Nov 19, 2023

La Crosse hosts annual Old-Fashioned Christmas on Nov. 24

Posted Nov 19, 2023 10:30 AM

Rush County Economic Development

LA CROSSE — The Rush County Historical Society and Kansas Barbed Wire Museum will  once again be hosting the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas on Friday, Nov. 24, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the museum complex in La Crosse.

Visitors can browse the five unique museums beautifully decorated for the holidays: the Historical Museum in the 19th century Timken Depot; the Post Rock Museum, one of the seven wonders of Kansas Customs; the Nekoma Bank Museum, a restored 1916 rural bank; the Pleasant Point School Museum; and nationally recognized Kansas Barbed Wire Museum.

There will be live musical performances including piano and organ. Visitors can enjoy hot cider, homemade cookies, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and enjoy Kansas-grown popcorn. There will also be a special project for the kids in the one-room school.

Santa Claus will arrive at 6:00 on the firetruck and hand out candy sacks to the kids in front of the bank museum. For kids of all ages, La Crosse Fire District #4 will be serving hot dogs, hot chocolate, chocolate milk or water.

There is a special display of antique toys in the Pleasant Point One-Room School Museum. The century-old school is a time capsule of early 20th century rural education with nearly all of its original furnishings and books.

Events begin at 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 25 at the museum campus on the south edge of La Crosse on West First Street.

To ease congestion, visitors are asked to park north of the creek on Third Street across the bridge. Visitors can access the complex by the footbridge in the park. Persons with mobility issues are welcome to park in the museum parking lot.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Rush County Historical Society on Facebook, on the web at or call 785-222-2808.