Santa to appear at Living History Park

  • Posted: 11/7/2012 4:23 PM
    6/1/2013 6:18 PM

Santa to appear at Living History Park

The Living History Park will host "Christmas in the Backcountry" on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The park, located at 299 West Spring Grove Ave., will feature St. Nicholas at the event.

"Throughout time and cultures, he is known by various names such as Santa Claus, Pere Noel, Sinter Klaas or Kris Kringle, among others," detailed park manager Lynn Thompson, who noted that Christmas traditions and celebrations varied throughout the colonial communities, usually dependent on the cultures of those who lived in each community.

Father Christmas, better known to many as St. Nicholas, will visit on Nov. 24 to greet all who appreciate the true Spirit of Christmas. He will be dressed as in ages past, in his traditional Victorian coat and cap.

"I will be bringing candy canes for my visitors, and be available for photos by parents," promised Father Christmas.

"The low-keyed emphasis will be on the joys of sharing Christmas with the gift of presence, not presents. I have used this approach successfully for the last seven years of sharing Father Christmas with the community," added Father Christmas.

And if folks are willing to participate, Father Christmas will lead some caroling late in the day.

In addition to Father Christmas, Kessie, colonial slave, will be on hand for Christmas in the Backcountry to share stories and songs of life during the colonial era.

Several shops will also be open with items to purchase for that special Christmas gift.