The Pella Historical Society celebrates the holidays beginning with the opening of the 32nd. annual Christmas Walk at the Historical Village, 507 Franklin Street, on November 10 through December 31. All twenty buildings are lavishly decorated by volunteers. Highlights include red birds among snowy pines, elegant Victorian decorations, burgundy and mauve roses embellishing trees and wreaths, and nature themes along with a Delft nativity in the Birdsall Delft Room. Combined with garlands, wreaths, candles and evergreen, the Village creates a festive holiday feeling. Complimentary hot beverage and St. Nick cookies are served in the Dutch Bakery. The Vermeer Windmill will also be open and decorated for the season. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily; closed Sundays and holidays. Admission for adults is $10, for students age 12 & up is $6 and for students age 5 to 11 is $2. Thousands of lights create a jewel box scene in the Village yard at night.
Sinterklaas, the Dutch Santa, is an old world tradition celebrated in Pella on Saturday morning, November 24, with a strolling Volks parade at 10 a.m. and a brief welcome downtown. The Sinterklaas breakfast at the Royal Amsterdam Hotel and the party at the Pella Opera House Theater will follow. Limited reserved tickets are $10 each and are available in the Pella Historical Business Office.
Pella Garden Club’s 50th annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Tea features four festively decorated Pella homes which are open on two days; Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with tea served at the Scholte Church from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Ticket information is available at the Pella Historical Business Office, 641-628-2409. Tickets are good for either day.
Scholte House, the home of Pella’s founder, is decorated for the holidays November 10 through December 31 and is open from 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Sundays and holidays. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students K-12. A Christmas Music & Tea will be held on Sunday afternoon, December 9 (reservations required, call 641-628-2409).
The Lights at Night Dessert Buffet will be held at the Historical Village on Thursday evening, December 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the Christmas decorations, savor the Christmas desserts and relax to music by the De Young Family handbell ensemble and Kris De Wild & Friends harp ensemble at 6:30 & again at 7:30 p.m. in Scholte Church.
For more information check the website: www.pellatuliptime.com or telephone 641-628-2409