Christmas at the Canal Event
The first Saturday in December you can catch a glimpse of how Christmas was celebrated back in the day, when horsepower was literal and candles lit the evergreen spectacle in American living rooms.
Come celebrate the holidays with us in pioneer era style at the Wabash & Erie Canal! Take in the sights, smells, and tastes of how Christmas used to be, including many available gift items made by our talented local artisans working in the trades and crafts of yesteryear.
Tis the Season
The Conference Center is a must-see venue for handmade gift items created by talented artists. Handmade items of wood, alpaca, ceramics, jewelry paintings as well as many food items, including cheese balls, homemade noodles, cookies, and more can make the perfect Christmas gift.
Enjoy the Food
Refreshments are available including tasty apple dumplings hot from the oven. Take home some frozen apple dumplings to bake later for your family and friends.
Take in the Sights
Crafts and trades people are in the Pioneer Village log cabins. Do not miss the Bowen Cabin where you will find more specialty gift items like pottery, hand-made knitted items, folk toys, pet gifts, books and more Christmas food items.
Get in the Spirit
Adding to the festive mood is the music, including songs from the old-fashioned pump organ in the Reed Case House. The restored 1844 house will be decorated for Christmas and available for guided tours.
Event Vendor Information
For vendors interested in participating in one of our events, download and fill out the vendor application below. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know if you'd like to volunteer.
Become a Volunteer Today!
To volunteer at the Canal, stop by the Reception Desk at the Canal Center Lobby and complete a volunteer questionnaire. You can also send an email to: email@example.com, and let us know how you would like to volunteer.
See the Interactive Map!
Get a closer look at Canal Park with our Interactive Map!
Make a reservation to bring your class to the canal for a fun and enriching experience.
Our beautiful and historic trails are OPEN! Learn more about the trails and get some fresh air.
It’s as important as it is a pleasure to learn about those who have come before us and all the brave and impressive things they did which led up to the modern world we live in today. Learn more from the Learning Center on our site, starting with Canal History.
Things to Do
Come one, come all! Whether you have a school group, an event that needs hosting, or you plan on making a day trip, there’s no shortage of fun activities, period architecture, and educational displays to keep you engaged and inspired during your time here.
Weddings & Events
Your wedding day is one of the most memorable and magical days of your life. Bring your family and your friends, and we’ll supply the atmosphere to make your big day one to remember with memories and photos full of old-world charm. Contact us to reserve the Chapel and Canal Boat.