Lantern Tours – 2018


Come See Glimpses of Christmas Past During an After Dark Holiday Lantern Tour

Sorry – Lantern Tours are 99% SOLD OUT for 2018…
Please Call our Welcome Center for Remaining Available Tickets – 540.332.7850



Visitors will enjoy living history vignettes in England, Ireland, Germany, and America

From the Old World to America, times are changing!   The 2018 Lantern Tours address the themes of changing times and changing traditions. Some Old World traditions are carried to the New World. Ideas and customs sometime assimilate and evolve into new traditions. How people deal with change varies, but the spirit of the holidays endures.

You’ll enjoy a Mummers Play along the way!

Join us for an evening walking tour around the Museum by lantern light.

Visitors will enjoy…

  • Living History vignettes at England, Ireland, Germany, and America
  • A Mummer’s play near the Irish Forge
  • A horse-drawn wagon ride from the Old World to the New World and back
  • Refreshments and live music following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall

Tour Dates & Times:

December 14-16 and 21-23
6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, & 8:00 pm  (also 5:30 & 8:30 pm yours on select nights)


Cost: Adults $15.00, Children (under 13) $8.00 *
Reservations Required
Tickets On Sale beginning 12:01 am, November 1

* Not recommended for children under 3 years old
** Group and Individual Annual Pass Holders receive a 10% discount on this event; Old World and Frontier Pass Holders receive 25%. Please call the Visitor Center at (540) 332-7850 to receive your discount or watch your email for your promotion code. 


Lantern Tour Synopses

English Farm:  

Virginian, Edward Woodhouse, while studying in England, visits his father’s childhood home. He is excited to meet his family and participate in all the traditions of an English Christmas. He soon discovers Christmas in England may not be what he expected.

Irish Farm (Mummer’s Play):  

Mummer’s Plays were traditionally performed around the winter solstice and illustrated themes of death and resurrection as one year, or growing season, ended and another began. Usually performed in verse, these plays were often presented by amateur actors, traveling from house to house, in exchange for food, drink, or money.

German Farm:  

It’s Weinachten (Christmas) again in 18th century Germany.  Turbulent times and changing traditions cause the household to be disrupted by quarrels and disagreements.  Is tradition or innovation better?

1820 American Farm:  

A German family, newly arrived to the Shenandoah Valley, is struggling to make sense of their new home.  They worry about their differences, even with more freedoms than in the Old Country, as they try to celebrate Hanukkah away from friends and family.

1850 American Farm:   

It’s another Christmas at the Barger’s, but the head of the family has fallen ill and is complaining that he is unable to participate in all the traditional activities. Many people offer cures for his ailment, but the best treatment might be a change in perspective about the true spirit of the holidays.