CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM
Two Days Only!
Friday, December 1, 2023
Saturday, December 2, 2023
3:00pm to 8:00pm Daily
Renfrew Museum and Park
1010 E. Main Street
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Includes Tours, Wagon Rides, Live Music, Crafts and More!
$15.00 per person
Children, Ages 3-12: $10.00
Children under 2 & Under: Free
Friends of Renfrew Members: Free
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Cash or credit card only. No checks.
No physical tickets will be issued. Members and pre-registered guests, please check in at our Welcome Tent or Visitors Center upon arrival to receive your wristbands.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
Please purchase admission for Christmas on the Farm upon arrival at the event.
Cultivate Inspiration This Holiday Season!
Rediscover the simple joys of Christmas past at Renfrew Museum and Park this holiday season! “Cultivate Inspiration” through over 200 years of celebration at our annual Christmas on the Farm event. Follow the soft glow of flickering lanterns and the fiery blaze of torches to the beautifully decorated Museum House where you’ll encounter how treasured traditions evolved over the centuries.
Explore some of our historic outbuildings where period-attired interpreters will share even more holiday cheer! Enjoy a cozy warming circle while you wait to take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Fahnestock Lane or enjoy a goodie or warm beverage from one of our vendors. Step out of the chill into the festive atmosphere inside our Visitors Center where even more family fun awaits. Peruse our gallery, then browse Renfrew’s museum shop and Christkindlmarkt for that special gift. Your ticket also includes live music, crafts, and more! We invite you to join us at Renfrew this December for an unforgettable holiday experience and make memories that will last a lifetime at Christmas on the Farm.
Wristbands required to enter. Please report to either the Welcome Tent or Visitors Center upon arrival. This event will be held rain or shine, and is designed to be indoor-outdoor with limited occupancy permitted within buildings. There’s plenty of room to spread out at multiple locations on the farmstead and maintain physical distancing. Guests are encouraged to stagger their arrival and may enter at any point during the scheduled event time on their chosen date. A period of about two hours is recommended to fully enjoy all planned activities.
Free parking is located in either the Visitors Center Lot, located adjacent to the big green and white barn off of PA-16/Buchanan Trail/Main Street OR in the Lower Lot, located off of Welty Road accessed by a drive beside the Washington Township Police Station.
Arrival & Event Check-In
Enter the event at either the white Welcome Tent, located on the path in front of the Museum House, or at the Visitors Center.
Day-of admission may be purchased at the gate during event hours. Cash or credit card only. No checks.
Members and Pre-registered Guests: Please check in at the Welcome Tent or Visitors Center upon arrival to receive your wristbands. Your PayPal receipt is confirmation of your reservation. We recommend bringing a copy with you to the event.
2023 Event Map
Historic Demonstrations & Activities
Guided Tours: Visit the first floor of the 1812 Royer House beautifully decorated in historic style for the holidays! You’ll encounter period-attired interpreters who will share how our treasured holiday traditions in America evolved over the centuries. Wristband required. First floor only. No food or drink. Photos permitted – no flash, no video. Group sizes will be limited to parties of ten (10) or less at a time. Tour lasts about 20-25 minutes.
Visit with Santa Claus: NEW for 2023! Santa will make a special stop at Renfrew to visit with families at Christmas on the Farm. Families are welcome to take photos using their personal device. No video, please. Wristband required. No food or drink. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Historic Gift-Making Demonstrations: Just like today, handmade presents were truly a gift from the heart. Stop inside the Visitors Center to watch our interpreters as they explain the process of recreating period gift items by hand.
Visits from the Belsnickel: Keep a look out for Belsnickel, or “Nicholas in Furs”, that beloved folk figure of Pennsylvania Dutch lore who rewards good children treats and naughty children with switches. Be on your best behavior – you’ll never know when he’ll appear!
Mini Button Wreaths: Assemble a cute little wreath to decorate with using buttons, pipe cleaners, and a ribbon. Available while supplies last.
Tenant Farmers Prepare for Winter: New for 2023! Join The Victory Farmers 1940s living historians as they discuss how early 20th century tenant farmers, like Renfrew’s Minnich and Beaver families, processed the corn harvest. Tractor-powered corn shelling and milling demonstrations using antique farming equipment throughout the evening.
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides: Hop aboard and join the Lindsay-Carbaugh Family for a leisurely ride up and down Fahnestock Lane by lantern light. Listen to the clip-clop of Belgian draft horse hooves as you cozy up to loved ones in the brisk December air. Wristband required. No food or drink. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Orange Pomanders: Try your hand at creating these old-fashioned, sweet-smelling holiday decorations using the simplest of ingredients: fresh citrus and whole cloves. Available while supplies last.
