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

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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.

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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

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.


Hear season's greetings by General Washington on the Mansion’s piazza, and watch stunning holiday fireworks over the Potomac River.

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 Museum and Education Center (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
  • Shop for holiday gifts at The Shops at Mount Vernon (open until 8:45 p.m.)


All beef hot dog - $6

Chicken Tenders - $6

BBQ pulled pork sandwich - $8

BBQ beef brisket sandwich - $10

Veggie wrap - $7

Mac & Cheese - $5

Chili w/ baguette - $8

Buffalo chicken dip w/baguette - $8

Colonial Pretzel - $5

Brie w/baguette - $8

Lays chips - $2

Rice Krispy Treats - $3

Seasonal cookie - $3


Soda - $2

Hot apple cider - $3

Hot chocolate - $3

Dasani Water - $3

Alcoholic Beverages

Can beer - $5

Craft Beer - $6

Red or white wine - $7

Applejack w/Hot Cider - $8

Spiked Hot chocolate - $8


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


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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