Changes coming to annual luminary event


The Darke County Parks’ 11th annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland will be from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

The Darke County Parks’ 11th annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland will be from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.


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DARKE COUNTY – The Darke County Parks invites community members to its 11th annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

From 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, individuals can join Darke County Parks for one of its favorite events of the year, including many of guests’ favorite festive actives, including more than 500 luminaries, log house visitations and refreshments, marshmallow roasting, campfires, children’s crafts, gingerbread cookie decorating, nature gift shop sales, a visit from Santa and more.

After last year’s record number of attendees a few changes were required to ensure this popular event continues to run smoothly. A new parking destination will be located at the 130 Winchester entrance (look for the signs), just east of the main entrance to Shawnee Prairie on Ohio 502.

From the new parking area, illuminated wagons pulled by tractors will be available to provide transportation to and from the main trail or guests can extend their walk in the woods by just a short distance all while enjoying even more luminaries.

The main park entrance will be blocked and only those with handicap parking placards or plates will be able to enter. On top of the hill, between the Log House and the Nature Center, the Stillwater Stargazers will have telescopes set up and allowing for stunning views into the heavens above.

Also new for 2018, the Park District also is asking that guests call to register for this free event. Registrations only require a moment of time and will allow for more accurate planning regarding the amount of supplies needed for activities and how many vehicles can be expected.

To register, call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

With the addition of tractor wagon rides, new and easier parking location and other favorites, the Park District is looking forward to a fun-filled evening welcoming in a peaceful holiday season.

Individuals may call 937-548-0165 with any questions, for directions or to register.

The Darke County Parks’ 11th annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland will be from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/11/web1_Winter-Wonderland-WEB.jpgThe Darke County Parks’ 11th annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland will be from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Courtesy photo