Come Cross with Us!
George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River and defeat of the Hessians in Trenton is considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War. You can witness this historic event for yourself during one of two reenactments in December.
Join fellow citizens from around the country for a Bucks County tradition featuring several hundred reenactors clad in Continental military dress and George Washington himself. Listen as General Washington delivers an inspiring speech and then leads his troops across the river in replica Durham boats.
First Crossing – Sunday, December 11
TIME: 10 AM – 4 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM)
COST: $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five
(Proceeds support future park programs)
During the first crossing event, hundreds of troops row across the river in uniform just as they do on Christmas Day. In addition, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village provide your family with a full day of fun and learning. A great way to see the reenactment if you can’t make it on December 25!
Christmas Day Crossing – December 25
TIME: Noon – 3 PM crossing (actual crossing at 1 PM)
Patriot Passes Available
A limited number of passes are available for General Washington’s Marquee for the Christmas Day reenactment. Prime viewing with wine, champagne and snacks. $25 per person. Must pre-order by calling the Visitor Center at 215-493-4076 or in person. Very limited number of seats available, and all proceeds benefit future crossings.
Directions & Details
River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, ceremonies, speeches and commemorative activities still occur. We suggest visitors arrive before 1 PM on Christmas Day to ensure a good place along the viewing line.
Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 532 and 32 (River Road) in Washington Crossing, PA. Directions can be found here. Parking will be clearly marked. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this event should call 215-493-4076.
For more colonial-era activities, the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton hosts reenactments of the Battle of Trenton and other celebrations during its annual Patriots Week festivities.