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11/19/2019 9:59:00 AM
Annual Christmas open house at historic site

VANDALIA —The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public the evening of Saturday, December 14 for candlelight tours as part of the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.

Visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will find the building illuminated by more than 150 candles and trimmed with holiday decorations.

The historic site also will be collecting non-perishable or canned food items that will be donated to the local food pantry.

The free festivities are scheduled for 5:00-7:30 p.m.  The Vandalia Historical Society will provide cookies and hot apple cider.  

The Vandalia Statehouse served as the Illinois capitol building from 1836 to 1839. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is located at 315 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

For more information about the site and its programming, call 618-283-1161 or visit Facebook at Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site. 

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