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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
The gift shop has 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.

For Additional Information:
Fort Christmas Historical Park
1300 North Fort Christmas Road (C.R. 420)
Christmas, Florida 32709
Telephone: 407-254-9312
eMail

28.556784, -81.0240504


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

Map - directions to Fort Christmas


EVENTS

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Arts & Crafts classes at Fort Christmas
Arts & Crafts
January 26, February 13, March 23, April 27 & May 25, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm-- Ages 12 and up. Pre-registration required.
Join us for these fun craft projects!
Please call 407-254-9312 to reserve a spot in class.


Fort Christmas Agricultural Festival
Ag Fest
January 20, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm-- Great food. FFA BBQ Cook-offs & Bake-off. Jack Pot Cow Show, Young Poultry Show, Lamb Show, Antique Tractor Exhibit, Florida and Wildlife: Archery in the Schools, Informational Displays, Orange County Cattlemen will be selling some great food, Brooks Brothers Alligator Farm, Orange County Farm Bureau Freeze Brand Demonstration, Orange County Cooperative Extension Diplays, and lots more. Click for PRINT & SHARE the Ag Festflyer with details.

CATTLE BATTLE. First show will start at 1:00pm. Exhibit steers and/or Heifers. Win cash. PeeWee Show (ages 7 & under). Show Lineup: Showmanship, Heifers, Steers.


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Cowboy Reunion: Wilbur Martin & LaVerne Yates. Click to enlarge.
Cowboy Reunion
January 27, 2018
Last Saturday in January, 10am - 3 pm – FREE — Ride on Over N' Sit a Spell! Christmas Cowboys & Community gather to share their heritage. Cowboys tell stories. Bring a covered dish to share, door prizes. Remember to bring your old stories, jokes, pictures and memorabilia to share.
Click for PRINT & SHARE Cowboy Reunion flyer with details.

An indian camp at Fort Christmas' Florida Living History Festival
Florida Living History Festival
February 6, 7, & 8, 2018 – 9:00am - 2:00pm
See history come to life with authentic and educational camps.
First-hand view of what was happening in Florida from 1400s to early 1900s.
      Teachers: Bring history to life for your students. Please call for information and to make reservations: 407-254-9312.
      Experience the 1400s-1800s! Interactive, live displays of: Colonial Spanish, English Camp, Pirate Camp, Musket Drills, Timucuan Indians, Seminole War Era, Florida Cow Hunters, Early Skills Demonstrations, Union & Confederate Civil War Soldier, Blacksmithing, 1837 Fort and Soldiers, Cannon Firing, Play in the Gaming area. For a small fee you can learn Native American skills!
      Entrance: $8.00 a person.
      Click for PRINT & SHARE flyer with details
      Click here for the Florida Living History Festival Menu.

The Orlando Wetlands Festival originates here.
The Orlando Wetlands Festival - February 17, 2018.
A family focused festival with lots of nature and outdoor activities.
It will originate here at Fort Christmas Historical Park. -- DETAILS

Bluegrass Festival-audience & stage. Click to enlarge.
Bluegrass & Backyard BBQ Festival
March 24, 2018 (Fourth weekend) — FREE
9am - 6pm — Backyard BBQ Contest - Chicken & Pork Ribs (Meat will be provided the day of the contest) This competition is for backyard BBQ enthusiast only.
Big Fort Christmas Craft Show.

F.A.R.M. logo
F.A.R.M.
October 2, 3 & 4, 2018
10:00am - 2:00pm -- FLORIDA AGRICULTURE RESOURCES MATTER — Do YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM? Do you know how our natural resources provide your clothing and housing? Learn all this and more at FARM. $6.00 per person.

Militia Encampment - cannon firing. Click to enlarge.
Militia Encampments
Hear about the second Seminole War from soldiers in period dress camped in front of the Fort. Programs at 12:30pm and 2:30pm in the Fort. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations.
April 7 & 8, 2018

To a Cracker Christmas gallery of activities.

Cracker Christmas Crafters


Cracker Christmas
December 1 & 2, 2018     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. 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.



• January 20 — Ag Fest
• January 27 — Cowboy Reunion
• February 6,7,& 8 — Florida Living History Festival
• • February 17 — Orlando Wetlands Festival
March 24th & 25th — Bluegrass Festival
• April 7th & 8th — Militia Encampment
• October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th — F.A.R.M.
• November 17th & 18th — Militia Encampment
• December 1st & 2nd — Cracker Christmas

Fort Christmas - A Pictoral History - book
Fort Christmas
A Pictoral History

Soft copies are $20.00 each
We will do mail order if you send a check made out to FCHS (Fort Christmas Historical Society) and add $6.50 for shipping for one book. If you want more than 1 copy please call for prices.

Mail to: Fort Christmas Historical Park
1300 North Fort Christmas Road
Christmas, Fl 32709

*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.


Two of our pavilions.
Visiting to our events.



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