DCP’s Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland


The Shawnee Prairie will be lit up with 450 luminaries during Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland.

The Shawnee Prairie will be lit up with 450 luminaries during Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland.


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GREENVILLE – This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our winter wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m., there will be over 450 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature.

As you travel along the illuminated path toward the log house and blacksmith shop, you 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 warm you while enjoying pioneer music of Christmas past. Sip on a beverage or snack as you cozy up by the campfire and visit with the Parks Director. Santa will once again pay us a visit from the North Pole.

Due to its overwhelming popularity, online registration is required for this event. If you do not have internet access, call the Nature Center at 548-0165. A “winter wagon ride” will offer participants a new experience through the winter woods traveling from the new parking area. Don’t forget to visit with their regional partner, Historic Bear’s Mill, during their luminary walk (held Dec. 6) to receive your coupon card for both gift shop locations (details at their website).

Don’t forget about their Snowman Decorating Contest. Local businesses and non-profits decorate their own “snowman” to compete in a people’s choice award. Call the Nature Center to participate in this great way to advertise your business/non-profit to our estimated 1,000 luminary visitors.

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect free event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Please bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path.

For information on this event or to register your family today, visit www.darkecountyparks.org, find them on Facebook or call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

The Shawnee Prairie will be lit up with 450 luminaries during Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/12/web1_luminary-w.jpgThe Shawnee Prairie will be lit up with 450 luminaries during Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland. Courtesy photo