Celebrate A Real Old Fashioned Christmas

19thcenturychristmas#TACOMAFM – Celebrate a real old-fashioned Christmas this Saturday, December 6th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Children can help tow in the yule log at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum during 19th Century Christmas, an old-fashioned holiday celebration that includes a visit from Father Christmas and a sampling of delicious chocolate.

“We invite everyone to take a break from the commotion of the modern holiday and be part of an old-fashioned Christmas celebration,” said the Fort’s event coordinator, Chris Erlich.

Event partner Theo Chocolate, based in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, will offer drinking chocolate and samples of its organic, Fair Trade and non-GMO chocolate.

Guests can take their own photos with Father Christmas, join in parlor games, and make ornaments and pomanders.

A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors. Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols. Guests will have a chance to take home a piece of the log for their own holiday fire.

Throughout the event, dozens of re-enactors will bring the Fort to life. Cooks will be creating chocolate custards and mince pies, spinners will be turning wool into yarn, and blacksmiths will be hammering away at the forge.   Admission is $5.00-$8.00, and children 4 and younger are free.

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s Fur Trade era. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store.