Scrap Art Ornaments: Victorians invented an inexpensive way to make beautiful holiday décor using bits and scraps they had on hand. Create your own version of historic scrap art ornaments using reproduction lithograph die-cuts, paper doilies, construction paper, and metallic pipe cleaners. Available while supplies last.
Special Artifact Displays: Enjoy a closer look at several objects in Renfrew’s museum collections not normally on exhibit including antique children’s toys and games, Nicodemus family holiday decorations, tableware, and more.
Historic Hearth Cooking: Visit Renfrew’s 1814 Summer Kitchen to learn about traditional Pennsylvania German holiday fare and watch as our domestic life historians bake Springerle cookies over the open hearth.
Live Music: Enjoy the melodious sounds of traditional holiday music as you stroll the farmstead with live 30-minute performances by violinist Scott Matlock from the second floor porch of the Museum House. Sets begin at the top of the hour daily at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 & 7:00pm. *Note: Recorded traditional instrumental songs will be played during all other times.
Mini Tinsel Tree Ornaments: Channel a Mid-Mod Christmas with a sparkly miniature tree made from metallic pipe cleaners, beads, and foam pieces. Available while supplies last.
Refreshments & Shopping
Food & Beverage Options: Visit food truck vendor Craken Catering “Where Cajun meets Comfort” for your favorite comfort foods with a cajun twist. Light refreshments, sweets, and hot cocoa will be available from Delaney’s Delicacies. Pick up something tasty to enjoy at the event or to take home! Cold beverages also for sale in the Renfrew Museum Shop.
Christkindlmarkt: Stop by our Visitors Center, both inside and outside, for Renfrew’s mini version of a traditional German holiday market with vendors offering handmade artisan goods, vintage Christmas decorations, antiques, tasty treats, and more. You never know what you’ll find!
Renfrew Museum Gift Shop: Peruse our selection of unique merchandise and find the perfect gift for that special someone – or yourself! Browse books, home goods, historic toys, holiday décor, apparel, pottery, handmade items, and more. Each purchase supports our mission.
Be sure to visit Renfrew’s Christkindlmarkt to find tasty treats and holiday gifts! Look for vendors both inside and outside the Visitors Center.
Delaney’s Delicacies is back to the farmstead on both Friday and Saturday! Satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious homemade baked goods. Choose from amazing biscotti, festive holiday bark, delicious macarons, cupcakes, and more. Enjoy yourself or give as holiday gifts!
Full meals and side order options will be available from Cracken Catering of Waynesboro, PA. Cajun food meets comfort food with shrimp queso nachos, fresh cut Cajun fries, fried shrimp, Cajun sausage, gumbo, cheesesteak, chicken tenders, mac & cheese, coleslaw, and more. They also offer a kids menu.
Vintage Christmas by Michelle of Gettysburg, PA returns to the Wagon Shed Room on both nights with a whimsical assortment of authentic antiques, holiday décor, and a bit of mid-century Christmas kitsch. You’re sure to find something unique!
Breanne M. Lamb BEADWORK of Fairfield, PA returns to the Wagon Shed Room! A self-taught beadwork artist she will share a handcrafted selection of beaded items inspired by nature, art, and history. Choose from faithful reproductions of bygone eras or one-of-a kind creations.
Seeking Event Donors & Sponsors!
Join our growing list of generous supporters! Help Renfrew present this year’s Christmas on the Farm event. Select the avenue of support that’s right for you – donation or sponsorship. Details below.
2023 Event Donors
Monetary donations in support of Renfrew’s Christmas on the Farm event are fully tax-deductible. Donors receive no goods or services in exchange for their gift.
2023 Event Sponsors
Purchase a sponsorship to enjoy special benefits including event admission, annual membership, advertising, and more! A portion of each sponsorship, less the value of goods and services received, is tax-deductible.
Belsnickel - $1000
Schneeflocke (Snowflake) - $500
Tannenbaum - $250
Zuckerstange (Candy Cane) - $100
More to Make You Merry!
Invite the spirit of Christmas Past into your heart with a sampling of nineteenth holiday literature specially selected by Renfrew’s curatorial staff.
Click the images below to read these beloved favorites online!
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In (1844), Charles Dickens’ second supernatural Christmas morality novella about the pauper Toby Veck considering his daughter Meg’s two potential fates .