The Hudson Valley holiday season kicks off Thanksgiving weekend at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, with the property fully dressed for the holidays in authentic period style. Costumed guides will present themed tours that focus on historic traditions of the winter holidays.
Van Cortlandt Manor is open for these special Christmas-themed tours Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25, from 10:00 AM to 4 PM. The Van Cortlandt Manor tours throughout December are themed for the holidays. In addition, both sites offer stunning evening candlelight tours on weekends in December.
Thanksgiving weekend visitors to Van Cortlandt Manor, just off Route 9A in Croton-on-Hudson, can view and take part in early American post-harvest, pre-holiday activities, including candle and soap making, apple cider pressing, and open hearth cooking.
After a tour of the Manor House, which will be decorated for Christmas and features a harpist in the formal parlor, a guide carrying a candlelit lantern brings visitors to the site’s Ferry House, where a first-person account of Twelfth Night takes place, featuring the Lord of Misrule who leads the festivities. Inside the Ferry House, visitors are encouraged to dance to fiddle music. Afterwards, it’s time to toast the season with cider and cookies near the warmth of a bonfire.
Van Cortlandt Manor candlelight tours take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, and Friday through Sunday, Dec. 28-30. Tours are offered from 4-8 each evening and reservations are a must. Tickets, which are $12 for adults, $6 for children 5-17, and free for those under five and for Historic Hudson Valley members, may be purchased online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-631-8200, Ext. 618.
Historic Hudson Valley is a network of six historic sites in Sleepy Hollow Country and the Great Estates region; Washington Irving’s Sunnyside; Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, a historic site of the National Trust; Philipsburg Manor; the Union Church of Pocantico Hills; Van Cortlandt Manor; and Montgomery Place Historic Estate.