorations. All they do is turn 2 white spotlights on that point at the tree. That’s it. Seriously. Very anti-climactic.

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  3. Susy on December 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Congrats on you first comment Missy!

    It was super super cold and we were disappointed in the tree lighting. It was perhaps one of the biggest letdowns ever.

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  4. Joe on December 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    That festival sounds like a lot of fun. Sadly, there aren’t many similar festivals around here.

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  5. Brenda on December 5, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Last year’s tree lighting was disappointing. However, viewing the historic houses, seeing the crafters and antique shops was a lot of fun.
    As well this year there is a reenactment of a portion of the battle of Fredricksburg and a soldier who ministered to the wounded. Should be an interesting addition!

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