Top 5 Old-Timey Christmas Events

Victorian carolers entertain at Holly Days
Victorian carolers entertain at Holly Days

Photo courtesy of the Heritage Village Museum

Feeling nostalgic? Work it out with these old fashioned Christmas gatherings.

1. An Old Kentucky Christmas
Learn how to celebrate Christmas the colonial way when you visit the Christmas Pioneer Village. Take an old-fashioned carriage ride, make your own candles, and try your hand at writing with a feather and ink. Be sure to ditch your electronics before you get there—the village has plenty of pioneer games and activities to keep you busy and in the old-timey mindset. Thursday and Friday, 5–8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2–8 p.m. Free. 6080 Camp Ernst Rd., Burlington, KY. (859) 586-4673,

2. Holly Days
Leave the blow-up reindeer and snowmen behind when you escape to the Heritage Village Museum for a much simpler holiday scene. Walk through the village to get a sense of a 19th century American Christmas, complete with traditional decorations, live music, and treats. Don’t leave the kiddies at home—Holly Days will also have crafts, storytelling, and model train displays to keep them well occupied. Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Admission price is $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-11, and children under 4 and Heritage Museum members are free. 11450 Lebanon Rd., located in Sharon Woods Park. (513) 563-9484,

3. Victorian Christmas Tea Time
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a steaming hot mug of tea to accompany the cold winter weather. The people at Hillforest think so too, as they host a three-course tea in the historic mansion’s parlor. Sit amidst Victorian Christmas decorations as you chat with other tea and holiday enthusiasts while enjoying seasonal treats. Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. Reservations Required. Price is $25 for Hillforest Members and $28 for everyone else. 213 Fifth St., Aurora, Indiana. (812) 926-0087,

4. Antique Christmas
Our manic love for Christmas decorations isn’t new. Head over to the Taft Museum of Art to see an array of antique ornaments, toys, and Christmas trees from all over the world. Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Price of admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and children under 5 are free. Admission is free on Sunday. 316 Pike St. (513) 241-0343,

5. Holiday Open House
Don’t just rely on “A Christmas Carol” for your 19th century Christmas fix. Instead, tour the Promont House for an authentic Victorian-style Christmas. The theme this year is “White Christmas,” so even if your holiday season is snowless, you can still experience the beauty through Promont’s Victorian snowflake decorations. Sunday, 1–4 p.m. Admission is free. 906 Main St., Milford. (513) 248-0324,

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