Christmas TreeWhitehall's first floor is decorated in traditional Gilded Age splendor for the month of December each year. The focal point is a 16-foot tall Christmas Tree in the Grand Hall, adorned with colored electrical lights and traditional Gilded Age style ornaments. Bring your family and experience holiday traditions like the Annual Tree Lighting where you can meet Santa Claus, enjoy refreshments, hear music on the historic organ and watch as Henry Flagler's youngest descendants light the Grand Hall Christmas Tree. The Special Christmas Lecture explores beloved Christmas stories and events to better understand modern Christmas traditions. During Holiday Evening Tours families tour Whitehall after hours by the glow of the original light fixtures, and learn the origins of American Christmas traditions.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

December 4, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free with Museum Admission

For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler's youngest descendants lighting the Museum's Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.

Schedule of Events

Seasonal refreshments in the West Room - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Santa Claus in the Pavilion - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room
3:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., and 4:10 p.m.

Installed in 1902, the J.H. & C.S. Odell pipe organ incorporates 1,249 metal and wood pipes powered by massive bellows. The Flaglers employed an organist to provide music for all their social functions held at the estate throughout the Season.

Brief Piano Performances in the Drawing Room
3:40 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:20 p.m.

Holiday music will be performed on the Steinway Piano. Original to Whitehall's Drawing Room, the grand art case piano was custom designed to match the aluminum leaf detailing of the Louis XVI style room.

Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard  - 4:30 p.m.
A choral performance will celebrate the season with holiday carols. Entertaining duringthe Flagler era often centered around musical events. Musicale, concert, and orchestra performances were often held at Whitehall during the winter Season.

Christmas Tree Lighting - 4:55 p.m.
Henry Flagler's youngest descendants will light the 16ft. tall Grand Hall Christmas tree. The Flaglers celebrated Christmas in a traditional Gilded Age fashion, with a tree richly decorated with ornaments, colored electric lights, and gifts for the local children. The Museum continues that tradition and will hand out Animal Crackers, a snack invented in the Gilded Age. The iconic circus box with a string was originally designed to be used as a Christmas Tree ornament.

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Special Christmas Lecture 2015

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Visions of Santa Claus: Iconic Christmas Illustrations By Thomas Nast

by Ryan Hyman, F.M. Kirby Curator of Collections, Macculloch Hall Historial Museum
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.

Free for Museum Members at the Sustaining level and above
$10 for Individual, Family, and Life Members
$28 for non-members, includes Museum admission and all Christmas Tree Lighting festivities

Thomas Nast produced more than 30 Christmas illustrations for Harper's Weekly during the 19th century. Among his many illustrations, the portrait of a jolly, white bearded Santa Claus dressed in a red suit, was perhaps Nast's most significant contribution to the American Christmas tradition. Join Ryan Hyman, the F.M. Kirby Curator of Collections at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, to learn more about the iconic Christmas illustrations of Thomas Nast and their significant place in America's Christmas traditions.Watch the 2013 Christmas Lecture by clicking on the play button below.

If you are unable to attend the lecture in person, Website visitors may experience this lecture via a live, interactive, Webcast. On-line visitors can listen to the lecture live, see the presentation, and ask questions of the lecturer. There is no charge to join the on-line lecture. Following the live lecture, a recording is available for viewing at any time. Click the icon below.

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Holiday Evening Tours

Grand Hall Christmas Tree Group

December 18 - 23, 2016

December 18 and 19:
Tours begin at 7:05 p.m., 7:15 p.m.,
and 7:25 p.m.

December 20 through 23:
Tours begin at 6:50 p.m., 7:05 p.m.,
7:15 p.m., and 7:25 p.m.

$25 for adults
$15 for children under age 18
Advance purchase required
Please call (561) 655-2833

During this beloved annual event, families tour Whitehall after hours and discover the origins of American Christmas traditions. Guests will have a rare opportunity to see Whitehall by the glow of the original 1902 light fixtures. Every visitor will receive a traditional Flagler Museum Christmas Cracker following the tour. A choral group will sing carols, and holiday refreshments will be served. The Museum Store will remain open for holiday shopping.

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Holiday Shopping


The Flagler Museum Store offers a variety of specialty gifts, many developed exclusively for the Flagler Museum. Each product is designed to evoke the romance and grandeur of the Gilded Age, as epitomized by the National Historic Landmark Whitehall. All Flagler Members receive a 10% discount on store purchases.