Step into in an Old-Fashioned Christmas at Fort Larned

A woman in a hoop skirt poses next to Santa Claus in a room with mid-19th century furniture.
Posing with Santa Claus

NPS/Clayton Hanson

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News Release Date: November 30, 2017

Contact: Ellen Jones, 620-285-6911

Fort Larned National Historic Site – The fort’s annual Christmas Past celebration is on Saturday, December 9, from 12 to 4:30 pm. Step into an old-fashioned holiday celebration that is sure to warm your heart and get you into the spirit of Christmas.


You can visit Santa Claus in the North Officers’ quarters or sample 1860s desserts in the post hospital. For those who love traditional Christmas songs join the Fort Larned Christmas carolers as they serenade visitors, volunteers and staff around the fort. Whether you love to sing, or just want to listen, students from the Larned High School Band will play holiday music at 1:00 pm in the Visitor Center auditorium.


Christmas is a special time of year when we celebrate with family and friends, and it was no different for the soldiers, officers, and civilians living at Fort Larned in the 1860s. We’ll be recreating the look, feel and tastes of Christmas at an Indian Wars era frontier post with baked goods that an officer’s wife, laundress or even servants might have made for their families, or for the soldiers in the enlisted barracks.


Santa Claus has kindly agreed to come and pose for pictures with the kids. The picture is yours for free! Bring the kids out for a picture with Santa in a historic setting and stay for the food, music, and fun. The kids can also make their own Christmas ornament to take home with them. As always, everything is free to the public. Help us celebrate the traditions of Christmases Past on the prairie!


Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911, or email to For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to or call (620) 285-6916.

Last updated: November 30, 2017

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1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550


(620) 285-6911
This phone is answered during regular business hours. After hours calls will be answered the next day. Please select a mailbox or leave a message on the main extension when the fort is closed.

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