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, 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