Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland


Staff report



GREENVILLE — The Darke County Park District is thrilled to announce its ninth annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland holiday celebration taking place on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

There will be more than350 luminaries lighting the way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As families hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, they can enjoy the crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening.

In the log house, the fire will be warm with holiday snacks and drinks to sample. Visitors can enjoy pioneer music of Christmas past as they relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available upstairs in the log house and in the Nature Center to fuel memories of this staff favorite event. The Nature Center and gift shop will be open throughout the evening, offering a chance to discover a selection of unique gifts or that perfect holiday stocking stuffer.

Roger Van Frank, director of the Darke County Park District, said he and the public have both grown to love this holiday event. He’s seen families make Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland an annual tradition and encourages everyone to join them for a peaceful evening filled with holiday cheer.

“The log house is my favorite part,” Van Frank admitted, “Seeing it decked out in Christmas splendor and the public having such a great time making memories stringing popcorn and cranberries for the tree is what it’s all about.” He also mentioned that Bear’s Mill will be having their open house the night before on Friday from 6-10 and that Darke countians could make a weekend of holiday family fun to kick off the season.”

For more information about Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland or any other program or event offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit their website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Staff report