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Christmas in the Country

December 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

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. Along the way, guests can create holiday keepsakes like salt dough ornaments and take part in traditional games and activities.

Rekindled Bits of Grass bluegrass band will perform onstage throughout the day.

Cracker Country’s General Store features nostalgic and reproduction items, historical toys and games, books, candy and many other unique gift items that are great for holiday giving! Proceeds from sales in the General Store help support Cracker Country’s educational programs.

5 and under admitted FREE. Purchase tickets online at Advance ticket purchase is required; we regret there will be no onsite ticket sales. Parking is $10 per car, $16 per bus or Admission to Christmas in the Country is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and children ages 6-11. Children RV. Please enter the Fairgrounds via the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd entrance.

$14 adults; $12 seniors and ages 6-11; 5 and under free


December 9, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US-301
Tampa, FL
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