Christmas at Old Fort Croghan

Stop to listen to some old-timey music during Christmas at Old Fort Croghan in Burnet. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Luminarias light the way between the cabins at Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds in Burnet one night a year during the holiday season. This year, Christmas at Old Fort Croghan is from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 9, the same day as Burnet’s Christmas on the Square. 

“All the cabins will be decorated with period decorations,” said Ann Nelson, a museum docent and member of the Burnet County Heritage Society. “If the weather is cool enough, we’ll have fires in the fireplaces and wood stoves.”


The evening begins with a homemade soup supper served with cornbread, cookies, hot cinnamon apple cider, coffee, and water, all for a small fee (still to be determined). 

Entrance to the grounds is free. Visitors will see volunteers dressed in period clothing and be serenaded by holiday carolers. 

The only lighting comes from the luminarias, kerosene lanterns, and the fires. The lanterns are hung from shepherd’s hooks at each cabin to mark the pathways in between.

“This is Christmas the way it used to be,” Nelson said. 

The museum, which has modern illumination, also will be open. 

Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds is located at 703 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet. To park, pull onto the grounds through the main gate, where someone will direct you to a space.

101 Staff
Author: 101 Staff