Step back in time and celebrate 18th and 19th century Christmas events at Riley’s Farm

By on December 6, 2017

Christmas is underway at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen with two separate celebrations for the season. Riley’s Farm is a working apple orchard and a living history experience with live dinner theatre and multiple other events and facilities open throughout the year. This Christmas season Riley’s Christmas Dinner Theater programs include a “A Christmas Carol” and “Christmas in the Colonies.”

Ebenezer Scrooge doesn’t stand a chance with his miserly ways. At Riley’s Farm the 1880s Packing Shed on site will host a yuletide event based on Charles Dicken’s beloved, “Christmas Carol,” featuring hay rides, dancing, a full meal, and vignettes featuring the inevitable redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge. Unique to this dinner theatre production is the opportunity for the audience to play along as the actors perform both on and off stage. The not-to-be-missed dinner includes corn chowder, fresh baked bread, English roast beef, Cider Baked Ham, Cheese Potatoes, Buttered Green Beans, Candied Carrots and a dessert table.

Riley’s Farm is also hosting an 18th century Christmas event at the famed “Hawk’s Head Public House.” Colonial Virginians were known to have spent an entire month celebrating the advent of the Christ Child’s birth and Riley’s Farm recreates this history with Christmas caroling, dancing and tomahawk throwing. The meal is served in “removes” (also known as “courses”) and includes Sally Lunn Bread, Corn Pudding, Corn Chowder, Jefferson Chartreuse (a colonial vegetable dish of sweet potatoes, green bean, carrots, zucchini and potatoes in seasoned Swiss cheese mix mold), Cider Baked Ham, Mt Vernon Pie and Maple Pecan Bread Pudding.

Both events feature activities both in-and-outdoors so guests should dress warmly for the season. Evening temperatures at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen can dip into the 40s.

Both dinner events are now underway and will continue through Dec. 23. For further information including prices, directions to Riley’s Farm and itineraries of the events go to: www.rileysfarm.com/dinners.