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Historic pioneer location in Eagle Creek will openfor annual winter event this weekend

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JENNIFER GOLDMAN - A family enjoys a visit with Santa at Philip Foster Farms Christmas in the County.

Want to step back in time this holiday season?

If so, be sure to stop by Philip Foster Farm's annual Christmas in the County, where the parlor of a historic pioneer house will be decorated as if attendees were at a holiday gathering from Oregon's past. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2,

at the National Historic

Site, 22725 S.E. Eagle Creek Road.

"It's really nice. It's small and somewhat low key," said Jennifer Goldman, programming director at Philip Foster Farm. "If you've taken your kids to a mall Santa, that's not what this is."

The event features Santa Claus, holiday carolers and Christmas trees, quilts and additional handmade items for sale. Cookies and cider will be available for all attendees, and, for those 21 and older, hard cider can be sampled.

Santa will be on hand for visits and photos in the parlor while attendees enjoy refreshments. Additionally, the farm's store will be stocked with Christmas wreaths, jams, jellies, honey, embroidery and other locally made items.

Christmas in the County is the only occasion that Philip Foster Farm opens for during the winter season. Because the event is mainly held indoors, Goldman says it's "a little different" than other days at the farm.

"It looks and feels different than our summer events," she said. "I love the atmosphere, and I like hanging out in the store with the fire and stove."

The event is also unique for Philip Foster Farm because admission is free.

"It's our gift back to the community," she said.

Goldman encourages everyone to make the farm's festivities part of their holiday.

"It's a unique Christmas trip with the family," she said. "Because it's a smaller event, and it feels smaller and more intimate."

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