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The "Christmas in the Castle" tour is offered seasonally. The 2019 season runs from Friday, November 29, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020.

Weekdays available between 12:30 and 2:30 pm

Weekends at 1:00, 1:30 and 2:30 pm

The tour is not available December 9-10, and 24-25, 2019.

Additional tours may be added when demand is high. Please call Visitor Services for additional tour times.

We strongly recommend that you call or email in advance to make a tour reservation. The Christmas in the Castle tour is very popular. There are several dates when all the guided tours are already fully booked. If you arrive at the museum without a reservation you run the risk of being disappointed when you find that no space is available on any of the guided tours. Call 267.502.2990, or click here to book a tour via email.

Admission Fees for "Christmas in the Castle" Tour
$12.00 Adults
$10.00 Seniors (65+)/Students with I.D.
Half price for Basic Members
Free for Gold and Patron Members and children 3 years and under
Other prices apply for tours by appointment.

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About the Tour

For forty years (1940s to 1970s) the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family celebrated Christmas at Glencairn with a concert, a decorated tree that reached beyond the second-floor balcony, and a large Christmas day meal. This 45-minute guided tour invites visitors to journey back through time to explore Pitcairn holiday traditions in this 20th-century castle. The tour also features significant examples of Nativity art in the Museum's collections, with stops on five different floors (including Glencairn's tower). At the conclusion of the tour visitors can enjoy the first floor and the World Nativities exhibition on their own.


Please note: the "Christmas in the Castle" tour will not be available and the World Nativities exhibition will be closed on:

  • December 9, 10, 24 and 25