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A Spectacular Holiday Season

A Spectacular Holiday Season
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, January 7, 2018 (All day)

Christmas trees evoking the glamour and elegance of the special exhibition Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection, on view through January 7, 2018, are the centerpiece of an enchanting holiday season at Hillwood. The shimmering gems and sumptuous stones permeate the holiday decor that adorns the entire estate. 

Christmas Trees on Display

The glittering beauty of Spectacular Gems and Jewelry adds a glamorous touch to the mansion and the visitor center, taking cues from five pieces of jewelry within the exhibition. The glimmering plumage of the hummingbird brooch insipres the entry hall through a tree of iridescent rubies nestled amonst live orchids. A tree recalling the amethyst and diamond brooch will complement the cool hues of the pavilion, featuring icicles and snow that shine like diamonds and evoke the cold winters of Russia. The French drawing room espouses the colors and magnificence of the Harry Winston turquoise and diamond necklace, recalling the waters and bright sunlight of Palm Beach, where Marjorie resided for months each year. The tree in the dining room bursts with bright pinks and sparkling diamonds, echoing the 1960s aesthetic of the pink onch pearl and diamond brooch. Baroque pearls, moonstones and diamonds shine throughout the visitor center like twinkling stars and the glow of the moon, reminiscent of the sky on a starry night, reflecting the moonstone necklace by George Headley. 

Holiday Programs and Workshops

The family highlight of the holiday season at Hillwood is undoubtedly the Russian Winter Festival on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. 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 Spectacular Gems and Jewelry, in addition to clothing, books, ornaments, and home decor, Hillwood's shop offers distinct gifts for everyone.

Upcoming events

Get an intimate look at Hillwood’s holiday decor with the experts! Ami Wilber, floral and event décor designer, highlights Christmas trees inspired by Marjorie Post’s spectacular gems and jewelry. Tickets are distributed at the visitor center upon opening each day. A limited number of tickets may be pre-reserved by phone  by Hillwood members. This...
Friday 15 December - 12:45pm
Entry Hall
Included in suggested donation

Included in suggested donation. Advance reservations are available for members only, by calling 202.686.5807.

Part of: Marjorie Merriweather Post
Create a stunning holiday arrangement like the one pictured below. All materials are included. The completed arrangement will be approximately twelve inches wide. Payment is required in advance due to materials fees, and is non-refundable. This program is limited to ten people, and must have a minimum of four participants to take place.  In the...
Saturday 16 December - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Meet in Visitor Center
$55-65

$65
$55 Member

Part of: Floral
Create a stunning holiday arrangement like the one pictured below. All materials are included. The completed arrangement will be approximately twelve inches wide. Payment is required in advance due to materials fees, and is non-refundable. This program is limited to ten people, and must have a minimum of four participants to take place.  In the...
Saturday 16 December - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Meet in Visitor Center
$55-65

$65
$55 Member

Part of: Floral