Celebrate Holiday Traditions at Bush-Holley House


National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House will be decorated for the holidays Dec. 7-31.

The Greenwich Historical Society invites the community to two family events in December as it celebrates 60 years of being a museum.

The circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House will be festively decorated on Dec. 7 with historically accurate holiday décor including garlands, wrapped packages, and a Christmas tree. Visitors taking house tours starting Dec. 7 will see the decorations and learn about the history of Christmas celebrations in the house. The decorations will be on display through the end of December. Access to the house is by docent-led tour only, Wednesday to Sunday at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Kids are always free.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, No Strings Marionette Company presents a fun-filled dinosaur-space adventure with two shows, at 1 and 3 p.m., at the Vanderbilt Education Center. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. After the performance, children will have the opportunity to see the puppets up close, interact with the performers, and craft their own marionettes in a special workshop.

The Bush-Holley House by Candlelight takes place on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Only once a year, costumed interpreters lead “candlelight” tours through Bush-Holley House during a fun and festive free evening event that features an opportunity to meet Santa Claus. In addition to a family-friendly walk through Bush-Holley House, there will be live music, hot chocolate, seasonal treats, winter-themed crafts for kids, and a special appearance by Santa from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

Tours are about 30 minutes long and focus on Christmas traditions as celebrated by the Bush family in the early nation period and later by the Holley family, who were residents in the early 1900s during the Cos Cob art colony era. Tours begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center and take place every 15 minutes.

Events take place at the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Rd. For more information, call or 203-869-6899 or visit greenwichhistory.org

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