Yuletide Special Events - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Special Events, November 18–January 7


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 22 & 29, December 6, 13, and 20: 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 
Yuletide Jazz & Wine 6:00–8:30 pm


Enjoy extended hours on November 24 & 25 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.


Yuletide Jazz & Wine Series
November 22 & 29 & December 6, 13 & 20, 5:30–8:00 pm

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


University of Delaware Chorale performs Carols by Candlelight
December 10, 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. Benefactor-Level-and-above Members are free. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. $5 per student (ages 12–18). Advance purchase recommended.

Special Live Performance of A Christmas Carol
December 6 at 1:00 pm & December 7, 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 or purchase online. For more information about Gerald Charles Dickens' performances, visit the Byers' Choice website.

Special Charles Dickens Reading
December 6, 6:00 pm

Gerald Charles Dickens performs a reading of two stories by Charles Dickens: Doctor Marigold and The Signalman. The performances are 45 minutes each with a 20-minute intermission between performances. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Not recommend for children under 12.

The Glass Matters!  Riedel Wine Seminar & Tasting

December 13, 6:30–7:30 pm

Learn how the shape of the glass influences your perception and enjoyment of the wine. Enjoy three red wines in three different shaped crystal Riedel glasses, which you’ll then take home ($103.50 retail value). $70 per Member. $80.00 per nonmember. Limited space. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. Entrance to Yuletide Jazz and Wine following the seminar is included.


Yuletide Brunch with Santa

December 16, 17 & 23

Seatings available 9:00 am–1:00 pm. Santa will appear from 9:30 am–12:30 pm. $35.95 per person; children under 12, half off. Members receive 10% discount on parties of up to four. Reservations required. Call 302.888.4826 or e-mail ccater@winterthur.org. View the menu here.


Yuletide Brunch with Dickens

December 7, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

Gerald Charles Dickens joins us for brunch in the Visitor Center Cafe. $29.95 per adult. Members receive 10% off. For reservations, call 302.888.4600. View the menu here.

Special Exhibitions

Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes

April 1, 2017–January 7, 2018

Questions about the authenticity of art and antiques consistently capture headlines around the world. This fun and captivating exhibition looks at forgeries and counterfeit objects of all types—from art to wine to fashion—prompting us to ask, “Do we see what we think we see?” Discover how experts answer the question, “Is it real or fake?”


Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown

October 20, 2017–January 7, 2018

Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown
from The Crown, the first in a new Winterthur exhibition series entitled Eye on the Iconic, will feature the replica coronation gown worn in episode five, “Smoke and Mirrors,” of the Netflix series The Crown, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Like the richly symbolic centuries-old coronation ceremony, the coronation dress is iconic—one of the most celebrated dresses of the 20th century and a symbol of a historical moment witnessed by millions around the world. The replica dress is also a true icon, created in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


Collecting for the Future: Recent Additions to the Winterthur Collection


This exhibit features more than twenty objects acquired by the museum in the past six years, many on display for the first time, and highlights the breadth of Winterthur’s decorative arts collection. The new acquisitions featured include textiles, ceramics, metals, paintings, and furniture made between 1700 and 1975.


Go To Your Room! Interior Design & the Youthful Imagination


The ubiquitous catalogs, home design television shows, and retail stores make it seem as though the child’s bedroom has always been its own unique design space in the American home. The evolution of this room however, didn’t actually begin until the early 20th century when nearly every home decorating manual sought to weigh in on the proper arrangement and adornment of a child’s bedroom.  Prior to that, nurseries and children’s bedrooms were spare spaces furnished with pieces banished from other rooms. This exhibit features items from the rare book collection from the Winterthur Library.


Flowery Thoughts: Ceramic Vases & Floral Ornament

Through 2017

Enjoy an eye-catching display of select ceramic vases and floral-decorated wares from the Winterthur collection dating from the 1700s and 1800s and produced in America, Europe, and Asia.



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