ALLAIRE STATE PARK CONTINUES ANNUAL TRADITION OF OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS EVENTS
STATE PARK SERVICE TO HOST MULTIPLE CELEBRATIONS THROUGH DECEMBER AT
PARK’S HISTORIC VILLAGE
(15/110) TRENTON – The New Jersey State Park Service is announcing a series of popular and well-loved Old World Christmas events are scheduled throughout December at the Historic Village at Allaire State Park.
Allaire Village, Inc., a non-profit educational and historic preservation partner of the park, will sponsor the popular Christmas Lantern Tours, a performance of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” and walking tours throughout the park’s Historic Village.
In addition, The New Jersey Museum of Transportation, an all-volunteer, non-profit park partner, will again host Christmas Express train rides throughout Allaire State Park with Santa Claus on board. Due to the annual event’s popularity, this year’s schedule will feature additional trains, as well as evening rides with St. Nick.
“Our dedicated partners at Allaire State Park have made these annual holiday events an important tradition and highlight for many families,” said Mark Texel, Acting Director of Division of Parks and Forestry. “We encourage visitors to come out and enjoy the Old World Christmas spirit in abundance at Allaire.”
“Have you ever wondered where our Christmas traditions come from: why do we have a Christmas tree and why do we put ornaments on it?” said Katherine Muller, Events and Volunteer Coordinator at The Historic Village at Allaire. “Join the historic village in exploring the traditions around one of our favorite holidays in our village with a festive atmosphere, horse and carriage rides, St. Nicholas, walking tours, historic homes and a feeling of family.”
Advance tickets are highly recommended for all Allaire Village Inc. events, although walk-up tickets are more readily available for Christmas at Allaire activities. Tickets for events presented by Allaire Village Inc. can be purchased by phone at (732) 919-3500 or online at www.allairevillage.org via the Events link.
Dates and times for holiday activities at Allaire State Park this year include:
A Christmas Carol: A performance of Charles Dickens’ classic will take place at the Allaire Chapel, an early 19th century chapel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is $20 per person.
December 5, 12, 18 and 19
Christmas Lantern Tours: Enjoy the spirit of the season with a Christmas-inspired Lantern Tour through Allaire’s Historic Village. Experience traditional 19th century activities such as baking gingerbread and listening to musical performances. Join villagers singing Christmas carols by the fire. Tours last 90 minutes and leave every 15 minutes. Admission is $12.50 per person.
December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
December 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Christmas Express: A holiday tradition for more than 30 years, Santa Claus will ride the train along Pine Creek Railroad and talk to all children aboard. The train leaves every 30 minutes, weather permitting. Admission is $6 per person. Tickets for time- and date-specific trains must be purchased in advance at the train ticket office in Allaire State Park.
December 6 and 13
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Christmas at Allaire: Stroll through the historic village for an opportunity to meet jolly old St. Nick and carolers, see craft demonstrations, and explore historic homes as well as the history of the holiday season. Various village activities will include storytelling, horse and wagon rides, and more. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for children under 12.
To learn more about Allaire State Park, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/allaire.html
For the New Jersey State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites Facebook page, visit: www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks
To learn more about the Historic Village at Allaire, visit: www.allairevillage.org
For more about the New Jersey Museum of Transportation, visit: www.njmt.org