Kick off the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River.

Mansion Tours are sold out for both Friday and Saturday, December 17-18. Event tickets without Mansion Tours are still available.

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Add to Calendar 12/17/2021 17:30:00 12/17/2021 20:30:00 America/New_York Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Kick off the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River.

Mansion Tours are sold out for both Friday and Saturday, December 17-18. Event tickets without Mansion Tours are still available.

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Cost

Members:
Adult with Mansion Tour: $50, No Tour: $48
Youth with Mansion Tour: $28, No Tour: $26

General Public:
Adult with Mansion Tour: $60, No Tour: $58
Youth with Mansion Tour: $38, No Tour: $36

A Holiday Fireworks Show

Join Mount Vernon for a family-friendly celebration of the holiday season with an enchanted evening of Christmas Illuminations.

Mansion Tour

Tour the Mansion to learn about holiday celebrations during Washington’s time with live 18th-century music (5:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.)

Wintry Lights

See the lantern-lit Historic Area, the Mansion aglow in beautiful amber light, and the Upper Garden and Greenhouse dazzling in blue and lavender with moving wintry light patterns.

You'll hear classic holiday music and patriotic inspirational quotes on the Bowling Green.

Winter Market

Visit with Sutlers that produce 18th-century wares and crafts, available for purchase at the 18th-century Winter Market.

Winter Encampment

Enjoy the atmospheric setting of an 18th-century winter encampment, the working Blacksmith Shop, Christmas carolers, and Aladdin the Camel.

Fireworks

Hear season's greetings by General Washington on the Mansion Piazza, and watch stunning holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. The program begins at approximately 8:15 - 8:30 p.m.

Additional Activities

  • Learn about 18th-century dining and holiday celebrations in the Greenhouse (5:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.)
  • Warm-up with food and holiday drink from the Mount Vernon Inn Food Truck.
  • Visit the Donald. W. Reynolds Education Center (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m)
  • Shop for holiday gifts at The Shops at Mount Vernon (open until 9:00 p.m.)

Winter Market Artisans

  • Crown Point Bread Co.
  • Dabbs Decoys
  • Gilson Glassblowers
  • Hot Dip Tin
  • K. Walters at the Sign of the Gray Horse
  • Sage & Folly Historical Apothecary
  • Steinhagen Pottery
  • Sullivan Press
  • The Parsonage Handmade Soap

Concessions

Hot and Cold

Jumbo Hot Dog - $5

Pulled Pork Sandwich - $8

Beef Brisket Sandwich - $10

Chicken Tenders - $6

Chili with baguette - $7

Buffalo Chicken Dip with baguette - $7

Warm Brie with baguette - $7

Turkey and Gruyere on ciabatta - $9

Jumbo Bavarian Pretzel with cheese - $15

Winter Snacks

Assorted Chips - $2

Seasonal Cookie - $3

Assorted Candy - $1

Winter Drinks

Soda - $2

Bottle Water - $3

Hot Apple Cider - $3

Hot Chocolate - $3

Illy Coffee - $3

 

Winter Drinks with Alcohol

Hot Apple Cider with brandy - $8

Hot Chocolate with choice of Buttershot, Hazlenut, Irish Cream, Amaretto, or Peppermint - $8

Wine (red or white) - $8

Craft Beer - $6

Domestic Beer - $5

 

Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Alcohol may be served only to customers 21 and older.

Accessibility

Christmas Illuminations is an outdoor walking experience at night. Be prepared for low temperatures, varying levels of light, and uneven walkways.

The event also includes moving lights, amplified music, and musket firing demonstrations, which can be heard throughout the evening in the historic area.

Please contact events@mountvernon.org for more information.

Pet Policy

Please note, while we enjoy our four-legged friends during the daytime, pets are not allowed on the grounds for evening events.

Face Coverings

Face Coverings

Face masks are recommended indoors for all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Face masks are required for all unvaccinated guests.

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