One of my favorite, most anticipated annual holiday events each year is the Victorian Christmas Evening in charming Sharon, Wisconsin. It’s like stepping into a Charles Dickens novel, with the historic downtown area alive with lights, chestnuts roasting, carolers singing, dancers in the streets, food aplenty, warm drinks, Christmas music, and decorated vintage horse and buggies. Most of the local residents and merchants are decked out in authentic Victorian regalia, amongst whom can be found the Town Bum and the Town Crier, with Santa making his appearance later. The seductive aroma of wassail, hot chocolate, spiced cider and rum toddies drifts out of the local shops, restaurants, and bars, while many are enticed by Christmas sweets, roasted nuts, kettle corn, fried bread and hot soups. The sounds of traditional carols can be heard as the village Christmas tree is ceremoniously lighted, while others explore the local shops.
The highlight of the evening is the carriage parade. The vintage, historic carriages are decorated with hundreds of tiny lights and are pulled by horses ranging from ponies to large Clydesdales, with costumed drivers in colorful Victorian attire. Every year its quiet beauty takes my breath away. So dress warm and step back into history for a delightful evening with friends and family. Starting at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4 (2009), you can get directions and more information by calling the Sharon Main St Association at 262-736-6246, or visiting their web site . Tis’ the season!
Posted By: Julie Sarton