Holidays at Reynolda
For more than a century, the holidays have been a special time at Reynolda. Katharine and R.J. Reynolds, along with their four children, moved in just before Christmas in 1917. Decorated as Katharine wished, the 34,000-square-foot bungalow was transformed with lit trees, fresh wreaths, and holly-filled vases.
Today, Reynolda continues to honor the tradition and warmth of the season with programs and events for the whole family. The tranquil 170-acre setting that comprises Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village will offer a variety of experiences to enjoy, including Christmas-themed historic house tours, caroling, festive art-making activities, and antique decor.
Authentic early 20th-century glass ornaments—a recent gift from the North Carolina Museum of Art—will adorn the Christmas trees in the historic house beginning Nov. 16. The collection of antique ornaments encompasses nearly 400 figural glass ornaments including Santas, fruits, candies, animals, miniature lamps and tobacco pipes.
To make the most of the holiday season in the Reynolda Historic District and Winston-Salem, plan an overnight trip and enjoy boutique shopping at the Museum store and in Reynolda Village. No ticket is needed to shop in the Museum store during regular operating hours.
Festive EventsSee full calendar
Come find your holiday favorites, including but not limited to cyclamen, poinsettias, paperwhites, amaryllis, and Christmas cactus. Holiday standards, along with some unique colors and varieties, will…
Guests will enjoy archival photographs and oral history clips via iPad to bring holiday history to life in the twenty-first century.
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with song. Appropriate for “kids from one to ninety-two…”
Gardens Horticulturist Michelle Hawks will guide you to holiday wreath-decorating perfection during these festive DIY workshops.
Dec 4, 2022, 2:00pm
This traditional workshop includes evergreen printmaking in the studios and stamped and collaged cards and tags.
Visit Reynolda for this special after-hours opportunity to see the historic house lit up for Christmas.
Dec 18, 2022, 1:30pm
This holiday season, enjoy a live performance of Reynolda’s 1917 Aeolian Organ on the Sunday before Christmas. Holiday songs from the first half of the twentieth century will reflect the holidays wh…
Sleigh Your Christmas List
New for the season, this Bungalow ornament is one special blown glass bauble you will be excited to hang year after year.
This reproduction Christmas card, originally sent by Katharine Smith Reynolds in 1919, is perfect for sending holiday cheer to loved ones.
Hang an original, 1917 Reynolda roof tile, removed during the once-in-a-century preservation project, on your tree this year.
Stories & Activities
During the holiday season, Mary Reynolds Babcock hosted extravagant and (often) boisterous parties.
Manager of School and Family Learning Julia Hood shares how to wrap presents like people used to in the early 1900s.