Old World Wisconsin: Three ways for guests to experience the charm of 19th-century holidays at Old World Wisconsin

Contact: Lisa McGovern,
Communications Manager
Office 262-594-6304

[email protected]

Eagle, Wis.– Sugar plums, wassail and Father Christmas are some of the beloved holiday symbols Old World Wisconsin’s guests will witness firsthand at the historic site’s holiday events.

The Spirit of Christmas Past
December 7-8 and 14-15
Noon to 4 pm

Guests can take an old-fashioned, horse-drawn sleigh ride (or wagon ride, depending upon snow cover), for a small fee, witness historic holiday recipes like mincement pie, wassail and sugar plums, sample old-fashioned holiday baking, make traditional ornaments, sing Christmas carols in St. Peter’s Church, and visit with Santa, as he was imagined by Thomas Nast. These are some of the old-fashioned activities they will experience as they stroll through the site’s late 1800s crossroads village, where they are invited to stop in historic shops and homes, warmed by wood-burning stoves and festooned in 19th-century holiday style.

Special timed events (no charge for book signings):
December 7, 1-3 pm: book signing with sportscaster Jessie Garcia, author of “My Life With the Green and Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting.”
December 8: East Troy High School Choir will sing (time to be determined)
December 14, 2-4 pm: book signing with Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades.”

Special Holiday Spirit of Christmas Past Pricing: $5 per person; children 4 and under FREE. No reservations needed. Details at www.oldworldwisconsin.org or by calling 262-594-6301.

Breakfast with Father Christmas
December 21-22; Seatings 9-11 am
The big, red, historic Clausing Barn will be where guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet with Father Christmas and take holiday photos with this storied character.
Tickets/Reservations: Adults $20, children 5-12 $10, 4 and under FREE. Reservations required. Available online at www.oldworldwisconsin.org or 262-594-6301.

“Little Women” Holiday Dinner Theater
November 29-December 22
Old World Wisconsin will stage Louisa May Alcott’s classic for the first time. The stories of sisters Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, set against the backdrop of the Civil War, will be brought to life in the period-appropriate Caldwell Farmers’ Club Hall.
Show times: Fridays 7 pm; Saturdays 1 pm and/or 7 pm; and Sunday, December 22, 5 pm. A show-only (no meal) performance available Sunday, December 8 and 15, at 2 pm.
Tickets: Adults $65; children (though age 17) $50. Best enjoyed by children ages 11 and older. Show-only (no meal) performances are $25 for adults and $20 for children.
Reservations for dinner theater shows are available online at http://wihist.org/lwdinnertheater. For theater-only (no-meal shows, reservations are available at http://wihist.org/lwshowonly. Guests may also call 262-594-6301 or email [email protected] or visit www.oldworldwisconsin.org.