Ten years ago Rudd’s Christmas display ended, but it has not been forgotten by the folks of Adams County or those who made it a tradition to walk the beautiful hills decked in holiday style and see the life of Jesus Christ on one hill and the non-secular display on the other. As you entered the farm you came upon a prayer well, you could donate money towards the utilities and display upkeep or drop in a prayer request, but the Bible Christmas display walking tour was free to all. The barn had a host of animals on display including donkeys and a snack shop with hot cocoa and treats, but one thing they do that you’ll never see anywhere else was the Rudd’s opening their home to visitors with choirs singing carols throughout the night.
If you knew this small rural area, it is amazing to know they brought in over 200,000 visitors each season and many people made it their family tradition to travel to this back road event to see the beautiful Christmas display each year. The warm welcome and open invitation to all is something that is rare and the special touch this family added to the celebration can’t be put into words. You had to be there to enjoy the scenery, the nostalgia and the giving from the heart this family centered their lives around.
When Carl Rudd fell off the rooftop and busted his leg they found he had bone cancer, he died a couple years later on December 10, 2005. During Mr. Rudd’s health battles the family auctioned the huge display and had enough left over to decorate the Adams County Fairgrounds but it wasn’t the same as being on the Rudd Family Farm and closed. In 2002 the Rudd’s put up a small garage display for folks to come by and view and as always it started on Thanksgiving and continued through December or as long as they were able to keep it open. It was obvious the Rudd family missed their traditional display and the locals who often times complained about the long lines of traffic on Blue Creek and Cassel Run roads in rural Blue Creek, Ohio, were missing it too.
Nothing will ever be the same without the Rudd’s Christmas Display being held in rural Adams County, Ohio, but part of those memories can be shared still today as the Niederman Christmas Farm continues its 15th season of following the Rudd family tradition. Bob Niederman, who bought much of the Blue Creek display and put it up on his farm at 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road in Butler County, Ohio, then added his own designs to the scenery including harps from a local school that line the pathway into the farm. Neiderman’s farm brings in about 10,000 visitors and is measured oddly by the number of paper cups they use during the event.
Visitors are charged no admission and much like Rudd’s Farm folks can park in the large gravel lot and walk through the display, which is about the size of six city blocks. The display glows in the night with tens of thousands of Christmas lights, life size figures of angels, wise men, animals and shepherds replicating the holy night when Jesus was born in Bethlehem and continues to the ascension of Jesus after his crucifixion. The large oil paintings that once adorned Rudd’s Farm still highlight the walking tour and include Noah’s ark and a country church as well. Niederman’s serve hot chocolate in their barn at the end of the Christmas walk. The walk is handicap accessible and they have four wheelchairs available.
Niederman’s Christmas Farm will open from Sunday through Thursday 6-9 pm and Friday and Saturday 6-10 pm. from Nov. 27-Dec. 30. From Cincinnati take Interstate 75 north to Tylersville Road and go west (right at exit). Turn right on LeSourdsville-West Chester Road and follow it to Niederman’s Christmas Farm parking lot using 4972 Lesourdsville West Chester Road in Hamilton Township on your GPS.
2015 Christmas Display Barn Entertainment
Fri. Dec. 11, 2015 Hope Church Choir 6:45 & 7:30 pm
Sat. Dec. 12, 2015 LOL (Living out loud) singers 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 13, 2015 Dayspring Church – youth & adult choir 7:00 pm
Mon. Dec. 14, 2015 Hilltop Baptist Church – “Work in Progress” 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Tues. Dec. 15, 2015 Silver Strings Violins 7:00 pm
Wed. Dec. 16, 2015 Calvary Church Choir 7:30 pm
Thurs. Dec. 17, 2015 Liberty Jr. Choir 7:00 pm
Fri. Dec. 18, 2015 Franz Klaber Orchestra 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sat. Dec. 19, 2015 Connect III (Springfield) 7:00 & 8:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 20, 2015 Faith & Friends w/ Bill & Melody 6:30 & 8:30 pm
Mon. Dec. 21, 2015 St. Max American Heritage Girls Carolers 7:00 & 8:00 pm
Tues. Dec. 22, 2015 Grace Baptist Middletown, Hand bell Choir 7:30 & 8:15 pm
Sat. Dec. 26, 2015 Scott Weaver – Silver Cross 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 pm
Neiderman’s Christmas Walk
WKEF captures the spirit of Christmas on the Neiderman Family Farm, a beautiful display of Bible figurines, the Christmas story and the Bible Walking Tour from Christ’s birth to the ascension. The property sets on two townships for the Niederman Farm Christmas Walk so set your GPS to 4972 LeSourdesville West Chester Road Hamilton Township.
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