The following are special events scheduled at the park or at institutions hosting programs by or in cooperation with park historical staff. For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors, please call the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor center at (540) 373-6122 and/or check the park's facebook page.
For more details on each event, check our Events Calendar.
Note: the list below does not include the park's popular, free History at Sunset programs that occur on Friday evenings each summer.
Saturday, December 20, A Blue and Gray Christmas in Gordonsville, 4:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Our partners, the Orange County Sesquicentennial Committee, present "A Blue and Gray Christmas in Gordonsville," featuring a Civil War era church service at Gordonsville Presbyterian Christmas (where Stonewall Jackson worshipped), Downtown Gordonsville walking tours and living history displays, ghost stories recited at the Gordonsville Library, "All Four Years" Civil War documentary showing at Gordonsville Fire Hall, Music &Children's activities at Gordonsville Fire Hall (featuring a Civil War ear Santa Claus), and the Gordonsville Holiday Ball, conducted by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers will accompanying music by the Shenandoah Valley Minstrels. Event requires registration and a fee. For more information, see the event website.
Sunday, December 21, Christmas at Chatham Manor, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
As a special favor to the National Park Service, Santa Claus will dress in the patriotic garb he wore during the Civil War to visit with children at Chatham Manor from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 21. As kids wait to see Santa, they can explore soldiers' letters home during the holidays, talk with living historians camped outside, and enjoy light refreshments. Free event.