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Christmas at Canterbury

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury.
Cost: $18 for adults, $8 children ages 6 to 17, under 5 free. Members half price.
Visit: shakers.org
The village will also be hosting candlelit tours Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Each guest will get their own candle to take through the village as they learn about the Shakers’ Christmas celebrations.




A history of Christmas
See how Shakers celebrated the holiday

12/14/17
By Ethan Hogan



 A quaint historic village preserved by people who love telling its story is the perfect setting for Christmas at Canterbury, an annual event put on by Canterbury Shaker Village that blends holidays and history. 

“It makes the season a little more magical to experience how Christmas would have been when the Shakers were here,” said Nicole Laurin, special events and adult programs manager. 
Canterbury Shaker Village has 694 acres of land populated by 25 original historic Shaker buildings and four reconstructed ones. 
Ten of those buildings will host characters who will teach guests about 200 years of Shaker traditions.
For example, inside the schoolhouse, a teacher will be waiting to show guests what schools were like during the times of the Shakers. 
A doctor in the infirmary will explain the period’s medical practices.
Magician Andrew Pinard will be in character as Jonathan Harrington, a 19th-century magician who relies on tricks of the eye rather than modern technology, Laurin said.
“It’s kind of a mixture of a performance of his character weaved in with traditional magic,” she said.
Laurin said the characters won’t be dressed as Shakers because when the property was being put into its current ownership for historic purposes in 1969, the owners agreed to never dress as Shakers, out of respect. Instead, experts dress in 19th-century clothes. 
Musical entertainment throughout the village will include carolers and fiddlers. 
Two members of the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio will create a fiddling duo who will play a mix of their own original songs with traditional holiday tunes.
There will be an extensive train collection on display in one of the buildings, featuring three trains chugging through a village made up of 30 model buildings.
The Christmas tree in front of the schoolhouse, lights in the windows and hot cider will make the village a unique holiday destination.
“It becomes really magical with all the lights and the candles in the windows,” said Laurin. 





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