General FAQs

What hours is Abbey Farms open?

The hours for the various offerings at Abbey Farms vary by season. Click here to check on the times for this current season.

What are the hours of operation for the Abbey Farms Store?

The Nagel Farmstead Emporium Store at Abbey Farms has something for everyone, and it is open daily through December 23 each year, starting at 10 a.m. We close for holidays and some of the Winter months. However, you can purchase what we offer online at our online store and arrange for local pickup, or have your items shipped to you! Click here for the date the store reopens in the Spring.

What payments are accepted?

Abbey Farms accepts all major credit and debit cards, and Abbey Farms gift cards as preferred methods of payment. There is also limited availability for cash payments. Rules and regulations apply for specific transactions.

What discounts are available at Abbey Farms?

Abbey Farms does not offer discounts on its very reasonable admission prices. But watch for periodic special offers on Social Media and in our newsletters/

What handicapped accommodations are available?

The Emporium is handicapped accessible and can be easily reached from the parking lot. If special accommodations are required to visit the grounds, please contact the Abbey Farms staff for additional information.

Are dogs allowed at Abbey Farms?

You pet is welcome at Abbey Farms! However there are a few rules do make your visit safe and enjoyable. Dogs must be on leash at all times. We do require that owners take full responsibility for their pets, clean up after them, and follow regulations. Some areas of the farm are not open to pets, due to close proximity to other guests. Dogs are not allowed in the petting zoo, in the corn mazes, or on the hayride.

Abbey Farms reserves the right to ask any guest to leave for any reason. Abbey Farms requires all owners to accept all liability for their pet while on Abbey Farms grounds!

What is the refund policy?

If there is an unexpected cancellation of a program or event, Abbey Farms will issue a return voucher or “rain check” for the next available (same) program or event. There are no cash or credit card refunds.

If there are no same or similar events from which to choose, Abbey Farms will issue credit vouchers for other ticketed events that can be used for future events. Thank you for your understanding!

Gather & Sip @TheFarm

What is Gather & Sip @TheFarm?

Gather & Sip @TheFarm is a new fun offering at Abbey Farms, bringing a variety of special programs for the whole family, on a 4-day schedule, from Thursdays through Sundays.

Each day will bring special activities that visitors of various ages and interest can enjoy. Most of the activities will be held at The Emporium.

• Thursdays is Play @TheFarm, with programs involving hands-on crafts, special classes, and presentations.
• Friday is Dance @TheFarm, with toe-tapping music, gourmet flatbreads, and beverages.
• Saturday is Unwind @TheFarm – a drop-in day to relax and enjoy board games, Abbey Farms special blends of coffee and freshly-baked pastries, trunk shows, craft beverages and old movies.
• Sunday closes the week with Dine @TheFarm, offering Brunch ‘n Bingo.

Each day will bring unique opportunities for fun and entertainment. Whatever the day, whatever the season – Abbey Farms is a destination for events, activities, education, and one-of-a-kind retail products

Times for the various events vary. Click here to see the programs and schedules for each day.

What are the hours for the Gather & Sip @TheFarm programs?

The hours for the various offerings of this program will vary by day. The Emporium opens daily at 10 a.m. The closing time may vary by season. Click here to see the timing for each Gather & Sip @TheFarm programs, Thursdays through Sundays.

How do I sign up for the programs?

Reservations and tickets are required for participation in the @TheFarm program. Tickets can be purchased at the Abbey Farms website or at The Emporium, in advance. Click here to make your reservation and to get your tickets. Please note that tickets are not transferrable or refunded if you cancel.

May I walk in and register at the door, on the day of the event?

Yes, for a drop-in fee, you will be able to register and purchase a ticket at the door on the day of the event. Depending on availability, supplies, and capacity, however, tickets may not be available. Advanced reservations are highly recommended.

What can I expect to see in each of the four days of Gather & Sip @TheFarm?

Each day of the program has a different theme and offers a variety of activities, from hands-on crafts, games, dancing, movies, etc. Thursdays are special days and will have a rotation of event. Click here for the complete schedule of all activities.

Thursdays -- Play @TheFarm, with fund-hands-on experiences, demonstrations, and talks. The programing includes painting, photography, and cooking classes; presentations about “Monk Life” at Marmion Academy, DIY home décor, gardening, and more.
Fridays -- Dance @TheFarm with live music, #FancyFridayFlatbreads, and servings of our Marmion Abbey Wine and Ale.
Saturdays—Unwind @TheFarm by beginning your day with tastings of Marmion Abbey blended coffees bundled with fresh-from-the over baked goods; enjoy trunk shows and old movies; play vintage table- and board games and end the day with chef’s classes.
Sundays – Dine @TheFarm with Brunch ‘n Bingo at the Emporium Store

Where do I need to go to participate in this program?

All Gather & Sip @TheFarm programs are held in the grounds of Abbey Farms, located in Aurora, Illinois. Click here for more information about Abbey Farms and directions.

Where will Gather & Sip @TheFarm events be held?

