Colonial Christmas

Tate House Museum Celebrates a Colonial Christmas

The Tate House Museum is hosting a Colonial Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM with Christmas-themed interpretations of Tate House from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. NEW this year, music played on a beautiful historic reproduction harpsichord by Dr. Christina Scott Edelen, an expert in harpsichord history and music. Christina will describe how such an instrument was used during colonial times, particularly among Anglican families such as the Tates, and perform music of the period from 1:00- 3:00 PM.

Our Open House will include a visit to all the unique rooms in the Tate House where docents clothed in 18th century attire will tell visitors about colonial customs and traditions around the holidays in a merchant class British colonial household. The special foods made for Christmas, New Years, and Twelfth Night celebrations will be described and some of these goodies will be shared with visitors during a reception from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in our Visitors Center, the Means House at 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland. NEW this year, try a taste of FLIP, a popular colonial drink featuring beer and eggs, made in 18th century fashion.

Our Gift Shop will be open with unique colonial-themed gifts offered at a 10% discount that day only!

Admission prices as follows: $18 adults, $12 student (ages 13-17), $10 child (6-12 years), under 6 free, $40 family (2 adults and up to 3 children).


Member prices: $16 adult, $10 student, $8 child, $35 family

Half price entry with a *NEW* THM membership!

Girl and Boy Scouts, and Homeschool Families receive museum member prices

$5 off admission if you purchase a 6.5 inch or larger poinsettia from our fundraisier:

We are also holding a raffle for a Colonial Christmas gift basket featuring a blacksmith-forged Flip Dog (what is that?) and other unique colonial items. More details can be found in the ticket link below.


Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Come out to celebrate the holiday season and support the educational mission of Tate House Museum!


Dec 16 2023


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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