Holiday House Tour & Winter Arts Festival

When:
December 13, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost:
$30 in advance, $35 the day of the Tour

Barns will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (The Museum will have FREE admission.)

The Holiday House Tour is back! After a brief hiatus in 2013, this beloved Delaware Art Museum Council event returns for its 29th season.

This year’s Tour will focus on five historic Brandywine Valley barns bedecked for the holiday season and spectacular artisan shopping at the Museum on BOTH Friday night, as part of the Museum’s Art is After Dark program, and during Tour day.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the Tour. Tickets will be available by credit card online or at the Delaware Art Museum, Janssen’s Market, Everything But The Kitchen Sink, Minster’s Jeweler’s in Newark, Apropos, and Old Country Gardens. Online ticket sales will be available until December 11. Those who purchase their tickets on or before November 28 will receive the printed guide in the mail; all tickets purchased after this date will need to be picked up at the Museum during regular hours or on Tour day. Each Holiday House Tour ticket will include one holiday raffle ticket. Prizes will be drawn at 3:30 p.m in the Museum. You do not need to be present to win.

Artisans

Click here to learn about the Artisans.

Tour highlights

The Tour includes barns within short driving distance from one another. Three barns are historic properties that have been fully renovated with modern amenities while keeping many of the original features in tact. One barn is new construction. All but one are heated. The barns are not wheelchair or walker friendly. Featured barns include:

  • A stylish guest-house barn built in the 1790s
  • An imaginative “entertainment” barn built in 1821
  • A newly built “green” barn with a western flair
  • A rustic 1870 barn made of original wood and Wilmington Blue Rock

Entertainment & Shopping

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Enjoy free samples of holiday sweets from Trader Joe’s
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. UD Master Players Concert Series Young Ambassador (Ms. Gabriella Stout)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Cathedral Choir of Delaware
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cab Calloway Middle School Choir
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cab Calloway Jazz Choir

Winter Arts Festival shopping available on Friday, December 12 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. during Art is After Dark and on Saturday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visitors are also encouraged to shop in the Museum Store. From December 17 through December 24, all Museum Members receive a 20% discount in the Store (regulardiscount for Museum Members is 10%).

Funds raised from the 2014 Holiday House Tour will support the Delaware Art Museum’s Education Department and its implementation of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) initiatives, which will explore the link between science and art.

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