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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Celebrate the holidays at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va.


Out in western Fairfax County (not too far from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Chantilly) is Sully Historic Site. Throughout the year the property offers many family-friendly events and Christmas is no exception. 

During the days (from Dec. 3 to Dec. 28) visitors can experience an 18th century Christmas holiday. The Sully home is decorated Victorian style and visitors will "relive" the memories of a visitor to the home in 1885.


The site also offers a few specially themed evening tours. On Sat., Dec. 13 is Civil War by Candlelight. On this date you can visit with Confederate soldiers as they cook dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns. They'll also be music, a craft, hot cider and homemade cookies. A house tour is also included with admission. I haven't been to this one yet.

On Sun., Dec. 14 is World War II Christmas at home. We went to this event a couple of years ago and it was a nice evening. Visitors to Sully will get to experience Christmas in the 1940s with soldiers on leave. Learn about rationing foods and alternate ways to cook. Listen and dance to big band music. Sing holiday carols and make a Christmas ornament. Hot cider and homemade cookies will complete the evening.

A 19th century Christmas comes to Sully on Sat. Dec. 20 when the property is transformed into a Victorian-style Christmas at night. Visitors can see Regency period dancers and make a Victorian-style Christmas ornament. The Christmas tree will truly transport you back in time. As with the other events, cookies and cider is offered.

On all of these special tours, admission includes a tour of the historic home. The outside festivities end at 8 p.m. There will also be a special nutcracker display from Nov. 22, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2015. 

When we went to the Victorian and WWII candlelight tours, we did register ahead of time (I know reservations are recommended as we had a set time slot, not sure if they are required).  

More information can be found on Sully Historic Site's website.


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