Part of the wonder of being up in the Oblong Valley is our proximity to the beautiful Hudson Valley and all of its culture. It’s no wonder President Clinton’s daughter Chelsea was married in the Hudson Valley—there are numerous mansions—there with extraordinary heritages and traditions, Christmas being a big part of their seasons!
The ride from our house to Hudson Valley is a classic “Over the River and Thru the Woods” kind of drive. On the way you’ll pass equestrian farms, sheep and llama farms, quiet hamlets, some great gift and antique stores, and of course, at the end you’ll find Poughkeepsie, Vassar, and the mighty Hudson River.
This is a run down on just 8 of the great happenings going on this season, starting right now (and before now, but you know, here we are posting it)! So come on up and see what the big attraction(s) is. Many of these tours are free and have provisions for kids too.
A blessed Christmas, is what most of these Anglo American houses are celebrating, so let us be politically open about it and just wish you all Merry Christmas.
VVictorian Holiday Tours at Wilderstein
Weekends from Nov. 29-Dec. 29.
Queen Anne Victorian mansion in Rhinebeck
enjoy self-guided tours of Victorian and modern decorations
Make reservations: special Yuletide Tea on Sat., Dec. 14,
Holiday Tours and Open House at the Home of Franklin Roosevelt
Holiday Open House on Sat., Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mansion and Val Kill in Hyde Park, through Dec.
Children’s Reading Festival in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center Free
photos with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m., and children can make holiday cards for sailors
aboard the USS Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt beginning at noon.
Shuttles to Val-Kill for a holiday open house from 4 to 7 p.m.
For information, call 845-229-5320 or toll free, 800-FDR-VISIT
Christmas at Clermont
Celebrate Sat., Dec. 14, free Open House
Special candlelight tours this year starting at 3 p.m. on Dec. 15
After enjoy wassail and holiday goodies in the historic kitchen
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Locust Grove
Saturdays thru Dec. 21, tours of the mansion’s 25 decorated rooms
Sundays Dec. 15 and 22
Best known as home of telegraph inventor Samuel F.B. Morse,
Original owner, Henry Livingston, Jr., is believed by some to be the true author of the
classic Christmas tale “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
feature Holiday House Hunts for kids, with clues from “The Twelve Days of
Thursday, Dec. 12, Holiday Sunset Sensations twilight tours and wines paired with
holiday nibbles prepared by Chef John Lekic of Le Express Bistro.
Tickets $30 in advance; $35 at the event
A Gilded Age Christmas at Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Thurs. – Sun. from Nov. 21 – Dec.29
In the hamlet of Staatsburg,
Formerly known as the Mills Mansion
If the snow remains–take the kids! They’ll love sledding with a Hudson River view
Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol at Lyndhurst
Dec. 13 – 29
Located in Tarrytown, this is a fortress-like Gothic Revival Mansion on the Hudson
90-minute, all-ages theatrical performances of “Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol”
Guests follow actor Michael Muldoon through the mansion as he weaves tales
Tickets are $35 adults / $15 children up to age 16 and can be purchased online
Joyeux Noel at Vanderbilt Mansion
Holiday season tour in Hyde Park
See sparkling, elaborate Christmas decorations regular tours
845-229-7770 to verify hours and dates.
Nights of 10,000 Lights at Boscobel
Fridays Dec. 13 and 20 - 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays Dec. 14 and 21 - 5 to 9 p.m.
Candlelit paths illuminating the gardens and grounds, optional twilight tours of the
federal-style mansion in Garrison, overlooking West Point
Advance tickets strongly recommended for those who wish to venture inside. Daytime
tours daily except Tuesdays and Christmas Day through Dec. 31
House Tour reservations are not required