December 4, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission
For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler's youngest descendants lighting the Museum's Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.
Schedule of Events
Seasonal refreshments in the West Room - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Santa Claus in the Pavilion - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room
3:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., and 4:10 p.m.
Installed in 1902, the J.H. & C.S. Odell pipe organ incorporates 1,249 metal and wood pipes powered by massive bellows. The Flaglers employed an organist to provide music for all their social functions held at the estate throughout the Season.
Brief Piano Performances in the Drawing Room
3:40 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:20 p.m.
Holiday music was performed on the Steinway Piano. Original to Whitehall's Drawing Room, the grand art case piano was custom designed to match the aluminum leaf detailing of the Louis XVI style room.
Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard - 4:30 p.m.
A choral performance celebrated the season with holiday carols. Entertaining during the Flagler era often centered around musical events. Musicale, concert, and orchestra performances were often held at Whitehall during the winter Season.
Christmas Tree Lighting - 4:55 p.m.
Henry Flagler's youngest descendants lit the 16ft. tall Grand Hall Christmas tree. The Flaglers celebrated Christmas in a traditional Gilded Age fashion, with a tree richly decorated with ornaments, colored electric lights, and gifts for the local children. The Museum continued that tradition and handed out Animal Crackers, a snack invented in the Gilded Age. The iconic circus box with a string was originally designed to be used as a Christmas Tree ornament.
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