AN AUSSIE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE
This Christmas why not practice an age-old Christmas tradition? Early Highfields settlers from Germany would hide a glass pickle in the Christmas tree the night in Christmas Eve, and the next morning the lucky person to find the pickle was the first to open their present.
Legend has it that the story originated from medieval times, when St Nicholas rescued two small children who were trapped in a pickle barrel as punishment.
St Nicholas or Santa as he is now known, freed the trapped children and they ran home just in time for Christmas dinner.
The Village is open every day except Christmas Day, so if you are looking for a great place to take your visitors pop into the Village for some billy tea and damper and enjoy the atmosphere of yesteryear.
In January there is plenty to keep you entertained at the Pioneer Village on Australia Day.
The day’s program is jam-packed full of fun starting with the Aboriginal art talks at 9am, then milking of the cow at 9.30am.
There are over 60 buildings of historic interest to wander through filled with collectibles and memorabilia of a time when life was much simpler in Australia.
Youngsters will love the baby animal nursery, whip cracking school, sheep shearing demonstrations and family games.
Don’t miss a special visit by Piggy the Bendigo Bank mascot, and rumour has it that the infamous Ned Kelly will make an appearance at lunch time!
There will be an indigenous art show and an Aboriginal dance workshop by Don Nikkelson and councillor Bill Cahill will present the Australia Day awards for the Highfields Service Centre region at 2pm.
Local vendors will sell their goods and chattels at the Village markets and Trevor Dodds and Cactoblastis will entertain the crowds.
There will also be plenty of tucker including vegemite sandwiches, meat pies and steak sandwiches on-site as well. For more information please contact the Village office on (07) 4696 6309.