Lancaster & Beyond | Yuletide at Winterthur

‘Tis the season for family traditions both old and new. Traditions connect with the past and provide continuity by passing them on to our children. One such tradition for my family is our visit to Yuletide at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. This is a newer tradition for us, just a few years old but it has become one we look forward to each year.

Henry Francis du Pont and his grand estate Winterthur (pronounced winter-tour) epitomize traditions of the holiday season. As well as learning specifically about Christmas celebrations at Winterthur, you will also learn about various holiday traditions brought to America. From the garden and grounds to the measure exhibits and antiques, Winterthur is a real treat for the entire family.

We love the Winterthur experience so much we it so purchased a family membership a few years back and make it a point to visit monthly if not more often.

Yuletide is the icing on the cake at the end of each year, with the decorated rooms and festive Christmas tree displays. Visitors are delighted by the beauty of trees decorated with dried flowers from the estate in keeping with du Pont’s idea of bring the beauty of nature into the home.


Yuletide is up until January 3rd as is the Tiffany Glass exhibit which is a must see while there. This experience is perfect for families and if you plan to make a day of it be sure to walk the grounds, visit the enchanted woods and koi fish. The trolley tour is a great way to learn a bit of history about the gardens and estate and you can stop by the gift shop/cafe for a treat. While the current display will be taken down soon, the Winterthur experience is worth enjoying year round.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19735

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