Christmas in the Trenches

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Midway Village Museum Center
6799 Guilford Road
IL 61107
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Midway Village museum Center

Saturday, December 14 – Re-enactment of the 1914 World War 1 Christmas Truce

Saturday, December 14
10 am to 11:30 am
Midway Village Museum
Near the 150-yard World War I Trench Replica off the Rec Path area.

The soldiers in the Western front of the Great War called unofficial ceasefires during the week of Christmas. Enemies came together to decorate, exchange gifts, sing carols, and even play football.

The visitors experience is two-fold. Visitors will engage with re-enactors among the ambiance of a decorated replica trench measuring 150-yards on the museum grounds. Visitors will receive a special holiday trench tour, and hear excerpts from World War I letters from soldiers experiencing Christmas in the trenches.

In addition to the tour, visitors will view a narrated re-enactment of a battle and the cease fire, sing carols with the re-enactor soldiers, sip hot chocolate, view artifacts from World War I, and play football as the soldiers did during the truce! The 150-trench system is the only replica of its kind with built in bunkers.

For online advance purchases go to:
$10 Adults in-advance online or at the Museum Gift Store
$12 Adults at event
$5 Children (3-17) in-advance online or at the Museum Gift Store
$7 Child at event

Free for Midway Village Museum Members* and Infants (ages 0-2).
Deadline for advance registration and payment is due by Thursday, December 12. Visitors may either pay online or call 815-397-9112 to make your reservation.

*If you are a Midway Village Museum Member and want to make a reservation, please call 815-397-9112, ext. 104.

This is a free event for Midway Village Museum Members so no online payment is needed, but you must call the museum to make a reservation.

Please note this event is outdoors and visitors will need to dress for the weather. This event is rain or shine. No refunds.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112

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