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); hop on our Kids' tram and take in the festive outdoor decorations; and explore the Conservatory and entertaining rooms on the fifth floor of the house with a self-guided tour, where you can revel in the breathtaking trees and dazzling room displays.
And that’s just the beginning! Throughout the season, there will be many exciting programs and events to make this a truly special holiday. Please continue to check the website for when online tickets become available to purchase.
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. Included with admission. Members free. *This is an outdoor walking event, rain or shine, with uneven terrain.
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.
Mistletoe Cactus Workshop
November 21 and 28, December 10, 10:00 am–12:00 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.
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
November 21 and 28, December 17, 1:00–3:00 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.
Walking Wine Tasting
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.
Thanksgiving Day Meal and Yuletide Tour
November 26, Two seatings: 12:00–2:00 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm
Enjoy a day off of cooking and a day of holiday beauty! Join us for a Thanksgiving meal in the Pavilion Restaurant and a tour of the mansion in its Yuletide glory. $70; $45 per Member. $25 children 2–12; children under 2 free. Reservations required for one of two seatings. Ticket includes Thanksgiving meal and Yuletide Tour. Reservations required for house tour.
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.
Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens Curator's Gallery Walk
Tuesday, December 1, 2:00-3:00 pm
Yuletide Jazz & Wine
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.
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.
Yuletide Brunch with Santa
December 6, 13 & 20, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Enjoy a holiday brunch and a visit with Santa. Reservations required. Brunch tickets include general admission to Winterthur. $55; $45 per member. $25 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations required.
December 6, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Hop aboard the Santa Tram and take a ride to Enchanted Woods to see Mrs. Claus! Bundle up, bring your lists, and be ready for magic! We’ll have hot chocolate, a sing-a-long, and sweet treats to enjoy. Reservations required as capacity is limited. Included with admission. Members free.
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
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
Sounds of the Season Concert: A Concert by The Choir School of Delaware
December 13, Performances at 11:00 am, 12:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm
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 encouraged as capacity is limited.
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.
December 25, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Honor and experience holiday celebrations around the world! Enjoy a multicultural meal and performances representing traditions from around the globe. We’ll have crafts and games for children that explore seasonal traditions near and far. Both children and adults will enjoy taking a tour the house, decorated for the holidays. The Museum Store will be open. Shop for last minute gift needs. House Tours offered 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Reservations Required. Meal offered in two seatings (12:00–2:00 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm). Reservations required. $70; $45 per Member. $25 children 2–12; children under 2 free. Reservations required for one of two seatings. Ticket includes meal, performances, crafts, and Yuletide Tour.
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.
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.