Holiday Event @ Flagler Museum & Visit Breakers to See Holiday Decorations Sunday, December 4, 2016 1:00 PM Flagler Museum in Palm Beach 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL (edit map) Holidays at Whitehall with the Christmas Tree Lighting Whitehall's first floor is decorated in traditional Gilded Age splendor for the month of December each year. The focal point is a 16-foot tall Christmas Tree in the Grand Hall, adorned with colored electrical lights and traditional Gilded Age style ornaments. Bring your family and experience holiday traditions like the Annual Tree Lighting where you can meet Santa Claus, enjoy refreshments, hear music on the historic organ and watch as Henry Flagler's youngest descendants light the Grand Hall Christmas Tree. The Special Christmas Lecture explores beloved Christmas stories and events to better understand modern Christmas traditions. COST: The cost for this event is $18. Unfortunately, there is no discount for groups on this day. TOUR OF THE FLAGLER MUSEUM We should all meet at 1:15pm for a tour which is also included with your $18.00 charge.
Meet outside the Front Portico of the Flagler Museum to meet the tour guide at 1pm who will give us a tour of the entire 1st floor of the Flagler Museum. This is the last tour of the day before the Christmas Tree Lighting. This tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Afterwards, we can go and check out the rest of the Flagler Museum on our own. Please email me if you plan on coming early to go on the tour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Tree Lighting - December 4, 2016 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free with Museum Admission
For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler's youngest descendants lighting the Museum's Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.
Schedule of Events 1:15pm: Meet in front of the Flagler Museum for a tour of the first floor.
Seasonal refreshments in the West Room - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Santa Claus in the Pavilion - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room 3:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., and 4:10 p.m.
Installed in 1902, the J.H. & C.S. Odell pipe organ incorporates 1,249 metal and wood pipes powered by massive bellows. The Flaglers employed an organist to provide music for all their social functions held at the estate throughout the Season.
Brief Piano Performances in the Drawing Room 3:40 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:20 p.m.
Holiday music will be performed on the Steinway Piano. Original to Whitehall's Drawing Room, the grand art case piano was custom designed to match the aluminum leaf detailing of the Louis XVI style room. Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard - 4:30 p.m. A choral performance will celebrate the season with holiday carols. Entertaining duringthe Flagler era often centered around musical events. Musicale, concert, and orchestra performances were often held at Whitehall during the winter Season. Christmas Tree Lighting - 4:55 p.m. Henry Flagler's youngest descendants will light the 16ft. tall Grand Hall Christmas tree. The Flaglers celebrated Christmas in a traditional Gilded Age fashion, with a tree richly decorated with ornaments, colored electric lights, and gifts for the local children. The Museum continues that tradition and will hand out Animal Crackers, a snack invented in the Gilded Age. The iconic circus box with a string was originally designed to be used as a Christmas Tree ornament. AFTER THIS EVENT, We can go over to the Breakers and see the beautiful Christmas decorations, and then go to dinner at a pre-determined place.