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A special visitor from the North Pole will be in attendance at Philip Foster Farm's Christmas in the Country.

COURTESY PHOTO: PHILIP FOSTER FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - Santa visits with attendees of a previous Christmas event at Philip Foster Farm.

Holiday cheer will be the focus of an upcoming event at Philip Foster Farm.

The National Historic Site will host its annual Christmas in the Country event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at 22725 S.E. Eagle Creek Road.

"It was really nice to get some decorations up and feel a bit normal," said Jennifer Goldman, programming director at Philip Foster Farm. "People can come and see Santa, and see the farm."

In the late 1840s, early Eagle Creek settler Philip Foster moved to a 640-acre farm in Eagle Creek and provided lodging and a store for numerous settlers who had journeyed along the Barlow Road.

Christmas in the Country, the farm's last event until next spring, will consist of photos with Santa, crafts and a sale of hand-sewn quilts, along with potential caroling and wagon rides. The former will be based on the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines and the latter will be dependent on the weather.

Porches on the farm's historic houses will be decorated, and people can explore inside the houses, though the number of people inside at one time will be limited because of COVID-19. The farm is also currently featuring an exhibit on female inventors from the 1800s.

Christmas in the Country typically also includes Christmas tree sales, but that will not take place this year.

Goldman's favorite part of the event is giving families the opportunity to connect with Santa. She noted that the event is fairly laid back.

"It's a moment to breathe and go back in time," she said.

If you go

What: Christmas in the Country

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4

Where: Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site, 22725 S.E. Eagle Creek Road

Cost: Free

More information: philipfosterfarm.com


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