Date(s) - November 24, 2023
JCHC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION ( LIGHT-UP NIGHT)
BOWDISH MODEL R.R. & ANIMATED MINIATURES CHRISTMAS SHOW. Friday, November 24th, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Jefferson County History Center.
Young and Old Kids Alike: Come let the magic of the old-fashioned Bowdish Christmas Show light up your night! Watch your children’s and grand-children’s eyes light up and smiles abound. This was what an old-fashioned Christmas meant to Charli Bowdish. Come experience a Holiday Family Tradition!
Since Christmas 1919, families have been enjoying this show featuring the model trains and the animated miniatures bustling about miniature businesses around the town and shopping along Main Street. The original creator of the miniatures diorama, Charlie Bowdish, had crowds lined up at his house every Christmas Season, drawing hundreds upon thousands of folks from near and far, to see his magical miniature Christmas scenes and numerous life-size Christmas trees. Charlie kept count and by 1954, over 300,000 curious people had visited the Bowdish home for his Christmas Show.
Today, we have crowds lined up at the History center to take in the enchanting scenes. This 350 square foot layout has over 200 feet of track with 6 engines and there are over 100 animations – both people and their pets – scattered among the 50+ buildings and industry structures created from Jefferson County’s history. The scenes not only portray businesses, residences, churches, theatres and dance halls, but also the lumbering, mining and agricultural industries of the county.
We will also have the Tommy Train running, with the ice skating rink, a favorite of the kids!
DON’T’ MISS IT! CHRISTMAS TREATS FOR THE KIDS! SEE YOU THERE!
Please note: There will be no Bowdish show on the last Saturday of November the 25th. The next show will be mid-December, to be announced.