Joys of the season: Old Westbury Gardens’ Westbury House opens its doors this weekend for its eagerly-anticipated annual holiday festivities, a Long Island tradition. Events continue weekly throughout December.
Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. And with it, the region – post-Superstorm Sandy – is slowly coming back to life with festive cheer to warm our hearts and soothe our battered soul. The spirit of the season is alive and well this weekend and for the weeks to come.
Old Westbury Gardens’ Holiday Celebration
Old Westbury Gardens concludes its 53rd anniversary year with its annual Holiday Celebration, a popular event that is filled with holiday cheer. A visit to Westbury House, all decked out in its holiday splendor, is always a treat this time of year.
Westbury House, the 23-room Charles II-style mansion that was home to business magnate John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children, is the focal point of the festivities. Period rooms are decorated with wreaths, mantelpiece drapes, topiaries, plants and other horticultural arrangements. Antique toys and clothing from Westbury House collection are on display. The kids can have fun with holiday crafts and share their holiday wishes with Santa, with hot cider and cookies on the West Porch.
The celebration begins this weekend, Dec. 1-2, and continues Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.