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

  • A-May-zing (May 15, '15)
    It’s not often anymore that my posts fall on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and I’m thrilled for the excuse to post endless pictures of what’s happening on the grounds right now. The daffodils have pretty much gone by, except for the extra-pretty latest ones, but spring is ready to move on and so am I. May […]
  • Stop and smell the daffodils (May 08, '15)
    Of all the seasons, spring is the one that puts every sense on high alert. We’re all eyes for the colors, have sharp ears for frog and bird songs (we heard the orioles this week), and those of us not plagued by allergies have been breathing so deeply to catch every scent we’re getting lightheaded. Or is it […]
  • The Trip on the Lusitania (May 01, '15)
      In April 1910 Bessie and William McKee, with Marjorie and 11-year old Augustine, took a 2-month long trip to Europe taking in the major cities and traveling first-class all the way.  They sailed on Cunard’s R.M.S. Carmania from New York to Liverpool, England, where they were met by their own chauffeur, Krohe, in their […]
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