Christmas and the Civil War

Celebrate the Christmas season at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Join us in the Delaplaine Randall Conference Room on select Sundays in December (December 2, December 16, December 23at 2:30 PM as NMCWM volunteer Brad Stone details the history behind the celebration of Christmas during the Civil War while dressed as Civil War Santa himself.

The Civil War shaped the way we celebrate the holiday season in the United States in surprising ways. One of the most surprising is the depiction of Santa Claus, as Civil War era illustrator Thomas Nast toyed with images of the jolly elf during the conflict. Mr. Stone will detail this and many other surprising parallels between Christmas in the 1800’s and today. Kids of all ages will enjoy meeting the original Santa Claus. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to discover the origins of Christmas in the United States.

The presentation is included with admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and FREE for NMCWM members.


December 23, 2018 2:30 PM


December 23, 2018 3:30 PM

Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


48 E Patrick St