Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum wreathed in Christmas carols

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum wreathed in Christmas carols


Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will be alive with the sights and sounds of “Christmas Past” and present on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Courtesy of the Alpine Kiwanis, children under age 18 are admitted free the month of December. Adult admission for “Christmas Past” is $5.

For the first time, the 1865 Cottage will be decorated with a theme in mind. This year’s theme is Victorian Christmas Carols. A number of the carols will be depicted, such as “Jingle Bells” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” are still quite familiar, while others, like “Happy New Year” and “The Christmas Star,” are virtually unknown today. Each room on the first floor of Tinker Swiss Cottage will be lavishly decorated with a different carol.

Each day of “Christmas Past,” children will enjoy making their own Victorian Christmas crackers with a prize inside and discovering what prizes await them at the end of each strand of string in the Cobweb game. All will enjoy hot cider, homemade cookies, and tours of a festive Cottage each day of the event. Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m., the River City Sound Sweet Adelines will fill the air with Christmas carols.

During your visit, don’t forget to browse the Tinker Gift Shop in the newly opened Tinker Barn & Visitors Center for unique holiday gifts and buy a raffle ticket to win a beautiful queen-size quilt, pieced by Museum Curator Donna Langford and quilted by Rose Marie Mize of the Quilters’ Loft in Bloomington. Proceeds from the quilt raffle benefit educational programming at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.

You’ll also want to check out Southwest Scenes: Community Life in Southwest Rockford, a wonderful new exhibit about the history of Southwest Rockford located on the lower level of the Visitors Center.

“Christmas Past” runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 and Dec. 14 and 15. All activities and refreshments are included with admission. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, open year round, six days a week with regular tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., is located at 411 Kent St., Rockford. For more information, call the museum at (815) 964-2424.

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