Holidays at Hagley - November 23 through January 1
The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration of Twelfth Night. Experience the du Pont ancestral home decorated for the holidays and the “Christmas Trees: Past and Present” exhibition, celebrating the history of Christmas trees in America. Starting in the 1840s with a Victorian tabletop tree with handmade ornaments and candles; then to the 1930s with a tree decorated with colorful electric lights, shiny glass ornaments, and tinsel; and ending in the present with several modern reinterpretations of decorated trees.
Holiday Weekend and Christmas Week Activities
On weekends and through December 29 and December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, & 31, visitors of all ages can enjoy cookie decorating and ornament making in the Visitor Center, sample cookies in the Gibbons House, and write with a quill pen in the Sunday School.
Gingerbread House Contest
Stop by and see the festive entries in Hagley's second annual Gingerbread House Competition.
Entries will be displayed in the Visitor Center. Vote for your favorite entry! Winners announced December 20.
Santa at Hagley - December 7
On December 7, bring your camera for a photo with Santa.
Visit Santa's workshop and take a special holiday photo. Santa appearances at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Twilight Tours - December 11, 12, 18, 19, & 26 • every half hour 4:30 to 7 p.m.
See the Residence in a new light during Twilight Tours.
Enjoy a rare evening tour of the du Pont family home with festive holiday trees and lights. See the holliday exhibition, "Christmas Trees: Past and Present" in the du Pont family residence.
Groups welcome. Reservations required.
Hagley is closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2019)
The museum will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve (December 24) and will be closed all day Christmas (December 25).
Bring the kids to take photos with Santa!
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, dressed for the holidays and illuminated with softly glowing lights.