Whitehall'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.
Join this Lecture Live - 12/7/2014 at 2:00pm
The 2013 Christmas Lecture featured Ronald D. Lankford, Jr., author of "Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs," who shed light on the origins of Christmas music of the Gilded Age. Lankford discussed the evolution of some of the most recognizable Christmas Carols and their links to cultural traditions that shaped the way Americans celebrate Christmas today.
Ronald Lankford is a freelance writer and music reviewer living in Appomattox, Virginia. In addition to his most recent book, "Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs," Ronald Lankford has written dozens of books covering very wide range of pop cultural, political, social science subjects.
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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.
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 Room3:30 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 Room3:40 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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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 17Advance purchase requiredPlease 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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