Special Events, November 19–January 8


Daily Hours

Winterthur is open daily (including Mondays) during Yuletide, 10:00 am–5:30 pm. Last Yuletide Tour at 3:30 pm. Visitor Center Café and Cottage Café open until 4:00 pm. Galleries and stores open until 5:30 pm. Open New Year's Day. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.Yuletide Tour reservations recommended.

Extended Hours

Enjoy our evening hours on November 23 & 30, December 7, 14, and 21: 10:00 am–8:30 pm.

Last Yuletide Tour tickets sold at 6:45 pm
Galleries open until 8:30 pm
Stores stay open until 8:00 pm (except November 23 when stores close at 5:30 pm). Receive 10% off on your in-store purchases on December 7, 14, and 21 after 5:30 pm.
Yuletide Jazz & Wine 6:00–8:30 pm


Enjoy extended hours on November 25 & 26 and December 26 & 27

Last Yuletide Tour tickets sold at 4:00 pm
Galleries stay open until 6:00 pm
Stores stay open until 6:00 pm

Early Closing

December 24 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 Dickens
Thursday, December 8, 2016
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Join us for a special brunch featuring all-you-care-to-enjoy lite fare food stations, soft beverages, and a special appearance from Gerald Charles Dickens! Reservations and advance payment required. $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 800.448.3883.

Yuletide Brunch with Santa
December 17 & 18, 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.


In the Museum Stores

  • November 24–27: Save 20% on winterthurstore.com.
  • December 1–5: Free shipping on all winterthurstore.com purchases. Use code CYBERSHIP.
  • December 1–4: Spend $60 or more and receive a free pashmina.
  • December 10: Artist Judi Valliancourt will be in the Museum Store to sign her beautiful chalkware Santas, 1:00–3:00 pm.
  • December 15: Gingerbread cookie sales in the Galleries Reception Atrium, 12:00–4:00 pm.
  • December 16–17: Holiday Pop-Up Shop in the Galleries Reception Atrium.
  • December 26: Annual After-Christmas Sale in the Museum Stores. Half off select Christmas items!

Glass Matters Wine Seminar and Tasting

Hosted by Riedel, The Wine Glass Company
Wednesday, December 14, 6:30–7:30 pm, Brown Horticulture Learning Center

Join us for a unique and fascinating wine seminar featuring Riedel crystal and delicious wine. Our speaker will demonstrate how the shape of the glass influences our perception and enjoyment of the wine. Price includes comparative tasting of four different wines and four crystal glasses from Riedel's Veritas Collection to take home (a retail value of $138). Option to purchase more wine glass sets at special pricing. $80 per Member. $90 per nonmember. Purchase tickets online or by calling 800.448.3883. Tickets to this event include admission to Yuletide Jazz & Wine in the Galleries Reception Atrium on that evening.


Especially for Families

Yuletide Touch-It Room Hours
Monday–Friday, 2:30–4:30 pm; weekends, 12:30–4:30 pm

Five Days of Thanks

December 26–30, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Draw inspiration from the museum and library collections to create one-of-a-kind thank-you notes. Drop-in program (for both children and adults). Members free. Included with admission.


Visit the family programs page for more information.

Demos & Workshops

Mother & Daughter Dried-Flower Tree Workshop
Saturday, December 3, 1:30–3:30 pm

Mothers and Daughters ages 8 and up are invited to engage in a little holiday crafting together as they each decorate a small artificial tree with dried flowers. Member pairs, $40. Nonmember pairs, $45. $10 per each additional daughter. Registration required.

Demo: One Flower at a Time: Creating Yuletide Magic at Winterthur
December 2, 1:00–2:00 pm

Join Meredith Graves, coordinator of the Winterthur Flower Program, for a behind-the-scenes look at Yuletide, including the creation of the breathtaking dried-flower tree. Brown Center.  Members free. $15 per nonmember. Reservations encouraged. Call 800.448.3883 for tickets.


For Yuletide-related lectures, please visit our lecture page.


University of Delaware Chorale Performs Carols by Candlelight
December 11, 4:00–4:45 pm

Enjoy a wide variety of musical selections for the holiday season performed by this award-winning ensemble. The UD Chorale is among the most highly regarded college choirs in the eastern United States. In recent years, the choir has been invited to perform on both regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). They have also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and Verizon Hall in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Arts. In addition to annual regional tours, the Chorale has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Free for Benefactor-level-and-above Members. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. $5 per child (ages 10–17). Advance purchase recommended.


Yuletide Family Concert
December 18, 1:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall

All ages will get in the spirit as the award-winning Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band performs holiday favorites. Singing encouraged! Copeland Lecture Hall. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. $5 per child, ages 10–17. Reservations encouraged. Call 800.448.3883 for reservations.


Yuletide Jazz & Wine Series
November 23 & 30 & December 7, 14 & 21, 6:00–8:30 pm

For information about our evening jazz and wine series, visit the Yuletide Jazz & Wine page.


Special Live Performance of A Christmas Carol
December 7 at 1:00 pm & December 8, 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. The Visitor Center Café will be open until 6:00 pm. Performance-only tickets: $19 per Member; $22 per nonmember; and $12 for children under 12. Package price (performance and general admission): $34 per nonmember; $18 per child. For tickets, call 800.448.3883. For more information about Gerald Charles Dickens' performances, visit the Byers' Choice website.


Special Exhibitions


Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia

March 26, 2016–January 8, 2017


Bring on the bling! Explore an eye-catching display of Asian-influenced masterpieces from around the world in the exhibition Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia—called "A sumptuous show" by The Boston Globe and "scintillating" by The Wall Street Journal.


Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives

September 17, 2016–January 8, 2017

Lasting Impressions investigates the role of Frances Bond Palmer and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (two of the most prolific artists of Currier & Ives) in the New York art world of the Victorian era—an art world where the artists and publisher invite us to reconsider our notions of artistic creation.


Embroidery: The Language of Art

May 7, 2016–January 8, 2017


The term art has been much contested over time. Once defined as a great skill, the word later became associated with beauty and personal expression. View exquisite works that explore the connection between art and embroidery over four centuries.


Striking Beauties: American Shelf Clocks and Timepieces


July 2, 2016–June 2017


This exhibition features 16 examples of American bracket, shelf and table clocks designed for use in the home and made between 1775 and 1850.


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