Homemade food, local crafts, a live nativity, luminaries, free refreshments, and music are all part of the festivities to be found at Mountain Gateway Museum’s Annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
True Holiness Fellowship Church members will be selling homemade jellies, jams, pickles, preserves, and crafts inside the museum’s ca. 1880s log cabin, starting at 11 a.m. The community’s Live Nativity scene will be set up outside the cabin, facing Water Street, and will be on display from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At the conclusion of the Town of Old Fort’s Christmas Parade, which will begin at 3 p.m. from the Old Fort Elementary School, the museum staff will begin lighting more than a hundred luminaries on the museum’s front porch and along the rock wall beside Mill Creek.
After seeing Mountain Gateway Museum aglow on the outside, come inside to warm up and see the festive holiday decorations, including a nine-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with natural and handmade ornaments. Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy free hot coffee, apple cider, and cookies in the museum’s audio-visual room, and listen to the music of Possum Creek Band from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Located at 24 Water Street in Old Fort, Mountain Gateway Museum is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; and noon to 5 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. In observance of Christmas, the museum will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 27. It also will be closed on New Year’s Day.