It’s time for sleigh bells and Santa at Fort Larned

Fort Larned's Christmas Past. (Courtesy photo.)

Visitors are encouraged to visit Fort Larned, Kansas, for the annual Christmas Past celebration from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 9.

Attendees can get a picture with Santa Claus then take a ride in his horse-drawn carriage, complete with sleigh bells and Christmas wreaths. Other activities include living history in the Barracks and Officers’ quarters, hot apple cider and popcorn in the Visitor Center, crafts and games for the kids, and demonstrations by the Fort’s blacksmith.

The courtesy photo above shows Santa on his horse-drawn carriage. The event may be cancelled in the case of inclement weather.

Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.  Find information on visiting at, by calling 620-285-6911, or emailing [email protected].  For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to or call 620-285-6916.