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December 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Delight in the charms of Christmas past and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you to the estate and invite you to visit the Dooleys’ mansion. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, and see the gifts and games of 1893 and the holiday preparations underway by the butler, cooks and other domestic staff. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick, a marketplace of treasures, good food and drink, craft making, festive music, a roaring fire to cheer you and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Free admission: fees for activities.Activities include:Visit Maymont Mansion and marvel at hundreds of ornaments on the 12-foot Christmas tree, admire the elegant dining room set for a feast, see gifts and games of 1893, and go Belowstairs where holiday preparations are underway ($)Meet Mrs. Walker, the Dooleys’ head cook – portrayed by actress Morgan McCoy, who will share some cooking secrets and describe the long days of preparation for the Dooleys’ grand Christmas celebration in their new homeTake a carriage ride ($)Chat with the Dooleys’ coachman, portrayed by Lamar Banister, as he shares details about the unique vehicles on display at the Carriage House and introduces guests to his friendly Saint BernardVisit with jolly ole St. NickHear charming tales from a Victorian StorytellerMake a Victorian ornament or an old-fashioned toyListen to merry musical performances by local schools and community groupsMake pinecone winter bird feeders – one for you and one for the birds at Maymont ($)Get to know the goats and learn what zoologists do to ensure they receives excellent careAdopt an Animal at Maymont for $30 and receive the perfect stocking stuffer bundle – an adoption certificate, 3 animal trading cards, 2 admission tickets for the Nature Center (reopening with all new exhibits in Spring 2020), and a small plush animal ($50 value)Purchase a Maymont family membership and receive a free limited edition Maymont ornament ($)Find treasures in the Local Artisans’ Marketplace ($)Enjoy refreshments from Espresso A-Go-Go, Carpe Donuts and Kitchenette ($)