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September 8, 2005

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg celebrate Christmas at the DeWitt Wallace Museum

Dolls, tops, soldiers, horses and animals await discovery in every gallery of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum this year from Nov. 24 – Jan. 2, 2006. This holiday journey through the museum will provide glimpses into childhood that are sure to delight both young and old during Colonial Williamsburg’s annual holiday exhibition.

A Christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments based on objects in the Folk Art Museum collection will entice guests to explore toys that children played with in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Special exhibition-related programs for families, which are included in museum admission,
also will be offered throughout the holiday season, including:

  • The Folk Art Christmas Tree, 2:30-4p.m., Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Explore 18th- and 19th- century holiday customs and create a folk art Christmas tree ornament.
  • Toys! 10:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Learn about 18th-, 19th- and early
    20th-century playthings while making a toy to take home.
  • Holiday Greetings, 2-3:30 p.m., Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 24. Craft your own greeting card during this family drop-in art program.
  • Wee Folks, 11 a.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28. Children ages 3-7 and their adult friends explore the galleries through stories and activities (45 minutes). Note: This program is offered year-round, but during December it will have a special holiday theme.
  • Christmas Eve Wee Folk, 11 a.m., Dec. 24. Meet a person from the past, make a holiday keepsake to take home and hear the classic children’s story “The Night Before Christmas.”

    In addition, from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, the Wallace Museum’s Hennage Auditorium will feature a cornucopia of holiday revelry from musical concerts to Christmas decorating demonstrations and storytelling. Most activities require a separate ticket in addition to museum admission and include old favorites such as A Celtic Christmas, Fiddling Away the Holidays, Decorating the Private Homes for the Historic Area, Here We Come a Wassailing, Holiday Strings, Profound Joy, Christmas Music from the Jefferson Collection, An Irish Christmas Celebration, Hogmanay – A Scottish New Year Celebration and more.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, the first U.S. institution devoted exclusively to collecting, exhibiting and researching American folk art, and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, which displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British and American decorative arts. The Wallace Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to
    7 p.m. Admission is included in any multi-day Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For program information call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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