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Upcoming Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Events

December 7

19th Century Christmas

Saturday, December 7 (11:00am - 4:00pm)

Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas, with Chocolate!

A Seattle chocolate company will sweeten a 19th Century Christmas.

Enjoy drinking chocolate and trying samples of organic, Fair Trade and non-GMO chocolate during the event!

The annual event at Fort Nisqually will feature cooks making chocolate custard in the period kitchen and ladies serving hot chocolate in the Factor’s House.

Visitors can also join dozens of the Forts’ re-enactors in holiday stories, music, dance, and crafts. A highlight is the arrival of the yule log, and the chance to take a piece of it home for your own holiday fire.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the modern holiday and savor an old-fashioned Christmas celebration!

19th Century Christmas has its roots in the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post.  On Christmas, Fort Nisqually’s manager regularly gave “the best rations the place could afford” — typically meat, flour, molasses, sugar and tallow — to the Fort’s laborers, along with some liquor.  The Native Americans named the holiday “Hyas Sunday,” Chinook jargon for “Big Sunday.” Dancing and singing were also recorded in the Fort’s historical journals.

Event Admission:

 Adult (18-64)  $7.50  Senior (65+)    $6
 Active Military/Spouse  $6  Student  $6
 Youth (4-17)  $5  Ages 3 and under  Free

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. It provides a rare setting for all generations to explore the early history of our state and learn about the life experiences of those who settled here.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Inside Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl
Tacoma, WA 98407

(253) 591-5339