The Mansion will be closed Jan. 23 – Feb. 5. The grounds remain open.

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

Public ticket sales begin Oct. 2, 2023.

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Add to Calendar 12/15/2023 17:30:00 12/15/2023 20:30:00 America/New_York Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

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

Public ticket sales begin Oct. 2, 2023.

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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

If included on your ticket, tour the Mansion to get an up close look at the Washington home. (5:30 p.m. - 7:20 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.


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

Please note that there is currently scaffolding on the Mansion piazza due to preservation work and a large archeological dig site in the North Grove that will change the entry and exit pathways.

Winter Encampment

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

Winter Market

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

Additional Activities

  • Warm-up with food and holiday drink from the Mount Vernon Inn Food Truck.
  • Visit the Donald. W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Shop for holiday gifts at The Shops at Mount Vernon (open until 8 p.m.)


Drink and snack concessions are available on the East Lawn only.

Full concessions menu of hot food, drinks, and snacks are available from the Food Truck on the 12-Acre Field.

Concessions Menu

S'mores are only sold at the Food Truck.

Hot and Cold Food

Jumbo Hot Dog $5
Chili Dog $9
Pulled Pork Sandwich $9
Chicken Tenders $6
Fried Cheese Curds $6
Corn Dog $6
Chili with Baguette $8
Warm Brie with Baguette $8
Turkey & Gruyere on Rye Bread $9
Veggie Wrap $7
Philly Pretzel $5
Philly Pretzel with cheese $6

Winter Snacks

Assorted Chips $2
Assorted Candy $1
Seasonal Cookie $3
Popcorn Bag $3
Rice Crispy Treat $3
Popcorn Cake $4

S’mores Box

Box for 2 $7
Box for 4 $14

Winter Drinks

Soda $2
Bottled Water $3
Bottled Drinks $3
Hot Apple Cider $3
Hot Chocolate $3
Illy Coffee $3

Winter Drinks with Alchohol

Hot Apple Cider w/ Apple Brandy $9
Wine (red or white) $8
Domestic Beer $5
Craft Beer $6
Hot Chocolate with choice of shot $9
ButterShots, Irish Cream, Amaretto, Peppermint


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 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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