There isn’t a more elegant place to celebrate the season than the Howard County Museum located inside the Seiberling Mansion, and its holiday celebration continues through Dec. 31, 2021.
The Victorian elegance of the Seiberling Mansion is a perfect setting for a stunning collection of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and garlands, and more. The theme this year is “Different Decades of Christmas.” Inside the Seiberling, take in all the holiday beauty, get some ideas for your own tree, and marvel at the dozens of trees in 20 rooms on all three floors of the mansion. Vote for your favorite tree and help pick the People’s Choice.
The Seiberling will be closed in the run-up to the holiday season to let the decorators do their magic. In the meantime, mark your calendar to start the holidays with your family at the Christmas at the Seiberling Opening Night Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. Timed-ticketing will allow for social distancing and provide attendees lots of room to see everything. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. on Opening Night to help flip the switch and light up the mansion and grounds. Then, the first ticketed group will be able to enjoy the holiday decorations. Tickets can be purchased on the website at hchistory.org. Carriage rides through the Old Silk Stocking neighborhood are back again this year on Opening Night. Reservations are required, and there are a limited number of rides available. Call the Historical Society at 765-452-4314 to schedule a romantic ride for two – or for the whole family.
Christmas at the Seiberling regular hours will be Tuesday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m. starting Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, 2021. Timed tickets can be purchased online for contact-less payment. Admission during Christmas at the Seiberling will be $10 for adults and $5 for children (free admission is a benefit of HCHS membership.)
In addition, Free Sponsored Evenings will be offered on December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. with limited, timed tickets required for all evening tours. Tickets are available on www.hchistory.org. Masks and social distancing are recommended. Generous sponsors for free evenings include: Community First Bank, Financial Builders Credit Union, First Farmers Bank & Trust, Indiana University Kokomo, Ivy Tech Community College-Kokomo, and Security Federal Bank.
Also, on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 4-8 p.m., guests will enjoy a special “candlelight” evening at the Seiberling with the opportunity to explore the museum in the softer light of a bygone era. Limited, timed tickets are required and can be found online.
Not able to visit in-person this year? No problem! A free virtual tour of the mansion will be available via the HCHS’s Facebook page. Santa will once again visit the mansion and narrate a whimsical tour. People will be able to visit remotely and see all of the decorators’ creations, and then vote on their favorite on the HCHS website. The Virtual Tour will be available to view starting Nov. 27 at https://www.facebook.com/HCHistory.
The Seiberling Mansion and Elliott House are located in the 1200 block of West Sycamore Street in Kokomo. The mansion is home to the Howard County Museum. Parking lots are accessible via Walnut Street, behind the mansion. Christmas at the Seiberling will continue through Dec. 31, from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Non-member admission is $10 adults and $5 for students ages 18 & under, with all proceeds supporting the museum and mansion. For more information, call 765-452-4314 or visit their website and Facebook page.