COSHOCTON -- Guests visiting Roscoe Village for the Christmas Candlelightings on Dec. 6, 13 and 20, will have the opportunity to experience a truly old-fashioned Christmas.

A variety of family fun activities will be offered throughout the day - Christmas crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, cookies and hot-mulled cider, strolling carolers, a Christmas tour through the living history buildings, luminaries, and a visit with Father Christmas. Activities may vary for each Christmas Candlelighting.

At candlelightings each year, visitors surround the stage in the center of the village to listen to the singing of carols, hear a Christmas story and witness the lighting of the 35 foot tree. They may also participate in the lighting of their candle. 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. and are free to the public. Parking is also free. All other activities may require a fee to participate.

Roscoe Village will offer a self-guided Christmas tour during each Candlelighting.

Christmas cards, toys, treats, visions of sugarplums and letter to Santa -- learn from costumed interpreters how these holiday traditions were practiced in the 1800s. The tour will be available from noon to 5:30 p.m. Following the Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony is a special candlelit tour at 7 p.m.

Reservations for the evening tour must be made in advance by calling the Roscoe Village Visitor Center, 740-622-7644 ext. 12. Cost for the Christmas tour at any of the times listed is $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for students. Many have made this wonderful event a holiday tradition.