9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2009
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
MOUNT VERNON, Va. – If you are dreaming of a white Christmas and Mother Nature doesn’t deliver, consider a visit to Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds Education Center where the seats rumble and snow falls on the audience in the Revolutionary War Theater! And now through January 6, 2010, Mount Vernon has decked the halls for Christmas at Mount Vernon, a special daytime program that includes a dozen themed Christmas trees, a gingerbread Mount Vernon created by former White House pastry chef Ronald Mesnier, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas 1787!
In addition to Mount Vernon’s holiday activities, visitors can tour the Mansion with its festive holiday setting and rarely-open third floor, and enjoy interactive exhibits, original movies, and hundreds of artifacts. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens is one of the few attractions that is open over Christmas and New Year’s from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Christmas at Mount Vernon is included in regular Estate admission: $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-11, and free for children under 6.
Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); Visit.MountVernon.org
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.
Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.