Howard County’s traditional “Christmas at the Seiberling” begins on Saturday, November 30, with a lighting ceremony and opening night tours of the amazing Seiberling Mansion. Santa will arrive at 6:00 p.m. that evening to help flip the switch and light up the mansion and grounds, then the doors will be opened for visitors to enjoy the holiday decorations and the Victorian splendor of The Seiberling. Opening night festivities are sponsored by The Wyman Group.
“The mansion has 25 areas or rooms that are being decorated by 20 new or returning individuals or organizations,” said project chairperson Peggy Hobson. “Everyone is excited to lend their touch to this year’s theme.”
When they walk through the front door, visitors will be treated to “A Victorian Christmas,” in keeping with the mansion’s 1890’s origin. Live music is scheduled, including the Kokomo Brass, Kokomo Men of Note, and the Harmony Magic women’s chorus.
Carriage rides through the Old Silk Stocking neighborhood are back this year. Reservations are needed 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.
Along with the beautiful decorations, Santa will meet with families and children for photographs and fun in the Elliott House, next door to Seiberling Mansion. Cookies and Wassail will be served in Elliott House, as well.
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. Regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with special evening hours on select Thursdays and Fridays during December. Admission is free for members. Non-member admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and under, with all proceeds supporting the museum and mansion.
Advance tickets and memberships are available at howardcountymuseum.org