COSHOCTON -- Guests visiting Roscoe Village on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 will have the opportunity to experience a truly old-fashioned Christmas through horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers, complimentary hot-mulled cider, cookies, Christmas candlelighting tours, luminaries, and visits with Santa.
At candlelightings each year, visitors are provided a candle upon arrival at the ceremony and surround the main stage in the center of the village to listen to guest choirs sing carols, hear a Christmas story, and participate in the lighting of their candle. When it comes time to light the candles, the Honorary Candlelighter lights his or her candle from the main candle on stage then passes the flame through the crowd as each guest joins in the singing of "Silent Night" until everyone's candle is glowing. The candlelighting ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, and 15 and are free to the public.
Roscoe Village will offer "A Roscoe Christmas" tour during each candlelighting. Christmas cards, toys, treats, "visions of sugarplums" and letter to Santa -- learn how these holiday traditions were practiced in the 1800s. Times for the tours are 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Following the Christmas candlelighting ceremony is a special candlelit tour at 7 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Roscoe Village Visitor Center at 740-622-7644, ext. 12. Many have made this wonderful event a holiday tradition. The Roscoe Christmas tour will also be offered on the Sundays following each candlelighting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For information on Christmas candlelightings, call 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830 or visit www.roscoevillage.com. The village is located at 600 North Whitewoman Street on Routes 16 and 83, near the junction of US Route 36 in east-central Ohio.