Special Events, November 21–January 3
Winterthur is open daily (including Mondays) during Yuletide, 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Last Yuletide Tour tickets sold at 3:15 pm. Visitor Center Café and Cottage Café open until 4:00 pm. Galleries and stores open until 5:00 pm. Open New Year's Day. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.Yuletide Tour reservations recommended.
Enjoy our evening hours on November 25, December 2, 9, and 16: 10:00 am–8:30 pm.
Last tour tickets sold at 6:45 pm
Galleries open until 8:30 pm
Stores stay open until 8:00 pm (except November 25 when stores close at 5:30 pm). Receive 10% off on your in-store purchases on December 2, 9, and 16 after 6:00 pm.
Yuletide Jazz & Wine 6:00–8:30 pm
Enjoy extended hours on November 27 & 28 and December 26 & 27
Last Yuletide Tour tickets sold at 4:15 pm
Galleries stay open until 6:00 pm
Stores stay open until 6:00 pm
December 6 the Galleries will close to the public at 4:00 pm and the last Yuletide Tour will be at 3:00 pm.
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 Santa
December 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 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 30–December 7: Free shipping on all online purchases. Use code CYBERSHIP.
- December 3–6: Spend $60 or more and receive a free pashmina.
- December 10: Free silver cuff bracelet with every $60 purchase at winterthurstore.com
- December 10: Gifts-to-go in the Galleries Reception Area. Pick up last-minute gifts, wrapped and ready for easy gift giving.
- December 26–31: Free Discover Yuletide at Winterthur book with every winterthurstore.com order.
- December 26: Annual After-Christmas Sale in the Museum Stores. Half off select Christmas items!
Glass Matters Wine Seminar and Tasting
Hosted by Reidel, The Wine Glass Company
Wednesday, December 16, 6:30–7:30 pm, Rotunda
Join us for a unique and fascinating wine seminar featuring Reidel 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 three different wines and three crystal glasses from Reidel's Veritas Collection to take home (a retail value of $104). Option to purchase more wine glass sets at special pricing. $65 per Member. $75 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
Visit the family programs page for more information.
Demos & Workshops
Holiday Workshops in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center:
Making a Bottle Gourd Birdhouse
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 3:30–4:30 pm
We will guide you through the construction of a bottle gourd birdhouse that will attract a house wren to your garden. A dried gourd will be drilled, seeds will be removed, and the house will be painted with nontoxic paints. Please wear work clothes. Limit 10 families. $15 per child. Reservations Required.
Making a Terrarium
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:30–4:30 pm
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. Limit 10 families. $20 per child. Reservations Required.
Making a Mason Bee Box
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3:30–4:30 pm
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. Glue and paint will be available. Please dress appropriately. Limit 10 families. $10 per child. Reservations Required.
University of Delaware Chorale Performs Carols by Candlelight
December 6, 3:30–4:15 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. $15 per Member. $25 per nonmember. $10 per student (ages 12–18). Advance purchase recommended.
Members-Only Yuletide Family Concert
December 12, 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall
Join us for a joyous family concert with the award-winning Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band as they perform Christmas classics and seasonal favorites including a musical presentation of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Perfect for all ages! Members only. Members free. Reservations recommended.
Yuletide Jazz & Wine Series
November 25 & December 2, 9 & 16, 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 all current exhibitions. 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 25: Cartoon Christmas Trio
December 2: Gina Roché
December 9: Sharon and Shawn
December 16: Tony Smith Trio
Special Live Performance of A Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 10, 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: $17 per Member; $20 per nonmember; and $12 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.
September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016
Organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City, Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light is comprised of five windows, twenty lamps, and seventy-five pieces of opalescent flat glass, in addition to educational models illustrating how leaded-glass shades are selected and fabricated, along with three examples of Tiffany lamp forgeries to explore issues of authenticity and connoisseurship.
September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016
Don't miss this charming exhibit which accompanies Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light exhibition and presents a fun and engaging look at the Tiffany name in American culture—from the iconic colors to the relationship between the retailer Tiffany & Co. and the artisanal Tiffany Studios.
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.”
March 1, 2015–January 3, 2016
Explore the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, and pottery, in this exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions from the estate of legendary collector and scholar Frederick S. Weiser.
March 1, 2015
In the landscapes they shaped, buildings and furniture they made, New Yorkers created a place “unlike any other, either in the North American colonies or anywhere else," writer Russell Shorto has observed. This unique legacy is reflected in the New York furniture collection at Winterthur. This exhibition is in conjunction with the 2015 Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum.