Homestead Manor is kicking off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2, with its second annual Holiday Village — a farmer’s market-like festival offering a host of fun-filled activities like ornament making, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and more.
From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests will fill The Barn on Homestead Manor’s ca. 1819 property to enjoy a market displaying homemade, home-grown items ranging from custom jewelry and wood trinkets, hand-poured candles, paintings and leather goods to natural soaps, baked goods, jams and more from 30 local, craft vendors.
“Each of our vendors was carefully selected to fill a variety of categories that would enhance our Holiday Village by providing shoppers with the best selection of gifts for the season. Supporting local entrepreneurs reflects our local approach at Homestead Manor,” said Rachel Layton, director of marketing for A. Marshall Family Foods, the umbrella organization of Homestead Manor. “Last year’s event was a huge success and it’s our goal to make it even more magical, each year.”
In addition to a sweeping assortment of craft vendors, festival-goers can expect Christmas carolers, a hot cocoa bar with fireside seating, free cookie decorating provided by Triple Crown Bakery, ornament making for kids, and the chance to write letters to Santa Claus. Children’s train rides will also be available for $1, courtesy of D&H Railroad, with 50 cents of each ride fare benefitting the Tennessee Children’s Home in Spring Hill.
Plus, Santa Claus himself will be onsite from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., for holiday photos with little ones and families alike. The festive keepsakes are $25 per photo.
While Homestead Manor’s Holiday Village is open to all ages, they’re providing Christmas cheer for adults too, with a 21 and over cash bar that will feature a host of seasonal cocktails to sip on. Outdoor seating and s’mores will also be available for those enjoying the evening, offering a spot to kick back and savor the holiday experience without the kids.
“There’s truly something for everybody at this year’s Holiday Village, and we’re excited to be able to provide that experience for our guests,” Layton said. “Whether you’re a young professional looking to enjoy our signature craft cocktails with a holiday twist or a mom who wants to tackle some Christmas shopping and make memories with the kids, there will be plenty of festivities to get everyone in the spirit of the season.”
Holiday Village parking will be available across the street this year at the Thompson Station Church, with shuttles running to and from Homestead Manor. Guests will also have the chance to check strollers and coats at the entrance of the event for $1, to allow for a more enjoyable festival experience. For more information on Homestead Manor’s Holiday Village, visit their website at homesteadmanor.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/homesteadmanor.