Fort Laramie National Historic Site will be hosting its annual “Christmas on the Frontier” program, this December 10. The program will highlight the holiday spirit of the 19th century on the grounds of this world-recognized historic site, according to a release.

The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.

Christmas was a favorite among laundresses, soldiers, officers, and their families. Even the common soldier, who endured the trials and tribulations of a rugged existence in remote military forts, celebrated the holiday season as illustrated in a quote by Private William Smith, “K Company quarters were the only quarters which were illuminated, and I must say that they presented a fine appearance. But few evergreens were seen, the only one being in the Band Quarters. The tree was nine inches high (when placed on a bunk) and was decorated with old cigar stumps.

Aside from cigars as decorations on Christmas trees, one universal enjoyment for all folks who traversed the grounds of Fort Laramie and called the old military post home was music-especially during Christmas.

As a link to those days of the past, a few of the area’s favorite and talented musical groups will play Christmas music and carols inside the park’s visitor center (Commissary Warehouse).

Musicians include the Wyo-Ring Handbell Choir and Torrington Fiddlers Association. To close out the day’s events, a dramatic arrival and departure of a “Pony Express” rider will occur near the Post Sutler’s Store!

Refreshments will be provided in the visitor center by the Fort Laramie Historical Association throughout the event. In addition, nearly every item in the bookstore and gift shop will be discounted by 20% off the regular price.

This is a great opportunity to purchase those perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family! Join them for this fun-filled family event! Admission to the park is free.

The Event

  • Date: Saturday, December 10
  • Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
  • Location: 965 Gray Rocks Road Fort Laramie, WY 82212

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