Yuletide at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library brings the wonder and delight of the holiday season to life from November 18, 2023, to January 7, 2024. Prepare to be captivated by a celebration of American elegance and holiday spirit infused with the style of the current exhibition, Ann Lowe: American Couturier.
Fashion Meets Tradition
Yuletide at Winterthur showcases the seamless blend of fashion and history with custom designs by Delaware-based couturiers Shawn Baron Pinckney and Asata Maisé Beeks, paying homage to the design sensibilities of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and iconic fashion designer Ann Lowe. On December 6 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., guests will take a tour of the mansion and then chat with Pinckney and Beeks in the Galleries reception area, or at the Lowe exhibition, for “Meet the Artists” night.
This year's Yuletide Tour will evoke the splendor and design influence of florals in fashion. The mansion will be adorned in holiday finery, featuring signature attractions including the show-stopping dried-flower tree, artistic Christmas trees inspired by Ann Lowe gowns, and a spectacular table set for Christmas dinner.
Key Features and Activities
Marvel at Ann Lowe’s legacy through her timeless creations and explore specially designed trees inspired by her designs, including an 8-foot-tall dress made of flowers at the Galleries entrance, designed by the University of Delaware fashion instructor and students who recreated Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress for the Lowe exhibition.
Wander through Winterthur’s grounds illuminated with lit trees and tour the house where breathtaking decorations evoke the magic of the season.
Join Winterthur for enchanting events, including a one-man captivating rendition of “A Christmas Carol” by the great-great-grandson of literary master Charles Dickens, the OperaDelaware Holiday Candlelight Performance, Holiday Joy by the Wilmington Ballet, and Brunch with Santa.
Delight in family-friendly activities, including a gingerbread recreation of Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods, a dollhouse, a craft area, and a toy train display. Family Fun runs from December 22, 2023 to January 2, 2024.
During Yuletide, Winterthur is open seven days a week with extended hours on Wednesday evenings. Winterthur will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tickets can be purchased on-site or online at Winterthur.org. The Museum Store will be open daily for holiday shopping, featuring unique home décor, gifts, jewelry, and more that celebrate Winterthur’s beauty, indoors and out.
Beyond the Holidays
Winterthur offers a year-round destination for art and culture enthusiasts and scholars. Explore the museum's unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 American decorative arts objects displayed in the magnificent 175-room house. The 1,000 acres of protected meadows, woodlands, ponds, and waterways provide stunning views throughout the year. Winterthur is also home to a vibrant array of programs, including lectures, concerts, and live performances, making it a hub for the study of American art and culture.