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Victorian Christmas Stroll
December 1, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
There is no time of the year that delights us more than Christmas. We trim the tree with ornaments that hold memories, hide gift-wrapped packages under the bed and plan a glorious feast with well-worn recipes. These rituals usher in the season of joy.
Experience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 31st annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2013, 10 am to 8 pm daily.
Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style. There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories. While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.
View a special exhibit of antique toys dating from the 1890’s to 1930’s. During this era, the most popular gifts include dolls and dollhouses, board games, wind-up toys, rocking horses and sleds. Toy soldiers, wooden carved animals and tin toys will also delight those who truly appreciate toys that stimulate the imagination.
Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel. Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.
The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway.
Large bags, backpacks and strollers are not permitted in the Museum. They can be checked at the Museum entrance.
Food and drink are not allowed in the Museum.
Photography is permitted for personal use, but you may not use a flash. Tripods are not permitted.
Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years).
Discount Days are December 2, 3, 9, and 10 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths.
Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.
The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily and no admission is required.
Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.
Underwriters of the 2013 Victorian Christmas Stroll are Hill Ward Henderson, Jacarlene Foundation, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation, and The Tampa Tribune|TBO.com.
An overview of what visitors will experience at the Museum during the Victorian Christmas Stroll.
Christmas Stroll Carolers
Each evening from 6:00 pm to 7:45pm, carolers raise their voices (and your spirits) to the joys of the season.