This year's Christmas celebration at Oatlands will tell the stories of some of the women who have made the mansion their home throughout the last two centuries. Historic fashions will be on display so that visitors can have a sense of what life at Oatlands was like for some of the women who lived here. Each room of the 1804 Oatlands mansion will sparkle with unique decorations, including many made of natural materials from the gardens and property. The holiday décor will also feature an abundance of greenery and beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
Tours of the Oatlands MansionNovember 28 through December 30, 2011, Guided tours will be given Monday-Friday every hour on the hour and every half hour on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are $10 for adults, $ 9 for seniors and children (6 years old to 16 years old) and 5 years old and younger are free. In addition to daily tours, caroling in the mansion will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday from Dec. 3rd through Dec. 17th. Tickets for these unique evening gatherings around Oatlands’ Steinway grand piano are $12 for adults and $ 5 for children under 12. As guests gather for caroling, they will enjoy apple cider and cookies in the Carriage House.
Special PerformancesStageCoach Theatre Company will present “A Barnyard Christmas” on December 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. This two act play will feature the animals of the farm coming together in the Christmas spirit to solve a mystery that threatens to ruin the holiday. Tickets are $15 per person. The Carriage House doors open at 6:30 p.m. for these performances, and apple cider and cookies will be served.
Gift ShopsDuring the holiday season, Oatlands offers a unique shopping experience at the Carriage House and Potting Shed Gift Shops. Stocked with a variety of holiday gift items, the "shops" have become a destination for many shoppers in the region. The Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show & Sale featuring miniature works of art will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 30. The show is located in the historic Carriage House at Oatlands, and will be open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Afternoon TeaAfternoon tea at Oatlands continues throughout the fall and holiday seasons. Fall teas will be served from Nov. 4 to Nov. 26, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Winter teas will be served from Dec. 1 to Dec. 29 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except Dec. 24 and 25. Teas are $24.95 per person (not including tax). All seatings are at 1 p.m. and reservations are required. Call (703) 777-3174 for reservations.
LocationOatlands is located six miles south of Leesburg, Virginia on US Rte. 15. From Washington, DC take the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) west to exit 1A in Leesburg and follow signs for Route 15 south. Travel six miles south on Route 15 to Oatlands on the left.
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