Dedicated volunteers spend over a year planning and crafting the perfect decorations tailored to the theme and designed for each Mansion room. Get a glimpse behind the scenes on our Christmas blog (coming soon)

Blithewold's Christmas theme for 2014 is, "You are Invited" it celebrates the Van Wickle family's love of entertaining. Each room will interpret a festive occasion at Blithewold in the early 1900s. One room will be set for tea, for example; another for a games evening; or a garden party; and still another for a sailing party. The fantasy created in the exhibit area on the second floor will be “The Pleasure of Your Company…” featuring two of Bessie’s recently conserved gowns that she might have worn for a special occasion in the 1890s. The scene will be set with drawing room furniture from the Collection, paintings, silver, linens, and china; and the family’s antique Christmas crèche.

Christmas at Blithewold begins November 28th, come and enjoy the elaborate decorations. Make a reservation for our fun and informal afternoon teas, the Santa sing-alongs, the joyous musical performances, and the creative workshops for both children and adults! Don't miss our our marshmallow-roasting-christmas-carol-singing-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths event called Sparkle, Friday nights in the Enclosed Garden and Greenhouse. Visit the Blithewold events page for a complete list of activities.

The Mansion is open for touring Tuesday through Sunday 11a.m. - 5 p.m. Buy your admission tickets online or at the door. Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and Twitter to see pictures of years past

 

 

    From Our Blog

  • February at Blithewold “I Remember” (Jan 29, '15)
    The Christmas decorations are put away for another year, and Blithewold enters a hibernation of sorts — taking a well-earned rest before the activity and commotion of preparing for another season.  An icy wind is howling around the Mansion, rattling the windows on the third floor.  My mind turns to springtime and my favorite time […]
  • Learn something new — on fertilization (Jan 23, '15)
    When we get busy I’m apt to forget my quest to learn something new every day. But during the winter we have the time and plenty of opportunities in the way of classes, lectures, symposiums, trade and garden shows to make a habit of it again. And it’s a treat whether I’m learning something totally […]
  • What to do when it’s January-ish (Jan 16, '15)
    So far, to me, this winter has not seemed as winter-ish as winter usually is. Of course, I’m knocking wood as I say that. Although I love the way a good layer of snow blankets the landscape (and insulates our plants), I’m grateful to not have to shovel or trudge over and through giant banks […]
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