This year, Blithewold's Christmas theme, "A Grand Tour of Europe," celebrates the Van Wickle family’s love of travel. Stroll through the Mansion as we take you on a 1903 Grand Tour of Europeroom by room.
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 barely wraps by Thanksgiving.
This year we've decided to allow everyone a sneak peak by capturing this labor of love in pictures and in words. Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and Twitter to see pictures of years past or this year's work-in-progress. Or read the Christmas at Blithewold blog for behind-the-scenes reporting as each beautifully decorated room unfolds.
Christmas at Blithewold begins November 23rd, 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, May 15
- Wednesday, June 19
Introduction to Watercolor
Thursday, May 23
Tree Mob at the Arnold Arboretum
Saturday, May 25
Behind the Scenes Tour
Marjorie’s dove tree turns 40
(May 16, '13)
It’s a lucky visitor whose gaze turns east along the path between the mansion and the Enclosed Garden, instead of west across the blooming North Garden and Great Lawn to Narragansett Bay. The western view is a compelling one to be sure and even I am caught up short by it every time I walk ...
The Costume Collection
(Jan 07, '13)
Many of you already know about the fabulous collection of gowns and accessories belonging to Bessie Van Wickle McKee that came home to Blithewold last year. Forty-one dresses with accessories, coats, and hats, had been given to the Colonial Dames … Continue reading