Celebrate the Holidays at Winterthur!

November 21, 2020–January 3, 2021

This year, one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases will dazzle you indoors and outdoors. Warm yourself by the fire pit and enjoy some s’mores; watch our 3D light show* displayed on the outside of the house (December 1–12), discover new areas of festive holiday décor at the Greenhouses and all around the house, and explore the Conservatory and entertaining rooms on the fifth floor of the house at your own pace.

And that’s just the beginning! Throughout the season, there will be many exciting programs and events to make this a truly special holiday. Winterthur will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Purchase tickets online using the Reserve Now buttons under the events below or call 800.448.3883. 

*10:00–11:00 am: Early Access Hour for Members and their guests on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout Yuletide.

Outdoor 3D Holiday Light Show

December 1–12, 5:00–9:00 pm

Enjoy our new magical outdoor light show unlike any other! The Winterthur house serves as the backdrop for a du Pont family Christmas story, told using 3D images, video, lights, and sounds, for an immersive holiday experience. Be sure to take a self-guided Yuletide Tour inside the house. Stop for some hot cocoa, mulled wine, caroling, and go shopping in the Museum Store! The Museum Store is open until 9:00 pm during the holiday light show evenings. First show begins at 5:15 pm and last show begins at 8:45 pm. Included with admission. Members free. *This is an outdoor walking event, rain or shine, with uneven terrain. 

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Yuletide House Tours
November 21–January 3, daily, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

H. F. du Pont owned several houses, but only Winterthur was “home,” where family and friends gathered each year to celebrate the holidays. This year, holiday visitors will find themselves walking in the footsteps of the du Pont’s own guests as they visit the exquisitely decorated spaces that recall the warmth and beauty of the season in this most elegant of country homes. Winterthur delights in welcoming all of our visitors “Home for the Holidays!” Included with admission. Reservations required. To reserve both a Yuletide House Tour and the Outdoor 3D Light Show, select the Yuletide Lights Package

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Mistletoe Cactus Workshop - SOLD OUT
November 21 and November 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
December 10, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Terrarium Therapy will show you how to create a holiday centerpiece out of a handmade rustic box filled succulents, cacti, and seasonal greenery, and you'll learn to care for and update your arrangement to enjoy all year-round. $50; $45 per Member. Reservations required. Limited availability.

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S’mores around the Fire
Saturdays and Sundays, November 21–January 3, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

S’mores kits available for purchase in the Pavilion Café on Saturdays and Sundays. No reservations required.

Holiday Ornament Workshop

December 17, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Create an adorable trio of living holiday ornaments or one large one. During this workshop with Terrarium Therapy, you will learn how to create and care for an adorable trio of living holiday ornaments. Your beautiful creations can be hung on a tree, displayed on a mantle, or sit freestanding anywhere throughout your home. All supplies will be included in this workshop and you will leave with three holiday ornaments to treasure as your own or gift to friends and family. $45; $40 per Member (Adult), includes three small ornaments. $25 (Kids, 16 and under), includes one larger ornament. Reservations required & limited availability.

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Thanksgiving Day Meal and Yuletide Tour - SOLD OUT
November 26, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Enjoy a Yuletide Tour in the house, then pick up an elegant, complete take-home Thanksgiving meal for a delightful and effortless start to the holiday
season. $55 per person; $45 per Member. Ordering Deadline is Friday, November 20 at 5:00pm.

Pick Up in Pavilion Café on Wednesday or Thursday between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. To order, call  800.448.3883 ext. 7029

Thanksgiving Dinner-To-Go Menu:

Dry Spice Rubbed Turkey, Classic Gravy
Cranberry Pomegranate Compote
Autumn Herb Stuffing
Heirloom Roasted Carrots, Tarragon and Honey
Kale Citrus Salad, Vanilla Vinaigrette
Parker House Rolls, Sea Salt Butter

Walking Wine Tasting - SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 21, 3:00–5:00 pm

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season fireside with a walking wine tasting. Take a journey through Winterthur’s landscape and warm up by fire pits along the way. Enjoy tastings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Petit Syrah. Conclude your walk on the Visitor Center Patio with live music, a sweet treat, and a glass of mulled wine.  $35; $30 per Member. Includes three tastings of wine, one glass of mulled wine, and a sweet treat. $15 per designated driver (includes sweet treat); $15 Kids 16+ (includes sweet treat); Kids 16 and under are free. A Yuletide Tour of the house can be added for a $10 upgrade (last tour booking at 2pm). Rain date is November 22.

Kids Create!
Sundays, November 22–January 3, 1:00–3:00 pm

Calling all kid crafters! Join us throughout the estate to design a special holiday memento. These holiday keepsakes are sure to spruce up any tree or to make the perfect gift for someone you love. No reservations required. Just stop in! Every Sunday during Yuletide. Included with admission. Members free. While supplies last.

Kids’ Tram to Enchanted Woods

Sundays, November 22 and 29, December 13–January 3, 1:00–3:00 pm

Bundle up and hop on board for a brisk winter ride to Enchanted Woods, where kids of all ages will have fun following a seasonal Storybook Trail, discovering a fairy village, embarking on a scavenger hunt, and peeking at decorations inside the Faerie Cottage. Included with admission. Members free.

Family Fun Fridays | Virtual Program
November 27 and December 11, 6:30–8:00 pm

Join us virtually for a night filled with laughter and bonding as you and your family participate in interactive fun and games. Registration required. $25 per family; $20 per Member family.

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Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens Curator's Gallery Walk
Tuesday, December 1, 2:00-3:00 pm

Join us for a curator's walk of the installment Re-Vision 2020. In celebration of the 100th anniversary year of the 19th amendment, Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens looks at objects in the Winterthur galleries through the lens of women’s stories, recognizing the everyday women who forged a better path for themselves, and ultimately for future generations, in creative, intellectual, and entrepreneurial ways. Included with admission. Members free.


