Chiefs’ House open during Christmas at Forks

Shown is one of the trees on display at the 2011 Christmas Tree Walk hosted by the Historic Forks of the Wabash. The event will return this year, along with a Breakfast with Santa and Chiefs’ House open house, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. Photo provided.

The Chiefs' House at the Historic Forks of the Wabash will be open to the public during Christmas at the Forks, an annual event that also includes Breakfast with Santa and a Christmas Tree Walk.

Festivities begin with the Santa breakfast on Saturday morning, Dec. 1. The Chiefs' House open house and the Christmas Tree Walk will both take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Kiwanis, will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The meal will include pancakes, sausage and juice. Children may also participate in a craft-making session. Parents are welcome to bring their cameras. A free-will donation is requested.

Miami, Inc., will host the open house at the Chiefs' House. The home will be decked out in period-appropriate decorations. Descendants of Chief Richardville and Chief LaFontaine, dressed in period regalia, will conduct tours of the house.

Hand-crafted ornaments, corn husk items and jewelry will be available for purchase. Grandmother's Blanket items and Native American items will also be for sale, with all proceeds going toward scholarships.

The Christmas Tree Walk will take place in the Visitors' Center at the Forks. Christmas trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses and organizations will be on display.

Visitors may purchase tickets to vote for their favorite trees and wreaths. A drawing will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. to give away the trees and wreaths. Winners do not need to be present.

The gift shop and museum at the Forks will also be open.
Admission is free.

Proceeds from the events will help fund the addition to the Visitors' Center and cover other expenses.