The Fort Larned National Historic Site will hold its annual Christmas Past celebration from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Step into an old fashioned holiday celebration that is sure to warm your heart and get you into the spirit of Christmas.
One 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 one loves to sing, or just wants to listen, students from the Larned High School Band will play holiday music at 1 p.m. 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,” said site Superintendent Ellen Jones. “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 will come and pose for free pictures with the kids. “Bring the kids out for a picture with Santa in a historic setting and stay for the food, music, and fun,” Jones said.
The kids can also make their own Christmas ornament to take home with them. Everything is free to the public.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on K-156. Information on visiting is on the internet atnps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911, or email to email@example.com. For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to www.larnedks.org or call 620-285-6916.