A Tavern Christmas

Saturday, December 16 * 1:00-5:00pm


The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) is excited to announce a new holiday event in Morlatton Village. Join us as we celebrate Christmas as it would have been celebrated in the eighteenth century with music, caroling, dancing, and refreshment in the festive atmosphere of the White Horse Inn. Families can enjoy crafts for children and a visit from the Belsnickel.

Visitors will delight in the festive, holiday ambiance of the White Horse Inn. The rooms will be decorated with fresh greenery and visitors can partake in a variety of activities. The Amity Colonial Dancers will demonstrate several colonial and early American dances and visitors will even have the chance to join in on the fun with some audience participation. We will be joined by a harp and cello duo who will lead us in singing some traditional Christmas carols.

In the Tavern Room, visitors can relax with some complimentary hot wassail and play some fun tavern games like cards. Families and children will want to make sure to visit the Belsnickel as well in his “workshop” where kids can enjoy a variety of Christmas crafts. The Belsnickel, part of eighteenth century rural Pennsylvania German Christmas lore, is much different from today’s jolly, old Santa Claus. Bring the whole family and learn more about how Christmas was celebrated in eastern Pennsylvania almost 300 years ago.

Admission for A Tavern Christmas is a $5 per person suggested donation. Trust members and children under 12 are free. Complimentary light refreshments will be available and fresh baked goods can be purchased. Cash or check only for payments. Event is rain or shine. This event is sponsored and run by the HPTBC.