Christmas at Fort Concho Promises to be Biggest Ever

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by Cheyenne Benson

Nov 14, 2013

Fort Concho Living History will sound the cannon on the hour during Christmas at Old Fort Concho (LIVE! photo by Cheyenne Benson)
Fort Concho Living History will sound the cannon on the hour during Christmas at Old Fort Concho (LIVE! photo by Cheyenne Benson)
In Brief: 
  • Christmas at Old Fort Concho is Dec. 6- Dec. 8 and features many unique and fun events.
  • Michael Martin Murphy will perform Thursday Dec.5 at 7:00 p.m. in the stables, tickets go on sale Nov. 15 and are $25.

Christmas at Fort Concho looks to be bigger and better than ever this year.

The first major change occurring to the normal round of events is a kick off concert with Michael Martin Murphy’s Cowboy Christmas on Dec. 5 in the Fort Concho Stables.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 15 and are $25, and the show is expected to sell out, so buy early if you want to make sure you see the country music legend.

Friday, Dec. 6 at 3:00 p.m. is the beginning of the Christmas at Fort Concho three-day affair, and it will start off with a boom as the cannons fired by the living history members of Fort Concho signify the passage of time every hour on the hour.

Merchants will be set up and selling goods, Sulters and soldiers will be milling about, tours will be given, and everyone’s favorite fair food will be at the food court.

Video below: Fort Concho re-enactors are so excited about Christmas at Fort Concho, and so are these guys who will be firing their guns every hour on the hour:

Also, there will be many attractions for kids—allowing mom and dad to do some holiday shopping without little Billy—like the Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Around the World, Miss Birdie’s Tea Party, Indian Lore and crafts, Santa’s Workshop, and Boot Camp, where children can learn to march and drill, as well as sample rations and take home a souvenir.

Many re-enactors will be present to give folks a taste of what life looked like in the late 1800s, with many authentic and replicated period pieces.

Entertainment from high school and ASU bands will be present throughout the event, providing free music for those taking a break from shopping.

The Concho Cowboy Company will be staging gunfights for the public’s entertainment, and there will be a vintage baseball game set up by living history organizations, playing by the old rules and regulations.

The times for the events are as follows:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

3:00 p.m. Winter Rendezvous and Merchants/Buildings OPEN

5:00 p.m. Winter Rendezvous Retreat Ceremony

6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa will be in the Santa House

8:00 p.m. Winter Rendezvous and Merchants/Buildings CLOSE

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

7:30 - 11:00 a.m. Lions Pancakes with Santa

9:00 a.m. Winter Rendezvous and Merchants/Buildings OPEN

9:30 a.m. Miss Birdie’s Tea Party

10:00 a.m. Winter Rendezvous Flag Raising Ceremony

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Santa will be in the Santa House

10:00 a.m. Indian Lore

10:30 a.m. Boot Camp

11:30 a.m. Gunfight in Old Santa Angela

11:30 a.m. Miss Birdie’s Tea Party

12:00 noon Indian Lore

12:30 p.m. Pistol Quick Draw Exhibition in Old Santa Angela

1:30 p.m. Santa’s Workshop

2:00-4:00 p.m. Santa will be in the Santa House

2:00 p.m. Christmas Around the World

2:00 p.m. Fort Concho Enterprise Base Ball Game

3:30 p.m. Gunfight in Old Santa Angela

3:30 p.m. Santa’s Workshop

5:00 p.m. Winter Rendezvous Retreat Ceremony

6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa will be in the Santa House

6:30-9:00 p.m. Frontier Christmas Dance & Concert

8:00 p.m. Winter Rendezvous and Merchants/Buildings CLOSE

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Cowboy Chuck Wagon Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Winter Rendezvous Flag Raising Ceremony

10:00 a.m. Cowboy Church Service

11:00 a.m. Winter Rendezvous and Merchants/Buildings OPEN

1:00-3:00 p.m. Santa will be in the Santa House

2:30 p.m. Gunfight in Old Santa Angela

3:30 p.m. Winter Rendezvous Retreat Ceremony

4:00 p.m. Winter Rendezvous and Merchants/Buildings CLOSE

Bolded events are ticketed.

For more information in general call 325-657-4441 or email [email protected].

For more information on Living History Participants or Sutlers call 325-657-4443 or email
[email protected].