Celebrating a 19th Century Christmas at Allaire

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[Photo by Ryan Welsh, The Coast Star]

WALL TOWNSHIP – Christmas at the Historic Village at Allaire transported visitors back to the holiday seasons of yesteryear on Sunday — an experience that will be offered again on Dec. 10 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Set to the year 1836, the village provided plenty of activities for families to participate in and watch, including wagon rides, a stocking stuffer sale, rides on the Christmas Express and much more.

When guests purchased their tickets, the first thing they were met with was an opportunity to purchase some hand-made stocking stuffers from the Allaire Village Auxiliary. According to Linda Cafone, a member of the auxiliary who was running the sale, “all the money from the stocking stuffers goes right to the village since we don’t get any state funding.”

Horse-drawn wagon rides carried visitors throughout the village and the Christmas Express train ride with Santa delighted children, leaving from and returning to the village railroad station.

In the village church, a band played 19th century music, with musicians explaining each song’s origins. The three-piece band consisted of a guitarist, a violinist and harpist who doubled on vocals.

In every storefront, from the general store to the bakery, holiday goods were on sale, providing gift ideas for all who entered. The bakery also sold hot apple cider, with the scent of it filling the room, along with that of pumpkin flavored cookies.

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