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Please Note: These events were for The Magic of Christmas 2007, but they give you an idea of all the wonderful things happening throughout this holiday celebration!

Please check back for a schedule of the Magic of Christmas 2008 events!

The Magic of Christmas 2007

November 17, 2007 through January 6, 2008

The Magic of Christmas is generously sponsored by Essex Savings Bank and Essex Financial Services
Pictured: Nancy and Rowland Ballek, Greg Shook , Nick Clements, Liz Lightfoot and Jeff Andersen


During the Magic of Christmas you can enjoy...

Fantasy Trees Fresh from the Garden (Not Your Garden Variety Decorations!)
The display of lavish Christmas trees inspired by gardens old and new features the Garden of Earthly Delights, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Sparkle of Madison Square Garden, and Giardino Italiano.

Magic of ChristmasMiss Florence’s Artist Tree
New palettes this year bring the total to 85 artists from across the country who have donated works to decorate the 12-foot tree – a holiday icon for the region.



Magic of ChristmasIn the Griswold House
See how families celebrated around 1910, as the historically accurate decorations reveal homespun creativity and the use of some surprising materials.




Outdoor Sculptures

Artist Mundy Hepburn adds his distinctive touch with glass sculptures decorating the trellises in front of the gallery.

Magic of ChristmasHoliday Tea Room
Wednesdays through Fridays
November 28-December 28
Two Seatings Daily: 2-3pm, and 3:30-4:30pm

Fee: $25, price includes admission and special discount in Museum Shop Reservations required (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or email matt@flogris.org

This year’s special feature is our newsignature tea exclusively blended for the Museum by Sundial Gardens in Higganum, CT. We will be offering an assortment of tea sandwiches provided by Savory of Old Saybrook, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a wonderful assortment of sweets.

Please Note: The Holiday Teas are very popular and sell out quickly, please make your reservations now.

Joy in the Making
Sundays, November 18 through January 6
Every Sunday visitors enjoy hands-on art-making fun for all ages! You'll have great items to use as ornaments, gifts, or just a reminder of a very special day!


Expanded Holiday Hours
Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1-5pm.
The Museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25) New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), and New Year’s Day (Jan 1).

$8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 children 6 to 12, and free to children under 6

Very Special Events

Santa Claus Comes to town

Friday after Thanksgiving
November 23
1 0am-3pm
FREE with Museum Admission

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides with Santa Ornament-making

Start your holidays off  the day after Thanksgiving with a bit of old-fashioned cheer. Climb aboard Foxglove Farm’s charming wagonette for a horse-drawn ride on the Museum’s grounds with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Candy canes offered to all riders! Afterwards, make a gingerbread ornament in the Education Center.


Sunday, December 2
The Edwardian Visitor in 1910:
Dressing for a Christmastime Birthday Tea with Miss Florence

Kandie Carle, The Victorian Lady
Fee: $12 ($10 members)
Reservations required (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or email matt@flogris.org

Enjoy an entertaining and educational afternoon with Kandie Carle, aka The Victorian Lady, who will dress before our very eyes as she prepares for a make-believe Christmastime tea with Miss Florence.  Using vintage clothing and authentically reproduced undergarments and accessories, Carle adds humor, history and intriguing anecdotes about fashion, home life and etiquette of men and women during the Edwardian Era, circa 1910.


Monday, December 10
11am or 2pm
A Very Merry Teddy Bear Tea Party

Fee: $12 per pair (child and adult)/$10(members);
extra people $6/$5 (members)
Reservations required, call Matt at 860-434-5542 x 111 or matt@flogris.org


Thursday, December 27
11am & 2pm
Defying Gravity: The Lofty Art of the Airborne Jugglers
$2 per person
Reservations required (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or email matt@flogris.org

Celebrate the days between Christmas and New Years with your family during
this dazzling and dizzying juggling show!  Back by popular demand, this high-energy pair of jugglers will astound, delight, and amaze with their gravity-defying antics.