Ocean’s Holiday Weekend Dec. 5-6

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum’s 31st Annual Holiday Weekend, at Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, is scheduled for Dec. 5-6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Christmas season has always been a highlight of the museum calendar. For 25 years, they filled the auditorium of the old Oakhurst School the first weekend in December with exhibits, trains, crafts and handmade goodies. They continued the tradition in their new home, transforming the Woolley House into a holiday showcase for two days each December.

Model trains and Christmas collections fill the “Our Town Gallery.” On the porch, the Ocean Township Garden Club sells freshly made wreaths. The Hearth and Home Gallery is emptied to make way for an expanded Museum Shop and Bakery stocked full of homemade treats and one-of-a kind gifts hand-crafted by the Museum quilters. Children search the house for hidden nutcrackers in a “Holiday Hunt.” Sunday afternoon, the winning quilt raffle ticket is drawn. All this precedes the lighting of the township’s Christmas tree on the museum grounds Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

This year, the Holiday Weekend pays special tribute to the season. The living history actors explore the historical roots of the yuletide traditions. They have conjured up the spirits of Woolley family members from the 18th and 19th centuries to entertain visitors with stories of the holiday customs of their times.

Recommended donation is $3 for adults; children are free. Those paying their 2016 membership dues at the door will be admitted free.

Visit oceanmuseum.org for more information.