Christmastime special at Rugby

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Candlelit visits to traditionally decorated historic buildings, glimpses of 1880s Rugby Christmases, seasonal music, an award-winning film and mural at the Rugby Visitor Centre & Theatre and a traditional Victorian dinner all await visitors to Christmas at Historic Rugby.

The annual holiday fundraiser will be on Dec. 3 at the British-founded museum village atop the Cumberland Plateau.   

Six historic and reconstructed buildings will be open to visitors, lit with candles and old-time oil lamps, and decorated with holly, ivy and evergreens, just as used by Rugby's early colonists.

Open buildings include the antique-filled founder's home, Kingstone Lisle, where Madame Margaret Hughes, the founder's mother, portrayed by Virginia Lovellette, will greet visitors. The fragrance of plum pudding steaming on the kitchen wood stove will fill the house. 

Visitors will also be welcomed to 1880 Newbury House, the Victorian-furnished original boarding house, now a bed and breakfast.

The Harrow Road Cafe will serve a four-course Christmas dinner by oil lamp light at reserved seatings at 5:45 and 8 p.m. The menu includes prime rib with herb-roasted potatoes, French green beans, cherry chocolate mousse and beverage.

The award-winning “Rugby: The Power of a Dream” will be shown several times each evening at the Visitor Centre & Rebecca Johnson Theatre. A 32-foot wall mural at the centre shows Rugby as it looked in the 1880s. 

Hot wassail will be served fireside at the Rugby Community Room, where visitors can take part in old-time carol singing.

Event hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance, or on Saturday at the Visitor Centre. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance and are $29, tax and gratuity included. Call 1-888-214-3400 for event and dinner tickets.