Events kicked off Friday with the 31st Annual Candlelight Tours at the Fort Scott National Historic Site, where visitors could step back in time to observe what life was like in 1862 along a path of about 700 candles in shimmering glass boxes.
About 80 reenactors helped recreate five scenes which fit into the theme of "Challenges of War."
Chief Ranger Kelley Collins said 595 visitors toured the Fort on Friday and Saturday, where they observed various scenes from that era -- from a Civil War supply room, to a meeting on education and a strategy session on troop numbers.
"It was a really good weekend for us," Collins said. "We were happy the weather decided to cooperate."
Long lines waiting for buses to shuttle them into the park turned into smiles as visitors to the park arrived for hot dogs, nachos, a visit with Santa, an actual reindeer with a sleigh, a living nativity and plenty of games for children.
Christmas in the Park committee member Diana Mitchell estimated that more than 2,000 people visited the park on Saturday, making it arguably the largest turnout in the history of the event.
Mitchell said because of the huge turnout, it was a challenge getting people into the park.
"But I guess that is a good problem to have," Mitchell said. "This is huge for the community, people can show up with their pockets empty, everything is 100 percent free. It's a fun thing for the kids and for families."
Food, entertainment and games were all paid for by money raised by the Christmas in the Park Committee, which includes Mitchell, Tom Robertson, Eric Bailey, Kathy Plain, Todd Farrell and Craig Rice.
Cash drawings also were held, in which 13 people split $1,000.
For those children who couldn't wait until Saturday night to talk with Santa, or those opting for two audiences with the jolly man, Fort Scott Community College offered Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning. The event featured a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and eggs, a picture taken Santa, and a gift. There were also Christmas videos and coloring mats and door prizes.