December in Smithville

December in Smithville is a Winter Wonderland!

When you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, plan a day at Smithville to slow it down, enjoy your family and be reminded of the simpler pleasures of the holidays. Smithville in December is just what your holidays need!

Store Hours for December:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm 

Events 2020:

Light Show on the Lake:
Every Thursday-Sunday in December
5:30pm- 8:30pm
(Free event)

S’mores on the Greene:
Every Friday & Saturday:
Every Sunday :
5pm – 7pm
(small fee to purchase s’more packet) 

Holiday Train Ride:
Throughout December
**Weather permitting! Please contact 609-748-8999 with questions **

Hospitality Night:
December 5, 2020

Girls Night Out:
December 10. 2020

Mrs. Claus Reading Stories to the Children:
December 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th
1:30 – 4:30
(Free event)

Magic Talking Tree:
Friday Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th from 12:00 – 7:00
Sunday December 6th, 13th, 20th from 12:00 – 6:00
(Free Event)

Breakfast with Santa at Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light:
December 12th and 19th
Reservations needed * Lantern Light 609-652-0544

Learn more about our events below:

Light Show on the Lake (Thanksgiving thru Jan 4th)…
Over 120 Christmas Trees made from over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically float on Lake Meone in the center of Historic Smithville. The moment darkness falls, an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. The lights seem to dance and chase each other to the music all the while reflecting of the water’s surface. This show can be seen from either side of the village as well as the bridge.

S’mores on the Greene                                                                                                                Newly added this year is S’mores on the Greene. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the month of December you can find us making s’mores around the camp fire on the Greene. For a small fee you will purchase your own s’mores packet and stick and make delicious yummy treats or just gather with us and enjoy . 5pm – 8pm weather permitting (high winds or rain are the only thing that will prevent this event)


Mrs. Claus reading stories to the children… Many children get a little scared of Santa, this large robust man with a beard and red coat. Smithville decided to bring you the softer side of the family. Mrs. Claus is a simple elderly German woman with grey hair and a breathtaking, handmade red dress. She has taken a little time away from helping Santa to make her very own public appearance right here in Historic Smithville. We have transformed the antique arcade (#65 on the Walking Map) into a Christmas area fitting for Mrs. Claus. Between the hours of 1:30 and 4:30 every weekend in December she will sit and read stories to the children, take pictures and chat with you and your children about the upcoming holiday.

Magic Talking tree near the Smithville Train

The Magic Talking Christmas Tree… If you are having trouble locating Mrs. Claus, you can always ask the Magic Tree. You heard me right!! Next to the Smithville Train Station an over sized Christmas tree is brought in from Santa’s private forest. This beautifully decorated Christmas tree awakens to talk with you and your children about the upcoming holidays and, well, anything you might want.

Right next to the Magic Talking Tree the Smithville Train has decorated it’s tracks for the Holiday’s. For $3.00 per person you take a 6 1/2 minute ride on the outskirts of Smithville on this fun, whimsical train. Both the train and carousel are open village hours weather permitting throughout the month of December. Please contact The Colonial Inn 609-748-8999 for questions.

December 10th is Girls Night Out!

December in Smithville has something for the Girls too! An evening for the ladies to shop and celebrate the Holiday season together. There will be wine and cheese, raffles, discounts and other benefits for evening shopping. Grab your best girl friend and come join us!

December 5th.. is our Hospitality Night

Each year the shoppes at Historic Smithville thank their loyal customers with a Hospitality Night of Discounts, Refreshments, Live Entertainment and Raffles. This year Hospitality night is Friday, December 7th begins at 6:00pm.

December in Smithville would not be complete with out a Breakfast with Santa at Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern (fee) Enjoy all your traditional breakfast favorites with everyone’s favorite…SANTA!  Call for reservations….609.652.0544 The Dates of this event are December 12th and 19th!