Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season.

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

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Dates vary, 5pm-8pm | Adults $25; Youth $17

Join Mount Vernon's residents and guests for a festive evening during our popular evening tours. Inside the Mansion, receive warm welcomes from costumed characters and hear stories of past Christmases. After the tour, participate in an 18th-century dance the Greenhouse, enjoy cookies and warm cider while listening to fireside caroling, and visit Aladdin the camel. 

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Christmas Illuminations

Kick off your holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River on December 14 &15!

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Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

December 9, 10am & 2pm | $75 per person

Construct a homemade holiday wreath during this two-hour workshop. Mount Vernon's greenhouse manager instructs participants how to construct the wreath using greens, preserved pomegranates, and dried seed heads from Mount Vernon's gardens.

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Howlidays at Mount Vernon Photo Station

December 1, 11am - 2pm | Included with General Admission

Dress your pet in their holiday finery and bring your camera for a photo with one of Mount Vernon's costumed characters.

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Cookie Decorating

December 15, 10am & 1pm | $5 per person In addition to general admission

Visit the cozy greenhouse and receive a box of cookies and decorations to adorn them. Create beautiful gingerbread cookies with the guidance of a Mount Vernon staff member.

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Daytime Activities

Holiday programs and tours fill each day with delight at George Washington’s estate. Visitors of all ages can tour the Mansion, watch 18th-century demonstrations, and hear stories of Christmases past from costumed characters.

Aladdin the Christmas Camel

Daily | Included with General admission

In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. This season visit our Christmas camel, Aladdin, on the 12-acre field.

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Camel Talks

Friday-Sunday, 11am & 2pm | Included with General Admission

During this free 30-minute program, Washington's farm manager tells stories about Washington's interest in exotic animals and share facts about camels.

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Holiday Time for the Washingtons Tour

Saturday-Sunday, December 1-30, 12pm | $7 in addition to General Admission

Celebrate the holidays at Mount Vernon and discover what the Washingtons, enslaved people, and hired workers ate during this season. Learn how food was grown, preserved, prepared, and served during the holiday season during this 60-minute tour.

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Cooking Demonstrations

Chocolate Making

Daily, 12pm-4pm | Included with General Admission

Listen to our costumed interpreters as they describe each step of the chocolate making process—from cacao seed to chocolate mills— and learn more about the preparation of hot chocolate and chocolate tea at Mount Vernon.

Tastings offered from 3-3:30pm.

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Pie Making

Saturday-Sunday, December 1-30, 11am-2pm | Included with General Admission

Savor the tastes and smells of holiday pie making at Mount Vernon while hearing stories of the Washingtons’ holiday confections. Help Mount Vernon's historic trades staff knead and shape the crust before tasting delicious pre-made pie from 1:30-2pm.

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Activities for Kids

Operation Gratitude: Holiday Cards for the Military

Monday-Friday, 12pm-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1pm-2:30pm | Included with Admission

Ages 3-10

Wish our oversees service members a happy holidays by writing a note or making a special card.

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Ornament-making for Children

Monday-Friday, December 3-24, 3pm-5pm | Included with Admission

Ages 5-10

Create a special souvenir ornament from a clear ball, faux snow, and Mount Vernon pine.

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Holiday Music

Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30am; Friday-Saturday, 10:30am & 2:30pm | Included with General Admission

Join our resident fifer on the bowling green for a musical demonstration and discussion of 18th-century holiday music!

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