Today at Mount Vernon

Sunday December 4, 2016

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Extra Fee Applies Free (Ticket Required) Steps, Hills, Distances Weather Dependent Family-friendly

Aladdin the Camel

12-Acre Field

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

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Premium Mansion Tour

Go behind-the-scenes for an in-depth, guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor and the basement! Discover how George Washington expanded, decorated, and furnished his home over the years in this hour-long exclusive tour.

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Story Time in Hands-on-History

Young listeners are invited to hear vibrant tales of George Washington, while learning more about our nation's first president. 

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National Treasure Tour

Mansion Circle

Go behind-the-scenes of the blockbuster movie "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" at Mount Vernon. This popular tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and information on how the locations were used during Washington's time. 

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Camel Talks

This 30-minute program occurs daily at 11:30 a.m. during the holiday season. It is free with general admission and no additional ticket is required.

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Mount Vernon Films

Take a break as you enjoy a selection of 4 movie presentations in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium, showing at:

12:00, 2:00, 4:00    The Winter Patriots

12:30, 2:30, 4:30    Yorktown: Now or Never

1:00, 3:00               Saving Mount Vernon (History of Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)

1:30, 3:30               Mount Vernon in Virginia (A 1950s vintage tour of Mount Vernon) 

Included in general admission.

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Chocolate Making Demonstration

Vaughan Lobby

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 3:30 p.m., 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 Dinner for the Washingtons Tour

Mansion Circle

Christmas is a time for hosting seasonal guests. Discover more about 18th-century food and why the Washingtons were famous for their hospitality during this 60 minute tour. 

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour will start promptly at the posted time; please allow at least 10-15 minutes to walk from the main entrance to the tour’s starting point at the Mansion Circle.

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Tribute at the Tomb

Pay your respect to George Washington by participating in a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Washingtons' Tomb.

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Make-It-Take-It Activity: Holiday Ornaments

Education Center

Come and make your own special Mount Vernon holiday wooden ornament! For children ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult. Supplies limited.

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Through My Eyes Tour

Step back in time and join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities.

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Discovery Station

Education Center

Visit the Discovery Station to learn about aspects of George Washington's life. 

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Holiday Entertainments

Greenhouse

Hear costumed friends and family of the Washingtons tell charming stories of Christmas traditions of the past.

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Chocolate Toast

Vaughan Lobby

Celebrate the holidays with a taste of our 18th-century style chocolate drink, a Washington family favorite!

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Specialty Tour tickets are available in the Ford Orientation Center. Programming subject to change. Printed copies of daily programs are available upon arrival in the Ford Orientation Center.

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