2016 Holiday Tree Lighting, Decorated Mansion Tours

The Vanderbilt Museum is preparing for two of its popular, annual traditions – tree-lighting and carol singing in the Mansion courtyard, and tours of the Mansion in its holiday finery.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus give treats to children at the Tree Lighting Vanderbilt Museum photo
Mr. and Mrs. Claus give treats to children at the Tree Lighting
Vanderbilt Museum photo

Each holiday season, local garden clubs and decorators deck the halls of the stunning house of William K. Vanderbilt II (1878-1944), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tree Lighting

Each year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (this year it’s November 26), the Vanderbilt holds its annual holiday Tree Lighting at 4:00 p.m.

This free, fun, family-friendly community event features a performance by the Northport Chorale, carol singing, an ornament workshop for children, hot chocolate, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Vanderbilt Mansion Library Vanderbilt Museum photo
Vanderbilt Mansion Library
Vanderbilt Museum photo

Guided Tours of Decorated Mansion

Guided tours of the decorated Vanderbilt Mansion will begin on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, and be given each Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. – and each day during the week between Christmas and the New Year, December 26-30. (Visitors pay the general admission fee plus $5 per person for a tour.)

Special Twilight Tours of Decorated Mansion

These intriguing evening tours will be given for two days only: Monday-Tuesday, December 26-27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors (62 and older) and $5 for children 12 and under.

Hot chocolate and cookies are included. This highly popular event is a treat for visitors, and the only time of the year the Vanderbilt family’s private living quarters can be seen at night.

Tickets for Twilight Tours may be purchased on-line during the month of December at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.

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