America's first state is sending you some 19th-century yuletide cheer -- except you have to hit the road to get it. Explore holiday traditions of the past with a Yuletide tour package at Winterthur, a museum, garden and library.
Meander along a re-created woodland path in the winter garden (part of a 1,000-acre rolling meadow preserve), walk through room and food displays, and view the many decorated trees on display during this special wintertime tour, running through Jan. 6.
Winterthur also offers many events, workshops and performances during the season, including Uncorked! Wine, Objects and Tradition, which showcases the (very important, of course) history of wine via with 300+ objects on display ranging from liquor chests, wineglasses and paintings.
Yearround, Winterthur -- the 19th-century, 175-room boyhood home of horticulturalist Henry Franis du Pont -- serves as a museum of American decorative arts, with more than 90,000 objects on display.
General admission is $18 per adult and $5 per child. The Yuletide Tour Package is $20 per adult, $5 per child. Hours are Tues. through Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winterthur is located about two hours from downtown D.C. at 5105 Kennett Park in Winterthur, Del.