Edwardian Christmas festivities at the Van Orden Mansion will kick off this year on Friday, December 8 with the Wine & Appetizer Premier, followed by the Jingle Bell Open House on Saturday, December 9. Guests at both events will be able to experience “Holiday Inn at the Mansion” with each of the 11 trees in the mansion inspired by the 1942 movie classic, HolidayInn. Decorators this year include Amy Terbilcox, Cindy Weber and Bruce Ley, Bekah Kate’s, Gretchen Roltgen and Miriam Thompson, Ann Wolter, the Baraboo Theatre Guild, Jan Filip, and Lindy Larsen. Dave SaLoutos will be creating an entire room dedicated to the 1954 movie classic White Christmas which was created around the song of the same name from the earlier Holiday Inn film. Sponsors this year include Johnsen Insurance, Bekah Kate’s, Wisconsin River Title Consultants, Corner Drug, Meyer Insurance, Hill’s Wiring, Pizza Ranch, Terrytown Plumbing and Weickgenant Accounting.
The Wine and Appetizer Premier beginning at 7 pm on December 8 will be an adults-only party featuring festive appetizers and holiday spirits such as wine, Christmas beer and traditional mulled wine. Guests will be able to experience the mansion at night with subdued lighting and holiday music, including Dave SaLoutos at the piano. Tickets for the Premier are $22 for non-members and $20 for members. Tickets will be limited, so please contact the Society to reserve your spot at this unique holiday event.
The Society’s exuberant Jingle Bell Open House on Saturday, December 9 from 12-7 pm will include live music throughout the day, holiday treats in the dining room and jingle bell horse-drawn rides from 2 pm until dark. This family-friendly event has delighted thousands of visitors over the years and is sure to do so again, as people experience the sights, sounds and tastes of an old-fashioned Christmas in an Edwardian-era mansion. Tickets for the celebration can be purchased at the door and will be $7 for non-members and $5 for members, with children ages 12 and under admitted free.