Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

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Kick off the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River! 

Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music. Before the fireworks begin around 8 p.m., stroll through the estate and chat with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment. The General and Lady Washington will also greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests on-site.

Watch colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate and visit with the camel Aladdin on the 12-acre field. Keep toasty by warming up by a bonfire, drinking hot chocolate or cider, or visiting the Museum and Education Center.

Still haven’t found the perfect holiday gift? Shop a winter market featuring items made by colonial artisans, or shop at the Shops at Mount Vernon, open late during Christmas Illuminations.