Ambassador House presents Victorian Christmas

Santa reads to kids during the 2014 Ambassador House Victorian Christmas. (Submitted photo)
Santa reads to kids during the 2014 Ambassador House Victorian Christmas. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

On Dec. 5, The Ambassador House at Heritage Gardens will host the 5th annual Victorian Family Christmas event. There will be two sessions – one from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and one from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The event is for Fishers children ages 2-8.

“It’s an event geared toward children. We do charge for the children. It’s $10 per child. Parents are free. It’s a great time for parents to do a holiday activity with their younger children. It really involves a craft, story time, and Christmas carols,” said Beth Clark of the Ambassador House.

There is a historic Fishers element to the event.

“We have a costumed character named Mrs. Harris who is for whom the AH was named. Mrs. Harris and her husband Ambassador Harris. Mrs. Harris is there for the Christmas party because she used the AH which is now located in Heritage Park as a summer home and a party house,” Clark said. “She was a great society lady at the turn of the century. This is kind of her Christmas party for Fishers families.”

Children will also be visited by Saint Nicholas, and will have the opportunity to have their picture taken.

“He’s not the kind of Santa Claus that everyone thinks of – he’s the Victorian Santa Claus. So, he’s the father Christmas figure. He comes in and greets the children, and they get to tell him what they want for Christmas,” Clark said.

Space is limited to about 20 children per session, so guests are asked to register in advance. To register, email Clark at [email protected].

“All they have to do is email me, because I will send them a confirmation with some instructions,” said Clark. “We will have an Event Brite site set up if they would like to pay by credit card. We will also take cash or check at the door.”