Witness the courageous Crossing that saved the Revolution

Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park.


TIME: 10 AM to 4 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM)
COST: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-11, free for children younger than 5
DETAILS: In addition to the crossing reenactment, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations in the Historic Village will offer a full day of family fun and learning.


TIME: Noon to 3 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM)
COST: Free!
DETAILS: This event draws thousands of people each year. We suggest arriving before 1 PM to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

VIP Patriot Pass

Enjoy the crossing reenactments in style! A limited number of VIP Patriot Passes are on sale for both Crossing reenactments (December 9 and Christmas Day). Each Patriot Pass grants you admission, a seat in an enclosed tent with great views of the Delaware River, and light refreshments. Cost is $65 for one or $120 for two people, and you can purchase by calling the Visitor Center at 215-493-4076. All VIP guests must be 21 or older.


Additional Details

  • Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 532 and 32 (River Road) in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Directions can be found here. Parking will be clearly marked.
  • Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to attend should call the Visitor Center at 215-493-4076.
  • 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.
  • Registration for reenactors is available online only until November 2.
  • 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.