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Holiday Open Houses 2017


If you were looking for a perfect time to visit downtown Fredericksburg, the Holidays would be it! The Historic District is delightfully charming this time of year with festive window displays, twinkle lights, and jingle-bell carriages.


If there’s one can’t-miss downtown Yuletide attraction, it would be a Holiday Open House! Enjoy local museums and iconic Fredericksburg places decked out in Christmas finery. You may even get the chance to listen to colonial Christmas carols and try Mary Washington’s famous gingerbread!




James Monroe Museum- Dec. 1 | 6pm to 8:00 pm

“Our Holiday Open House this year will feature James Monroe, portrayed by historical interpreter James “Jay” G. Harrison III, and Elizabeth Monroe playing the pianoforte, portrayed by historical interpreter, Heidi Stello,” says Lynda Allen, Public Programs Coordinator. Refreshments will be provided including colonial hot chocolate, warm cider, and holiday cookies. Mary Triola will be playing the harp durning the Open House, as well. Admission is free and there will be special pricing on merchandise in the Museum Store, during the event.




Rising Sun Christmas Open House – Dec. 1 | 6pm to 8:30 pm

Enjoy live music from Colonial Fare and taste seasonal treats and beverages, after your holiday tour of the tavern. This historic property will be decorated for the holidays and period vignettes will be depicted in selected rooms. Special tastings of rum punch and champagne punch will be served to adults over 21, warm cider will also be offered.




Mary Washington Candlelight Tour & Open House – Dec 3 | 4:30pm to 7pm

Tour the Mary Washington House by candlelight, in the spirit of an 18th century Christmas! Shop for unique gifts while sipping hot cider and sampling Mary Washington's famous gingerbread. The gift shop will be hosting a 20% off sale (some items excluded).



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Twelfth Night at Kenmore—A Dramatic Theatre Presentation

  • Jan 5th- 7th, 2018 | Times vary

Immerse yourself in the candlelight, music, and decorations of a colonial-American Christmas! In the eighteenth century, December 25th marked the start of Christmas, a roughly two-week period of celebration that ended in early January (Twelfth Night). This final night often featured the most festivity of the holiday season, if not of the entire year.

The Twelfth Night at Kenmore production takes place in January 1776, during Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis first Christmas in their newly built home. It is not the usual joyous atmosphere, however. The Revolutionary War brings fear, doubt, and frustration to the Lewis family and their friends.

Performance times: 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Reservations required. Call 540-370-0732 x24 or email [email protected]

Cost: $12.00 adults, $6.00 ages 3-17; free ages 3 and under.




Colonial Christmas Open House at The Central Rappahannock Regional Library - Children’s Event - Dec13 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm | Fredericksburg branch.

“Though it’s a children’s event, all ages will have fun at our Colonial Christmas Open House!” says Craig Graziano, Youth Services Manager. Come celebrate Christmas like colonial Americans did! There will be tables with crafts, games, and refreshments that reflect Christmastime in the 18th-19th centuries. This event is free and in partnership with The Washington Heritage Museums, The George Washington Foundation, James Monroe Museum, Patawomeck Indian Tribe, and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.



Written by, Brenda Sapanghila