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Christmas at Old Fort Croghan is Dec. 11

Fort Croghan in Burnet celebrates a historical Christmas on Dec. 11. Courtesy photo

Christmas at Old Fort Croghan on Dec. 11 kicks off with an extra special community event dedicating the latest feature on the site where Burnet began. The Plaza of Honor will be unveiled at 4 p.m. followed by soup, cornbread, and cookies in the pavilion. The official Christmas at Old Fort Croghan is set for 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with Christmas on the Square in downtown Burnet.

Established in 1849 by the U.S. Army 2nd Dragoons, the Fort Croghan grounds now house a museum as well as period cottages, an adjutant’s quarters (the only original building still standing), a tipi, a working blacksmith shop, and other artifacts.

For one night during the Christmas season each year, the fort lights its pathways with luminarias to guide visitors through the outdoor exhibits, all decorated for the holidays.

Costumed re-enactors create visions of an old-fashioned Christmas as it was lived by pioneers in the mid- to late 1800s.

Live music will be provided by carolers and local musicians.

The Plaza of Honor features 40 tiles dedicated to the main historical figures in Burnet’s past. Another 300 tiles are available for purchase to honor more contemporary contributors to life in Burnet, including businesses and organizations. So far, 95 tiles have been sold and laid in the plaza.

Christmas at Old Fort Croghan is just part of a day-long holiday celebration in Burnet on Dec. 11. The fun begins at noon with Christmas on the Square, where kids can play in the “snow” from noon to 4 p.m. while parents shop vendor booths.

Santa makes an appearance for photos from 6-8 p.m., while Main Street Bethlehem opens its gates at 5:30 p.m.

The Burnet Christmas on the Square parade begins at 5 p.m., circling the Burnet County Courthouse.

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