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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Chocolate-Making Demonstration

Listen to our costumed interpreters as they describe 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.

Offered: Daily in the Vaughan Lobby, 12-4PM

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 Fifing

Join our resident fifer on the bowling green for a musical demonstration and discussion of 18th-century holiday music!

Offered: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:30PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:30AM and 2:30PM

Holiday Dinner for the Washingtons Tour

This 60-minute specialty tour takes 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.

Offered: Daily, December 26-31, 12PM
Cost: $7 in addition to general admission

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Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Take a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia!

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Camel Chats

Chat with one of our costumed characters and learn more about the fascinating animals at George Washington's home during the holiday season.

Offered: Daily, 11AM

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Holiday Entertainments

Visit the Greenhouse and listen to friends, family and enslaved servants of the Washingtons tell charming stories of Christmas traditions of the past.

Offered: Daily, 2PM and 3PM

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Holiday Coffee and Dessert with Martha Washington

Visit with Martha Washington in her parlor while she discusses the foods and desserts that were served during the holidays at Mount Vernon. Enjoy a piece of Martha Washington's Great Cake and coffee before taking a photo with Mrs. Washington at the conclusion of the event.

Offered: Saturday, December 9, 2-3PM
Cost: $35 per person

This event is sold out.

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Christmas Illuminations

Kick off your holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River!

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