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Holidays at George Washington’s Estate

Photo by: Buddy Secor

Visit Mount Vernon this winter to participate in holiday activities and meet special guest Aladdin the camel.

In 1787, George Washington brought a camel to Mount Vernon for the entertainment of his guests and family. Mount Vernon continues the tradition today.

Learn about camels and George Washington’s interest in exotic animals during Camel Talks, offered Friday through Sunday beginning on November 27.

Specialty tours give guests a deeper look into the holidays at Mount Vernon.

During the tour “Mrs. Washington’s Mount Vernon,” hear Martha Washington discuss the day-today planning needed for a busy holiday season. The “Holiday Dinner for the Washingtons” tour shares how food was grown, preserved, and served during the holidays.

On December 18 and 19, attend the evening event Christmas Illuminations, a festive fireworks show choreographed to holiday music. You’ll visit with re-enactors throughout the estate and stay toasty warm by the bonfire. Tickets for Christmas Illuminations are available to purchase online.

On select nights in November and December, experience an enchanting evening of winter lights during Mount Vernon’s Winter Glow event. See the estate illuminated with soft lights and holiday patterns as you listen to Christmas carolers and visit an 18th-century winter encampment.

Find unique gifts at the Shops at Mount Vernon, which stocks holiday ornaments, home decor, gourmet food, jewelry, and more.

Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year, including on Christmas Day.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy
Mt Vernon, VA 22121
Online: https://www.mountvernon.org/

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