Christmas at Woodlawn: Holiday traditions from around the world

Posted Nov. 26, 2013, at 12:48 p.m.

Sunday, December 1 to Monday, December 23, 2013; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Woodlawn, 19 Black House Drive (Rte 172, Surry Rd.), Ellsworth, ME

Contact: Woodlawn; 207-667-8671


Woodlawn is pleased to announce its events for the 2013 Christmas at Woodlawn: Holiday Traditions from Around the World. This year Woodlawn’s Christmas season offerings are sure to delight the whole family and to create lasting holiday memories. Inspired by holiday traditions from around the world, a talented team of decorators has transformed Woodlawn’s interiors into a visual sensation illustrating holiday traditions from various countries.

Visitors can see rooms decorated by designers John Blake from MM Julz Christmas Shop, Glenna Reynolds from NewLand Florist, Tyra Hanson from The Gallery at Somes Sound, as well as by members of the Bar Harbor Garden Club, the Bucksport Garden Club, the Ellsworth Garden Club, and the Surry Garden Club.

These wonderful designers have installed spectacular decorations throughout the famous Black House. Each designer used realistic artificial greens and floral material to dress the house with garlands, wreaths, fruit arrangements, topiaries and trees artfully placed amidst the original furnishings of the Black family home. Their creations are guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear a special audio tour presentation on the history of Christmas at Woodlawn and in New England.

Christmas at Woodlawn: Holiday traditions from around the world will officially open on December 1st when the public can view the decorations and take the Christmas tour. The tours will continue every day from 10 am to 4 pm through December 23rd. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 5-12, under 5 admitted free. Group and school tours are also available by appointment.

Special events will continue throughout the month of December. Woodlawn’s Holiday High Teas will again add cheer to the holiday season. The teas are held on Wednesday, December 4th, 11th, and 18th and Friday, December 13th at 3 pm. Come enjoy a delicious traditional high tea catered by Chippers Restaurant and admire the splendid holiday decorations throughout the house. As space is limited, advance ticket purchase is required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671. The cost is $25 per person, $22 for Woodlawn members.

In partnership with Chippers Restaurant, Woodlawn will offer two traditional Christmas Feasts on Wednesdays, December 11 & 18. A Christmas dinner featuring Chippers’ standing rib roast will be served following a reception and tour of the house. Space for these special evenings is limited so advance ticket purchase is required. The cost is $85 per person. For complete details and menu, visit or call 667-8671.

The annual Woodlawn Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, December 21st from 4-7 pm. It is an opportunity to see the beautifully decorated rooms in the evening, to mingle with friends, and enjoy superb hors d’oeuvres by Chippers Restaurant and wine. A cash bar will feature Woodlawn’s specialty Christmas cocktails. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. The cost for Woodlawn’s Holiday Open House reception is $25 per person, $22 for Woodlawn members. All proceeds benefit Woodlawn.

Margaret Ames will lead Froebel Star workshops on Saturday December 14th and 21st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. A Froebel star is a Christmas decoration made of paper, common in Germany. The three-dimensional Froebel star is assembled from four identical paper strips, then dipped into hot wax and sprinkled with glitter after being folded. This free workshop is open to 10 years and older. Donations are appreciated.

The Woodlawn Store is the perfect stop for unique holiday gifts. Woodlawn’s own blend of beautifully packaged tea combined with tea pots and cups in every color, make for a special gift. New Woodlawn ornaments and Cat’s Meows make original gifts for your loved ones. The store also features Victorian games and ornaments, jewelry, handmade soaps, custom Woodlawn lithophane nightlights and tea towels, greeting cards, plus many other items that make great stocking stuffers. The store is open daily from Dec. 1 to 23 from 10 am to 4 pm, or by special appointment. Museum memberships, always available for purchase in the Museum Store, make thoughtful gifts for friends and family as well as supporting Woodlawn. Remember, Woodlawn members receive a 10% discount off all purchases.

For more information about any of our special holiday tours, events, Museum Store hours, or to purchase tickets, please contact the museum at 667-8671 or email