The Dickinson County Heritage Center in Abilene kicks off the Yuletide season the first weekend in December, with an Old Fashioned Christmas. The Center will put you in the festive mood with a trip back in time to the first Kansan celebrations. The first ‘don’t-miss’ attraction is the pioneer Christmas exhibit in an authentic log cabin. Grab a some free cookies and hot chocolates, then wander through to discover the traditions European settlers brought with them to their homesteads on the prairie.

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The Center also hosts a live nativity in the barn, rides on the vintage 1901 wooden carousel, plus crafts for the kids in the one-room schoolhouse.

While exploring the Old Fashioned Christmas, you can buy a few stocking stuffers like homemade fudge from the historic Burkland Grocery Store, and take advantage of the sleigh ride photo opportunities.

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The grounds will be filled with live Christmas music featuring several local musicians; The Fiddlers, Talmage Quartet, Brigade Band, and Hiebert’s Dulcimers all plan performances during the weekend.

The Center is also the site for the 4-H Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and Christmas Quilt raffle that benefits the Dickinson County Heritage Center.

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The Old Fashioned Christmas at the Dickinson County Heritage Center in Abilene runs December 3-4.

Pre-Sale tickets are $4 and available at various Abilene financial institutions until the Friday before the event. At the door admission will be $5 per person, with 5 and under free. You can visit both days from 4:00pm til 8:00pm.

The Dickinson County Historical Society and Museum includes the Heritage Center; the Museum of Independent Telephony; the 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel, a National Historic Landmark as well as an outdoor collection of historic buildings.

The Center is located at 412 S Campbell St., Abilene.