Christmas in the Trenches is a military re-enactment of the 1914 Christmas truce taking place 105 years ago during World War I. The soldiers in the Western front of the Great War called unofficial ceasefires during the week of Christmas. Enemies came together to decorate, exchange gifts, sing carols, and even play football.
Visitors will engage with re-enactors among the ambiance of a decorated replica trench measuring 150-yards on the museum grounds. Visitors will receive a special holiday trench tour, and hear excerpts from World War I letters from soldiers who experienced Christmas in the trenches.
In addition to the tour, visitors will view a narrated re-enactment of a battle and the cease fire, sing carols with the re-enactor soldiers, sip hot chocolate, view artifacts from World War I, and play football as the soldiers did during the truce! The 150-trench system is the only replica of its kind with built in bunkers.
Visitors should meet near the 150-yard World War I Trench Replica off the Rec Path area to check in to the special event upon arriving. Look for directional signs off Guilford Road. Please note this event is outdoors and visitors will need to dress for the weather. This event is rain or shine. No refunds.
Deadline for advance registration and payment is due by Thursday, December 12. To make a reservation visitors may call 815-397-9112, ext. 104, or pay online here.
Midway Village Members: If you To make a reservation, please call 815-397-9112, ext. 104. This is a free event for Midway Village Museum Members so no online payment is needed, but you must call the museum to make a reservation.