November 26–January 1, 2013
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 room dedicated to Early American children’s toys and vignettes of opulence that celebrate the 1830s, a time when the United States was beginning its climb to wealth and power. Past favorites include a Victorian "cobweb" game and Benjamin Franklin’s Christmas dinner.
The 2013 Yuletide exhibition receives generous support from Sheila and Steve Miller.
Yuletide Hours, Events, and Tours
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Festive Family Fridays
December 6, 13, 20
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Yuletide exhibition comes alive at night, with festive lighting and decorations meant to be seen in the twilight and evening hours. In addition to tours of the home, Festive Family Fridays feature costumed performers, puppets, period games, storytellers, refreshments, live music, and an outdoor photo station. Admission is $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for ages 10 to 18. Children 9 and younger are admitted free. No reservations required.
Yuletide Family Day "Historic Holidays"
Sunday, December 15, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
December is a time of celebration across cultures, and Bayou Bend is the place to immerse yourself in the holiday season! Enjoy music and crafts before taking a house tour of America's holiday past. Have a cookie and a cup of wassail, and join carolers to sing your favorite holiday songs. Admission is free.
Yuletide Nights: Spirits of Holidays Past (ages 21 and older)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, December 17, 18, 19
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bayou Bend presents holiday cheer, live music, costumed re-enactors, festive foods from the past, and traditional spirits. Admission is $18 for MFAH Members (with coupon from the November/December issue of "MFAH Calendar") and $22 for nonmembers. Advance purchase recommended. Call 713.639.7750.
Tuesday–Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
See the Yuletide displays on the first floor as well as the Bayou Bend Collection rooms on the second floor.
Reservations strongly recommended. Call 713.639.7750 to check availability.
No reservations required.
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.