Historic Christmas on tap at Fort Vancouver

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Christmas arrives Saturday at Fort Vancouver with traditional sights, smells and sounds of the holidays.

At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, re-enactors will illustrate holiday traditions of the 1840s. “Living history” volunteers and members of the fort’s National Park Service staff will participate in caroling, games, handcrafts and demonstrations.

They also will be serving hot cider inside the fort’s reconstructed stockade.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. Admission is $3 a person, $5 for families, and free for those younger than 15.

At Pearson Air Museum, visitors will be able to send letters through the North Pole mailbox, take photos with Santa Claus in the cockpit of a vintage 1941 Ryan PT21, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.

Admission is $5 for families up to 6, with $2 for each additional person. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1115 E. Fifth St.