For the month of December, Burritt on the Mountain supplements its usual schedule with a variety of activities to tune in the holiday spirit. Some require reservations, for others you just show up at the appointed time. The historic park on Monte Sano Mountain is at 3101 Burritt Drive SE.

Vintage Christmas Dishware

Holiday Magic Dinners

For a night you won’t forget, reserve a seat for a Holiday Magic Dinner, served in the mansion and historic cabins at Burritt on the Mountain. Catered meals will be served in this annual fundraiser for the park. For reservations, call Stephanie Timberlake, (256) 512-0141.

Home School Holiday Ornaments

Classes will tour the homes in the park to compare holiday traditions from Christmases past with those of today. Afterward, children will make ornaments out of supplies commonly used in the 1800s – fruit, paper, tin and yarn. Call (256) 536-2882 for reservations.

‘Sanders Family Christmas’ Play

This funny, family-friendly play set in North Carolina on Christmas Eve 1941 will keep you in stitches with its cast of kooky characters. The sequel to “Smoke on the Mountain” is a joint offering of Renaissance Theatre and Burritt on the Mountain. 


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Come dressed for action as this year-round weekly event is hands-on. Guests meet from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. to experience life skills needed for farming in the 1800s. The topic changes each week, and classes will be held Dec. 12, 19 and 26. Home schoolers and anyone visiting the park is welcome to join in as it is free with admission.

‘Step Back in Time’

For demonstrations of historic crafts and chores, “Step Back in Time” from 1:30-2:30 Saturdays and Sundays. Since activities and locations change each day, inquire at the Welcome Center when you come into the park. You might see wool (from Burritt’s sheep) spun into yarn or metal forged into nails. 

Guided tours of park

Learn more about the architecture, artifacts and residents of the historic homes with an hour-long guided tour, stepping off at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The tours begin immediately after “Step Back in Time,” with the guide waiting at the gate to the historic part of the park by Eddins House. 

By: Deborah Bennick

Deborah Bennick is a freelance writer and editor in Huntsville whose journalism career spans 25 years in four states. She enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering, outdoor activities, watching her kids play sports and being involved with education.

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