Yuletide at Winterthur
November 23, 2013–January 5, 2014
The holidays have always been an important time at Winterthur, and the beauty and inspiration of past Yuletide traditions continue today with our annual Yuletide event.
Ever-popular favorites—such as the dried flower tree, the March Bank tree, the beautiful decorations, place settings, and faux food— will inspire your own holiday decorating ideas. Whether you come to Yuletide at Winterthur to soak in these gorgeous decorations or to partake in the exciting events during the season—the jazz and wine series, the floral workshops, and inspiring lectures— you will find something for everyone.
This year Yuletide will explore lights and wedding celebrations of the mid-1800s. Is there a decoration more universally associated with a holiday than lights are with Christmas? This year’s tour will take a look at the traditions early Americans brought with them from their European homelands, the various devices used to safely light up Christmas trees in pre-electricity days, and color wheels and bubble lights of the mid-20th century. Discover how lights were used not only to brighten long winter nights but also to enrich holiday experiences.
Christmas may not be the time of year that we most associate with weddings, but in an agrarian society, winter was considered “down time.” Subsequently, the winter social season was a very popular choice for weddings. This year’s tour will reveal wedding customs and celebrations from the mid-1800s, including the display of a candlelit ballroom with a chalked floor that artists would draw as an especially elegant feature for partygoers. Two new rooms will join the tour this year—McIntire and Franklin—to highlight these wedding celebrations.
Relish the holiday spirit and come for a Christmastime tour at Winterthur. The Yuletide tour is free to Members! Reservations are recommended; call 800.448.3883.