Kick off Christmas in 1832 style at the fort


ELIZABETH–As part of village-wide celebrations, bring the family to the Apple River Fort State Historic Site on Saturday, Dec. 3 to celebrate Christmas the 1830’s way.

Learn the origins of our modern Christmas traditions–presents used to be exchanged on New Year’s Day!–and why many on the frontier considered Christmas the “Day-the-World-Turned-Upside-Down.”

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Visitors can experience a typical frontier German Christmas, complete with marzipan and a decorated fir tree–an oddity for the time. Hear about Juliette Kinzie’s attempts to celebrate Christmas with the Ho-Chunk.

Children can try out beloved classic toys and games, from graces to cup-and-ball to hoop-rolling. Visit the fur trading post and try your hand at bartering for a gold coin or two–here’s a tip: never take the post master’s first offer. Warm up by the fire and take in the sights and smells of what’s cooking.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m., and run through 3 p.m. This event is free.