Fall Programs Begin at Conner Prairie

Moving into the fall and winter season we begin to focus on annual programs such as Follow the North Star, Hearthside Suppers (37th year), and holiday favorites like Conner Prairie by Candlelight, Gingerbread Village, Breakfast and Dinner with Santa, and Holiday Cheers hosted by our young professional’s group, the Horizon Council. This year during Candlelight we have new holiday programming inside and outside our Welcome Center. Your visit will begin with lighting around the Welcome Center and then a walk through a giant lighted Christmas tree to enter the building. You never know what will be happening in our new North Pole Workshop. You might even hear a tale or two from Mrs. Claus herself! 
One of the community’s great holiday traditions is Conner Prairie by Candlelight. This family-friendly walking tour takes guests back to 1836 Prairietown where you meet a variety of characters in their homes the night before Christmas and learn how new Indiana settlers carried on their family traditions. This year you can casually stroll through Prairietown where you’ll meet families like the Ullmans who are celebrating Hanukkah, discover who Belznichol is at the Golden Eagle Inn, call on the Curtis family to hear about Santa Claus, and surprise the schoolmaster who’ll add her own unique story about the holiday. Of course Candlelight would not be complete without joining Dr. Campbell at his home for dancing and singing as he and his family ring in the holidays before ending the evening with the rowdies to listen to stories and sing around the bonfire where children can sip on hot chocolate and adults might find a hot toddy or two.