ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Experience the Wonders of the Season
November 16, 2012 through January 6, 2013
For seven weeks, Maymont is decked out for the holidays! Kids and adults alike will enjoy the beautiful decorations and delightful events that attract visitors from all over the country and the world. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the season!
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Tuesdays-Sundays, November 16, 2012-January 6, 2013, 12-5pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day)
Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major & Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. Beautiful trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and lavish gifts welcome the season in grand Victorian style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) are available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30. $5 suggested admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Tuesday, November 27, 6-9pm
Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, 9am-12pm and 6-9pm, Stone Barn
Have you ever strolled through Maymont around the holidays and envied the beautiful greenery decorating the estate? Sign up for one of these popular workshops and learn from the experts how to create the spectacular wreaths used at Maymont. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. Create one special wreath to take home and help make another for Maymont. $28 per person/$25 members. Register by November 26; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310. Click here to register online.
DECK THE HALLS WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 1, 9am-11am and 12pm-2pm, Stone Barn
Whether for an American estate, your home or apartment, creating your own holiday decorations can be fun and easy! Learn from Maymont's experts the special techniques needed to make and take home a traditional boxwood wreath, a mixed greens mantle adornment and door swag. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. $40 per person/$37 members. Register by November 30; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310. Register online below!
Sunday, December 2, 12-5pm, Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn
Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you into the Dooleys' home to marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, to see the gifts and games of 1893 and to stop by the Belowstairs, where holiday preparations abound. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Guided mansion tours: $5 per person/$3 members and children 12 & under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$3 members and children 12 & under. For more information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
ST. NICK'S HOLIDAY PARTY
Sunday, December 2, 3-4:30pm, Garden Hall
SOLD OUT! Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas during this festive party for families! Enjoy lots of merriment as St. Nick, storyteller Pam Bomboy and Maymont's favorite winter animals fill the afternoon with activities, games, songs, refreshments, holiday crafts and a visit to the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley. $15 per person. For more information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
MAYMONT BY MOONLIGHT (SOLD OUT)
Fridays, December 7 & 14, 5:30-9:30pm, Maymont's Hampton Street Entrance
Enjoy an enchanting holiday evening at Maymont…by moonlight! Elegantly costumed Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to the home of Major and Mrs. James H. Dooley to witness the excitement of Christmas 1893. The Dooleys' gracious family, guests and domestic staff bring to life the busy preparations for a special celebration - the first Christmas in their new home. A horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars, seasonal refreshments and joyful carol singing by the bonfire make this an evening to remember! $25 per person/$20 members. Tours Circulate every 15 minutes. Reservations required; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
MAYMONT’S CANDLELIGHT MANSION TOURS
Tuesday, December 11, 5-7 pm, Maymont Mansion
The elegant Gilded Age showplace of James and Sallie Dooley is aglow and decked in holiday finery for this special after-hours tour. A festive carriage delivers guests to Maymont Mansion, where Victorian ladies and gentlemen share the gracious traditions and spectacular decorations of Christmas 1893. Enjoy light refreshments as you explore the mansion's Belowstairs, where preparations are underway for the coming celebration. $16 per person/$14 members. Advance registration is recommended; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
MAYMONT HOLIDAY HOURS: CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEAR’S DAY
All Indoor Exhibits Closed on December 24, December 25 & January 1
For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.