Ole Time Christmas opens Friday at museum

Published 1:09 pm Friday, December 6, 2013

Jaine Treadwell

The Troy Messenger


Ole Time Christmas at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama this year is all about searching for the real meaning of Christmas.

Old Time Christmas will be from 7 until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $4. Kari Barley, museum director, said a fun and meaningful night has been planned for people of all ages.

“We aren’t telling a lot about all that we have planned because that would spoil the surprise,” Barley said. “But, what I will say is that the Ole Time Christmas program is planned to lead visitors from one cabin to the next. It’s kind of a scavenger hunt that leads you to the real meaning of Christmas. Everyone will have an exciting and fun time all along the way.”

Barley said the museum’s outbuildings have been beautifully decorated inside and out.

“We’ve added even more lights on the outside of the buildings this year and all of the cabins have been decorated,” she said. “We’ll have several live Christmas trees in the cabins and a lot of old timey decorations.

“In the Reunion Cabin, visitors will be treated to hot apple cider. There will be hot chocolate in the Demonstration Cabin and visitors may roast marshmallows over the fire. We’ll also have fire pits around the grounds where you can roast marshmallows. All of that is included in the admission price.”

Barley said that both Father Christmas and Santa Claus will be at Ole Time Christmas this year.

“Children will have opportunities to make their Christmas wishes known to Santa Claus and Father Christmas,” she said. “Parents are welcome to take photographs of their children with Santa and Father Christmas or we’ll take photographs to be emailed to them.”

Barley said Ole Time Christmas will be a lot of fun and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

“And, when visitors leave, they will, hopefully, have found the real meaning of Christmas.”