It may only be the beginning of August, but Presque Isle Historical Society is hard at work planning a brand new holiday event – Victorian Christmas at the Estey.

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This event will be a self-guided tour through their small, two-story Victorian era house museum with each room adorned with hand-made Victorian inspired decorations for the holiday.  A historical interpreter will be in each room dressed in period costume performing a task of that era and relevant to the function of that room.  To add to the festive ambience, there will be a pianist playing Christmas carols from that era as well.  Lastly, a Scavenger Hunt is being planned for the kids based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Kim Smith, Secretary/Treasurer of the Society’s Board and event creator, said “We are really excited about this event.  People don’t realize just how many of the holiday traditions we observe today came from the Victorian Era!  We have wanted to do something related to Victorian Christmas with the house for a few years now and things just finally gelled.  There are still spots available for volunteers who would like to be a part of this exciting new event by serving as the costumed interpreters in some of the rooms."

On the nights of the Victorian Christmas tours, visitors may park along Third Street and walk to the house, or park in the public parking lot on Second Street across from City Hall and be shuttled to the house aboard the heated Molly the Trolley which will also be decorated for the season.  The event will be held December 16 and 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door.