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Celebrate Christmas at Mount Vernon


Candlelit tours of the Mansion led by people from Washington's world.

Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday)
Dec. 7-22 (Saturday and Sunday Only)

An expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis,” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons’ celebrated Christmas.

  • Enjoy popular seasonal traditions including 18th-century music and dancing, and holiday treats near an outdoor bonfire.
  • Tour the Museum and Education Center from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please allow 1 – 1.5 hours for mansion tour and museum exploration.
  • Meet and pet Aladdin the Christmas Camel.

Admission is $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. This event is not included in general admission.

Tickets to Mount Vernon by Candlelight are SOLD OUT!

A glimpse at holiday celebrations in George Washington's day!

Nov. 29, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014
Open daily, including Christmas Day and New Year's Eve

Mount Vernon decks the halls with themed Christmas trees on the estate and festive greenery in the Mansion. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and get a glimpse of how the Washingtons might have decorated and entertained during the holiday season.

  • Watch our chocolatiers produce
    chocolate using 18th-century
    techniques.
  • Join in the holiday fun as costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon in the Greenhouse from 3 – 3:30 p.m. daily.
  • Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups weekends only at 2 p.m. in the Education Center lobby.
  • Meet Aladdin the Camel and see the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.


This event is included in general admission.



Top off your enchanted evening with a fireside dinner at the
Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and find one-of-a kind treasures for everyone on your list with a visit to The Shops at Mount Vernon.

Make Dinner Reservations at the Inn

Introducing the Mount Vernon Holiday Trolley—a new way to get to George Washington’s estate from his adopted hometown, Alexandria, Virginia.

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