Holiday Open House & Breakfast with St. Nick

Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 18 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A holiday tradition!

Join us at GCV&M on Sunday, December 18, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to celebrate the season with a magical medley of holiday happenings! Stroll the Historic Village bedecked in its holiday finery amid villagers bustling with preparations and offering greetings to their neighbors and friends. 

Bring your family for a festive exploration of our historic homes that are warmed by fires and alive with holiday lights, candles, and traditional decorations. Experience traditional music, sample tasty treats, and see the celebrations of holidays past! 


Explore the charming Historic Village

Visit the Altay Store to explore the commercial history of Christmas, see and smell the cooking of traditional Polish dishes in Jones Farm Kitchen, stop by Brooks Grove Church to hear David Shakes (North Star Players) speak about the importance of Watch Night for African American families across the nation in 1862, as well as the impact Watch Night still has for families today, explore Victorian holiday decorations in Hamilton House, learn about Hanukkah gifts in Foster House, see a traditional tree lighting, and so much more. 

Pancake Breakfast with St. Nick

Pair your exploration of the Historic Village with a sumptuous holiday breakfast with St. Nick himself!

Celebrate the holiday season alongside family and friends with a tasty pancake breakfast in the Museum’s holiday-decorated Meeting Center! Tickets for our holiday breakfast must be purchased separately from Holiday Open House tickets.

Enjoy a curatorial talk!

Have you ever wondered how 19th-century Americans stayed warm in the winter? Was it really all itchy wool underwear and heavy layers? Invigorate the mind and gain inspiration for your own winter wardrobe when you attend “Fashionably Warm,” a fashionably cool historic textile talk hosted by Curator Brandon W. Brooks. This talk features a colorful variety of extant original fashions for men, women, and children of 19th-century America.  From red-hot woolen underthings, to ermine stoles and puffy quilted outerwear – this talk has it all!

Attend “Fashionably Warm” in Davis Hall, from 1 – 2 p.m. (included with the cost of admission to Holiday Open House). 

Take a holiday photo

Create family memories you’ll cherish for years to come! When you visit for Holiday Open House, make sure to stop by one of our photostations (like this one at the Post Office!) and take a family photo you can share for season to come. 

Enjoy a bite to eat

You’ll surely work up an appetite exploring the wintry Historic Village! Don’t forget to stop by The Depot Restaurant (open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) for a warm bite to eat or a beverage.  

Finish your holiday shopping!

Find the perfect something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Visitors to our Holiday Open House will have the opportunity to shop in the Flint Hill Store and explore handcrafted goods made right here in the Historic Village, artisanal wares, treats and goodies, GCV&M apparel, and so much more! 

Ticket Information

General ticket: $12 

Museum Member: $9

Children 2 and under: FREE

Consider becoming a Museum Member today to enjoy the discounted admission to Holiday Open House, plus other benefits and perks for a whole year! Click here to learn more. 


Tickets are strictly non-transferrable between days and times. Tickets will be refunded up to seven (7) days prior to the date on your ticket. Those issued a refund will need to re-purchase through the online shop if they wish to purchase a ticket for a different date or time.

Thank you for supporting GCV&M as a Member! Yes, Members must purchase a ticket for this event. In order to get the Member discount, login to your member account for the online store (click here). If you have not created a member account for the online store, do so using the same email address that is associated with your memberhsip.

Guests can choose to enjoy our Breakfast with St Nick before they visit the rest of the Museum for Holiday Open House. You can arrive to the Museum in time for your selected breakfast seating, and after your seating ends, you can enjoy the Museum for the rest of the day. If tickets for Holiday Open House were not purchased in advance, they can be purchased at the door.

The Museum is open rain, snow, or shine! Please feel free to bring gear for the outdoor conditions. Museum events are only canceled by emergency order of Monroe County.


No outside food or drink is permitted; food and beverages will not be permitted in the Historic Village. Please leave pets at home; leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification. There is no smoking or vaping except in the front parking lot. Professional videography and flash photography is prohibited. 

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