Celebrate "A 1920s Christmas”

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in December

With unique shopping, delicious food, and the opportunity to experience Christmas traditions of days-gone-by, Sauder Village is a memorable place to visit with family and friends this holiday season.


Reservations are now being accepted for the Holiday Lantern Tours, “A 1920s Christmas” to be held December 2, 8, and 9 at Sauder Village. There’s a new twist to the Holiday Lantern Tours this year—offering guests an interactive look at the American Christmas traditions of the 1920s.

“We’re excited about the traditional stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that will be offered during our 1920s Christmas Lantern Tours,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. “We’re sure our guests will enjoy strolling through the Historic Village to experience Christmas traditions of yesteryear while creating special memories with family and friends.”

The flicker of a candle-lit lantern will light the way as a costumed guide takes groups on a journey back to the 1920s. Guests can help decorate the Grime family Christmas tree and frost cookies in the kitchen, all while learning about a family’s holiday experience in the 1928 Grime Homestead.

While spending time at the hub of Christmas shopping, the Elmira Depot, visitors can compile their wish-list with a 1922 Montgomery Ward Catalogue, admire the sparkle and dazzle of the feather tree, play with the latest 1920s games and toys, and marvel at the beautiful and intricate designs of some holiday greeting cards. Guests can help act out The Night Before Christmas in the District 16 Schoolhouse. There is also an opportunity for everyone to make a Christmas novelty in the Tin Shop and sing 1920s Christmas Carols in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

“A 1920s Christmas” Holiday Lantern Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are repeated every half hour from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Tour dates are December 2, 8, and 9, and the cost is $13.00 for adults and $7.00 for children (ages 3 and up). Member discounts are available. Pre-registration is required for this evening program at Sauder Village. Call or visit the Sauder Village website at www.saudervillage.org to register.

The Shops at Sauder Village are a great place to find one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts this holiday season. The Sauder Village Gift Shop and Lauber’s General Store offer a variety of handmade craft items, wooden toys, books, jewelry, home décor items, and so much more. Unique gifts are also available at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop as well as the Sauder Store & Outlet located on the Sauder Village Complex. Also, with homemade pies, doughnuts, cutout holiday cookies, and cinnamon rolls, the Doughbox Bakery offers Sauder Village guests delicious treats to take home.

The Barn Restaurant, built in 1861 on a farm just a few miles from Sauder Village, offers a unique place to enjoy a home-style meal. Guests enjoy dining under the hand-hewn timbers of this historic barn. There are a variety of special events planned throughout the holiday season, including live Christmas music the week of December 18-23 and a special New Year’s Eve Prime Rib Buffet on December 31.

For those looking to extend their stay, overnight accommodations are available at the Sauder Heritage Inn. Guests feel right at home in the 98-room Heritage Inn complete with an indoor pool and hot tub as well as a game and exercise room—all adjacent to the “Great Oak Tree.” The popular Holiday Lantern Tour Package includes a one-night stay, Barn Restaurant gift certificates, and lantern tour tickets.

For more information about Holiday Lantern Tours or planning a memorable getaway to Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit www.sauder village.org, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.❦

Elizabeth Scott