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A Merry Little Christmas Festival

merry-little-posterThe candles will be lit, the stockings will be hung, the puzzles will be out, the candy canes unwrapped, the black walnuts cracked, and Santa on his way … 

Star of Wonder, Star of Night 2017

Friday & Saturday Evenings

December 1st & 2nd

8th & 9th

15th & 16th

5 – 9 PM

Expanding our Christmas experience to include three weekends! A Merry Little Christmas Festival includes Star of Wonder, Star of Night in which the grounds of Poplar Grove will be lit up and twinkling, so bring your blankets & chairs, family and friends, and spend a small part of your evening under the stars with us. There are plenty of picnic tables around the grounds, and if the evening is warm, choose to bring a cooler & a picnic!

A bonfire will be blazing for roasted marshmallows, food and gift vendors for something unique for those stockings, a Santa’s Workshop for those needing to post letters addressed to the North Pole, and maybe — if you’re lucky catch a glimpse of Mr. or Mrs. Claus porch sitting. Families can also hitch a wagon ride through the Abbey Nature Preserve, or peek inside the Grinch’s Toy Junk Shop in the Blacksmith Studio. 

children sleighIndeed, there are plenty of opportunities for the family to come together, including concurrent outdoor screenings of classic Christmas movies. There will be backdrop screenings of “The Polar Express” near the new carriage pathway of the Manor House, “A Christmas Story” at the Gazebo – oh yes, do we have a pair of legs! Oops, I mean lamps! including a showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life” projected in the courtyard of the Manor House. 

This is an opportunity to spend time with your family without waiting in long lines, but rather strolling our grounds, visiting with local gift vendors, meeting neighbors and friends, and perhaps looking out into the night sky for a sign of Santa’s sleigh…

In addition to this specially lit outdoor experience, Candlelight Tours will be offered through the eight rooms of the Manor House for $15 a person. Each room will be lovingly decorated by theme and color, including natural flora and greenery inspired by the Foys’ Colonial through Victorian family history – with a few contemporary flourishes to echo the family’s four centuries in coastal North Carolina. Advanced tickets required for candlelight tours – includes admission to the Festival.

Don’t forget to shop local at the Arts, Crafts & Gift Show – a two-day shopping experience featuring over 90 local arts, crafts and gift vendors on Saturday and Sunday, December 9th & 10th. The is fun for the entire family!

Get in the Christmas spirit by meeting Mr. & Mrs. Claus, picture-taking with the farm animals, and scheduled readings of poplar Christmas Classics, such as The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and T’was the Night Before Christmas. There will be on the hour wagon rides through the nature preserve, an opportunity to roast marshmallows, inflatables for your little rompers, but most especially finding that something special for those stockings, home and hearth. 

Admission to the Gift Show is $5.00, 12 & under are free. 

All proceeds benefit historic Poplar Grove, a non-profit 501(c)3 since 1996.

Keep checking our website as the event draws near!