This holiday season, experience Mount Vernon in the soft glow of candlelight. During these specially themed tours, Martha Washington hosts an 18th-century Christmas with candlelit walks, fireside caroling, and festive décor. Visitors are treated as holiday guests of the Washington family and will meet a cast of friends and family of the famous founding couple. In the kitchen, the final stop on the tour, guests will hear about 18th-century holiday cooking, see Martha Washington's Great Cake, and be given a complimentary copy of the recipe to try at home.
Following the Mansion tour, guests are invited to stroll candlelit walks, join in fireside caroling, and enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies. Visit the Slave Quarters, the Blacksmith Shop, and the Greenhouse and participate in 18th-century dancing. Aladdin the Christmas camel will also be on site.
2017 Candlelight Tour Dates and Times
November 24-25 and December 1-2, 8-9 & 17, 5-8 p.m.
Admission is $24 for adults and $16 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.MountVernon.org or at Mount Vernon's Ford Orientation Center beginning October 26th.
The Food Court and the Shops at Mount Vernon are open during Candlelight Tours. Many visitors combine the candlelight tours with an evening of dining at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Reservations are suggested. Please call (703) 780-0011.
About Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, the home of George Washington, is located in Mount Vernon, Virginia along the shores of the Potomac River.
The 500-acre estate includes a 14-room mansion that is beautifully restored and furnished with original objects dating back to the 1740's. Visitors can explore the mansion, the outbuildings (including the kitchen, slave quarters, smokehouse, coach house and stables), the gardens and a museum and education center.
During the holiday season, Mount Vernon Estate offers a special daytime program with themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. During the Christmas Illuminations join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music, with fireworks. Read more about Christmas at Mount Vernon.