Christmas at Fort Vancouver holiday event attracts area residents and visitors

Annual event provides attendees the experience of an 1840s fur trade Christmas

VANCOUVER — Volunteers provided area residents and other visitors with the sights and sounds of an 1840s fur trade Christmas Saturday at the annual Christmas at Fort Vancouver.

Visitors to Saturday’s event were able to hear traditional caroling by the Madrigal Singers while they enjoyed holiday wassail, games, music demonstrations and dancing. It was all reminiscent of the holiday, which was one of the few times a year the Hudson’s Bay Company granted leave to all employees in the 1840s. During that era, many spent this respite outdoors hunting or fishing and all would celebrate together by dining and dancing.

Volunteer Nancy Funk serves meals to volunteers in the kitchen at Saturday’s Christmas at Fort Vancouver event. Photo by Mike Schultz
Volunteer Nancy Funk serves meals to volunteers in the kitchen at Saturday’s Christmas at Fort Vancouver event. Photo by Mike Schultz

Saturday’s event included several ongoing Victorian-era craft activities, with materials provided to make wooden toy tops, wreaths, and potpourri ornaments to take home.

Christmas at Fort Vancouver was held at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver near downtown Vancouver.

A Celebration of the Birds was also held nearby at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. That event featured special activities for children, including building wooden bird feeders.

The Pearson Air Museum was closed on Dec. 14 in observance of the holiday celebration. The air museum will resume normal hours of operation on Tue., Dec. 17.

Carolers provide entertainment to visitors of the Christmas at Fort Vancouver event Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Carolers provide entertainment to visitors of the Christmas at Fort Vancouver event Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some of the younger attendees at Saturday’s Christmas at Fort Vancouver event play a game with a hoop and a stick. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some of the younger attendees at Saturday’s Christmas at Fort Vancouver event play a game with a hoop and a stick. Photo by Mike Schultz
Penny and Havalah Turner participate in the wreath-making activity Saturday at the Christmas at Fort Vancouver event. Photo by Mike Schultz
Penny and Havalah Turner participate in the wreath-making activity Saturday at the Christmas at Fort Vancouver event. Photo by Mike Schultz
Clay Ford (left) and Tom Dwyer operate bellows to heat iron in the blacksmith shop at the Christmas at Fort Vancouver event Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Clay Ford (left) and Tom Dwyer operate bellows to heat iron in the blacksmith shop at the Christmas at Fort Vancouver event Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz


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