Yuletide Jazz & Wine - SOLD OUT
December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 5:30–7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of live jazz, food, and wine among the twinkling lights of the Visitor Center. Enjoy the show by some of the area’s best local musicians playing holiday music. Winterthur’s Pavilion Restaurant is open for dinner with cash wine and beer bar. Reservations required as capacity is limited. Included with general admission ticket. Members free. For those not purchasing a Yuletide general admission ticket, tickets are $10. Receive 10% off on your in-store purchases in the Museum Bookstore after 6:00 pm on Jazz dates. Reservations required as capacity is limited. Click on the date to reserve tickets.

December 2: Cartoon Christmas Trio
December 9: Tony Smith Trio
December 16: Sharon and Shawn Trio
December 23: Aniyajazz
December 30: The Greg Farnese Quartet

Kids’ Pajama Night
December 4 and 11, 5:00–9:00 pm

Calling all cozy kids! If you’re 12 and under, come in your PJs for free admission to the 3D Holiday Lights show, house tour, and all the Winterthur evening fun! Free admission for children 12 and under when wearing PJs! Offer limited to 4 children per adult.

Santa Tram - SOLD OUT
December 6, 10:00 am–3:00 pm

Hop aboard the Santa Tram and take a ride to Enchanted Woods to see Santa and Mrs. Claus! ! Bundle up, bring your lists, and be ready for magic! We’ll have hot chocolate for purchase, a sing-a-long, and story time with Santa. Reservations required as capacity is limited. Reserve a spot for the morning session (10:00 am - 12:30 pm) or the afternoon session (12:30 – 3:00 pm). Santa will read a story at 10:30 am and 11:30 am; and in the afternoon at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Included with admission. Members free.

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Gardeners' Holiday
December 12, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Join us in the Winterthur Garden as we share our appreciation of gardeners of all ages and celebrate the season. Delight in holiday decorations as you stroll thru the winter landscape. Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider outside our historic greenhouse, “head house,’’ and receive a gift of bulbs to plant in your garden. Little gardeners will take away a holiday craft to continue the merriment at home! Included with admission. Members free.

Live Ice Sculpture Carving
December 12 and 19, 12–1pm

Delight in the carving of a Yuletide ice sculpture while you dine at Winterthur's Pavilion Café. Will it be a reindeer or a wreath, a jolly Santa or a gingerbread house? Come be surprised and learn about the process! Included with admission. Members free.

Garden Director’s Walk: Conifers and the Winter Garden - SOLD OUT
December 12, 1–2:30 pm

Join Winterthur’s Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape! Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. In case of inclement weather, an updated message will be left at 302.888.4915, approximately three hours before the walk. Members free. Included with admission.

Crafternoon: Fun with Fibers | Virtual Program - SOLD OUT

Friday, December 11, 1:00–2:15 pm

Creatively connect with objects in the museum, garden, and library collections, while you chat with other craft enthusiasts. Each session pairs an exploration of objects or themes represented at Winterthur with crafty inspiration. We’ll send a list of materials so you can craft along, or you are welcome to simply cheer on our efforts. Every project is designed to be fun and to use basic items you probably already have around your house! Explore the art of turning fiber into yarn and then cord using various twisting and braiding techniques, with instruction provided by members of the Harmony Weavers Guild.  Use your creations to decorate your holiday packages. Second Friday of Every month. $8; $5 per Member. Registration required.

Sounds of the Season Concert: A Concert by The Choir School of Delaware
December 13, Performances at 11:00 am, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm* (virtual)

This fun-filled holiday concert is sure to warm your heart! Our intergenerational choir will tell classic holiday stories through song, including “A Christmas Carol" and “The Night before Christmas.” Performance only: $35; $30 per Member; $10 students (ages 12-18); Free (children 11 and under). Performance + General Admission $50 adults; $10 students (ages 12-18); Free (children 11 and under). Reservations required as capacity is limited.

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Garden to Vase: Holiday Design Workshop | Virtual Program

December 16, 5:30–7:30 pm

Create a holiday centerpiece using long-lasting flowers and decorations. Enjoy a special pre-workshop virtual tour of the 2020 Yuletide display hosted by Winterthur floral designers and gain insiders’ tips from the creators of many of the indoor and outdoor displays this season. $70; $60 per Member. Reservations required.

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December 25, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Enjoy performances representing traditions from around the globe, plus crafts and games that explore seasonal traditions near and far. Take a tour of the house, decorated for the holidays, then pick up a special take-home meal with holiday food from different cultures. Try something new! The Museum Store will be open for last-minute gifts.  Tour, performances, and activities Included with admission. Members free. Reservations required as capacity is limited. Please call for reservations, 800.448.3883.

Take-home holiday meal: $70. $60 per Member.  Please reserve by December 18.  Pick Up in Pavilion Café December 25, 2020, between 11am – 2pm

New Year’s Day Calling
January 1, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Celebrate New Year’s Day in the tradition of the du Pont family’s annual New Year’s Calling. The du Ponts offered hospitality to those who would come to visit on New Year’s Day to exchange season’s greetings. We extend the same sentiment to all of you by inviting you to join us for a Yuletide Tour with refreshments of hot chocolate and cookies and a gift of a paperwhite bulb to brighten up your home. Usher in 2021 with us! Included with admission. Members free.

Winterthur Store

From pop-up shops to unique gifts and special sales, the Museum Store, Bookstore, and winterthurstore.com have everything you need to make the holidays special. Visit the Museum Store web page for information on holidays events.

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