Holiday Magic

November 24—December 31, 2023

  • Please note: the Museum & Café will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.

🥫🥫 If you visit between November 24 and December 31, please consider bringing a non-perishable donation for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. 🥫🥫

Holiday Magic 2023

This year’s celebration features new twists on the traditional décor. Imagine a fictional mantel-decorating contest in the Griswold boardinghouse between the historic Lyme Art Colony artists. Inspired by their paintings, they rummage through their studios as well as old trunks in Miss Florence’s attic for festive objets d’art and holiday decorations. Miss Florence announces the winner and awards ribbons on her birthday—Christmas Day! See sidebar ➡️ for details.

In addition to the traditional decorations, three 🎄🎄🎄Fantasy Trees add bespoke sparkle in the historic house.

In the Krieble Gallery, more than 250 painted 🎨 palettes adorn five stunning 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 Artist Trees. Scroll down to find out more about the painted palettes.

Holiday Magic is generously supported by an anonymous donor, Infiltrator Water TechnologiesPasta VitaBouvier Insurance, Timeless Living Designs, Essence Center for Beauty and Wellness, Jean Callan King Interior Design, LLC, and the Museum’s Board of Trustees.


Miss Florence’s Teas 2023

This holiday favorite sold out so quickly last year that we have added dates and additional seatings for 2023.

November 28—December 30, Tuesdays—Saturdays, tea will be served twice each day. Choose a seating at 11am or at 2pm and enjoy your tea for up to two hours. No teas on Sundays or Mondays.

Reservations are now open to all!

Make your tea reservations now

Members have been emailed a discount code. Didn’t receive your code? Call or email the Front Desk: 860.434.5542 x111 or Kyle Gregoire x110. Not yet a Member? Consider joining today!

You will be served tea, tea sandwiches, and seasonal sweets by Gourmet Galley while overlooking the wintry splendor of the Lieutenant River. We can accommodate gluten free and vegetarian. Regrettably, we cannot accommodate dairy-free requests.


See the full Calendar of Holiday Magic Events

Did you know that Miss Florence was born on Christmas Day, 1850?

Learn more about Florence Griswold…







Click here to learn more about Miss Florence’s Artist Tree and see palettes from select years…


“All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey

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