Special Events, November 22–January 4
Viewers from around the globe have enjoyed glimpses of Christmas on a country estate, as featured on special episodes of Downton Abbey. Now you can experience a country estate Christmas in person during Yuletide at Winterthur—the home where Henry Francis du Pont and his family and friends gathered every year to celebrate the holiday.
Timed Yuletide Tour reservations are required for both Members and nonmembers. Members are free. Purchase tickets online or by calling 800.448.3883.
Members-Only Day: Farewell to Costumes of Downton Abbey
January 5, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Members are invited for one last chance to visit and bid farewell to Costumes of Downton Abbey, meet and greet exhibition curators and designers, and enjoy a special 1:00 pm lecture and book signing by Carol McD. Wallace, author of To Marry an English Lord. Members only. Members free. Reservations required. No house tours or garden trams.
Winterthur is open daily (including Mondays) during Yuletide, 9:30 am–5:30 pm. Visit admissions for our regular hours of operation and see below for extended hours and early closings during Yuletide.
Enjoy our evening hours on Wednesdays, November 26 and December 3, 10, and 17:
Last tour tickets sold at 6:45 pm
Galleries open until 8:30 pm
Cottage Café open until 6:30 pm
Stores stay open until 8:00 pm (except on November 27).
Yuletide Jazz & Wine 6:00–8:30 pm
December 24 & 31 and January 1, early closing:
Last tour tickets sold at 2:15 pm. Galleries close at 4:00 pm. Museum Stores close at 4:00 pm. Cottage Café and Visitor Center Café close at 4:00 pm.
Shopping & Dining
Yuletide Brunch with Santa
December 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Santa will appear from 9:00–11:00 am
$34.95 per person; children, ages 2–12, half off, children under 2 are free. Members receive 10% discount on parties of up to four. For reservations, call 302.888.4826.
Downton Afternoon Tea Buffet
November 1,2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 & 30, December 7 & 28 and January 4, 3:00 pm
Call 302.888.4826 for reservations.
In the Museum Stores
- December 1–8: Free shipping on all online purchases. Use code CYBERSHIP.
- December 4–7: Spend $75 or more and receive a free pashmina.
- December 26–31: Free Discover Yuletide at Winterthur book with all online purchases.
- December 26–January 4: Annual After-Christmas Sale in the Museum Stores. Half off select Christmas items!
Especially for Families
Yuletide Touch-It Room Hours
Monday–Friday, 2:30–4:30 pm; weekends, 12:30–4:30 pm
Visit the family programs page for more information.
Demos & Workshops
Holiday Workshops in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center:
Family Workshop: "Making a Terrarium"
December 7, 3:30–4:30 pm
Make a garden-inspired gift for the holidays witthe expert help of our horticultural staff. Learn how to plant a simple terrarium that will grow in a bright location in your house. A small glass terrarium will be filled with soil and gravel, plants and moss will be added, and rocks and wood will be placed for decoration. 10-family limit. $20 per child. Reservations required.
Family Workshop: "Making a Mason Bee Box"
December 14, 3:30–4:30 pm
Make a garden-inspired gift for the holidays with the expert help of our horticultural staff. Mason bees are native pollinators of fruit trees and flowers. Learn how to make and manage a simple mason bee box made from recycled materials. Box, glue, and paint will be provided; please dress appropriately. 10-family limit. $10 per child. Reservations required.
Teacher Workshop: “Yuletide!”
December 6, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Get a behind-the-scenes peek at our annual holiday tour and learn neat gift-wrapping techniques using cellophane. Active teachers only. Call 800.448.3883 to register. $15 per person. Members free. Credit is available through the Delaware Teacher Center.
Master Players at Winterthur Concert Featuring 6ixwire (Members-only)
December 7, 4:30–5:30 pm
Enjoy the world-traveling duo of Xiang Gao and Cathy Yang as they perform crossover music on the violin from classical tango to Chinese traditional. Copeland Lecture Hall. Members only. $15 per adult. $10 per student (ages 12–17). Free to Benefactor-level-and-above Members. Reservations required.
Master Players at Winterthur Featuring Great Musical Families
January 11, 3:00–4:30 pm
Witness a sensational vocal performance featuring baritone Jonathan Lasch and his wife, soprano Caitlin Lynch, as they perform a selection ranging from opera arias to Broadway musicals. Copeland Lecture Hall. $15 per Member. $25 per nonmember. $10 per student (ages 12–17). Reservations required.
Yuletide Jazz & Wine Series
November 26 & December 3, 10 & 17, 6:00–8:30 pm
Relax and celebrate the season with a glass of wine, beautiful decorations, and lively jazz. Cash bar (wine and beer); fruit and cheese for purchase. Enjoy entry to the Galleries and Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibition. Members free. Included with a Yuletide general admission ticket. For nonmembers who are not purchasing a Yuletide general admission ticket, tickets are $15 and include live jazz and entry to the Galleries. Yuletide Tour is an additional $10 fee. Advanced booking encouraged.
November 26: Cartoon Christmas Trio
December 3: Gina Roché
December 10: Tony Smith Trio
December 17: Ron Cole Trio
Special Live Performance of A Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 4, 1:00 and 6:00 pm
This heartwarming one-man show is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, who depicts 26 characters of the classic tale. A book signing will follow. The Visitor Center Café will be open until 6:00 pm. Performance-only tickets: $15 per Member; $18 per nonmember; and $10 for children under 12. Package price (performance and general admission): $35 per nonmember; $20 per child. For tickets, call 800.448.3883. For more information about Gerald Charles Dickens' performances, visit the Byers' Choice website.
March 1, 2014–January 4, 2015
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 40 historically inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.
The Flowering of American Tinware
Through January 4, 2015
This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from Ephrata, Lancaster, Carlisle, and York. These beautiful, hand-painted objects feature decorative techniques that have been in use from the early 1700s to today.
The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament
Through July 5, 2015
For centuries women have used a needle to both earn a living and create objects of beauty. This exhibition presents embroidery from the impressive Winterthur collection, highlighting the fascinating intersection of “work” and “art.”