Hale Farm offers holiday lantern tours

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Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm & Village transport guests to the Christmas season during the year 1863.

This holiday favorite is a 90-minute lantern-lit evening tour, with tours Dec. 13 through 15, and 18 through 23.

With lantern in hand, stroll through Hale Farm's historic village and discover the seasonal traditions and lore from local residents. The historic houses are the backdrop for these tales of holidays long ago.

Meet the little women of the Goldsmith house preparing for the arrival of friends and join Reverend Carr to sing carols by candlelight in the Meetinghouse. Afterward, guests are invited to join a Victorian-era holiday party.

"Hale Farm's Holiday Lantern Tours are a seasonal tradition; they evoke the sights, sounds, and flavors of days gone by," said Kelly Falcone-Hall, interim CEO of Western Reserve Historical Society.

During all tour dates, the museum store at Hale Farm will be open and featuring Hale handmade gifts as well as favorite local artisan and "Made in Ohio" selections. While shopping, guests can enjoy a treat from the Hale Holiday Sweets Shop, or a glass of Ohio-crafted wine or beer.

Tours depart every 20 minutes, beginning at 6 p.m. Guests should dress appropriately for this indoor/outdoor activity. Attendance at Holiday Lantern Tours requires reservations in advance. Reservations can be made by calling 330-666-3711 ext. 1720 or by email at halereservations@wrhs.org. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for members and $12 for children ages 3 through 12.

Hale Farm & Village, a living history museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society, is on 90 acres with 32 historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, farming, and early American craft and trade demonstrations. Visit www.halefarm.org or call 330-666-3711 ext. 1720 for seasonal hours, program listings, rental information, and turn-by-turn directions.

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