Curator Carla-Jean Stokes, resident donkey Flapjack and marketing and events coordinator Kelly MacIntosh are in high spirits for O’Keefe Ranch’s Victorian Christmas Dec. 9-10. (Photo submitted)

O’Keefe Ranch Christmas takes a trip through nostalgia

O’Keefe Ranch offers Victorian Christmas as a weekend to celebrate the holidays Dec. 9 and 10

Nothing is more nostalgic than a stroll through the old village on a cold winter day, with a hot cocoa, the crackle of the fire, the sound of farm animals eating hay and a genuine warmth and happiness from everyone around you.

O’Keefe Ranch offers Victorian Christmas as a weekend to celebrate the holidays, family, good cheer and merriment Dec. 9 and 10.

“Christmas at O’Keefe Ranch goes back a long ways,” said Carla-Jean Stokes, curator. “The O’Keefe family was Catholic and traditional religious observations of the season would have been very important to them. In 1886 when their new home was completed, they moved in just in time for Christmas. In 1892, the Vernon News reported that a Christmas Service was held in St. Anne’s Church with Mrs. Daniel Rabbitt playing the new pump organ. Community members are invited to come tour these historic buildings. The Mansion turns 131 this December, and the pump organ has never left the Church.”

Although the Ranch is closed for the regular season, it opens its doors for this family friendly event.

“There will be lots to see and do, and it takes people away from the bustle of holiday traffic and shopping. The O’Keefe Ranch offers an experience for people, and that’s something you can’t buy for Christmas,” said Kelly MacIntosh, marketing and events coordinator. “We are offering cider and cookies, roasted chestnuts over an open fire and pony rides for the kids. This year there will also be a church service at 2:30 p.m. each day with Evangelist Bernhard Kleckers and music by Rob Dinwoodie and Dixon Zalit. We’ll also have a photographer onsite to take family portraits with Santa, on our old-fashioned sleigh or with miniature horse Wally the Elf. A number of our historical buildings will be open and decorated for the occasion. Our resident blacksmith and potter will be working in their studios for everyone to enjoy. It really is a good old fashioned Christmas.”

The cost to attend is $10 + GST per person or $30 + GST for a family of 5. Seasons Pass holders are welcome at no charge and children under 5 are free. Victorian Christmas runs Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.

In addition, O’Keefe Ranch is offering a Christmas Tea and Tour in the mansion Friday, Dec. 8. There are two times to choose from, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy tea served in fine china, dainty sandwiches, fresh scones, fudge and cookies, holiday piano stylings by Brandon Schmor, and a guided tour of the mansion. The cost is $20 + GST per person. Call ahead to reserve. Space is limited.

The O’Keefe Ranch and is now closed for the regular season and re-opens in May 2018, with the exception of Victorian Christmas.


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