Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season and the Living History Park is participating by having two free Christmas-themed events.
On Saturday, the park will have its annual Christmas in the Backcountry event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event began a few years ago when it was noticed the park had a lot of visitors Thanksgiving weekend, said Lynn Thompson, chairwoman of the Living History Park and president of the Olde Towne Preservation Association.
The event will feature a variety of demonstrations on how colonists and their slaves observed Christmas. All of the park’s buildings will be open and many of crafts people will be present, said Thompson.
Shoppers can make purchases from individuals at the park or in its Mercantile Shop.
Father Christmas will also be present to meet and greet the children.
“He’ll have candy canes for the kids and talk with them,” said Thompson. “He’s really good.”
Parents may also take pictures of their children with Father Christmas, she added.
“It’s a nice event,” she said. “It’s a good time to see the park and have a good time.”
On Dec. 7, the park will have its annual Christmas for the Birds event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The park is a wildlife habitat,” said Thompson. “We want to teach young people that nature is very important.”
During the event, children can create ornaments to be hung outside to feed birds as well as help decorate the park’s Christmas tree, which is donated every year.
“The kids have a lot of fun doing it,” she said.
The event will also include story time and hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be available.
Attendees are asked to bring bags of dog and cat food to be donated to one of the local shelters, said Thompson.
For more information about the park’s events, visit www.colonialtimes.us or call (803) 279-7560.
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