Looking for a fun holiday treat for the whole family? One of our favorite destinations in December is Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN. Their Holiday Adventures program lets guests experience the sights, sounds, traditions, and smells of 1836 Indiana! We've been members of Conner Prairie for more than a decade, and this is one of MY favorite programs!
In the museum center, your family can browse through Gingerbread Village. Every year bakers of all ages (and skill levels) compete in this friendly quest for confectionary surprises! From scout troops or families with young children, through teens, adults, and even professional bakers, come see what this year's imagination has created. Every entry MUST contain gingerbread, and the variety is astounding. Past years have had a beach, the Conner House, and igloo, barns, summer camps, and so many more fun designs!
On the outdoor grounds, guests can stroll through 1836 Prairie Town. You'll meet residents hard at work doing winter chores, and you might even get to help! As you visit the homes and businesses you will learn about the traditions the various residents celebrate during the winter. You'll meet some families who celebrate Christmas, and learn why other don't. After all, celebrating Christmas wasn't popular in the USA until the 1840's, and didn't become a Federal holiday until 1870.
At the 1823 Conner House, you can join in with staff and volunteers to explore the Science of Baking. What will you find? Depends on which day and what time you visit. Often you'll find them baking bread on the hearth (in cast iron,) mixing up some crumpets, or roasting coffee beans. At other times you'll get to learn about the historical process of making chocolate-YUM!
Plan to spend the whole day, and dress warmly. If you're looking for eating options, Conner Prairie's food service staff offer lunch options in the Overlook, which is located upstairs in the Museum Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Adventures at Conner Prairie is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following days in 2015: December 12-13, 19-20, 26-31, and January 2-3 of 2016! Admission is $12/ adult, $9 for youth 2-12, and free for Members. Find all the details on Conner Prairie's website.
Come join the fun!