Darke County Parks’ Christmas Double Feature Weekend


GREENVILLE – Looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season?! Darke County Parks is offering not one but two unique opportunities to enjoy some holiday spirit! 

On Friday, December 1st, visit Historic Bear’s Mill Preserve from 6 pm-9 pm for their annual Candlelight Walk Open House. Once you arrive, follow the luminaries to the festivities. There will be live music inside the mill featuring Joseph Helfrich. Enjoy hotdogs over an open fire, hot chocolate, coffee, water, and popcorn to warm yourself up on this early December night. Explore the mill while reading the storybook trail on your way up to the 4th floor. The Bear’s Mill store will be open that evening for holiday shopping. 

Registration is NOT required for the Candlelight Walk Open House. However, Parking is very limited, and we ask that you carpool if possible.

On Saturday, December 2nd, continue the holiday fun at Shawnee Prairie Preserve from 6 pm-9 pm for Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland. Wander along the (hopefully) snow-covered trails as you follow over 600+ candle-lit lanterns leading you to the Log House. In and around the Log House, warm yourself by the fire, visit with pioneer volunteers, and enjoy a seasonal treat! Keep an eye out for the blue “Will o Wisps” leading you to the popular “Woodland Spirits” trail.

The Nature Center will host a child’s craft, gingerbread cookie decorating, and a meet & greet with Santa! The gift shop will be open, offering a selection of unique gifts or that perfect stocking stuffer! Registration is required for Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland.  

Register here: https://darkecoparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=650.

Parking Map

Please be aware that access to Shawnee Prairie Preserve via 502 from Main Street is CLOSED.

Detour to Shawnee Prairie Preserve and the Nature Center: 571 W to Daly Rd, then left onto 502. Follow signs for event parking.