The holiday season is in full swing at Clermont State Historic Site. Events have been set for every weekend in December leading up to Christmas.
A Child’s Christmas is set for December 7th and 8th and is recommended for children ages 3-10 and their families. Drop in from 10 am to noon for a stocking-foot tour of the decorations, then stop to read a story with the family’s nursemaid at the foot of the Christmas tree in the oak-paneled library. Each child will receive a special Christmas gift. Hot cider, cookies, and fruit will be served in the kitchen. Tickets are $4 per person. No reservations necessary.
The highlight of the season is the Candlelight Evening Tableaux on Sunday, December 15th from 3 to 6 pm. For this unique program staff and volunteers will don period costume and recreate holiday scenes from different eras including Victorian Christmas, New Year’s Day visiting traditions, Twelfth Night festivities and more. The entire mansion will twinkle as glass prisms reflect the candles’ warm glow. The event is $12 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are free. Reservations are required. Call (518) 537-4240 to purchase tickets.
Clermont’s free Holiday Open House is set for Saturday, December 21st. Visitors will be able to enjoy the mansion’s spectacular rooms lavishly decorated for the holidays from 11 am to 4 pm. Live historic music performed by MeadowSuite will brighten the air. Additionally, hot mulled cider will be served to all guests in the museum’s visitor center and gift shop. Clermont’s Open House is a fun way to see the 250-year-old mansion all dressed up for the holidays. Families or groups may enjoy the mansion easily as they wander from room to room at their own pace, with docents dressed in historic costume present to answer your questions.
House Tours of the decorated mansion available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm through December 22nd .
Clermont State Historic Site is located at 1 Clermont Avenue in Germantown, NY, off Route 9G. For more information, call (518) 537-4240 or visit their website.
Photo of Clermont Library dressed for the Christmas provided.