The magic of the holiday season transcends time, something that’s clearer than ever when you experience Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon. The former home of President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington, the mansion gets all decked out for the season on December 17th and 18th. Although the decor is much more modern than what the Washingtons would’ve displayed for the holidays, you’ll be able to easily imagine the festive atmosphere that would’ve pervaded the grand estate during their time there all those decades ago.
On December 17th and 18th, Mount Vernon totally transforms with thousands of lights, fireworks, and even a winter market. Go for a tour of the mansion’s interior to learn how President and First Lady Washington rang in the holiday season, then traverse the grounds and gardens to see the wintry light displays. Stop by the market to stock up on gifts from local artisans like Steinhagen Pottery and The Parsonage Handmade Soap. Make sure you stick around for the fireworks display at the end of the evening, too!