Festive Fabergé at Hillwood draws inspiration from Fabergé Rediscovered, on view through January 13, 2019, with resplendent Christmas trees and holiday decor throughout the estate.
Hands-on workshops, guided holiday tours, and the annual Russian Winter Festival add to the Christmas grandeur.
Christmas Trees on Display
The remarkable beauty of Fabergé Rediscovered adds a luxurious touch to the mansion and the visitor center, taking cues from five pieces created by the firm of Fabergé. The delicate pinks and shimmering diamonds of the Catherine the Great Egg inspires the entry hall through a tree of live flowers and glittering gold. A tree recalling the unique Fabergé table clock complements the cool hues of the pavilion, featuring silk, silver-leafed branches that reference the clock's ornate curves. The French drawing room espouses the brilliance of the gold octagonal Fabergé box topped by a Russian double-headed eagle, with a tree ornamented with gold and diamond garlands, harkening to the box's elegant design. The tree in the dining room recalls the sumptuous colors and unique forms of the leaf-shaped box, with garlands evoking the box's gold foliage and ornaments of dark read and green. Deep blue and rich gold shine throughout the visitor center, inspired by the sparkling embellishments of the Twelve Monogram Egg. The five trees reflect the opulence of Fabergé Rediscovered with jeweled ornaments, live flowers, permanent botanicals, and other brilliant treasures.
Holiday Programs and Workshops
The family highlight of the holiday season at Hillwood is undoubtedly the Russian Winter Festival on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden are on hand for this celebration of the holidays in old Russian style, while winsome characters, enacting the old Russian winter custom of mumming--dressing up in costume and visiting friends, singing, playing jokes, and fortunetelling--surprise and delight visitors across the estate.
Hillwood's gardens reveal another aspect of their ever-changing beauty during the holiday season. Conifers such as the blue atlas cedar and false cypress show off their evergreen boughs, while holly and witch hazel provide bright spots of color. Hands-on wreath-making workshops provide the opportunity to explore Hillwood's magnificent grounds during the winter and craft a one-of-a-kind holiday decoration to enliven the home.
Throughout the season, the museum shop is a favorite destination for holiday shopping. With dozens of fashionable accessories and fascinating items inspired by Fabergé Rediscovered, in addition to clothing, books, ornaments, and home decor, Hillwood's shop offers distinct gifts for everyone.