A 2014 Mount Vernon Christmas

Christmas at Mount Vernon has something for everyone in the family—the history buff, the architecture geek, and the aesthete! The marvelous rolling grounds of Martha and George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate transform just after Thanksgiving for the Twelve Days of Christmas, until January 6.  Guests become privy to a host of special events and festivities.  The estate becomes decked out in themed period decorations, so you can see what the estate must have looked like in Washington’s presidential days in the 1700’s.  Among the decorations will be twelve decorated trees, five feet by two feet gingerbread replica of the mansion made by former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier, and over 100 poinsettias.  In 1787, George famously paid 12 shillings for a camel to live at Mount Vernon for his guests to enjoy—this year there’ll be a camel for guests to enjoy as well!

In addition to fantastic decorations and ornamentation, there will also be a series of programs and events focusing on 18th century history and period activities.  The American Heritage Chocolate Program uses authentic colonial recipes over an open fire to recreate period chocolate making—you’re welcome to sample as much as you like! You’ll also get a chance to take part in dancing and clapping a series of traditional reels (including the famous Virginia Reel), and tour the third floor of the mansion, which is typically closed for the rest of the year.  Last, take a candlelit tour of the mansion with Lady Washington herself! Mount Vernon is open every day of the year, including Christmas and New Years, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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