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Don’t Miss Christmas in Camp Dec. 10 at Fort Ward

Photo courtesy City of Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA –  Get in the holiday spirit and learn how Christmas was observed during the Civil War at Fort Ward Museum’s annual Civil War Christmas in Camp program on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, from 12-4 p.m. This popular family-oriented event features a patriotic Civil War Santa Claus, reenactors in winter camp settings, period decorations, fort tours, and kids activities. The suggested donation is $2 per person, and $5 for families.

The Union Santa Claus is based on an 1863 cover of “Harper’s Weekly” by artist Thomas Nast, who will interact with the public, welcome children to the reconstructed Officers’ Hut, and visit soldiers in camp. Reenactors will interpret Army life in winter camps that are decorated for the season, and celebrate by opening Christmas boxes from home, singing carols of the period around the campfire, and preparing holiday meals. The Fort Ward Museum will be decorated with festive greenery and a Victorian parlor tree. Soldier-led tours of the historic fort will be presented, and children can make a Christmas card or ornament. A variety of Civil War books and stocking stuffers are available in the museum’s shop.

Please note that masks are required for adults and children in the museum and Officers’ Hut, and are recommended outside in the camp settings.

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the Union forts in the extensive system known as the Defenses of Washington. The Museum offers exhibits and public programs throughout the year. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the City of Alexandria. For more information about this program, please call 703.746.4848, or visit

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail [email protected], or call 703.746.4848, or Virginia Relay at 711.

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