Celebrate the holiday season at George Washington’s Famed Estate with Christmas at Mount Vernon & Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Named as one of the "12 Places to Catch the Holiday Spirit" by AAA, its the perfect way for the whole family to celebrate the holiday season in colonial style.
Mount Vernon by Calndlelight
Experience Washington's most festive holiday event — Mount Vernon by Candlelight! Meet people from Washington's world as you tour the Mansion in the evening. The popular seasonal tradition includes music, dancing, holiday treats, and a chance to meet Aladdin the Christmas Camel (Yes, when celebrating the holiday’s George Washington would hire a Camel to entertain guests and the tradition lives on today.)
The Donald W. Reynolds Education Center is open during Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Top off your enchanted evening with a fireside dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn and shop for special gifts at The Shops at Mount Vernon.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
Seasonal Decorations: Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with 12 themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.The Mansion's rooms will also be changed from their normal appearance to reflect the home preparing for overnight guests. And Martha Washington's "Great Cake" will take center stage (and visitors may take home her original recipe which called for more than 40 eggs!).
Special Visitors: Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.
Exclusive Holiday Happenings: Holiday visitors enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death. Learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations. Children can also hear engaging tales from Washington's time in special weekend story hours.
For information on hours and fees please visit the website: http://www.mountvernon.org/calendar/view/2012-11-23/5039
I'm taking the family there on Sunday. I can't wait!!!