Make a toast at Connor Prairie for Christmas

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By Dawn Pearson

In need of a Hot Toddy due to holiday stress?

If so grab some friends and party back in time at Connor Prairie Farms during the annual adults-only “Holiday Cheers” festive event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 18.

Inside, guests can tour the Gingerbread Village, featuring works of arts by professionals and amateurs. Outside, guests will experience Indiana as it was back in 1836 as residents of Prairietown get ready for the holidays.

“This part of the program allows guests to step back in time and witness what is was like during the holidays in 1836,” Duane Brodt, director of public relations for Conner Prairie, stated.

Guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’ouevres, wine and local craft beer before heading out for a candlelight stroll through 1836 Prairietown to experience how various holidays were celebrated in the past.

“We have added many adult-oriented programming recently, primarily events that focus on unique, farm-to-table dining experiences offered by local gourmet food artisans, craft beer and wine events and other opportunities for adults to get together and socialize at Conner Prairie,” Brodt stated. “The ‘Holiday Cheers’ crowd is a young professionals group while others draw adults of all ages, some of whom have never been to Conner Prairie and others who haven’t been here in a while since raising their children.”

Vendors for the evening include Matt the Millers, Brown County Winery, Bear Wallow Distillery, Indiana Whisky Co., Scarlet Lane, Union Brewing Co., Sun King Brewery and Smoking Goose Meatery.

“’Holiday Cheers’ is a chance for young professionals and other adults to enjoy great food, drinks and socializing before taking in the scenes of Conner Prairie during the holidays,” Brodt stated.

“Holiday Cheers” is supported by the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, the organization’s young professionals group.

Advance sale tickets are $35 a person and can be purchased at connerprairie.org. Tickets will also be available at the door but space is limited. For more information, call 776-6000.

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