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.
Throughout the season, Mount Vernon hosts events for the entire family.
Join us for an enchanted evening of winter lights at Mount Vernon.
Kick-off the holiday season with wintry lights and sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River.
Join us for a candlelit tour of the historic area and learn about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia.
Visit Mount Vernon during the holiday season.
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Aladdin the CamelNov. 26 – Jan. 6
Holiday FifingDec., Tues. - Sat., 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Mrs. Washington's TourSelect Dates, Nov. – Dec., 11 a.m.
Holiday Family DayDec. 4
Chocolate MakingDaily, Nov. 29 - Dec. 31, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Camel TalksFri – Sun, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Pick-Up Craft: Dove of PeaceDec., Weds. – Sun., 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Holiday ShoppingOpen daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
During this 30-minute program, meet Aladdin the camel and listen as James Anderson and other characters tell stories about Washington's interest in exotic animals.
Offered: Friday-Sunday at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., Nov. 27 - Dec. 31
Included with admission
Aladdin will be on the estate through Jan. 6.
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