Old World Holiday Tours- 2021

Tickets & Tour Schedule

Dates: December 3-5/ 10-12/ 17-19

Times: Tours depart every half hour between 5:30 and 9:00 pm

Length: Tours typically last one hour

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults (6 and up): $15
  • Child (2-6): $5
  • Infants (1 and under): Free

Purchase Tickets HERE

What You Need To Know

  • This year’s tours will be held entirely on the Old World portion of the Museum.
  • Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes. All tours will be 100% outdoors, last approximately 1 hour, and require about 3/4 mile of walking.
  • Tours will consist of 4 holiday-themed skits performed by our interpretive staff plus a few surprises.
  • Mobility carts are available for those who are unable to walk the tour (advance notice is required / please call the Welcome Center as soon as you purchase your tickets to reserve a cart / 540-332-7850).
  • Tours are typically rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. In the event of exceedingly bad weather, a tour may be cancelled. Cancellation decisions will be made by 2:00 pm the day of the event). The Museum will make every attempt to reschedule cancelled tours for an alternate date, or refunds will be provided.
  • Tours will be limited to 25 people to facilitate social distancing.
  • Carriage rides are not a part of the program this year.
  • A small reception, adhering to appropriate safety protocols, with light treats and warm cider will be available to guests in the outdoor Pavilion.
  • For the safety of everyone, visitors are required to follow state and federal mandates regarding COVID-19 precautions during the tour. Please do not purchase tickets if members of your group are unable to comply.

Tour Highlights

England: Hartlebury, England 1667. The holiday season after the plague invites family, friends, and intrigue into one plague widow’s life.

Ireland: A right-place-wrong-time debacle nearly ruins the holiday plans of an Irish village, especially for one young couple, but a little holiday magic turns things around.

Germany: Hordt, Palatinate 1760. The neighbors have gathered at the Schmidt farm to hear a letter from Dorothea’s brother in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The differences between the English colonies and the Rhineland become very obvious, even more so than just the holiday celebrations!

Pavilion: Staunton, Virginia 1826. Hannah Vogler is home for the holidays from Salem Female Academy in Salem, North Carolina, brimming with tales from school and living with the Moravians. But, one of her relatives is skeptical of the new-fangled trend of female education and tensions rise!