Media Contact:

Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon
Sip Hot Chocolate while Watching Fireworks over the Potomac
December 20, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.



MOUNT VERNON, VA – Ring in the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River at George Washington’s Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 20! For the first time ever, Mount Vernon will open its doors for an evening of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs. Before the fireworks show at 8:45 p.m.Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon offers guests a chance to step back in time and experience a festive holiday evening at the first president’s estate. Stroll through the historic area while being serenaded by local choirs. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Visit a winter encampment and meet re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment.


Enjoy cider, cookies, and a bonfire while listening to the harmonious sounds of musicians performing 18th-century tunes. Impress holiday guests by learning 18th-century dance moves with costumed guides in the Greenhouse. Warm up in the blacksmith shop – a working reconstruction of Washington’s blacksmith shop. Sip hot chocolate while watching a fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River. “General and Lady Washington” along with a cast of costumed characters from the 18th century will be on hand to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests.  Learn more about the Washingtons’ Christmas traditions during a tour the first and second floor of the Mansion.


Tickets are available at and the Ford Orientation Center for purchase beginning October 27 at 10 a.m.  This is a limited capacity event.  Advance ticket purchase is suggested. Tickets are $30 adults, $20 youth (6-11), children five and under are free. The Shops at Mount Vernon will be open late for any last-minute gift purchases.






Melissa Wood
Director of Media Relations
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
PO Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703.799.5203 (direct)
Twitter: Melissa_at_MV



Maralyn D. Hill, M.Ed.,  The Epicurean Explorer

Executive Editor,

September Digital Edition now online at

Freelance Lifestyle Journalist

International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA)

Board Member, Co-Chair Conference & Media Trip Committee, Past President

Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing

Follow me: @maralynhill



We welcome press releases on the food, wine, travel, and items related to the hospitality industry. We receive emails with more than we can post to our service. If you would like to post a press release, please click the the submission tab to get the form to upload your release. You can also upload three photos. It will go in pending and be scheduled, unless it is unappropriate. This will enable more of you to have your releases up in a timely manner.