Fort Pulaski’s Annual holiday Candle Lantern event will not be taking place this year. Due to ongoing safety issues inside Fort Pulaski caused by Hurricane Matthew, the annual tradition will unfortunately not be taking place during the evenings of Dec. 16 and 17, 2017. Fort Pulaski National Monument will still be having holiday related events during regular business hours on those days. Candle Lantern will resume next year as usual.
Every year Fort Pulaski commemorates the anniversary of the Confederate Nog Party of 1861, with night-time candle lantern tours of the historic fort, which will also include hot cider, eggnog, cookies, music, caroling and historic weapons firings.
The original party, held at Christmas time in 1861, gave the Confederate garrison at Fort Pulaski a respite from the tension of impending battle. The fort casemates, armed with cannon, were decorated with holiday garlands. As one soldier commented, tables groaned under the weight of fine delicacies sent down from the city. With song and good cheer, the men celebrated a light-hearted moment as the dark clouds of war gathered over Savannah.