Christmas at Chatham - 2017

Santa dressed in patriotic Civil War outfit walking towards two Union soldiers next to campfire
Civil War Santa interacting with living historians

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News Release Date: November 21, 2017

Contact: Becky Oakes, 540-693-3200 x 4140

On Sunday December 17th, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., join park staff, living historians, and Civil War Santa for Christmas at Chatham!

Excited to visit with Santa? Park staff will be distributing time cards at Chatham’s front desk so that each family will know exactly when to report for their visit. The entire group must be on-site to receive a time card, and no time cards will be distributed prior to 11:45 a.m on December 17, 2017. Due to the popularity of the program, families should anticipate a wait to see Santa, and are encouraged to enjoy some of the other activities: 


Learn about how soldiers and civilians experienced Christmas during the Civil War, and participate in 19th Century Christmas traditions! Union soldiers encamped on the riverside terraces will share stories about being in camp for Christmas, and how soldiers entertained themselves during the cold winter months. Educational activities will be available in the house. Children can decipher a Civil War era letter, and discover what soldiers wrote home when they were away in camp for the holidays. Another station will focus on different Christmas traditions from the 19th century, including how people decorated Christmas trees and the types of gifts they received.


Friends of Chatham will be serving light refreshments in the Summer House.


The program will occur at Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA, 22405.


For additional information,  check our Facebook page at, or call Chatham at 540-693-3200 ext. 1030.

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Last updated: November 21, 2017

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