Magic at the Mill

 

December 19-23, 2019

5:30 to 8:00 pm

$8 for adults, $5 for kids, free to WHC members!

(kids: ages 3-17, adults: 18+, under age 3 are free)

WHC Members receive free admission to Magic!
Click *here* to become a member today!
Membership options include: Student, Senior, Individual, Household, and more!

 

Magic tickets are now available for online purchase! Check out the options below!

Online pre-orders can be redeemed at will-call on the night of your choice; bring a print out of your email verification -or- provide us with the name of the ticket purchaser.

WHC Members: You do not need to purchase a ticket! Your tickets will be available for free at Will-Call!

Magic is in the air! Come celebrate the winter holidays with our family-friendly winter festivities! Watch history come to life with children’s activities, heritage tours, and blacksmith and textile arts demonstrations.

Thousands of twinkling lights and holiday cheer will brighten winter nights at the Willamette Heritage Center during our annual winter festival Magic at the Mill. Magic at the Mill is a long-time cherished seasonal festival that celebrates connecting generations and interpreting Mid-Willamette Valley history.

Located on the beautiful 5-acre WHC campus, Magic at the Mill provides stunning sights, a holiday market for shopping, and family-friendly fun. Guests of all ages are invited to explore our scenery and historic buildings decorated with exciting holiday lights.

Warm up to winter with Salem’s premiere holiday event: Magic at the Mill!

Presented by:

 

 

Demonstrations

  • Blacksmithing – details to come!
  • Weaving and Spinning on the 4th floor of the Mill Building
  • Talk with living history characters throughout buildings on the property, including the 1841 Jason Lee House and Methodist Parsonage, 1847 John Boon House, and 1895 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. 
    • Our historic homes are limited to 15 guests at a time. Please be patient waiting in line – they are worth the wait!

Kids’ Activities

Dye House:

  • Pictures with Santa

3rd Floor Mill Building:

  • Silhouettes
  • Weaving

… and more! Please check back for updates!

Wine Tent

  • Celebrating their 80th anniversary, Honeywood Winery, the oldest winery in Oregon, will provide information on their role in the Oregon winemaking industry. Honeywood wine will be available for tasting, to purchase for drinking by the glass, and to take home by the bottle.
  • The Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield College will provide an exhibit showcasing their collections from winery owners, winemakers, grape-growers, marketers, enthusiasts, and sommeliers.

Food & Drinks

Taproot:

  • Santa’s Elves will be rolling in with the December winds. Legend has it, Taproot elves have been spotted working away in preparation for the festivities. Be sure to visit the Candy Cane Café for warm holiday cocktails for kids 21+ and sweet treats for all ages.

    Retailers in the Warehouse

    • Bella Hill
    • Teaselwick Wools
    • Beauty Boutique at the Mill

    Holiday Market in the Spinning Room

    • Fordyce Farm
    • Suoplushie
    • Wildcraft Herbarium
    • SilverTide Jewelry
    • Stargazer’s Gourmet
    • Daryle Ryder-Fused Glass
    • Bearded Ladies Goat Cheese
    • Noor Chakravarty-Knit Wearables
    • Peru Sale

    Entertainment Schedule

    Please check back for updates!

    Note: All performances are subject to change.

    Spinning Room:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Madrigal Singers
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Ceili of the Valley

    Church:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Orchard Mountain String Band
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: TBD

    Second Floor Mill Building:

    • 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm: Firelight Stories with Gordon Munro

    Spinning Room:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Cherry City Cloggers
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Willamette Girl Choir

    Church:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Orchard Mountain String Band
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Stumptown Saxes

    Wine Tent:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Local Vocals

    Spinning Room:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Ballet Arts NW
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Ceili of the Valley

    Church:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Cheers
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Figs-n-Thistles

    Spinning Room:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: TBD
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: TBD

    Church:

    • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Golden Flute
    • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Golden Flute

      Spinning Room:

      • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Lady with a Harp
      • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: TBD

      Church:

      • 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: TBD
      • 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Silverwind Strings

      2nd Floor Mill Building:

      • 5:45 pm to 7:40 pm: Firelight Stories with Gordon Munro

        Be a Magic Volunteer this December!

        Mark your calendar – the Magic happens Dec. 19-23, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 PM. Magic at the Mill is Willamette Heritage Center’s largest community event, with live music, vendors, children’s activities, craft demonstrations, house and mill tours, living history, Santa, model trains, and thousands of lights all over the grounds. More than 3,900 visitors were hosted by WHC volunteers last year. Please consider being part of this annual holiday celebration!

        To apply, please fill out the Online Application below, or download the Magic Volunteer Printable PDF Application linked below. To review descriptions of the volunteer positions available, check out the Volunteer Descriptions PDF linked below.

        Magic Volunteer Printable PDF Application 2019

        Magic Volunteer Descriptions PDF 2019

        Can’t Volunteer? Consider donating snacks or handwarmers (or money for these items) for volunteers – call Erica Osorio, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, at 503-585-7012 ext. 254, or email: ericao@willametteheritage.org

        THANK YOU!

        Magic Volunteer Online Application 2019

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        • 2019 Magic at the Mill Volunteer Application

          Welcome to the Willamette Heritage Center’s Volunteer Program! We appreciate your participation in this event. As a volunteer, you are the face of the WHC and your presence enriches and extends our work throughout Marion County and the surrounding area.

          Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer at the WHC. Parent permission with signature is required for volunteers 14-15 years old. For volunteers 13 years and younger, parent supervision during the event is required.

        • * indicate "n/a" if not applicable

          If you have an email address, please enter the email address you check most frequently. This will be the primary method of communication that our Volunteer Coordinator will use to contact you.

        • * please indicate if cell, home, or work (example: 000-000-0000, home)