A warm fire in the hearth. The soft glow of candlelight.
The scent of spiced cider and cookies baking. The jolly laughter of friendly conversation.
Are they lyrics to a Christmas carol? The scene on a greeting card? The set of a holiday movie? No, no, and no. It’s Spring Mill State Park one weekend a year. While the event does run on Saturday afternoon, the real magic starts as the sun goes down on Friday and Saturday.
Yule logs crackle and glow in the fireplaces. The smell of baking goods waft along the evening air. Luminarias light the pathways through the village. Cookies, wassail, and the warmth of a fire bring folks together in the tavern. Visitors can watch as village interpreters dip candles, bake cookies, string popcorn, and decorate trees as they did in Indiana in the mid-1800s.
Children of all ages will enjoy following the softly-lit path to the cabin where Father Christmas stays. Little ones can whisper their desires into the “Old Elf’s” ear and munch on candy canes.
Do to winding roads, the event may be cancelled because of inclement weather. Call ahead or monitor their Facebook page.
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