Lavish Holiday Displays on the Yuletide at Winterthur Tour

WINTERTHUR, Del., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ — The sights, sounds, and scents of the holidays past and present will delight visitors to Winterthur Museum & Country Estate during “Yuletide at Winterthur: Celebrating Traditions Today,” on view from November 22 to January 2.

The Yuletide tour will journey through holiday traditions spanning the mid-1700s to the present. The tour begins with displays highlighting customs enjoyed by colonial Americans. As people grew more prosperous and traditions took root, celebrations became more elaborate, as seen in the representations of lavish meals and elegantly decorated trees from the 1800s,

“The Yuletide at Winterthur experience begins the moment you arrive on the estate and continues throughout your visit,” said Ellen Taviano, Yuletide project manager. “You’ll smell fragrant evergreens, hear festive songs, and see elegant rooms decorated for the season that we hope will provide inspiration for your own holiday decorating.”

The mansion will be filled with lavish displays of historic yuletide celebrations and will feature four rooms by interior designer Thomas Jayne that blend traditional and contemporary furnishings. “Every room will offer a decorating idea,” said Jayne. “And every room will also tell a story that is reflective of the holiday celebrations of the American past.”

The tour culminates with four rooms decorated at Winterthur’s invitation by interior designer Thomas Jayne. Often noted as one of America’s top decorators, Jayne has a distinct approach that builds on tradition while remaining connected and relevant to contemporary lifestyles, demands, and tastes. His redesigned Winterthur rooms-sophisticated, clever, and fun, blending the 21st century with classic American antiques-will impress visitors with their elegant beauty and whimsical style.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate-known worldwide for its preeminent collection of 85,000 American antiques; a naturalistic garden; and a library that is a research center for the study of American art and material culture- offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, programs, and activities throughout the year. USA Today recently named Winterthur as one of the country’s “10 great places of historic proportions” and Budget Travel called it “one of the 10 grandest mansions in America.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For information, call 800.448.3883, 302.888.4600 or TTY: 302.888.4907. Online, go to

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