Florence Griswold Museum: The Magic of Christmas Celebration & Christmas Time Teas

The Magic of Christmas Celebration

This year’s celebration features new twists on the traditional décor. Imagine a fictional mantel-decorating contest in the Griswold boardinghouse between the historic Lyme Art Colony artists. Inspired by their paintings, they rummage through their studios as well as old trunks in Miss Florence’s attic for festive objets d’art and holiday decorations. Miss Florence (with the help of our visitors) chooses a winner to be announced and awarded ribbon on her birthday—Christmas Day!

In addition to the traditional decorations, three Fantasy Trees add bespoke sparkle in the historic house – two created by members of the Museum’s Marketing and Development departments, and a third by Candice Hunsinger of Ivory & Iron in Essex.

And just for fun, Santa’s sleigh filled with presents will be in the Landscape Center...a perfect photo op!

In the Krieble Gallery, over 220 painted palettes, including a dozen new ones created this year, adorn four stunning Artist Trees.

Click on the video to check out the 12 new palettes for this year!

Learn more about the Magic of Christmas celebration...

Please reserve your tickets to the Museum online at least 24 hours in advance. 

Join us for the beloved tradition of Miss Florence's Christmastime Teas
December 1-30
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2-4pm

Our hand-blended, superior Ceylon and China black teas are enhanced with a touch of vanilla and other delicate spices over a two-day process by Sundial Gardens for a unique and elegant tea to be enjoyed with tea sandwiches and seasonal sweets catered by Gourmet Galley, all the while overlooking the wintry splendor of the Lieutenant River.

$40 (members $35) includes Museum admission, tea time, and 10% discount at The Shop.

For more information and reservations please call: (860) 434-5542, ext. 118. Be prepared to provide any dietary restrictions when making your reservation.