Mount Vernon Offers Glimpse of Holiday Celebrations in George Washington’s Day

Mount Vernon decks the hall with themed Christmas trees on the estate and festive greenery in the Mansion from Nov 29, 2013 through Jan 6, 2014, and hosts special candlelight evening tours Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1 (Friday – Sunday), and weekends Dec. 7 & 8, 14 & 15 and 21 & 22 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

During the Christmastime event, visitors can get to tour the rarely-opened third floor of the Mansion; learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations; hear engaging tales from Washington’s time in special weekend story hours and meet Aladdin the Camel and see the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official “presidential pardoning” at the White House.

Candlelight Tours

For the candlelight evenings, you join “Mrs. Washington” as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours!  Tours include merry music, dancing, and characters from Washingtons’ world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening at Mount Vernon.

On the Mount Vernon by Candlelight tour, visitors will meet a cast of friends and family of the famous founding couple. In the kitchen, the final stop on the tour, guests will hear about 18th-century holiday cooking, see a reproduction of Martha Washington’s Great Cake, and be given a complimentary copy of the recipe to try at home.  Following the Mansion tour, guests are invited to stroll candlelit walks, join in fireside caroling, and visit Aladdin the Christmas camel.

Since 1860, more than 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America.  Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”  Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853.  A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.

Candlelight tours of Mount Vernon are offered on Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Ford Orientation Center or through Admission is $22 for adults and $15 for children under 12. You can purchase tickets online ( For information, 703-780-2000;

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