A new Christmas event intended to bring group tours to Nebraska City has sold out with 112 guests expected.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Brunch, scheduled Dec. 1 at the Farmers Bank, features a 12-course meal with each food item related to a day of the traditional English song, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree.
The event includes a Victorian Christmas presentation by Sue McClain of the Nebraska Humanities, a tour of the Wildwood Historic Home and music by concert pianist Patricia Starr.
Betty Stukenholtz, who volunteered with Joan Dawson to promote bus tours for Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, said the brunch a great way to learn more about the 12 days of Christmas, revive some old Christmas traditions and kick off the holiday season.
She said McClain's presentation is a big draw and is well suited to the Victorian theme of the Wildwood House. All the activities associated with the new Yule Fest, the J. Sterling Morton Questers and the Women's Welcome Wagon of Lincoln also helped fill seats.
“I can't believe how many people are coming. It is just coming together so well,” Stukenholtz said.
Contributing to the menu are Chris's Cuisine, Monkey Business, Sweet Expressions Bakery, Valentinos, Avenue Grill, Sam's, Johnny's Corner Cafe and Janie's Confections.
Rebecca Turner of NCTC said the full house, which is mostly comprised of visitors from Omaha and Lincoln, is encouraging.
“We want people to associate Nebraska City with a third festival,” she said. “The tour group promoters have built in a lot of time for shopping, so it's a great way to bolster the season.”