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Holiday Traditions Live at Shaker Village

  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
For the Shakers, Christmas was a day of reconciliation, forgiveness and charity. It was a time for giving and forgiving. The Shakers were conscious of their duty to those less fortunate than themselves. Each Christmas, members of the Society contributed items to the “poor boxes,” which would be packed with clothing, food, and other useful household items. The boxes would be carried to the Trustees’ Office, where they were distributed to the needy.

Get in the true holiday spirit this year with a visit to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This season, thanks to a partnership with the Danville Garden Club, Shaker Village will be adorned with over 150 holiday wreaths and garlands made from traditional fresh greenery and rolls of red ribbon. 

Daily throughout December, catch a free ride on the Jingle Bell Shuttle, a festive horse-drawn wagon, as it travels down the village road lined with classic holiday greens. Looking for something special? Shop for the perfect handmade and seasonal gifts for friends and family in the Craft Stores. Stop by any day with the family to string popcorn and cranberries, make paper chains and help decorate the Centre Family Dwelling Christmas tree.

Kentucky holiday dishes, perfect for special seasonal gatherings, will be offered for lunch throughout December. The changing special menu includes salad, selections of entree, casseroles, vegetables, warm breads and favorite desserts. Holiday Lunch guests also receive complimentary admission to Christmas tours and holiday music performances in the Meeting House.

Special Saturday holiday programs will be presented on Dec. 7, 14 and 21. 

On Dec. 7, the Pleasant Hill Singers present three performances of The Simple Gifts of Christmas Concert in the Meeting House. Enjoy this special choral performance that tells the story of how the Shakers celebrated Christmas, and then help decorate the Christmas tree with strings of popcorn, paper chains and handmade ornaments. The 31-foot Norway spruce will be lit in the evening, and Mrs. Claus will entertain kids with storytelling.

In the afternoon on Dec. 14, there will be live music and hot chocolate around fire pits on the Ministry Workshop Lawn. In the evening, an outdoor tree will be lit accompanied by caroling in the Centre Family Field.

On Dec. 21 in the evening, enjoy a Candlelight Music Performance with the Pleasant Hill Dickens Characters in the Meeting House.

For more details on Shaker Village holiday programs, call 800.734.5611 or visit www.shakervillageky.org.