Christmas at Hagley
November 23, 2012,
through January 6, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed December 25
Holiday exhibit included with regular museum admission. The first bus leaves for the Residence at 10 a.m., the last bus at 3:30 p.m.
Free for Hagley members.
Adults - $11.00
Students and senior citizens - $9.00
Children fourteen and under are admitted free during the month of December and January 1.
We invite you to enjoy Christmas at Hagley
and Holiday Entertaining at Home!
“Christmas at Hagley” Exhibition in Eleutherian Mills
Friday, November 23, through Sunday, January 6 (closed December 25)
Glimpse nineteenth- and early twentieth-century holiday entertaining in Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family ancestral home. The morning room is ready for the New Year’s Day Calling, originally a tradition in which men visited ladies with whom they were acquainted, enjoyed some refreshment, dropped off a calling card, and wished them a happy New Year before moving on to the next house. Men competed to visit the most ladies; women vied to get the most calling cards. The du Pont family adapted this tradition by giving a small token gift instead of a calling card and still follows this custom today. Another annual holiday, Twelfth Night, called “le Jour des Rois” in France, was celebrated by the du Pont family and the dining room is beautifully set with an elaborate dessert service for the delicious Twelfth Night sweets. Downstairs, the charming terrace room is festively decorated for a Christmas lunch. The first bus leaves for the exhibit at 10 a.m. and the last bus at 3:30 p.m.
Family Christmas Activities
Weekends in December
Christmas Eve (24), and December 26 through January 1, 2013
Hagley’s Workers’ Hill will be buzzing with fun for visitors. Like the nineteenth-century families who lived on Workers’ Hill, visitors can enjoy making Victorian Christmas paper decorations and ornaments, savor scrumptious holiday cookies, admire the “Dear Old Tree”, and experience Christmas family traditions. These activities are offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Programs are included in the cost of admission.
The Spirit of Christmas at Home
In the spirit of the early du Pont family’s commitment to community support, we remember those who have no home this Christmas. Hagley encourages visitors to bring a new, unwrapped toy, game, book, or clothing item for youth up to age 14 to donate to the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Donations will be collected in the Visitor Center lobby. Hagley thanks visiting families by extending free admission to children fourteen and under from November 23 through Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 24 through January 6. The special holiday brunch menu is à la carte and features made-to-order omelets, pumpkin leek soup, open-faced roasted turkey sandwiches, Maryland crab cakes, warm apple cider, and more. The Belin House Organic Café is self-service with self-seating. The café is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations necessary.
See the Gingerbread House - Roy Eckbold, Chef of the Belin House Organic Café, has created another gingerbread masterpiece! Visit the Millwright Shop to admire his ingenuity and try to spot all the sweet ingredients he used to build it.
The Hagley Store will be festively decorated and filled with a unique selection of books, gifts, hand-crafted pieces, and children’s items for the season. The Hagley store is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to the holiday display and entire 235-acre museum is $11 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens. Children 14 and under are free from November 23 through January 6, 2013.
Directions - Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington. The GPS Address is 201 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware, 19807.