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Hosting Fun Events for Visitors of All Ages

Annual Events & Activities

Mother's Day Tea

Please join us for our annual Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, May 11 at 11:30 am. For reservations please call Janie at (209) 522-1739. The Mansion will be open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm for viewing.

Mother's Day Tea

St.Patrick's Day Celebration

St. Patrick's Day

Join us for our annual St.Patrick's Day celebration.

Independence Day

The McHenry Mansion will be decked out in red, white and blue bunting to celebrate the 4th of July. As in the past, the Mansion will be open for viewing from 8:30 a.m. until the parade reaches the Mansion. It will be open for approximately a half an hour after the parade ends.

The McHenry Mansion Foundation will be operating a food booth on 15th Street. Hot dogs, sodas, water, donuts, coffee and ice cream will be available.

So watch the parade under the shady elms on the I street side of the Mansion, tour the Mansion while you are waiting for the parade and have a hot dog.

Mansion with Independence Day Decorations

Dickens Faire

The McHenry Mansion Dickens Faire has been held for over 10 years. Starting off the holiday season on the first Saturday in December, this memorable community event offers tours  of the Mansion sumptuously decorated in all of its holiday finery. Free children's activities take place at the McHenry Museum during this time, which is just down the street from the Mansion. The entire street in front of the house is closed to traffic for the day and vendors set up booths featuring a unique and interesting assortment of Christmas items, jewelry, food, crafts, and other offerings for sale. It's a great place to do some early holiday shopping.

Holiday Event at Mansion

Strolling carolers, Christmas choruses, bagpipers, harpists, and other musical ensembles also provide entertainment. Father Christmas is also in attendance, complete with a large bag of candy canes!  Carriage rides, which are a popular reminder of a by-gone era, are available for a nominal fee. Dickens Faire is sure to provide a full day of fun for the entire family. Plan to join us!

Candlelight Tours

See our historic home in all of its Christmas glory by going on one of our December Candlelight Tours. Each room features vignetts of festive Victorian activities such as playing parlor games, stringing popcorn, taking tea and decorating a gingerbread house. We welcome you to tour the McHenry Mansion on one of the two evenings during the Christmas season. There is a nominal fee charged for entrance that includes dessert and beverages. This is a great way to share a Victorian holiday tradition with family and friends! Tickets may be purchased at the Visitors Center/Gift Store. No reservations necessary.