5 Victorian Christmas Celebrations in Central PA 2019

Lovers of Victorian Christmas celebrations can step back in time to the era when Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” and Moore composed “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. The main house at the Inn, Farmhouse, and Brewing Co. at Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg, PA was built in 1839, so its walls have seen many Victorian Christmas celebrations. Here are 5 events and attractions nearby in North Central Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the holiday season in old-fashioned ways in 2019. Holiday events not in Bloomsburg are within a 20-30 minute drive from the Inn.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

This unofficial sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with Mary Bennet as its heroine, has been a hit at theatres from coast to coast. Miss Bennet picks up the story two years after the novel ends, when the family gathers to celebrate Christmas at Pemberley and Mary unexpectedly meets the equally bookish Arthur de Bourgh. “Droll and delicious, MISS BENNET is a charming, confectionary celebration of fan favorite characters…. honoring the legacy of Jane Austen’s humor, playfulness and wit in a warm-spirited holiday theatrical production” (DCMetroTheaterArts.com).
Presented at: Alvina Kraus Theatre, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, PA
Dates: November 29 – December 29, 2019
Show Times: Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm Tickets may be purchased online.

Carols by Candlelight Concerts in Bloomsburg

The Bloomsburg University Department of Music presents two Carols by Candlelight  Concerts at the First Presbyterian Church in Bloomsburg. This brownstone church was dedicated in 1891.  
Dates and Time: Friday, December 5 and Saturday December 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm.
The concert is free, but tickets must be obtained from the Haas Center for the Arts on campus. Phone: 570-389-4409.

brown urn Christmas puzzle boxes 2 cone shaped christmas trees with colored ornamentsA Visit with Clement C. Moore and Free Carriage Rides in Danville

Danville plans free carriage rides and A Visit with Clement C. Moore as part of its Hometown Holiday Celebrations. Moore is believed to have composed the beloved holiday poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” on December 24, 1822, to entertain his six children. Read on Christmas Eve, it begins “’Twas the night before Christmas…” (www.americanlibrary.gov). 
                              A Visit with Clement C. Moore
Dates and Times: December 7, 2019, at 3 pm and 5 pm
                               December 8, 2019, at 1 pm and 3  pm
                               December 14, 2019, at 3 pm and 5 pm
                              Free Carriage Rides
Dates and Times: November 24, 2019 from 5 pm – 9 pm
                                December 8, 2019, from noon – 4 pm 
                                December 14, 2019, from 5 pm – 8 pm

Victorian Candlelight Christmas Tours of Jackson Mansion in Berwick

Visit the Jackson Mansion and Carriage House for a glimpse of how the family celebrated a Victorian Christmas in the 1870s.  The Mansion will be decorated in period style with garlands, flowers, feather trees, and Christmas trees with antique ornaments. There will be costumed guides, music, refreshments and photo opportunities on the Christmas Candlelight Tours. 
Tour Dates & Times: December 13 and December 14, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Tour cost: Adults $ 30, children under the age of 12, $10. Tickets may be purchased online.

Holiday Shopping at Street of Shops in Lewisburg

Imagine shopping for gifts with a choice of more than 375 different shops all gathered into a quaint indoor village. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to Christmases past as you wander throughout the Victorian streetscapes with their vintage facades and street lights. The eclectic variety of shops features everything from collectible books to original artwork. There’s even a vintage-style restaurant and soda fountain to complete the village.

At the Inn, we have two guest rooms on the second floor of our 19th century main house, in addition to the Courtyard and Stable guest rooms in other locations. There’s no better way to enjoy the nostalgia of a Victorian Christmas than a stay at our historic Inn and these holiday season events. Let us surround you with the warmth of Christmas past as well as Christmas present this holiday season – it’s a perfect way to create treasured memories for Christmases yet to be.


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