Vintage holiday cheer at Old Westbury Gardens
Christmas at Westbury House starts on the first Saturday of the month with a tree lighting ceremony. This year, 350 guests were in attendance. After that, every week leading up to Christmas is filled with events like holiday craft sessions, concerts and afternoon tea.
The Westbury House is open to the public on the weekends for their Holiday Celebration. Santa sits in the main hall greeting children and warm cookies and cider are available on the West Porch to enjoy. Every room of Westbury House is decorated with holiday cheer and magnificent trees in each period rooms.
Ashley Smith, Hempstead resident and visitor at Westbury House, said, “This house really gets you in the Christmas spirit. It’s very homey with all of the rooms decorated and the fireplaces burning. And the cookies and apple cider are a nice touch.”
Vincent Kish, director of communications at Westbury House explained the decorating process for the Holiday Celebration. “As much as possible, we use natural materials for the decorations. The fireplace mantelpieces and other items are created in our greenhouses by our Horticulture staff over a few days. The installation of those items at the house, such as bringing in the Christmas Trees and decorating them, takes about three days. This is done the final weekdays before the Holiday Celebration to keep things as fresh as possible,” said Kish.
Westbury House averages about 72,000 visitors a year, not counting events conducted by outside vendors. During December, they average 900 visitors on two-day weekends, and 1,200 visitors on three-day weekends.
Westbury House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.