Experience the wonders of the season.
November 21, 2014 through January 4, 2015
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!
*Please note: outdoor activities may be canceled due to inclement weather.
Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours
Tuesdays-Sundays, November 21, 2014-January 4, 2015, 12-5pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day)
Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and 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) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. $5 suggested admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Tuesday, December 2, 6-9pm
Wednesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 4, 9am-12pm and 6-9pm
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. $30 per person/$25 members. Register online by December 1; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Deck the Halls Workshop
Friday, December 5, 6-9pm, Stone Barn
Whether for an American estate, your house 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 Magnolia wreath and door swag. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. $45 per person/$37 members. Register online by December 3; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Sunday, December 7, 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 and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, 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/$4 members and children age 12 and under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$4 members and children age 12 and under. Fees for activities. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
St. Nick's Party
Sunday, December 7, 2:30-4pm, Garden Hall
The entire family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of merriment and surprises as St. Nick joins Maymont’s Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes, games and crafts, special treats, animal friends and a visit to the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley. $15 per person. Advanced registration required; register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Maymont by Moonlight
Fridays, December 12 & 19, 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! $28 per person/$22 members. Reservations required. Register online for December 12 or December 19 or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Maymont Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
All indoor exhibits closed on November 27, December 24, December 25 and January 1. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.