November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019
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!
*Please note: outdoor activities may be canceled due to inclement weather.
Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours
Tuesdays-Sundays, November 16, 2018-January 6, 2019, 12-5pm, Maymont Mansion
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! James and Sallie Dooley’s spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life and is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. 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 Dooley’s first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends. Guided tours of the upstairs available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Tour capacities are limited. $5 admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Tuesday, November 27, 6-9pm; Wednesday, November 28, 9am-12pm & 6-9pm; Thursday, November 29, 9am-12pm
Have you ever strolled through Maymont around the holidays and envied the beautiful fresh greenery that adorns the estate? Sign up for one of these popular workshops and learn from the experts how to create spectacular evergreen wreaths. Create one special wreath to take home, and use your new talent to help make another wreath to decorate Maymont. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. $30 per person/$25 members. Register online by November 27; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Thursday, November 29, 2-4pm & 6-8pm, Stone Barn
Make your own wreath at Maymont. Learn from the experts how to create a wreath from freshly cut greens, just like those used at the estate. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. $40 per person/$32 members. Register online by November 28; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Deck the Halls Workshop
Friday, November 30, 6-8pm, Stone Barn
Whether for an American estate, your house 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 holiday evergreen window swag and a long-lasting wreath centerpiece. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. $45 per person/$37 members. Register online by November 28; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Sunday, December 2, 12-4:30pm, 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 to the estate and invite you to visit the Dooleys’ Gilded Age mansion. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893 and stop by the Belowstairs area where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, a marketplace of treasures, good food and drink, 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. 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. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
St. Nick’s Christmas Party
Sunday, December 2, 1-2pm & 2:30-3:30pm, Garden Hall
The entire family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of merriment and surprises as St. Nick joins Maymont’s Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes and animal friends, games, crafts and special treats! $12 per child/$8 adults and children 12 and older. Advanced registration required; register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Maymont by Moonlight
Fridays, December 7 & 14, 5:30-9:30pm, Maymont’s Historic Estate Entrance
Enjoy an enchanting holiday evening at Maymont. 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 (weather permitting), seasonal refreshments and joyful carol-singing by the bonfire make this an evening to remember! $30 per person/$25 members. Reservations required; register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Monday-Friday, December 18-22, 9am-12pm, Nature Center
Thursday and Friday, December 20 & 21, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm, Nature Center
Maymont’s wild winter day camps offer outdoor adventures, animal encounters, games, crafts and hands-on activities for nature explorers ages 3 to 11. It’s a great time for parents to finish holiday shopping and gift-wrapping while the kids are occupied with hands-on fun. Sign up for one session or all four; activities will vary. Each three-hour session: $30 per child/$22 members. Register online aby December 17; for more information, call 804-358-7168.