If you are looking for ways to get into the holiday spirit, Fort Vancouver has you covered with a day filled with events and activities such as the annual Christmas at the Fort, a Celebration of Birds, book signing and presentation about the Oregon Trail History, and so much more!
Christmas at the Fort will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The fort will be alive with volunteers depicting what it looked and sounded like in 1840 at a fur trade Christmas. Christmas was one of a few days a year the Hudson’s Bay Company would give employees a day off to spend it with family and others in the fort. Many would hunt or fish and then celebrate together with food and dancing. The Madrigal Signers will be performing traditional caroling while guests enjoy free holiday wassail, games, demonstrations, and dancing. There will be many opportunities to take part in Victorian-era crafts such as wooden toy tops, wreaths, and potpourri ornaments. Materials will be provided and the items will be yours to take home!
Be sure to visit the Visitor Center between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM for A Celebration of Birds. Kids will have an opportunity to build their very own bird feeder (while supplies last). Artists with the Portland Paper Shapers will be available to help guests create paper birds that will then serve as decorations on the tree in the Visitor Center’s lobby. Sip some hot cider and shop for the perfect unique gift for that hard to buy for friend in the gift shop as well.
One more thing to check out while you visit the fort is a book signing and talk by Susan G. Butruille with her book Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail – 25th Anniversary Edition. This Anniversary Edition includes an expanded and updated “Guide to Woman’s History Along the Oregon Trail.” Susan will read, sign, and sing a few songs telling of the women who traveled the 3000 mile Oregon Trail.
Admission to the Fort is $7 for adults and kids 15 and under are free. To save some time, buy your pass online HERE.
For more information and a full list of the days’ activities, visit the National Park Service – Fort Vancouver online.