Blithewold's Christmas theme for 2014 is, "You are Invited" it celebrates the Van Wickle family's love of entertaining. This year we're going to party like it's 1909, 1919 or 1929!
The Mansion is open for touring Tuesday through Sunday 11a.m. - 5 p.m. Buy your admission tickets online or at the door.
Dedicated volunteers spend over a year planning and crafting the perfect decorations tailored to the theme and designed for each Mansion room. The decorating begins the day after Columbus Day each year and wraps by Thanksgiving.
This year, each room will interpret an invitation to a different event at Blithewold. One room will be set for an invitation to tea, another to a games evening, or to a garden party, and another to 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 1890's. The scene will be set iwth drawing room furniture from the Collection, paintings, silver, linens, and china; and the family's antique Christmas creche.
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! Visit the Blithewold events page for a complete list of activities.
Wednesday, July 02
- Wednesday, October 08
Wednesday Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Friday, August 01
- Friday, October 31
Sculpture Embraces Horticulture
Thursday, September 11
- Thursday, October 16
Blithewold Fall Foliage Yoga Series - A Mid-Day Retreat
Tuesday, September 23
- Tuesday, October 21
En Plein Air: A Watercolor Painting Class at Blithewold
Thursday, October 02
America's Love Affair with the English Garden -Talk and Tea with Author Thomas Mickey
Saturday, October 04
Mornings in the Vegetable Garden
Slow flowers at Robin Hollow Farm
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(Sep 05, '14)
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