There isn’t a more elegant place to celebrate the season than the Seiberling Mansion, and its holiday celebration begins on Nov. 28, 2020.
The Victorian elegance of the Seiberling Mansion is a perfect setting for a stunning collection of holiday trees, wreaths and garlands, and more. The theme this year is “A Celebration of Santa around the World.” Inside the Seiberling, you’ll tour a vision of holiday beauty. Get some ideas for your 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. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Timed-ticketing will allow 10 people to enter every 15 minutes, tour a floor, then move upstairs so the next group can enter. The whole tour is 45 minutes. This will allow social distancing, and provide attendees lots of room to see everything. Facial masks will also be required. No tickets will be sold at the door. Advance tickets must 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 daily tours will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m. starting Nov. 29 through Dec. 30. Timed tickets can be purchased online for contact-less payment. Facial masks and social distancing will be facilitated and enforced. 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, sponsored evening tours will be offered on December 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 with the first tour at 4:00 p.m. and last tour starting at 7:15 p.m. Limited, timed tickets are required for all evening tours. All tickets can be purchased online on Event Brite or at hchistory.org/events. Facial masks and social distancing will be facilitated and enforced.
Also, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 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 purchased online.
Not able to visit in-person this year? No problem! With support from the Community Foundation of Howard County, a free virtual tour of the mansion will be available via the HCHS’s Facebook page. Santa will star in and narrate this 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. 28 at https://www.facebook.com/HCHistory.
The Seiberling Mansion and Elliott House are located in the 1200 block of West Sycamore Street in Kokomo. Parking lots are accessible via Walnut Street, behind the mansion. Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue through Dec. 30, from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. For more information, call 765-452-4314 or visit their website and Facebook page.