How did rural Americans celebrate Christmas before malls, e-cards and twinkly electric lights? Experience a 19th century Florida Christmas in the Country at Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Christmas in the Country will take place Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Cracker Country is a living history museum that represents aspects of home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century. During Christmas in the Country, guests can stroll through the four-acre complex and experience seasonal décor, music and traditions in 13 original buildings, including a train depot, historic homes, general store, post office, blacksmith shop and more. Guests can create holiday keepsakes like salt dough ornaments, beeswax candles, sachets and cornucopias, and help with the everyday chores like churning butter and cleaning laundry with an old-fashioned washboard.
Trail Dogs Bluegrass Band will perform onstage throughout the day.
Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country Cracker Country is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610.
Admission to Christmas in the Country is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under admitted FREE. Parking is $8 per car, $14 per bus or RV. Please enter the Fairgrounds via the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrance.