During the holiday season, Whitehall's first floor is decorated in traditional Gilded Age splendor through Christmas Day 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.
On December 1, 2019, bring your family and experience the Museum's Christmas traditions! Starting at 2:00 pm, a special Christmas Lecture will focus on Christmas cookie baking. The holiday festivities continue from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Meet Santa Claus and help us light the Grand Hall Christmas Tree!
Holiday Evening Tours allow visitors to see Whitehall "after hours" by the glow of the original light fixtures. Come learn the origins of American Christmas traditions.
Details on all of these activities and how to get tickets can be found on this page.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Free with Museum Admission
For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler's descendants and relatives lighting the Museum's Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.
Schedule of Events
Seasonal refreshments in the West Room - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Santa Claus in the Pavilion - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room - 3:30 pm, 3:50 pm, and 4:10 pm
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 pm, 4:00 pm, and 4:20 pm
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 pm
A choral performance will celebrate the season with holiday carols. Entertaining during the Flagler era often centered around musical events. Musicale, concert, and orchestra performances were often held at Whitehall during the Winter Season.
Christmas Tree Lighting - 4:50 pm
Henry Flagler's descendants and relatives 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 was originally designed to be used as a Christmas Tree ornament.
Sponsored in part by the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
Special Christmas Lecture (2019)
by Aimee Lee Ball
December 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Free for Members, Sustaining level and higher $10 for Members, Individual and Family level $28 for Non-members, includes Museum admission and Christmas Tree Lighting and Festivities
The co-founder of EatDarlingEat.net, an online storytelling community of women exploring the mother-daughter relationship through the universal language of food, Aimee Lee Ball will focus her talk on Christmas cookie baking, telling heartwarming stories of the challenges, pleasures, and traditions of sharing the American Christmas kitchen.
Special Christmas Lecture sponsored by:
Holiday Evening Tours
December 19 - 23, 2019
Reception begins at 6:00 pm
Tours begin at: 6:45 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:15 pm, and 7:30 pm
Adults: $25 Children ages 17 and under: $15
Legacy and Whitehall Society Members may reserve 2 free tickets
Advance purchase required Due to limited availability, tickets may only be purchased by phone. Please call (561) 655-2833 ext. 27.
During this beloved annual event, guests will have a rare opportunity to tour Whitehall after hours, lit by the glow of the original 1902 light fixtures, while discovering the wonders of a Gilded Age Christmas. Each evening begins with a festive reception at 6:00 pm in the Flagler Kenan Pavilion featuring carolers, refreshments, and holiday-themed activities sure to spark nostalgia for visitors of all ages. Docent-led tours begin at 6:45 pm and continue every 15 minutes through 7:30 pm.
The Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping until 7:30 pm each evening.
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.