Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch thereenactment of General George Washington’s daring Christmas Day river crossing. During this family-friendly event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.
The reenactment is held each year on December 25 at 1 p.m. Those who cannot attend on Christmas can watch a full dress rehearsal about two and a half weeks before the Christmas Day Crossing.
During the dress rehearsal, the reenactors row across the river in uniform just as they do on Christmas, plus additional activities and demonstrations take place throughout the historic village. There is an admission charge for the dress rehearsal. The Christmas Day crossing is free. Proceeds from the dress rehearsal support future programs in the park.
River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Friends of Washington Crossing Park organize the annual Christmas Crossing of the Delaware River. All registrants who meet eligibility requirements are welcome to participate. For more information about how to participate, please email [email protected]
Date: Sunday, December 13
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Christmas Day Crossing
Date: Friday, December 25
Time: 12PM – 3 PM