Celebrate Holiday Merriment in Grand Victorian Style at Maymont
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Revel in the merriment of the holiday season during Victorian Holidays at Maymont! The 2017 season is sure to be a jolly one, with updates to Old-Fashioned Christmas including a new storyteller, a chance for children to pen letters to St. Nick, and the return of a nostalgic activity – crafting bird-friendly pinecone ornaments. Hands-on workshops offer creative ways to shape fragrant freshly cut greens into holiday wreaths, topiaries and window swags. For parents who want to finish holiday shopping and gift-wrapping, the wild winter mini-camp is the perfect way to keep their young nature explorers occupied, with outdoor adventures, animal encounters, games, crafts and hands-on activities. Not to mention, families can enjoy some of their favorite traditions – holiday mansion tours and horse-drawn carriage rides – throughout the season. A series of programs and events for all ages is offered for six full weeks, November 17-December 31.
“Victorian Holidays is a festive celebration enjoyed by generations of families from all areas of the Richmond region,” said Parke Richeson, Executive Director at Maymont. “We look forward to bringing holiday merriment to everyone in the community as we continue this cherished tradition.”
Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours
Tuesdays-Sundays, November 17-December 31, 12-5pm, Maymont Mansion
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Mr. and Mrs. James 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 Dooleys’ first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends. Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Tour capacities are limited. $5 donation. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Tuesday, November 28, 6-9pm, Stone Barn
Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, 9am-12pm, Stone Barn
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. Register online at maymont.org by November 28; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Thursday, November 30, 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 at maymont.org by November 29; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Deck the Halls Workshop
Friday, December 1, 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 topiary and window swag. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. $45 per person/$37 members. Register online at maymont.org by November 29; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Sunday, December 3, 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 and invite you to visit the 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, 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, visit maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
SOLD OUT: St. Nick’s Christmas Party
Sunday, December 3, 1pm & 2:30pm, Garden Hall
Both holiday parties with St. Nick are sold out. Maymont currently has a waitlist for interested individuals. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
SOLD OUT: Maymont by Moonlight
Fridays, December 8 & 15, 5:30-9:30pm, Maymont’s Historic Estate Entrance
These enchanting holiday evenings sold out quickly for 2017. Maymont currently has a waitlist for interested individuals. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Monday through Friday, December 18-22, 9am-12pm, 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 to finish holiday shopping and gift-wrapping while the kids are occupied with full mornings of fun. Sign up for one session or all five! $30 per session/$26 members. Register online at Maymont.org by December 15; for information, call 804-358-7168.
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