Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm Celebrates 25 years and a New Roof

Walnut Grove Farm, a National Historic Register farmstead, is hosting its 25th annual “Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm.”  Featuring gifts from regional artisans, wreaths, simmering foods and family fun, the event has become an established tradition during Thanksgiving weekend.  Walnut Grove Farm is located ½ mile north of Knoxville, Illinois on Carr Street, and will be open 10 AM to 4 PM on Friday and Saturday, November 25th and 26th; and 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday November 27th.  Admission is generous gift of food items for local charity Christmas baskets.

Walnut Grove Farm has showcased fine artistic talent from people who are some of the most creative business entrepreneurs of West Central Illinois for 25 years.  At this juried show, artisans will be offering a diverse range of one-of-a-kind items from pottery to gourmet chocolates; paintings, folk art and jewelry to handmade soaps and lotions; weaving, intarsia, wood carving and polymer clay vases; hand-felted and crocheted wearable art.  Handmade furniture, antiques, aronia berry treats add special interest for shoppers.  The café will serve a hearty lunch and desserts by Chef Laura Lytle.

The setting is an 1860’s barn and farmstead that has received national recognition for its historic preservation, highlighted this year through restoration of the barn with a new roof.  A sculpture created by Susie Richardson will feature the donors to the Raise the Roof project.  Anyone who has donated $25 or more is listed on the scroll.  Donations to help raise the roof will be accepted at the event or any time by contacting Walnut Grove Farm. 

Horse-drawn carriage rides, warm food, festive music and meeting the artists have all been a staple at Walnut Grove Farm for 25 years.  Chat with Old World Saint Nicholas who will arrive daily at 11 AM.  Families can kick-off the holiday season by selecting natural designer wreaths and greens to “deck the halls.”

“Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm is truly a holiday homecoming.  For over 25 years, extended family celebrations have grown to include the barn artisans and friends.  Coupled with meaningful gift-giving and opportunities to support local artisans, the barn has always been about celebrating quality, and this year a new roof!  Come see us!” states Jan King, event coordinator.