Fort Christmas
Historical Park

Fort Christmas is located in Christmas, Florida just off State Road 50, twenty miles east of Orlando enroute to Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville.

On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, Fort Christmas. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 - 1842. The fort houses exhibits and a video presentation on the Seminole Indian Wars.
Visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas. Seven restored historical homes preserve the 'Cracker' architecture of East Orange County. The houses are interpreted to show pioneer life from the 1870s through the 1930s. Key themes are homesteading, cattle, citrus, hunting, fishing and trapping. The Fort Christmas Historical Society and Orange County Parks and Recreation Division.
 
The Park has three picnic pavilions two of which seat 100 people and one which seats 50 people. Each pavilion has a large barbeque grill, electrical outlets and water hose. For pavilion rental please call. There is a playground with swings, slide, a fort looking jungle gym, and an area for small children. There is a basketball court, tennis court and a small baseball field.
 

 

Fort & Homes Hours

Tuesday - Sunday -- 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mondays & Holidays -- Closed

PARK HOURS

Summer -- 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Winter -- 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hours change when the clock changes.
Closed December 24 & 25.
Entrance is free. There is a charge for large groups; please call for details.

Gift Shop Hours

Tuesday thru Friday — 10:00 - 2:00
Saturday, Sunday & Monday -- Closed




Map - directions to Fort Christmas

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Gift Shop
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Operated by the Fort Christmas Historical Society. Located in the Visitors Center.
Items for sale include Pioneer and Native American toys, jewelry, crafts, books and candy.
All proceeds benefit Fort Christmas Historical Park.
We do not take credit cards, its cash or local check only.


Click here for a virtual tour of the
Fort Museum & Park

Click here for a virtual tour of the
Historical Structures

Fort History  |  Park Origins
| For Additional Information:
Fort Christmas Historical Park
1300 Fort Christmas Road (C.R. 420)
Christmas, Florida 32709
Telephone: 407-254-9310
eMail

EVENTS

Click on blue bordered pictures for enlargements.

Cowboy Reunion: Wilbur Martin & LaVerne Yates. Click to enlarge.
Cowboy & Pioneer Reunion
January*
Last Saturday in January, 10am - 2 pm — Descendants of East Orange Pioneers and friends of the Christmas Community gather to share their heritage. Check your genealogy. Cowboys tell stories. Bring a covered dish to share, door prizes. 

Living History Festival at Fort Christmas.
Florida Living History Festival
February
See history come to life with authentic and educational camps.
First-hand view of what was happening in Florida from 1400s to early 1900s.
Cost: $6.00 a person.

The Orlando Wetlands Festival originates here.
The Orlando Wetlands Festival - February.
A family focused festival with lots of nature and outdoor activities.
It will originate here at Fort Christmas Historical Park. -- DETAILS

Militia Encampment - cannon firing. Click to enlarge.
Militia Encampments
The weekend before Easter and the weekend before Thanksgiving*
Soldiers set up camp in front of the Fort and tell about the 2nd Seminole Indian War, Programs at 12:30pm and 2:30pm in the Fort. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations.
Click for PRINT & SHARE flyer with details - March 29 & 30, 2014.

Bluegrass Festival-audience & stage. Click to enlarge.
Bluegrass and Craft Festival
March (third weekend)*
10am - 4pm, Entrance is free, Bring a lawn chair to sit in and enjoy the music, bands in the past have been: Moonlite Express, County Line, Seminole Ridge & New River. BBQ for sale, homemade ice cream, craft fair. Sorry, no camping.
Click for PRINT & SHARE flyer with details - March 15 & 16, 2014

Fort Christmas Agricultural Festival
Ag Fest
April*
9:00am -- Great food. FFA BBQ Cook-offs & Bake-off. Animal & Poultry show. Informational displays. Cooperative Extension Dilplays.
Click for PRINT & SHARE flyer with details - April 5, 2014

To a Cracker Christmas gallery of activities.

Cracker Christmas Crafters


Cracker Christmas
First weekend in December*     10am - 4pm, Entrance is free, free parking across the road from the park. BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken filets, community groups have baked goods, drinks, hotdogs, gator, sweet pickles, etc. Pioneer demonstrations - broom making, blacksmiths, basket weaving, rope making, spinning, quilting, lace making, wood carving, and many more. Santa Claus 1pm - 3pm both days, large craft fair with over 150 crafters with handmade items, the Christmas Post Office will have a booth so you can get your Christmas cards hand stamped, antique engine and tractor display, and much more.
Photos of a Cracker Christmas.

2014 Schedule

Cowboy Reunion
January 25
Orlando Wetlands February 15
Bluegrass Festival March 15 & 16
Militia Encampment March 29 & 30
Ag Festival April 5
Militia Encampment November 22 & 23
Cracker Christmas December 6 & 7

                                    *Please check the NBBD Calendar of Events for exact dates.


Old School Photos - Old Timer's Day has been discontinued.
Wheelchair Access: The first floor of the buildings in the Fort are accessible. One pioneer home has a wheelchair ramp.



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