Christmas at Blithewold - Gifts of Nature
This year, Blithewold's Christmas theme, "Gifts of Nature," recognizes the wonderful, diverse elements of nature and honors the VanWickle family's love of the outdoors.
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. Add us on Facebook and Twitter to see pictures of the 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 25th, 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!
Christmas at Blithewold Events
Click the event to learn more information. Afternoon Teas have two links following their dates; one is the first seating and the second is for the second seating information.
12/2: Wreath Decorating Workshop;
12/5: Children's Holiday Tea
12/7: Children's Story Time;
12/14: Children's Story Time;
12/19: Children's Holiday Teas
12/21: Children's Story Time;
12/28: Children's Story Time;
Mansion is open Tuesdays thru Sundays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Wednesday, April 06
- Wednesday, October 05
Saturday, April 16
- Saturday, October 08
Wednesday, May 04
- Wednesday, June 08
Watercolor Painting at Blithewold with Artist Mary Ellen Dwyer
Wednesday, May 04
- Monday, October 10
Stephen Procter Sanctuaries and Destinations: Clay Vessels in the Garden
Tuesday, May 17
- Monday, May 30
#Don't Miss Moment Photo Contest
Tuesday, May 31
- Tuesday, July 05
Archives and Collections Tour with Curator Margaret Whitehead
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