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Christmas Celebration

December 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the holidays with living historians from the American Revolution and Civil War who will will share; soldier’s life, holiday traditions and demonstrate weapons.

The Harken Back String Band will perform a selection of holiday music for all to enjoy. Make and take home craft activities along book readings and a visit from Santa will excite the young and young at heart.

A separate ticketed “Tea & Tidings” event will be held at 2:30 pm.

Travel back to the Victorian era, when many of our Christmas traditions first made their appearance in everyday society. The first Christmas card, the first Christmas crackers, the first Christmas tree, all of the items we take for granted came about during the 19th century.

While you enjoy unlimited refills in your tea cup, and snack on tea treats, play various Victorian holiday games! Many games have an element of skill or smarts needed. While others are meant to tell fortunes for the new year. Snapdragon involves raisins and fire! (Please note that we will not be playing this game during the tea program).

Learn about the food for the holiday feasts of Yule Tides past. The sweet treats, the main meal, the side dishes, all will be told where and when their traditions originated. Learn what recipes followed into the 21st century!

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10:00- 10:45 am
War So Terrible
11:00- 11:45 am
Christmas through the Ages
Revolutionary and Civil War Soldiers,
Weapons demonstrations and Holiday Traditions
12:00- 12:30 pm
Decorating is For the Birds
Craft together a few ornaments, reading The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson
12:45- 1:30 pm
Harken Back String Band
Holiday Music
1:40- 2:00pm
Santa Claus Comes to Town
Arrival, Reading of the Twas the Night before Christmas,
Talk about Ornaments as Gifts
2:30- 4:00 pm
Tea & Tidings: Feasts, Fun, & Games
* Separate Ticketed Event
2:15- 3:00 pm
Christmas through the Ages
Revolutionary and Civil War Soldiers,
Weapons demonstrations and Holiday Traditions
3:30- 4:00 pm
Ornaments or Presents?
Talk and craft Ornaments as Gifts
Listen to The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Interpretation encounters will include: civilian Christmas, Revolutionary War Camp Christmas and a Civil War Camp Christmas.




Pamplin Historical Park
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Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803 United States
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