Many moons ago, when I was a teenager, we visited Mount Vernon at Christmastime (just a bit of a trek from Hawaii!). I still remember the chilly winter air, the rooms alight with candles, and the gorgeous holly bushes surrounding George Washington’s estate.
Christmas is still just as brilliant at Mount Vernon, even 20 years later! In fact, they have some amazing events to put the whole family in the holiday spirit.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Dates: December 8, 9, & 17, 5pm – 8pm
Experience Mount Vernon in the soft glow of candlelight with character-guided tours of the Mansion, plus fireside caroling and 18th-century dancing. Greet Martha Washington and listen to other residents of the estate share stories of past Christmases and 18th-century holiday traditions. Visit Aladdin the Christmas Camel before enjoying cider and cookies by the fire.
Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon
Dates: December 15 & 16, 2017, 5:30-9PM
Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music, with fireworks beginning around 9PM. Take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, and learn 18th-century dance moves from costumed guides in the Greenhouse. George and Martha Washington will also be on site to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Keep toasty by warming up by a bonfire, visiting the blacksmith shop, or enjoying some hot chocolate or cider.
Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:30PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:30AM and 2:30PM
Join their resident fifer on the bowling green for a musical demonstration and discussion of 18th-century holiday music!
Holiday Dinner for the Washingtons
Dates: Daily, December 26-31, 2017 at 12PM
Visit the Mansion, the cellar, the greenhouse, and outbuildings and learn about the food eaten by the Washingtons during the holidays. Discover what the hired and enslaved servants at Mount Vernon ate and how they observed the holidays. The tour concludes with a toast and a sample beverage.