November 20, 2014–January 4, 2015
Bayou Bend is renowned for its annual Yuletide tradition featuring festive lights, decorations, and holiday room settings that bring Early American celebrations to life. Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend is a festive stroll through 250 years of history to see how previous generations have celebrated with family and friends. This year, the exhibition features a children's Christmas party at Andrew Jackson's White House, a children's tea and dancing party in 1700s Philadelphia, and a punch party for the Sons of Liberty in pre-Revolutionary Boston. Past favorites include a gallery gathering toys from the history of America, and a Thanksgiving in 1830s Salem, Massachusetts.
Yuletide at Bayou Bend is generously underwritten by The Crain Foundation.
Yuletide Hours, Events, and Tours
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Tuesday–Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
No reservations are required for self-guided tours.
Children's Program: Yuletide Detective Days
(available during self-guided tour hours beginning December 2)
These self-guided activity sheets provide a focused activity requiring a keen eye and critical thinking. Pick up a sheet at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center on your way in to Bayou Bend. Choose either "A Hunt for a Mouse in the House" (for ages 4–8) or "In Pursuit of Holidays Past" (for ages 9–12). Free with Bayou Bend admission.
Yuletide Nights: Spirits of Holidays Past
December 16 – 18, 2014
Bayou Bend presents a night of holiday cheer and live music! Costumed re-enactors bring our Yuletide exhibition to life. Taste festive foods of the past, including adult beverages. Perfect for date night or a break during the hectic season. Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Festive Family Friday
December 19, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (last admission)
Festive Family Fridays are a fun way to introduce children to Bayou Bend. The museum’s exhibit Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend comes alive at night, with festive lighting and decorations both inside and out. Enjoy seasonal music, puppets, period games, storytellers, refreshments, and an outdoor photo station to help you preserve your holiday memories.
The Shop at Bayou Bend
The Shop at Bayou Bend is the perfect place for holiday shopping, with a wide range of unique gifts for all ages, in all price ranges. Stop by to browse on the first floor of Bayou Bend's visitor center, or call 713.353.1544 for friendly service by phone.