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Visit George Washington's estate this holiday season. Join us for special evening events or take part in holiday activities during daytime admission.


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Daily, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Evening Holiday Events

Throughout the season, Mount Vernon hosts events for the entire family.

Winter Glow

Nov. 27-29, Dec. 11-13, 18-19, & 26-28

Join us for an enchanted evening of winter lights at Mount Vernon. 

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Christmas Illuminations


DECEMBER 20 & 21

Kick-off the holiday season with wintry lights and sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River.

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Mount Vernon by Candlelight


November 24-25

December 1-2; 8-9; 17

Join us for a candlelit tour of the historic area and learn about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia.

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Daytime Holiday Activities

Visit Mount Vernon during the holiday season.

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Open Daily, Including Christmas Day

Holiday programs and tours fill each day with delight at George Washington's estate. Tour the Mansion (reserve your tour ticket during online checkout) and enjoy the grand Christmas trees in the Ford Orientation Center. 

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Aladdin the Camel

Nov. 26 – Jan. 6

Meet the Christmas camel, Aladdin.

In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for Christmas.

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The Shops at Mount Vernon

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale: 11/25-11/28

In-Store: Buy More, Save More 

  • For orders of $50, save $10
  • For orders of $100, save $20
  • For orders of $150, save $30

This offer is valid in-store only.

Online: save 20% 

Shop for holiday gifts online and save 20%. (This discount does not apply in-store).

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Visit Aladdin, the Christmas Camel

In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to entertain his guests. Mount Vernon continues the tradition every holiday season.  

Aladdin the camel will be visiting the 12-Acre Field from Nov. 26 through Jan. 6.

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Holiday Giveaway: Winter Beanies

Dec. 10

Visit Mount Vernon on December 10 and receive a free winter beanie featuring George Washington's Mansion.

Beanies will be distributed upon entry to the estate inside the Ford Orientation Center.

This giveaway is applicable to visitors with a December 10, 2022 grounds pass. 1 beanie per person. Supplies are limited.

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Holiday Craft Workshops

Dec. 3 & 4

Create your own holiday decor with an assortment of evergreens and botanical accents, including some collected from Mount Vernon’s historic landscape. Each craft workshop is taught by Melanie Welles Creamer, Mount Vernon Greenhouse Manager, and longtime floral designer.

The Holiday Craft Workshops are SOLD OUT.

Kissing Ball Design Class

Winter Wreath Class

Mount Vernon Gift Cards

Order by Dec. 12 for Delivery by Christmas

Purchase a Mount Vernon gift card to bring your family and friends to Mount Vernon. 

Gift cards can be used on the estate for general admission tickets, specialty tours, event tickets, dining, and items at the Shops at Mount Vernon.

Gift cards are sent by mail and balances never expire.

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Gift Memberships

Give your loved ones access to Mount Vernon year-round. A membership includes:

  • Free, unlimited daytime admission for 12 months
  • Discounts on event tickets, food, and gift shop purchases
  • A subscription to Mount Vernon Magazine
  • Access to exclusive member-only events
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Mount Vernon is located in northern Virginia, just a short drive from Washington, D.C.

For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, museums, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

A Very Mount Vernon Christmas

Learn about 18th century winters at Mount Vernon

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