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It’s time for sleigh bells and Santa at the fort
JANET FLESKE Great Bend Tribune

The Fort Larned annual Christmas Past celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Get a picture with Santa 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.

Keep in mind that the event may be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on K-156. Find information on visiting at, by calling 620-285-6911, or emailing

For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining and community services go to or call 620-285-6916.