‘A Victorian Christmas’ is in store at the Seiberling

‘A Victorian Christmas’ is in store at the Seiberling


Think Charles Dickens and bowls of wassail and evergreens decked with feathers and bows and strings of cranberries and popcorn. Think warm, cozy fireplace and Father Christmas and carolers on the street corner. It’s a Victorian Christmas and it’s coming to the Seiberling Mansion for the 2019 holiday season.

Starting Nov. 16th, the volunteer decorators will be hard at work turning every nook and cranny of the Seiberling into a Victorian Christmas extravaganza. Come Nov. 30, their handiwork will be unveiled at the annual opening night for the Howard County Historical Society’s month-long “Christmas at the Seiberling.” 

“The mansion has 25 areas or rooms that are being decorated by 20 new or returning individuals or organizations,” said Peggy Hobson, chair of the Christmas at the Seiberling project that has become a tradition for many area families. “Everyone is excited to lend their touch to this year’s ‘Victorian’ theme.”
Admission during Christmas at the Seiberling will be $10 for adults and $5 for children (free admission is a benefit of HCHS membership) during regular museum hours of 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays Dec. 3-29 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and for a special “candlelight” tour set for Saturday, Dec. 21. Local businesses and organizations are sponsoring six special evenings during December when the museum will be open to the public without charge.

Opening night will again by sponsored by The Wyman Group and will include carriage rides and a chance to visit with Santa. Reservations are needed for the carriage rides and usually fill up early. Anyone interested in making a reservation should contact the HCHS office at 765-452-4314. 

The six special evenings, with free admission courtesy of local businesses and organizations, include:
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, sponsored by Community First Bank 
  • Friday, Dec. 6, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo
  • Thursday, Dec. 12, Indiana University Kokomo’s Night at the Seiberling
  • Friday, Dec. 13, sponsored by Financial Builders Federal Credit Union
  • Thursday, Dec. 19, CEO Night, sponsored by Duke Energy 
  • Friday, Dec. 20, sponsored by Security Federal Savings Bank
On Saturday, Dec. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., Duke Energy will again be sponsoring a special evening of candlelight tours, offering guests the opportunity to explore the museum in the softer light of the Victorian era.

The celebration wraps up when the museum closes for the season at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29.