Holidays at the House

A Spirited Season

Built during the Victorian era, Sarah’s eccentric mansion is a sight to behold any time of year, but it’s especially inspiring during the holidays. Did you know that some of our most cherished Christmas customs arose in the Victorian era, when Sarah Winchester was a girl growing up in Connecticut? The shimmering Christmas tree, the warm exchange of Christmas cards, hanging stockings by the fire—each of these traditions has its own special story.

In true holiday spirit, we invite you to Sarah’s home from November 16th – December 31st for daily mansion tours which will feature a sprinkling of victorian holiday traditions, beautiful holiday decor, music and more.

Breakfast with Santa

Join us for the first annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 9th. Guests will be treated to a special holiday breakfast menu while listening to story time with Old St. Nick.  Little ones will be able to write a special letter to Santa as well.  Make this your new holiday tradition!  Seating is limited.

Finish your day at Winchester Mystery House with a mansion tour and see if you can find all 13 of the holiday trees.

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Winchester Gingerbread House Workshop

Build a new holiday memory at the first Annual Winchester Gingerbread House Decorating Party!  Bring the kids for a fun filled afternoon December 2nd from 10 am – 12 pm.  The Winchester Mystery House elves will be on hand to help and each child will be able to bring home their custom gingerbread house.  Afterwards, stay for a special holiday version of our mansion tour featuring holiday decor and 13 very special trees.

Tickets are $20 (ages 3-12 recommended) and includes one gingerbread house per ticket. Seating is limited to ticketed guests (ie: children) only.

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Winchester Gingerbread House Workshop

Build a new holiday memory at the first Annual Winchester Gingerbread House Decorating Party!  Bring the kids for a fun filled afternoon December 2nd from 10 am – 12 pm.  The Winchester Mystery House elves will be on hand to help and each child will be able to bring home their custom gingerbread house.  Afterwards, stay for a special holiday version of our mansion tour featuring holiday decor and 13 very special trees.

Tickets are $20 (ages 3-12 recommended) and includes one gingerbread house per ticket. Seating is limited to ticketed guests (ie: children) only.

Reserve a Spot

13 Christmas Trees

The Christmas tree dates back to the 1500s: a German custom that arrived in Britain around 1800 through marriage: because Queen Victoria’s mother, grandmother and husband, Prince Albert all came from Germany, she grew up with the custom, and continued it with her children. From the royal family, it spread to the nobility, and finally to the general populace.

Reaching American shores around 1850, when Sarah Winchester was about 10 years old, the custom soon began to spread on this side of the Atlantic.  Early Christmas trees were usually small, and sat on a table with gifts all around them.  They were decorated with fruits, nuts, and small toys for the children. In the 1700s, candles were added, and the tree was lighted as the whole family watched.

Inspired by Sarah’s penchant for the number 13 and her love of the season, Winchester Mystery House will feature 13 beautiful holiday trees throughout the house.

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