Holiday Cheer — with a Side of History

Posted on: December 15th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

Every year, our National Trust Historic Sites put on a variety of events during the holiday season. The types of offerings vary widely, but they always share one important common thread -- they all draw upon the rich, diverse history of the site itself. A selection of this year's offerings is below.

Please note: Times, prices, and availability for these events should be verified by visiting the website provided and following any instructions found there.

 	  Home and Studio living room.  (Photographer: Hedrich-Blessing. Collection of FLWPT.)

Home and Studio living room. (Photographer: Hedrich-Blessing. Collection of FLWPT.)

Chicago, Illinois
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Family Fun Days featuring Victorian Christmas Tours
Saturday, December 20, 2008

For kids, by kids. Free tours of Wright’s Oak Park home decorated for the holidays. Led by Junior Interpreters, specially trained 5th through 10th grade students, the tours focus on Wright family celebrations of the Christmas holidays. An adult must accompany children under 8.

Click here for more information (last tour on the page).

Can’t make it? Try some holiday shopping at their online museum store.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Douglas Family Christmas
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

This specialty holiday tour features interpreters portraying the Douglas family and staff as they prepare for Christmas. Visitors will meet the Douglas family and their house staff circa 1911, in period attire, as they explain their respective roles in the Christmas celebration. Each family and staff member has a unique story to tell, from the cook, Johanna, planning the Christmas meal to special house guests, Walter and Mahala Douglas, sharing their excitement for their upcoming voyage aboard the Titanic. Visitors will delight in the family’s holiday traditions and surprises.

Click here for more information, including reservations number (final listing).

Acoma Sky City (Photo: Claire Brown)

Acoma Sky City (Photo: Claire Brown)

Acoma, New Mexico
Acoma Sky City
Luminaries Tour
December 24, 2008

Join the people of Acoma as they celebrate a unique Christmas tradition at the historic Sky City. On December 24th (Christmas Eve) the road from the overlook, through the valley floor, to the top of the mesa will be lined with three thousand luminaries -- both on the road on on the rooftops. The massive San Esteban del Rey Mission and Sky City Cultural Center will also be lined with the candle-lit paper sacks.  Everyone is invited to drive through the valley this evening to see this beautiful site; however, the activities on the mesa top are now closed to the general public. The luminaries are lit at sundown and stay lit until approximately 10:00PM.

Acoma Pueblo Christmas Celebrations
December 25 - 28, 2008

For four days, you will have the unique opportunity to watch our Dances in the San Esteban del Rey Mission (1629 - 1641) celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. Dress warm and help us celebrate this special time.

For more information on both events, click here.

Beautiful handcrafted gifts are available from the online store.

Tarrytown, New York
A Fairy Tale Holiday
December 20-21 and 27-28

A unique opportunity to visit the mansion at night and enjoy Lyndhurst in its full winter fairy tale beauty. Celebrate the season with live music and hot mulled cider amid the lavishly decorated rooms. New for 2008: Have your holiday photo made at Lyndhurst. We will have a professional photographer at each of the Fairy Tale Evenings to take pictures of you and your children in one of the Fairy Tale rooms.

Holiday Dinners
December 13 and 20

The Carriage House Restaurant and Fabulous Foods present a sumptuous four course prix fixe dinner served in the carriage house at Lyndhurst.

For more information, including pricing and reservations, click here.

Middletown, Virginia
Belle Grove
December 19-23
Holiday Tours

Historic Belle Grove’s halls will be decked in its Christmas splendor and with a very special exhibit of antique dolls and toys this December from local toy collector and former Strasburg Elementary School teacher Virginia Beeler. The exhibit will run through the Christmas season and will feature a selection chosen from among the hundreds of toys and dolls Mrs. Beeler collected over her rich ninety-seven years of life.

As a special treat, children will be able to tell Santa their Christmas wishes on Sundays. Santa will be sitting in his rocking chair in Belle Grove’s Parlor.

For more information, including hours of availability, click here.

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