It is starting to feel a lot like the holidays. Starting Tuesday, November 12-January 12, the Oshkosh Public Museum, introduces “Deck the Halls”, which is a new holiday experience.
This new event will include special activities, events and exhibits for everyone to participate in. On the second floor, a Christmas Village will be exhibited which will feature Oshkosh store front façades based on photographs from the museums archives, which will showcase a variety of toys. The community will get to vote on which toys will be on exhibit.
The Oshkosh Public Museum was owned by the Sawyer family from 1872-1908. Activities and decorations throughout the mansion will reflect the time period when the Sawyer’s lived on this property. There will be interactive displays, and demonstrations that would be appropriate to the original functions of the rooms during the weekends. There will also be a light pole decorating contest among local service groups who will compete and judged by the community by making cash donations to the group of their choice.
- The Parlor will feature parlor games and an 1890s gift-covered Christmas tree
- The Dining Room revolves around food and table settings and a 1900s cotton-covered Christmas tree
- The Den will amuse with holiday stories and an 1880s table-top Christmas tree
- The Library provides entertainment in the form of music and crafts and a 1910s electrified tree
Other holiday amenities include Candy Cane Cafe, a relaxing place to sit down and enjoy some refreshments, and the ever-popular Museum Scavenger Hunt with an impish twist as visitors are challenged to find the Museum elves hidden among the holiday decorations.
Just two days later on November 14th is the annual community holiday parade. It will start at 6:30pm in downtown Oshkosh. Five entries are awarded each year for their creativity and best use of the “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” theme. The awards include the Grand Marshall’s Award, Chancellor’s Award, Mayor’s Award, Children’s Award and the Chamber of Commerce Award.