A Victorian Christmas at the Goodman Open House

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:20pm

The Fifth Annual Victorian Christmas Open House will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., at the 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum. Admission is free. The home is located at 624 North Broadway Ave., and is set back in the nine-acre LeGrand Park and Gardens.

Enjoy all the new displays and beautiful, vintage Christmas decorations during this joyous time of year, and help us celebrate the season during our open house for one night only! Remember old-fashioned Christmas traditions as you tour this 153-year-old historic landmark, delightfully decorated for the holidays. Our Christmas Belles will greet you as you enter the mansion and you can meet the Goodman family and friends, wonderfully portrayed by re-enactors in period clothing.

You will see several Goodman artifacts on display for the first time this year. Listen in wonder to costumed carolers singing a cappella traditional Christmas carols for your entertainment. Hear violins, a harp and mountain dulcimer playing inside this lovely old southern mansion. Savor complimentary vintage-style treats under the grand front porch, such as homemade wassail, gingerbread cookies, shortbread scones and holiday punch.

Treat your family to the joy of riding in a horse-drawn carriage down Broadway, which is owned and operated by Farm Valley Carriages (for a small fee). Plus, Annie, the sweetest miniature donkey, will make a return visit this year in her manger in front of the Goodman, for young and old to enjoy.

This event is sponsored by the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department and is part of the Downtown Museum Alliance’s Holiday Open House celebration. Four other downtown museums have their holiday open house at the same time. Come be amazed by the Christmases of yesteryear to make this Christmas season come alive again in your heart.

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