Pics: Holidays at Monticello

During December, Monticello offers special holiday tours for a rare chance to tour the place after dark.

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Monticello's holiday evening tours ($45; Dec. 15, 20-23 and 26-30) offer a rare glance to see the estate after dark.
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The tours share details on how to party like it's 1772... errr, how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time.
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The estate in Charlottesville, Va., is two and a hours away from downtown D.C., featuring sprawling landscapes and a beautiful neoclassic architectural feats.
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While you're there, browse historic holiday decor and other items in the shops, including wreaths you didn't have to make yourself, taper candles and tabletop items.
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Monticello has long been a favorite day trip for Washingtonians -- even more so when Thomas Jefferson's historic residence goes into holiday mode.
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Other tour options include the basic house and grounds tour ($17) and the behind-the-scenes tour ($42), which will take you upstairs.
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The holiday tours also let you check out the Dome Room, which was reopened in 2010.
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Get crafty! Wreath-making workshops will be held Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 5, and Dec. 7-9.
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The wreath making workshops offer you a chance to make some good old-fashioned decorations (not the kind that needs an electrical hookup outside the house).
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A finished product from the staff wreath workshop.
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Could we occupy this lawn?
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