A Frontier Army Christmas

Fort Larned National Historic Site



Dates & Times


Saturday, December 14, 2019


12:00 PM


4 hours and 30 minutes

Type of Event

Living History


The fort’s annual Christmas Past celebration is on Saturday, December 14, from 12 to 4:30 pm.  There will be pictures with Santa in the North Officers’ quarters, 1860s holiday food in the Barracks Mess Hall, carriage rides around the fort grounds, and 19th century crafts and games for the children.

 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. Come for pictures with Santa and stay for the food and fun!

The music highlight this year is a special performance by the First Christian Church of Great Bend Bell Choir at 2:30 in the Visitor Center auditorium. While you sample traditional soups, desserts, and drinks in the Mess Hall, A.J. Hallings, local musician, will entertain you with favorite Christmas tunes played on his guitar.

 Immediately following the Bell Choir concert the 4-H Pawnee Peppers will demonstrate how to make a perfect pie crust in the Mess Hall.  As you walk along the barracks be sure to stop in for a visit with the soldiers. In the hospital take time to make decorations to keep and participate in some holiday games.

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