Just inside the door of Victoria Mansion, there's an amazing gingerbread replica. Look in the second-floor window to see the family decorating the Christmas tree.
Pheasant feathers abound in the Reception Room, which was decorated by Danny R. Hatt, Don Chouinard and Marcedas K. Hatt of Emerald City Gift Shop in Portland.
The decorated fireplace in the Reception Room.
A bowl full of holiday in the reception room.
The Dining Room is ready for the finest Christmas dinner. Decorations by Dodge the Florist, Portland.
A mantle draped in garland and lights in the dining room.
Vintage Christmas cards tied to garland.
Toys harken back to Christmases of yesteryear in the Library. Decorations by Blue Elephant Events & Catering, Saco.
Rocking horses, teddy bears and games in the library, picked out by Reuben Bell and Fausto Pifferrer.
Already one of the best-dressed rooms in the mansion, the parlor is even grander when decked out for Christmas
White flowers dress the white fireplace. The parlor was decorated by Harmon's & Barton's of Portland and Westbrook.
Designers Dan Kennedy, John Sundling and Callie Viney elevated the parlor.
A staircase draped in ribbon and ornaments by Heather Caron Floral Designs in Westbrook.
The presents await under the tree in the green bedroom.
Decorated by O'Donal's Nursery, Gorham
The writing desk is covered in Christmas cards yet to be sent.
The decor on the trees in the green bedroom.
A simple garland of cards on the bed in the green bedroom.
Looks like someone opened some presents in the Turkish smoking room.
Electric lights in colors like red and blue were available by 1914, as seen in the red bedroom.
"Dress me dolls" on the counter in the red bedroom.
Dan Gifford Designs used Christmas cards and electric lights.
Presents have already been opened in the sitting room.
Blossoms of Windham decorated the room, which has a warm post-Christmas feel with all the opened boxes.
Even the most elaborately dressed home will find it hard to compete with the holiday grandeur on display at Portland’s Victoria Mansion. The historic home is a knock-out any time of year, but when local designers take over during the holidays, the mansion transforms into a vintage Christmas wonderland.
Theme for this year: One Hundred Years Past. The decorations in each room harken back to 1914, a time of “lingering Edwardian splendor, the rise of consumerism and an America still at peace,” according to Thomas B. Johnson, executive director of Victoria Mansion, in his program letter.
In 1914, J.R. Libby and his wife Louisa owned the mansion. Their adult son and daughter were both at home, along with five grandchildren, which means the Libby family was enjoying a full house for the holidays. And thanks to the family’s ownership of a department store on Congress Street, they had access to all kinds of decorations and luxury goods.
The holiday splendor is evident in each room of the mansion, which is open for self-guided tours from Nov. 28 to Jan. 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (open until 6:30 p.m. on Mondays). Victoria Mansion will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Admission is $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors and AAA member, $5 students age 6-17, under 6 free.Family rate of $35 for two adults and up to five children.
Holiday events at Victoria Mansion
Dec 3: Annual Christmas Gala
Dec 5: Five Dollar First Friday
Dec 7: Night of the Nutcracker with Portland Ballet
Dec 13: A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas