If there is one spot around Central Florida that the family and I love to check out, it’s Fort Christmas. Each year they have an annual event named “Cracker Christmas”. Cracker Christmas is a bit of a blended event complete with history, arts, crafts, and of course lots of very yummy and affordable food! We had the opportunity to go last year but didn’t get a chance to post about it. I figured since it’s coming up again, you and your family may want to check it out.
Again, we’re no strangers to Ft. Christmas, but this is a bit of a unique event. For the history buffs in the family, you can take a stroll through their historic cracker houses or play make believe in their replica of the actual Fort Christmas. Last year when we were discussing weekend plans, a colleague and I started talking about a huge arts and crafts festival that we were going to, and it took awhile to click, but we were both talking about the same event! It turns out she goes every year with her family, and she is pleased to report that it gets better each and every year.
You won’t believe all of the unique artisans that come from all over the country to peddle their wares amongst the quite and serene Fort Christmas park. There must have been hundreds of vendors! We saw everything from custom cutting boards, to truly unique hand made works of art. Cracker Christmas is a great place to start your Christmas shopping! Since there is a huge playground right there in the park, you can send a responsible adult with them so you can shop for the little ones if you would like. There are lots of kiddie items available. In fact, there was one tent in particular that had mostly wooden turn of the century style toys. Everything from tops to wooden cars. I even saw a wooden slingshot or two. We also witnessed a child shop lift from the tent. I bet Santa brought him a big lump of coal!
If you’re hungry, don’t worry, you have your choice of items to choose from. Many local groups use Cracker Christmas as a fundraising event to bring in cash for plenty of great causes. We were surprised at the variety and prices of food. My sister in particular really seemed to like the “walking taco”. It’s pretty much a bag of Doritos or Fritos with taco meat, cheese and all the fix ins. You get to walk around with a form and eat right out of the bag.. My niece got a kick out of it! This is certainly an event you want to eat at. You can also bring in your own food if you wish. We brought our own drinks to save a bit of cash.
FREE admission is offered to Cracker Christmas, and with the historical value of the park, you’re in for a great weekend of fun. Santa himself is also known to setup shop on the porch of one of the buildings so be sure to bring your camera!
Cracker Christmas Details:
|Date(s):||12/6/201412/7/2014||Time(s): 10am – 4pm|
|Address:||For Christmas Park1300 Fort Christmas Rd.Christmas, Fl 32709|
|Estimated Cost For A Family of 4:||FREE|