Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the Henry B. Plant Museum’s 36th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. Allowing visitors a glimpse into the magic of Christmas past, the event runs daily through December 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Situated on the University
of Tampa’s campus, the Plant
museum is located in the south
wing of the original 1891 Tampa
Bay Hotel. It features original
opulent furnishings and artifacts
collected by Mr. and Mrs. Plant
during America’s Gilded Age.
It’s especially beautiful
this time of the year decorated
with a plethora of antique
trees, children’s toys, vintage
fashions, colorful nutcrackers
and holiday garlands. View amazing adornments that harken back to the Tampa Bay area’s history of aviation. Of special note is the Plant System of Railroads train and an interactive sensory tree activity for visitors with sensory disabilities.
Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music fills the air. Guests can enjoy live music each evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
Shoppers in the Museum Store will find snuggly Teddy Bears available for
purchase. Buy one and the Museum will donate another to the Tampa Police
Department’s Family Violence Unit.
The Museum will host a number of special performances during the Stroll.
• Dec. 3, 10, 17: Upstairs/Downstairs Live Theater, 2 p.m.
• Dec. 9: Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
• Dec. 21: Music in the Museum, 11 a.m.
The Museum, located at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., is open daily, Dec. 1-23, 10
a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission during the Victorian Christmas Stroll is $15 adults, $13
seniors, $9 youth (4-18). Discount and family days are December 4, 5, 11, and 12
with admission at $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth (4-18). Proceeds
from the Stroll fund museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as
Visit plantmuseum.com or call (813) 254-1891 for more information.
Rated as one of the top ten Best Historic Homes for the Holidays in the nation by USA Today, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers will present its 42nd celebration of Holiday Nights nightly through New Year’s Eve. This event has become a tradition in Southwest Florida and is a top destination for visitors around the globe.
Each year, the winter estate homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford shine
with thousands of lights and vintage decorations. This year’s theme, A Star
Spangled Holiday, presents in the colors of red, white and blue — the colors of
Thomas Edison’s first strand of Christmas lights.
Two new exhibits will welcome guests in 2017: the Timeline of Innovation, a
chronological exhibit of both Edison’s and Ford’s major inventions, as well as the
Smithsonian Spark! Lab, an interactive hands-on exhibit.
The hugely popular Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks light show on the river
will return and the traditional Children’s Tree Trail will include more than 60 trees
decorated by school children.
History characters “Mr. and Mrs. Edison” and “Mr. and Mrs. Ford” will host a
special Holiday Tea on December 13 at 6:30 p.m. Santa visits on select nights and
holiday carolers will generate musical cheer.
Tours are offered nightly and a sightseeing river cruise is available through
Pure Florida at the Marina at Edison Ford.
Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20, teens (13-19) $10, children (6-12)
$2, and children 5 and under are free. Edison Ford members are admitted free.
Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are $30 for adults, teens are $25, children $18 and
$10 for Edison Ford members. Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours are $50.
Visitors are able to view the lights from 5:30–9 p.m. nightly now through Dec.
31, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To confirm tour times, visit
EdisonFordWinterEstates.org or call (239) 334-7419.