Touch of Christmas has a long history at Mennonite Heritage Village. It is our only winter festival event, and in the past few years its appearance has changed considerably. This year Touch of Christmas will take place on December 2 and 3.

Whereas the event has previously involved activities throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, as well as part of Sunday, this year it will be a two-evening event. The grounds will open at 5:00 PM both evenings for those who wish to get a head start on the horse-drawn sleigh rides. At 6:30 the Christmas pageant will begin in the Village Centre Auditorium. Similar to recent years’ pageants, the audience will again be led outside to the stable for a live nativity. We hope and pray that the weather will be suitable. After the live nativity, the sleigh rides will continue, and there will also be hot chocolate, cookies and a carol concert to enjoy. People of all ages will find this to be a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

In recent years, our expenses for this event have unfortunately been outweighing income. This year, in an effort to cover our costs, we will be charging a modest admission fee of $5.00 per person, regardless of age. However, individuals or families who hold a current and valid MHV membership will have the opportunity to enjoy this event free of charge. (Just one of the benefits of MHV membership. . .)

The Live Nativity

Sleigh rides for all

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.