Travel back in time to experience a historic holiday season this December at the George Ranch Historical Park.
The living history park will showcase more than 100 years of Texas holiday customs, traditions and decorations at its annual Christmas in the Park and Campfire Christmas events.
Christmas in the Park: Dec. 9, 16, 19-23
Discover more than a century of holiday customs and traditions throughout the month of December during the Christmas in the Park daytime event. Learn about the Yule log tradition and how to decorate using simple greenery like the early Texian pioneers, make Civil War-era homemade ornaments and orange pomanders, explore the extravagant Christmas décor of the Victorian era and see some very special holiday artifacts on display from the archives of the Fort Bend History Association.
Santa will make an appearance each day during Christmas in the Park for Tree House Storytime at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the yard of the 1930s George Ranch Home.
Cattle roping and sorting demonstrations will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. All of the above activities are included with general admission.
Holiday craft workshops are also scheduled for each day of Christmas in the Park, and include hands-on activities with take-home projects such as creating advent calendars, baking cookies using an 1860s wood-burning stove and making homemade ornaments. The craft workshops are $5 per person in addition to general admission. Advance reservations are recommended, but are not required.
For more information, visit www.georgeranch.org/programs-events/christmas-in-the-park-2017/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-343-0218.
Campfire Christmas: Dec. 9, 16
Journey back into time to Christmases past with this one-of-a-kind immersive nighttime holiday event. Start your evening with a merry greeting at the visitor center with hot chocolate and coffee. Afterward, enjoy a classic holiday meal featuring scrumptious recipes from Christmas pasts, including roast goose and plum pudding. After dinner, take a turn on the dance floor to the music of the ever-popular Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band, then climb aboard the park tram that will escort you to three different sites for a look at Christmas Eve celebrations of the 1830s, 1870s and 1890s.
The Campfire Christmas dinner menu includes roast turkey with gravy, roast goose with cranberry-orange sauce, sage and onion stuffing, mashed and Duchess potatoes, mixed roasted vegetable medley, apple sauce and fried apples, yeast rolls, plum pudding with hard sauce and blackberry and peach cobbler.
Reservations are required; tickets are $50 for adults and $45 for children, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Reservations can be made by calling 281-343-0218 or by going online at: www.georgeranch.org/event/campfire-christmas-2017/. Please note that Campfire Christmas is held regardless of the weather and tickets are non-refundable.