Coming off an overwhelmingly successful opening weekend, the Karlan Country ChristmasFest at Wilderness Road State Park will be hosting an iconic holiday character on Dec. 5 when Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus, stop by the popular event. Children ages 10 and under are encouraged to share their Christmas wishes with Santa, who will offer each child a small gift for visiting with him.
More than 200 guests enjoyed the opening weekend festivities which are also highlighted by 28 trees uniquely decorated by the local community, businesses and churches, that are on display throughout the Karlan Mansion each day of the event. Guests can browse the unique tree displays while listening to uplifting holiday music and enjoying refreshments.
“We had a wonderful turnout,” stated Special Events Coordinator Mike Brindle. “We received so many wonderful compliments on the trees, the music, really the entire environment the event created. You could see each person being filled with the Christmas spirit as they gazed at the trees.”
The event is open to the public Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13. Admission is just $1 per person, children ages 10 and under are admitted free. The mansion will be open from 5-8 p.m. each Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. The trees may be viewed each day of the event, with entertainment to be provided each Saturday.
The entertainment schedule includes Dec. 5, Santa and Ms. Claus with gifts; and Dec. 12, dinner with the Grinch ($5 advanced tickets required, for ages 10 and under). Due to high demand and limited spacing, the park is allowing only two persons per group of children inside the solarium during the Grinch’s event.
“This time of year, people get an extra bounce in their step, knowing Christmas is ‘just ‘round the corner’,” stated Brindle. “We were able to contact Santa Claus at the North Pole and he has agreed to take time from his busy schedule to make a special visit to the park. Although his stay will be short, he wanted to give the local children a chance to meet him and allow them to tell him first-hand what they would like for Christmas.”
Each child will have an opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for a magical evening as he prepares for his Christmas journey ‘round the world. They can have their picture taken with Santa who will grant each child an early gift to hold them over until Christmas.
Also, beginning Dec. 5 and throughout the month of December, Christmas trees decorated with handmade ornaments from the local elementary schools will be on display at the park’s Visitor Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
For more information, call the park at 276-445-3065, email [email protected] or www.friendsofwildernessroad.org.