The holidays are full of delight at George Washington’s estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making demonstrations, and meet Aladdin the Camel.

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Aladdin the Camel

In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit our Christmas Camel, Aladdin!

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Camel Talks

Chat with the man who brought an exotic creature to Mount Vernon and learn more about these rare animals at George Washington's home during the holiday season.

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Holiday Dinner for the Washingtons Tour

Take an in-depth look around the estate, including the Mansion's basement, as you learn more about 18th-century food, dining and the Washingtons' famous hospitality with a holiday flavor.

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Chocolate Making Demonstration

Listen to our costumed interpreters as they take you through each step of the chocolate making process—from cacao seed to chocolate mills— and learn more about the preparation of hot chocolate and chocolate tea at Mount Vernon.

At 3:30pm, join in a toast to Christmas with a taste of our 18th-century style chocolate drink, a Washington family favorite!

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Holiday Entertainments

Visit the Greenhouse and hear costumed friends and family of the Washingtons tell charming stories of Christmas traditions of the past.

Mount Vernon for the Holidays

Learn more about all the historical and beautiful things you can do at Mount Vernon.

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