Live Performance, Seasonal Tours, Afterhours, Holiday, Family, Talks/Lectures

Holidays at Reynolda

This holiday season, step back in time with a visit to the Reynolda historic district.

Historic Holidays Overnight Package at Graylyn
November 1–December 30, 2019 | Call 800.472.9596 for reservations | $309* per night

  • Overnight accommodations – Standard Estate Guest Room Double Occupancy
  • Gourmet breakfast buffet for two
  • Historic Butler Tour of Graylyn
  • Two general admission tickets to Reynolda House Museum of American Art, including admission to Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University
  • Guided Christmas 1917 tours of Reynolda House. Afternoon tours: December 4, 11, and 18 departing between 2pm and 3:30pm. Evening tours: December 7 and 8 departing between 5pm and 8pm. (Additional Charge Applies)
  • Welcome gift
  • Complimentary onsite parking and wireless Internet
  • Gray Family Traditions: Complimentary refreshments and Mrs. Gray’s Butterscotch Cookies every afternoon and ice cream celebrating Mr. Gray’s love for ice cream


​(*subject to tax, gratuity and estate fee)


Reynolda's Estate-Wide Holiday Stroll
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2–8 p.m.
Museum, Gardens, and Village shops open until 8 p.m.
Free with Museum admission; admission to Gardens and Village free
Stroll the sidewalks, galleries, and gardens of Reynolda surrounded by beautiful decorations, carolers, and merriment at this annual kickoff to the holiday season. Take a carriage ride through the Village, see the 1917 bungalow after-hours, and escape to the greenhouse to see the orchid display. Plus, look for photo spots throughout Reynolda perfect for your own holiday cards.
2–6 p.m. Hot chocolate and Christmas card-making at the Museum
3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. Caroling at the Museum, in the Reception Hall
5–8 p.m. Visits with Santa and carriage rides in the Village.


Family First: Holiday Tour and Card-making Workshop
Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m.
This annual workshop for children in grades 1-6 and an accompanying adult offers an opportunity to learn about holiday stories at Reynolda while making one-of-a-kind cards on the printing press and with the museum's hand-carved stamps. Admission is $15 and includes materials. Advance purchased required. Limited spots are available.


Wreath Decorating Classes 
Tuesday, December 3, 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 5, 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
$50 general admission, $35 for students, Wake Forest faculty & staff, and Friends of Reynolda Gardens. Registration is required by December 1 at  
We will help you create your own wreath to enjoy throughout the holidays!  Each participant will receive a large, full, natural wreath to decorate. We will provide an assortment of natural items to adorn your wreath or you can bring your own decorations. Pruners and gloves are encouraged.


Extended Holiday Shopping Hours in the Museum Store
December 5 until 7:30 p.m.
December 6 and 7 until 8 p.m. 
December 10 until 7 p.m.
Gift the gift of Reynolda! Gift memberships start at $85 and are available on-site or online


Caroling Fridays
Each Friday, December 6, 13, 20, 3 p.m. 
The Reception Hall fills with friends, music, and cheer as we gather around the Aeolian organ for Christmas carols. No advance registration or caroling experience required; music lasts approximately 20 minutes. 


New for 2019 Through the Years: Christmas at Reynolda
Tuesdays at 2 p.m., December 3, 10 and 17 
$25; $20 Members. Advance purchase required.
Enjoy a specialized tour of the historic house with an emphasis on the holiday traditions of the Reynolds and Babcock families that lived here through archival photographs and stories. What better way to celebrate the season than with a festive glimpse of Reynolda's Christmases past?  Ideal for groups of 6-8 or pairs. 


Two Evenings Only! A 1917 Christmas Tour
Friday, December 6, Tours depart every half hour between 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, Tours depart every half hour between 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$25; $20 Members and students
A specialized tour focused on the Reynolds family at Christmastime 1917, with costumed interpreters who bring to life historical figures who lived or worked on the estate. Also enjoy a demonstration of the original aeolian organ playing Christmas music. 

