Welcome Home for the Holidays

With autumn in the air and fall colored leaves surrounding every pathway at the park, it seems a little “off season” to begin to talk about the festivities of the upcoming Christmas holidays……UNLESS you are hearing about the wonderful events planned here at the mansion that you will not want to miss! So I ask you to “push pause” for a moment as you are enjoying every nuance of fall, so I can describe these upcoming events!

With many years since the beloved “Holiday Showcase” that was a holiday favorite of everyone, we are starting some new festive traditions I’m sure you will enjoy, yet if you loved the “Holiday Showcase” of years gone by, our “Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House” will feel so much like that event that last debuted in 2003. Each activity though has a specific agenda, simply put, to bring back holiday magic to Allerton Mansion in order to showcase the beauty and charm of this unique gift left by Robert Allerton so many decades ago!

We invite you, your friends and family members to join the activities of the season as we adorn the mansion in a beautiful dress of holiday cheer that says to the community of people that love Allerton Park like we do………”Welcome Home for the Holidays” ~~~~~~~

Here are those Event Details:

Thursday, December 4th- “All Is Bright”
4:00pm-5:45pm- “Nature’s Ornaments Workshop” in the carriage house at the mansion- Come and bring your family to a workshop where you will be guided by art teachers on how to create natural ornaments for the Allerton Tree. We’ll provide nature’s bounty of supplies for these handmade ornaments and you’ll provide your imagination and creativity to help create ornaments fit for the mansion’s Christmas tree! Light snacks and beverages provided to “hold you over” if you come from work or school! FREE to “creative kids” of all ages.
6:00pm- 6:30pm Lighting of the courtyard Christmas Tree (Come to one or both events) Be there when we light our live holiday tree in the mansion courtyard and ring in the season at Allerton Mansion! After the holidays, our tree will be planted in the Fu Dog Garden where it will reside for its lifetime~

Friday, December 12th- “Gingerbread House Display” at the Mansion
9:00am-5:00pm- No mansion would be complete at the holiday times without a Gingerbread House Display and County Market, of Monticello, is making this new tradition at the mansion even easier by bundling up the gingerbread house basics for you, your family, your workplace team, your grandkids, or whoever wants to take on the challenge to display your holiday artwork at the mansion! On Friday, the 12th….bring in your display before 5pm and we will take pictures of your “building team” and we will find just the perfect spot for your holiday gingerbread house! Please call to register you or your group for the display so we can plan the spaces. (No fee is required!)

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, December 13th, 14th, and 15th- “Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House” open each day from 10:00am-4:00pm
(Luncheon seating times are: 11:30am / 1:30pm / 3:00pm)
The door to the mansion will open and welcome you back to our beautiful home. You may want to make your way to the Solarium first and start with fresh baked scones and hot tea, coffee, or cider. Next you just might want to stop a few minutes to listen to the piano player play some of your favorite holiday songs or you may want to step in on a “station” tour for 15 minutes or so in an area of the mansion you want to know more about. Of course, you won’t want to miss seeing the displays from the business owners in the gallery and even take home some of the goodies and treasures for your holiday table or guests! Last minute gift buying will be made easy for you when you see all of the wonderful options. By now if you are starting to smell something delicious in the air, you will be so glad you made reservations for the holiday luncheon that will be served in the dining room. Don’t delay though to make your reservations….because our seating times (11:30am or 1:30PM) will fill up quickly! Finally, before you leave, make a holiday memory and treat your family or friends to a horse and carriage ride around the park! The carriage holds up to 6 adults and the time slots will be 15 minutes or 30 minute. For more information about available seating times and dates, just call the Mansion at 217-333-3287.
Ticket prices for the Open House: $12.00 per person for entry to the Mansion which includes scones & hot beverage, station tours of the mansion and preview of the holiday displays.
Ticket price for the Open House INCLUDING the holiday Luncheon: $27.00 per person- call to make your reservation today!
EXCLUSIVE group Horse and Carriage Rides for up to 6 people: $50.00 for 15 minutes or $85.00 for 30 minutes
Non-Exclusive group Horse and Carriage Rides includes a carriage with 6 people: $10.00 per person for 15 minutes

Saturday, December 13th- “A Holiday Affair”
6:00pm cocktail hour begins / 7:00pm served dinner
You will feel like royalty when you attend our “Holiday Affair” four course dinner! Your evening begins with a classic wine and hor’dourves cocktail hour in the gallery. The warm glow of the fireplace, the holiday decorations and the acoustical guitarist will immediately put you in a festive mood for the evening! Your four course dinner will begin at 7pm in the old carriage house of years gone by and your taste buds will be simply delighted by the sumptuous “English style” meal served that will include Prosciutto wrapped Beef Wellington! Your servers who may look familiar, will be polished students from different clubs at Monticello high school. After three fabulous courses of dinner we head back to the Solarium and Gallery to an after dinner Mimosa bar, old fashioned martini bar, and a dessert bars that includes decadent chocolate desserts. To top off the evening guests will have exclusive previews of the business owner displays and last minute gifts to complete your Christmas table! The evening will be magical and an affair to remember!
Ticket prices: $75.00 per person (Early purchase discount of $65.00 per ticket by November 15th)

Saturday, December 20th- “Breakfast with Santa!”
(Two seating times for Breakfast- 9:00am or 10:30am)
This special event will begin with a yummy waffle bar with waffles, sausage links, juice or milk and all of the yummy waffle toppings that will delight kids of any ages! The next stop is a holiday craft station where pre-made cardboard trees or ornaments will be ready for imaginative kids to decorate and take home for display!
10:30am or 12:00noon- Then to punctuate the morning with a delightful memory for the kids, there will be a fun, kid focused holiday puppet show in our library! Santa will also be available to the children throughout the morning for those last minute requests before he makes his way to the North Pole ~~~ Call to register for this special time with Santa!
Ticket prices include breakfast and all of the activities of the morning: $15.00 per person for all kids 3yrs-99yrs old (Kids 2 and under are free!)

LODGING Specials in the Mansion:
If you have been wanting to spend the night in the mansion, but haven’t made time to do that yet, this time of year is a magical time to come and enjoy! We will have overnight stays open starting on Friday, December 12th- December 14th with special deals that will include the open house events on the 13th-15th.

Whew!…….I hope you have already decided every event you want to attend! Give us a call if you have questions or want to register for any of the holiday meals so you are assured a seat, and then keep your eye on our website and Facebook page to keep up with the details of these events!

Now….feel free to get back to “Fall” and enjoy!!…………….. we’ll see you in December here at the mansion!

Kelly Griffin~

October 23rd, 2014 by Allerton | Posted in Rediscover Allerton