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This weekend in Hamilton: See gorgeous Victorian homes decked out for the holidays

Experience a Victorian Christmas this weekend in Hamilton’s German Village.

The German Village Christmas Walk will offer a variety of holiday-themed festivities — including horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling musicians and reindeer — but you can also tour private homes and businesses from the Victorian era, some of which date back to the 1830s.

“We have six new openings on the walk this year,” said Ann Dennett, longtime chairwoman of the German Village Christmas Walk.

There are 29 different stops this year as part of the Christmas Walk, including two historic homes that have been renovated and are new to this year’s event, according to Dennett.

Other event highlights include:

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Choir concert: 4 p.m. at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Parish

Horse-drawn carriage rides: Available from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Yuletide Brass: This quartet of strolling musicians in Dickens-era attire will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hamilton High School String Quartet: 4:30 to 5 p.m. concert at the Butler County Historical Museum

4th annual Gingerbread House Contest: The YWCA will have a number of gingerbread houses on display

Petting zoo: Animals will include reindeer from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Santa Claus: Children can meet the jolly old elf from noon to 5 p.m. in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium at the Butler County Historical Society

• Children’s crafts: From noon to 4 p.m. at the Hamilton Lane Library, children can write a letter to Santa, create an elf hat or make a beaded holiday bracelet

“All the events are free to the public, because of the generous contributions from the community and Friends of the Village,” Dennett said.

HOW TO GO

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Where: German Village, North 2nd Street in Hamilton

Cost: Free

More info: Call 513-288-4688

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