December at the Merchant's House Museum
The place The New York Times dubbed "Manhattan's most haunted" house isn't exactly dead. A National Historic Landmark, the Merchant's House Museum was built in 1832 and is the only wholly-preserved, 19th century family home still standing in New York City. Today the museum thrives with what its own website refers to as "spirited" events. Here's what lies on the Merchant's House Museum's social calendar this holiday season (and no, not the Halloween one):
From Candlelight to Bubble Light: a 1950s Christmas in an 1850s House
The halls of the 1850s Merchant’s House will be retro-decked with vintage trees, over-the-tinsel-top decorations, and memorabilia from the golden age of Christmas, while strains of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” drift through the House. Indulge in the nostalgia of Christmas past and see how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became the traditions of the 1950s — and today. From the Collection of Deb O’Nair. Included with regular admission.
Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10, 90 minute tours at 6 & 8 p.m.
“Bubble Light” Cocktail Tours
See Manhattan’s “best-preserved” mid-19th century house retro-decked with over-the-tinsel-top 1950s vintage holiday décor from the collection of Deb O’Nair. After your 45 minute tour, enjoy a classic cocktail and taste 1950s Christmas canapés. Vintage cocktail attire encouraged, but not required. $40, $25 MHM Members.
Saturday, December 10, 45 minute tours begin every half hour from 2 to 5 p.m.
“From Candlelight to Bubble Light” Holiday Tours for the Whole Family
Learn how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became modern traditions as you tour a mid-19th century House retro-decked with over-the-tinsel-top vintage Christmas decorations and holiday memorabilia from the 1950s.Featuring the collection of Deb O’Nair. $20, $15 Children 12 & under, $10 MHM Members.
Wednesday, December 14, 6 to 8 p.m.
“Holly Jolly” Holiday Cocktail Party
Toast the holidays with 1950s flair in a mid-19th century house, retro-decked with over-the-tinsel-top vintage decorations and holiday memorabilia. Enjoy classic 1950s Christmas cocktails and canapés, “rock around the Christmas tree” with the Tinsel Tones, and do some last minute shopping at our fabulous holiday gift bazaar. Vintage cocktail attire encouraged, but not required. Featuring the collection of Deb O’Nair. $40, Free for MHM Members.
Saturday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tinsel Tunes by the Tinsel Tones
A concert of holiday favorites, from 1850 to 1950, performed in an 1850s parlor filled with 1950s decorations and vintage Christmas memorabilia. Featuring the collection of Deb O’Nair. $30, MHM Members $15.