Hayes Home Holidays: Experience Christmas traditions of the Hayes family

Dec 21, 2023 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Throughout the tour, guests can interact with costumed characters and may even be asked to assist with the holiday preparations.

FREMONT – Make holiday memories and discover the Christmas traditions of the Hayes family at Hayes Home Holidays, a special evening tour of the Hayes Home that will be offered twice in December.

This year, guests will be treated to festive stories about the Hayes family’s Christmas celebrations, from President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes to some of the later generations of the family, who lived in the home until 1965.

Throughout the tour, guests can interact with costumed characters and may even be asked to assist with the holiday preparations. The experience also will feature surprise guests. Participants will depart the Hayes Home with a comforting cup of wassail, a hot spiced cider that was a popular holiday drink during the Victorian era.

Tours are Thursday, Dec. 21, and Friday, Dec. 22. Tour times are 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The home will be lightly decorated for the holidays in a historically accurate manner. Before and after tours, guests can enjoy the “Hayes Train Special” model train display in the museum auditorium.

Tickets for non-members are $18 for adults ages 19 and older, $10 for kids 6-18 and free for kids 5 and younger. Tickets for Hayes Presidential members are $15 for adults 19 and older, $8 for ages 6 -18 and free for kids 5 and younger.

Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased at https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2023/11/01/general/hayes-home-holidays-experience-christmas-traditions-of-the-hayes-family/. Tickets will be sold at the museum front desk the nights of the event, pending availability.

This tour involved going up and down stairs in the Hayes Home.

If you need special accommodations for mobility or vision or hearing impairment, Hayes Presidential requests a notice of 72 hours. Please contact Crystal Johnson, visitor services manager, at 419-332-2081 or cjohnson@rbhayes.org. Requests received with fewer than 72 hours of notice will be handled to the best of Hayes Presidential’s ability.

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