Most events during the Winter months will be held inside at Abbey Farms’ 6,000 square-foot Emporium. In Spring, Summer and Fall, weather permitting, many actives will move outside, to the Farm grounds, where visitors can experience the other facilities available at the Farm.

Who can register for the @TheFarm programs (age groups)?

The Gather & Sip @TheFarm programs are designed for people of all ages, from families with children, to young adults and seniors. The various activities are fun, and all ages can find interesting areas to explore, learn, and enjoy. There is something for everyone!

Can I reserve space for a group?

Yes, group reservations are available, and you can reserve space and purchase tickets here. 

Does Abbey Farms offer membership options for these programs?

At this time, seasonal memberships for these programs are not available. We are considering Membership options and exclusive @TheFarmRewards Program.

What is the cancelation policy?

We understand these are odd times! Fear not, we offer a credit for future events should an unexpected need to cancel arrises.  Please note, no refunds will be offered but instead a credit for a future event or class. 

Summer @TheFarm

What special events take place at Abbey Farms?

Abbey Farms has evolved from a Christmas tree farm to a destination for seasonal events – including outdoor concerts and movies-on-the-lawn, s a working farm – and subject to Mother Nature’s impact! The condition of the fields and all of the

What are the fields like?

Abbey Farms is a working farm – and subject to Mother Nature’s impact! The condition of the fields and all of the grounds depend on weather! We do our very best to manage every aspect of the farm to make your visit enjoyable – but please keep in mind that you may experience dust and wind and mud and rain (There’s always The Emporium for great food and shopping, if you want a break from the weather!)

We suggest that you always check your local forecast for weather (or you may always call if you have specific questions about weather and programming). Either way - the farm is a great way to have authentic farm fun with your family and friends!

What shoes should I wear to best enjoy outdoor events?

We recommend a pair of comfortable outdoor shoes or boots, comfortable clothing and layers, and weather appropriate outwear. If you plan to walk the fields and other parts of the property, please keep in mind that the pathways are dirt.

I purchased a Groupon but didn't use it, what now?

If you purchased a Groupon for admission to our events and did not use it, fear not. You may use the cash value you paid towards admissions for up to the following five years. Groupon vouchers purchased for admission to Abbey Farms can only be used towards admission and is not valid towards other Abbey Farms goods or services.

Pumpkin Daze @TheFarm

What special events take place at Abbey Farms?

Abbey Farms has evolved from a Christmas tree farm to a destination for seasonal events – including outdoor concerts and movies-on-the-lawn, s a working farm – and subject to Mother Nature’s impact! The condition of the fields and all of the

What are the fields like?

Abbey Farms is a working farm – and subject to Mother Nature’s impact! The condition of the fields and all of the grounds depend on weather! We do our very best to manage every aspect of the farm to make your visit enjoyable – but please keep in mind that you may experience dust and wind and mud and rain (There’s always The Emporium for great food and shopping, if you want a break from the weather!)

We suggest that you always check your local forecast for weather (or you may always call if you have specific questions about weather and programming). Either way - the farm is a great way to have authentic farm fun with your family and friends!

What shoes should I wear to best enjoy outdoor events?

We recommend a pair of comfortable outdoor shoes or boots, comfortable clothing and layers, and weather appropriate outwear. If you plan to walk the fields and other parts of the property, please keep in mind that the pathways are dirt.

I purchased a Groupon but didn't use it, what now?

If you purchased a Groupon for admission to our events and did not use it, fear not. You may use the cash value you paid towards admissions for up to the following five years. Groupon vouchers purchased for admission to Abbey Farms can only be used towards admission and is not valid towards other Abbey Farms goods or services.

Winter Cheer & Christmas Joy @TheFarm

What special events take place at Abbey Farms?

Abbey Farms has evolved from a Christmas tree farm to a destination for seasonal events – including outdoor concerts and movies-on-the-lawn, s a working farm – and subject to Mother Nature’s impact! The condition of the fields and all of the

What are the fields like?

Abbey Farms is a working farm – and subject to Mother Nature’s impact! The condition of the fields and all of the grounds depend on weather! We do our very best to manage every aspect of the farm to make your visit enjoyable – but please keep in mind that you may experience dust and wind and mud and rain (There’s always The Emporium for great food and shopping, if you want a break from the weather!)

We suggest that you always check your local forecast for weather (or you may always call if you have specific questions about weather and programming). Either way - the farm is a great way to have authentic farm fun with your family and friends!

What shoes should I wear to best enjoy outdoor events?

We recommend a pair of comfortable outdoor shoes or boots, comfortable clothing and layers, and weather appropriate outwear. If you plan to walk the fields and other parts of the property, please keep in mind that the pathways are dirt.

I purchased a Groupon but didn't use it, what now?

If you purchased a Groupon for admission to our events and did not use it, fear not. You may use the cash value you paid towards admissions for up to the following five years. Groupon vouchers purchased for admission to Abbey Farms can only be used towards admission and is not valid towards other Abbey Farms goods or services.