Upcoming Holiday Events 2016

Children Events

Children's Holiday Tour

Get into the Christmas spirit by attending a special afternoon children's tea in conjunction with the Christmas exhibit, The Nutcracker and The Mouse King. Tours leave from the Visitor’s Center at 2pm on Dec. 4th. Tickets are $5 per person.

Paint Your Own Nutcracker

Bring the whole family to paint your own wooden nutcracker at 2pm on Dec. 11th. Join guided tour of the Christmas exhibit, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and find inspiration for painting your own nutcracker. All the materials are included in this family workshop. Tickets are $25 per person – Reservations are required by calling 302-378-4119.

StoryBook Time

Wonderful stories, delicious holiday cookies, and exploring the Wilson-Warner House as it is transformed into a winter wonderland! From 12-1:30pm on Dec. 14th, parents and children K – 5th grade are welcome for storytime, cookie decorating and a tour of our holiday exhibit (parents and preschoolers are wlecome at 4-6pm). Admission is free but reservations are required.  Please call us at 302-378-4119.

Candlelight Tours

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation with candlelight tours of our 2016 holiday exhibit. Enjoy champagne and festive treats in front of a roaring fire at the Collins-Sharp House, c.1700.

Tickets are $15 per person – Reservations are required by calling 302-378-4119. Tours also take place Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 and 20 with a special candlelight tour hosted by the curator on Dec. 22.

Festive Foods

Top off your holiday tour as the Historic Odessa Foundation hearth cooks prepare a sumptuous holiday feast. On Dec 10th and 17th, you will be able to see a historical demonstration at the Collins-Sharp House from 10am-3pm.

HOF Christmas Exhibit

Historic Odessa is delighted to mark the 200th anniversary of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King with a one-of-a-kind exhibit, running through Dec. 31, 2016. Make Odessa’s tradition your family’s tradition this year! To enhance this year’s Christmas exhibit, the HOF is honored to announce a loan exhibit of over 60 nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Washington, and nearly 100 other nutcrackers on loan from private collections!


Your complimentary guided tour, guest passes, discounts, and invitations await when you renew your membership today. Become a member —your gift affords you not only access to the Historic Houses and surrounding gardens, but also helps to preserve, enhance, and share Odessa with visitors, scholars, and students all year long.