Christmas at the Castle has reached the half-way mark! Only one more weekend to visit this historic estate before we close the doors until 2014.
With over 500 visitors in the first weekend, Christmas at the Castle was a huge success. Each year we see more new faces along with the friendly faces that return year after year. We love that this holiday event has become a family tradition for many! From the self-guided tour to the kids’ crafts to the delicious buffet lunch, every member of the family is bound to leave with a smile on his or her face.
The Carriage House offers a multitude of activities and treats! Browse the crafters in the stalls and gallery areas to get a head start on some of your holiday shopping. Many vendors are back with new, handmade crafts from ornaments to jewelry to soaps and more; you’ll find something in your budget for every family member. Warm up by the fireplace with complimentary hot cocoa, coffee, tea and cookies. Upstairs in The Carriage House is the catered buffet lunch in The Winnipesaukee Room. Hart’s Catering brought a scrumptious selection of chef carved roast beef, butternut squash soup, a variety of salads, and so much more, all enjoyed by hundreds this past weekend. The cost of the buffet is $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) with tax and gratuity included; a full bar will be available. Enjoy a casual lunch in an elegant setting with views of the snow topped mountains in the distance. Tickets for the buffet are available in the Gift Shop when your purchase your tour stickers, or if you need more time to decide, they will be available in the Winnipesaukee Room.
Board the trolley to Lucknow for a self-guided tour of the mansion. Look for special displays detailing the holiday season in the early 1900s; the evolution of Santa, toys that children may have received during the time period, variety of vintage wrapping paper and more. Time period Kids’ Crafts are available to those young ones who may want a more hands-on learning experience. Live music will float through the mansion from 12:00 – 2:00 each day. (Click here for a schedule) And every half hour a history of the holidays at Lucknow will be available – Thomas Plant may even make an appearance! And watch out for Bugsy Malone! You will definitely feel like you’ve entered a time warp to the roaring twenties!
If you haven’t visited yet, there’s still time! We will be open this Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 29-December 1. Tickets are sold in the Gift Shop and are $20 for adults and seniors, $10 for children age 5-17 and $15 for Friends of the Castle. (Interested in becoming a Friend? You’ll receive discounts on special events, unlimited admission for a year and much more!! Check out the benefits to see if it’s something you’re interested in, or considering giving the gift of the Castle to a loved one this holiday season! Click here for more information.) During your visit, see a staff member for information about a visitor survey; guests who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win two admission passes to our 2014 season, the 100th anniversary of Lucknow!
We hope to see you this weekend!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all our visitors, far and near!