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Posted: November 25, 2014

One Hundred Years Past: See the holiday splendor during Christmas at Victoria Mansion

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Christmas at Victoria Mansion: One Hundred Years Past

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.

FMI: victoriamansion.org

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

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