Christmas at Victoria Mansion
During the holiday season, many of our community’s leading and up-and-coming florists, designers, artists, and fellow non-profit organizations use the backdrop of the Mansion’s interior design to create unique decorations that emulate Victorian-era splendor. Our doors were closed in 2020, but we are pleased to return to this annual event, now in its fourth decade, that has in the past welcomed over 8,000 visitors each holiday season.
Theme: Christmas at Victoria Mansion
Victoria Mansion’s holiday season returns in 2021 with Christmas at Victoria Mansion. We missed seeing visitors from near and far in 2020, and hope to welcome many of you this season, whether for the first time or returning to an annual tradition!
Self-guided tours of the house will be offered Tuesdays through Sundays, and we will see the return of two evening event series: Night of the Nutcracker with Portland Ballet (December 5th and December 12th), and A Dickens of a Christmas with actor Andrew Harris (December 4th). Our Stories on the Staircase event series for preschoolers and their caregivers will be modified this year to an online format, with storytime videos set in each of the Mansion’s decorated rooms, featuring books from our friends at Islandport Press (one video per week – keep an eye on our YouTube page or view this week’s video by scrolling down!).
All guests, as well as Victoria Mansion staff and volunteers, must wear masks (face coverings) over their nose and mouth at all times inside the Mansion and Carriage House during the holiday season, and entry will be timed and limited to a small number of visitors to encourage physical distancing onsite. Carriage House Gift Shop capacity will be limited to 8 visitors at a time. Groups of 10 or more must be booked in advance by contacting Stacia Hanscom at (207) 772-4841 ext. 104 or email@example.com. We are unable to accommodate any groups larger than 25 this holiday season. We hope to be able to accommodate larger groups in 2022.
Observing COVID-19 precautions, we will also not be hosting any events that would require food and drink this season, including postponing our Holiday Gala another year. We certainly hope to see a return to these events in 2022.
Please be sure to book your timed entry tickets in advance to ensure you will be able to visit on your planned day! Our regular season saw several days selling out prior to opening for the day, so we highly recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment.
Our team of decorators donate their time, talent, and materials. Thank you to our 2021 Christmas at Victoria Mansion designers:
- Dan Hatt
- Karen & David Cole
- Melinda Thomas (Clipper Merchant Tea House)
- Harmon’s Floral Company (Dan Kennedy)
- Blue Elephant Catering (Reuben Bell)
- Dan Gifford
- Laurie Andrews (Laurie Andrews Design)
- Saco Museum Festival of Trees Design Committee (Sandy Riley, Elsa Geskus, and Theresa Ruel)
- Kristin Redpath
- Victoria Mansion Docent Committee
Victoria Mansion is open November 26th through January 9th for the 2021-22 holiday season.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm, final admission 3:00pm.
December 24th and December 31st: 10:00am-1:00pm, final admission 12:00pm.
Closed Mondays. Closed December 25th and January 1st.
Though the Mansion will be closed on Mondays, the Carriage House Museum Shop will be open for personal shopping appointments on Mondays from 9:00am-3:00pm during the holiday season. Please contact Molly Kingsbury, Museum Shop Buyer & Merchandiser, at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your half-hour appointment.
Space per entry time is limited. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to ensure that you can visit during your desired date and time. Tickets will be available starting the first week of November 2021.
Seniors & AAA members: $14.00
College students (with ID): $7.00
Children age 6-17: $5.00
Children under 6 and active military: FREE
Family rate*: $35.00
*includes two adults of the same household and up to five children, age 6-17
A small service charge will be added to all ticket purchases.
Support Our Season
Proceeds from admissions, gala patronage, and sponsorship support the Mansion’s mission to preserve and share this unique National Historic Landmark for generations to come. *Due to COVID-19 precautions, we must unfortunately postpone our Gala another year. We hope to see a return to this event in 2022!
Supporters & Contributors
We wish to thank the following for their support of and contributions to Christmas at Victoria Mansion 2021:
- Abacus Gallery
- Allagash Brewing Company
- Laurie Andrews Design
- Bangor Savings Bank
- Blue Elephant Catering
- Clipper Merchant Tea House
- D.L. Cole & Associates
- Embrace Home Loans
- Emerald City Design
- Dan Gifford & Dr. Larry Plant
- Harmon’s Floral Company
- Islandport Press
- Kristin Redpath
- Saco Festival of Trees Committee
- Spinnaker Trust
- Victoria Mansion Docent Committee
Stories on the Staircase 2021
Our annual storytelling program for preschool-aged children and their caregivers has moved online this year! Join us on our YouTube page every week this holiday season as docents and friends of the Mansion read stories from our friends at Islandport Press, in the Mansion’s rooms all decorated for the season. New videos airing on December 1, December 8, December 15, December 22, December 29, and January 5.