Holiday cheer is in store for those who visit Howell Farm this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, when the 130-acre county park offers special tours and activities to celebrate the season. Christmas crafts, farm animal visits, and opportunities to peek inside a decorated circa-1900 farmhouse are just part of the fun scheduled daily from 12–4 p.m.. The farm’s forge, horse barn, and outdoor gift shop will all be open – as well the barnyard, where families can take selfies in the horse-drawn bobsled used for sleigh rides.
In an outdoor gift shop, visitors can purchase the farm’s own maple syrup, honey, wheat flour, and popcorn – as well as handmade straps of sleigh bells, forged items made by the farm’s own blacksmith, and hand-knitted garments made from Howell Farm sheep’s wool. Warm drinks, homemade cookies, and other light refreshments are also available for sale, as well as a holiday swag craft for children ($6) and private horse-drawn wagon rides for groups of up to 6 ($40).
Visitors are invited to bring canned goods for contribution to the farm’s Share the Harvest Program, which this year has produced 28,000 lbs. of grain products, fresh vegetables, eggs and woolen wear for local food banks and pantries. Toys for Tots is also accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys to help bring joy to America's less fortunate children this holiday season.
Christmas on the Farm hours are 12–4 p.m.. Pre-registration is not required for entry, but guests must sign in at the Visitor Center outdoor reception area upon arrival. Face masks and social distancing are required. Guests with special needs are encouraged to call in advance.
The programs are the last event on the 2020 program calendar, but the farm’s gift shop will be open Tuesday–Thursday from 12–4 p.m. through December 23rd. The farm will reopen for the 2021 season on Saturday, January 30th with Ice Harvesting.
Howell Farm is a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Rt. 29, two miles south of Lambertville, NJ. Parking and admission are free. For more information about the farm call, 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.com or www.mercercounty.org.
**Please note that all 2021 Saturday programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current State guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn't possible. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon!