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What's happening this holiday season at Fort Drum, NY?
Laura Oakes
Family and MWR Marketing


Fort Drum Family and MWR offers many opportunities for fun and education throughout the year  and Family and MWR staff members strive to provide a happy holiday for Soldiers and their Families each year on Fort Drum.

To kick off the holiday season for Fort Drum, Military Families attended the “Annual Tree Lighting and Family Holiday Celebration”. This is one of the most highly attended special event isour gift presented to the Fort Drum Community. The festivities begin with the lighting of the Fort Drum Christmas Tree and the arrival of Santa who rides in on one of the installations fire trucks with sirens blaring.

Flyer for Home for the Holidays Event at Fort Drum MWR.  For a complete listing of events, visit the
Fort Drum website.

The fun continues inside The Commons, Fort Drum’s Community Facility, where guests found a holiday wonderland featuring a visit with Santa and a gift from Santa’s Magic Toy Machine. Other activities include carols sung by the CYS Services Youth Choir and a Magic Show.  Free photos were offered with holiday characters such as Frosty The Snowman, The Holiday Bear, and Mrs. Claus and CYS Services’ Boys and Girls Club baked holiday treats for the event. Holiday crafts, a pizza buffet dinner, and punch were also provided to make this an evening to remember.


Our BOSS program provides a major presence in the Holiday Happenings on Fort Drum with not only opportunities for single Soldiers to not only enjoy events here but to also partner with outlying communities. Fort Drum BOSS participated in the Clayton, NY Christmas Parade by building a float for this event. The theme of this year’s parade was “At The Movies” and BOSS brainstormed a beautiful float featuring antique street lights, a classic Army Jeep and Soldiers dressed in historic uniforms from the 1940s for a First Prize winning float, “Miracle on 10th Mountain Division Street”.

Fort Drum BOSS also manages the “Trees for Troops” Christmas Tree give-away held each year. In 2013 happily distributed 800 trees to Fort Drum Soldiers and their Families. These trees are donated by tree farms throughout the Northeast and transported through the generosity of FedEx.

Again this year, BOSS has opened its Nash Boulevard BOSS Center on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day offering free traditional holiday meals and fun at their “Home for the Holidays” event. These open house days provide a holiday destination for Soldiers unable to travel to be with loved ones during the holidays.

“The BOSS New Year’s Eve” event is a blow-out at the Pine Plains Bowling Center, located on Fort Drum to ring in the New Year. The entire community is invited to enjoy music, karaoke, bowling, party favors, noise makers, a pizza and wing buffet, and champagne toast at midnight. There will also be raffle drawings, cosmic red pin bowling with many chances to win prizes and free bowling coupons. Shuttle service will be provided for Soldiers living in the barracks to insure a safe and fun New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Fort Drum Family and MWR Family does cherish the Soldiers and Families of Fort Drum and enthusiastically honors their service by providing the highest of quality programming and events. It is our wish for a Happy Chanukah, a Merry Christmas, a Blessed Kwanzaa, and the Happiest of New Years.

For more information on these and other events, visit the Fort Drum MWR website or on their Facebook page.


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