This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).
Tour Henry Francis du Pont’s former home decorated with holiday displays, including the dried-flower tree and a royally inspired tree display.
Explore treasures of Christmases past with displays of holiday traditions from the 1800s to the early 20th century, including displays of: the earliest types of colorful lights decorating house exteriors; a full-room scene of Clement Moore’s Christmas classic A Visit from St. Nicholas; the du Pont family holiday celebrations; and the evolution of Christmas trees over the decades from the 1880s to 1960s.
In celebration of the exhibit Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, which showcases the coronation gown worn on the Netflix series The Crown, the Yuletide Tour will re-create trees enjoyed by Queen Victoria’s family at Windsor Castle, inspired by a painting depicting the queen’s celebration in 1851.
Check out the 18-room dollhouse mansion created by designer and philanthropist Nancy McDaniel over a period of 30 years. It features intricate details in each room and is decorated for the holidays. A tree decorated with 458 needlework ornaments, all crafted by Nancy McDaniel will also be on display. In addition, two of the venue's rooms designed by H. F. du Pont will be on display in miniature form—the Cecil Bedroom and the Queen Anne Dining Room. These rooms were created by the renowned miniature artists Eugene J. Kupjack.
While there, enjoy lectures, musical and theatrical performances.
Information & Tours
$20 & up per person
Registration requested but not required
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