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Victorian Santa, Ice Carving, Live Entertainment, Shopping and More


The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host a Victorian Holiday Celebration featuring Santa Claus, unique vendors, professional ice carvers, live entertainment and more on Sunday, December 4 from noon to 5 pm at Historic Smithville Park.

The whole family is invited to celebrate the season in the historic village setting that will be specially decorated for the holidays, and admission and parking are free. The festivities will include a grand entrance by Saint Nicholas wearing his Victorian suit and arriving by horse and carriage at 1 pm. Guests may visit with him in the Smithville Mansion courtyard tent and are encouraged to bring a camera for a special photo with family and friends.

Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of live entertainment including a special holiday magic show and holiday music performed by the Pine Barons Barbershop Chorus, the Jersey Sound Chorus, and Les Finesse. At 2 pm, visitors of all ages will enjoy a theatrical production of A Christmas Carol presented by the Riddlesbrood Players.

Professional ice carvers will transform 300 pound blocks of ice into frozen works of art during the event. Robert, Andrew and Eric LoFurno have more than 25 years of carving experience and each will sculpt his own holiday creation.

Visitors will also be able to shop for the holidays from a variety of vendors selling unique items such as handmade soap glassware, vases, paperweights, lavender products, honey, alpaca fleece scarves and gloves, original paintings and prints, stationary with scenes of Burlington County, vases, bowls, ornaments and more. The Friends of the Mansion will also be selling unique items inside the mansion’s holiday boutique.

The Friends of the Mansion at Smithville will offer tours of the 1840 Greek revival building for a small fee. Once again, the mansion will be dressed for the season in dazzling Victorian style and this year’s decorating theme is “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the historic estate.

Visitors are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts to the event to donate to th Burlington County Sheriff’s Department’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Guests may take tags from the Giving Tree to find out what items Buttonwood Hospital residents have requested for the holidays.

The Victorian Holiday Celebration is being hosted by the Division of Parks in collaboration with the Friends of the Mansion at Smithville. Historic Smithville Park is located on Smithville Road, just three-quarters of a mile off Route 38 in Eastampton. For more information, call the Division of Parks at (609) 265-5858, or go to



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