Who doesn’t get a little nostalgic around the holidays? Step away from the movies and into 1836 Prairietown at Conner Prairie, where indoor and outdoor holiday-related activities are sure to delight visitors of all ages.
Each Saturday in December from 10am-5pm you can walk through the 1836 Daytime Outdoor Adventure. Visit the barn to pet the sheep and cows, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and stop by for a demonstration and sample of hot chocolate from American Heritage Chocolate. Even without a blanket of snow, Conner Prairie is absolutely stunning at this time of year. Just walking around and taking in the smells and scenery of the season was enough to get me thinking of carols and tasty holiday treats.
Speaking of treats, one of my favorite things to bake are holiday cookies. Pick out a sugar cookie in fun shapes like trees and snowmen and decorate them with icing and sprinkles to eat later (or right now, if you’re me). Take a moment to walk around the many gingerbread houses and vote for your favorite. Mine was the Pacman video game board, followed closely by the Eifel Tower. There were also four houses made by professionals, in which every attention to detail was shown in the brick, the roof and the landscaping.
Have dinner with Santa Claus himself (reservations required) on Dec 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 and share in a meal of roasted turkey, whipped potatoes, sweet buttered corn, honey baked ham and more. Members of Conner Prairie can purchase tickets to Breakfast with Santa on any Saturday in December. Biscuits and gravy, french toast, scrambled eggs and other favorites of Santa will be served. This is exactly what I imagined dining with Santa would be like.
The fun doesn’t have to end on December 25. Avoid the post-holiday blues and enjoy Winter Fun Days to learn about the science of baking, listen to stories by the fire, brush up on your winter survival skills like trapping and fire-starting. Stop by the Animal Encounters Barn to learn about what the animals at Conner Prairie do during the winter. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the gift shop and take home a piece of Conner Prairie with you!