A Christmas Memory

Sunday, December 15, 4 p.m.
$25; $20 Members and students
In her original adaptation of A Christmas Memory, Robin Voiers portrays Truman Capote’s older cousin Sook in this moving story of Capote’s own humble childhood holiday traditions. This long-standing Reynolda event is now in its 33rd consecutive year. 


Carolina Brass Holiday Pops Concert
Tuesday, December 10, 7 p.m.
$20; $15 general admission
This fun-filled performance featuring seasonal favorites by the Carolina Brass is sure to delight. Their combination of virtuosity and humor is an energizing musical experience for the holidays. 


Hi! I was wondering will there be visits with Santa this year? We’ve been every year since my daughter was born. 

Hi Crystal! We're so happy to hear you've been a regular visitor! You can find Santa Claus (plus lots more!) in Reynolda Village on Saturday, November 17 starting at 5 p.m. for our Village Stroll. 


Aaron Canipe

Visual Storyteller

This just in! Visits with Santa are back! They will be Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the shops of Reynolda Village. Admission is free, and please bring your own camera. Happy Holidays!

The 8 and 15th are on a Sunday. Is the dates or days correct?

Hi, my wife and I will be coming to the reynolda house as part of our anniversary get away Nov 16th thru Nov. 18. We have a gift card that a friend got us for our anniversary. We will be staying at a hotel and we will probably visit the house on the 17th. I have seen on the website that there is a christmas stroll or something. Is this something you have to sign up for in advance or do you just show up and attend. This will be our first visit and just not really sure what to expect.

Hi Adam, thanks for your upcoming visit! We can wait to have you. Advance registration for the Holiday Stroll in Reynolda Village is not required; the festivities start at around 5 p.m. in Reynolda Village. Thank you! Please reach out with any more questions you may have.

Aaron Canipe

Chief Storyteller

Can we buy tickets there?

Hi, Phyllis, 

We recommend purchasing in advance for Holiday Pops and A Christmas Memory. We will have tickets available at the door for tonight's Christmas 1917 Tours. 

We hope to see you soon!

Sarah Smith 
Director of External Relations 

what is your holiday schedule please?

Not worth the money or effort.  House is not decorated very much and isn't very welcoming.  I have been their as a child multible times and its changed.  Its a neat house and beautful grounds but wasn't impressive at all during the holiday season.  If you haven't seen the house, its worth a visit.  Im not into the art at all so that diesn't appeal to me.  The history is way more interesting and I wish the organzition would focus on the house and make the beadrooms look like beadrooms, etc.  Reading the discription I expected elegent decorations and yes, there was a tree and a few wreaths but not worth wasting time going there.  I took my girls, who are extrememly well behaved and litereally I was watched the entire time by staff, not sure what they thought we were going to do!  If they don't want children there just don't let them in.  Plan out rude!

Dear Elisabeth, thank you for your recent visit and your feedback. Our holiday decor represents a specific period in history when many Americans (the Reynolds family included) used decorations in a more focused and simplified way in the face of the horrors of World War I. We equally treasure art and history! Many of the family's stories and the stories of the people who worked at Reynolda are available on our app, Reynolda Revealed. Our bedroom galleries are purposefully up-fit to showcase our American art collection on a rotating basis.  We'd appreciate the opportunity to hear more about your experience in depth. Please get in touch with our Director of External Relations, Sarah Smith, at or 336.758.5524. 


Aaron Canipe

Visual Storyteller

do you have to pay just to tour the outside and not the inside?

Hi Jennifer, thanks for your question! There is no charge to tour the grounds and gardens.  Please reach out to if you have any additional questions we can answer!

Aaron Canipe

Visual Storyteller

What wonderful packages will be offered in fhe New Year?  We are celebrating 30 years of happily ever after on January 13th and the hotel/ Reynolda tour would be something we BOTH would enjoy as a get away weekend.

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