Time to Celebrate Christmas Pioneer Style

Christmas in the Soddies is a special event at the Plains Conservation Center. Join other modern-day pioneers to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in the sod Village of Wells Crossing, Saturday, Dec. 4 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

It was love at first sight when I stepped out of the present and into the past at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, Colo. Now I know whenever I feel the need to travel back in time, there’s a place just a short drive away.

You, too, can experience a bit of time traveling this Saturday at the Center’s annual Christmas in the Soddies event. For those new to the Colorado plains, soddies are buildings made from sod–the only material available to pioneers when they first arrived here.

In these soddies, you’ll be able to eat holiday cookies baked in a wood-fired stove and create old-fashioned tin-punch ornaments, just like the settlers in 1887.

Visitors will also be able to watch the village blacksmith at work, sing Christmas carols, and listen to the school master read a favorite holiday story. I also heard Father Christmas will be there.

There will be plenty of other activities to keep children of all ages busy, including a visit to the village peddler’s cart to purchase holiday goodies.

Admission is $6 per person and the funds are used to help support educational programs and conservation efforts.

The Plains Conservation Center is located at 21901 E. Hampden Ave.,  Aurora, CO 80013. For more information please call (303) 693-3621.


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