COSHOCTON -- Visitors to historic Roscoe Village will experience an old-fashioned Christmas in this restored canal town during our annual Christmas Candlelighting ceremonies on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. A favorite among guests and locals alike, the candlelightings begin at 6 p.m. each Saturday evening. During the ceremony, guest choirs sing traditional carols, and the reading of a cherished Christmas story compliments the dramatic lighting of the 35-foot village Christmas Tree. Share in the tradition of lighting your own candle as the honorary candlelighter passes the flame to the crowd during the singing of "Silent Night."

Many wonderful holiday activities will be offered at the Dec. 5 Christmas candlelighting. Children of all ages can experience art with Santa Claus from noon to 2 p.m. at no charge, horse-drawn surrey rides from 1 to 4 p.m. at a cost of $4 per person, and music to brighten your holiday season, in the Founders Gallery. Enjoy warm roasted chestnuts for $1 per bag and complimentary hot-mulled cider with cookies. Beautiful music from many groups of carolers will surely capture your attention as you stroll the sidewalks throughout the village. The village is adorned with evergreen wreaths and handmade decorations that make it a special place to be with family and friends.

Each of the three candlightings will offer "A Roscoe Christmas" tour of the living history buildings. The tour will be a guided tour and takes place at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. and the traditional 7 p.m. each Saturday of candlelighting. Cost of the tour is $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for students. Discover the evolution of the Christmas card as you print your own Christmas bookmark, be entertained with Canal Era toys while creating a toy of your own as a Roscoe Village keepsake and sample a few Christmas treats while you learn about the 1800s Christmas decorations. The newest exhibit, "The Toy Cellar," will be open with no admission charge all three candlelightings from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

In addition to the Christmas tour, children may make a free Christmas craft or choose to do any of the regular hands-on crafts such as tin punching, rope making, candle dipping and painting a top at $2 each. Hot Mulled cider and cookies will be served in the Visitor Center all three candlelightings.

Detailed information regarding Historic Roscoe Village can be obtained by calling (740) 622-9310 or 800-877-1830 or visiting www.roscoevillage.com. Featured in Neil Zurcher's One Tank Trips, Roscoe Village is a 19th century living history community depicting life in Ohio's Canal Era. The village is located on State Routes 16 and 83 near the junction of U.S. Route 36 in east-central Ohio.