Experience the wonders of the season.
November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014
For seven weeks, Maymont is decked out for the holidays! Kids and adults alike will enjoy the beautiful decorations and delightful events that attract visitors from all over the country and the world. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the season!
Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours
Tuesdays-Sundays, November 22, 2013-January 5, 2014, 12-5pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day)
Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major & Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. Beautiful trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and lavish gifts welcome the season in grand Victorian style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. $5 suggested admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Tuesday, December 3, 6-9pm
Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5, 9am-12pm and 6-9pm
Have you ever strolled through Maymont around the holidays and envied the beautiful greenery decorating the estate? Sign up for one of these popular workshops and learn from the experts how to create the spectacular wreaths used at Maymont. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. Create one special wreath to take home and help make another for Maymont. $30 per person/$25 members. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Deck the Halls Workshop
Saturday, December 7, 9am-11am and 12pm-2pm, Stone Barn
Whether for an American estate, your home or apartment, creating your own holiday decorations can be fun and easy! Learn from Maymont's experts the special techniques needed to make and take home a traditional boxwood topiary and door swag. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. $45 per person/$37 members. Register online by December 6; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Sunday, December 8, 12-5pm, Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn
Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you into the Dooleys' home to marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, to see the gifts and games of 1893 and to stop by the Belowstairs, where holiday preparations abound. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Guided mansion tours: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. Click here for event details and reservations or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
St. Nick's Party
Sunday, December 8, 2-3:30pm, Garden Hall
The entire family is sure to enjoy lots of merriment as St. Nick, Mrs. Bomboy and Maymont’s favorite winter animals fill the afternoon with activities, games, songs, refreshments, holiday crafts and a visit to the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley. $15 per person. Click here for advanced registration (required).
Click here to register for St. Nick's Party for Girl Scouts, offered at 12pm and 1pm.
Maymont by Moonlight
Fridays, December 13 & 20, 5:30-9:30pm, Maymont's Hampton Street Entrance
Enjoy an enchanting holiday evening at Maymont…by moonlight! Elegantly costumed Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to the home of Major and Mrs. James H. Dooley to witness the excitement of Christmas 1893. The Dooleys' gracious family, guests and domestic staff bring to life the busy preparations for a special celebration - the first Christmas in their new home. A horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars, seasonal refreshments and joyful carol singing by the bonfire make this an evening to remember! $28 per person/$22 members. Reservations required. Register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Candlelight Mansion Tours
Thursday, December 19, 5-7pm, Maymont Mansion
The elegant Gilded Age showplace of James and Sallie Dooley is aglow and decked in holiday finery for this special after-hours tour. A festive carriage ride, Victorian ladies and gentlemen, and the spectacularly decorated Maymont Mansion reveal the gracious traditions of Christmas 1893. Enjoy light refreshments as you explore the mansion's Belowstairs, where preparations are underway for the coming celebration. $18 per person/$14 members. Reservations required. Register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Maymont Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
All indoor exhibits closed on December 24, December 25 & January 1. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.