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.


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

Reserve now!


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.

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, 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.


December 25, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Enjoy 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 and activities included with admission. Members free. Reservations required as capacity is limited. Please call for reservations, 800.448.3883.

Take-home holiday meal includes

Seared Filet with Chimichurri Compound Butter
Classic Potato Latkes , Tzatziki
Swedish Beetroot Salad, Apple, Carrot, Kale
French ‘Nuja Brussels Sprouts, Persevered Lemon
Lebkuchen German Cookie (Chocolate and Gingerbread)

$70. $60 per Member.  Please reserve by December 18.  Pick up in Pavilion Café December 25, 2020, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

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.


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