Events downtown

Dec 16

Colonial Christmas at the Tate House
Location: 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, Maine 04102, US
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 18 th 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.
Advance tickets and raffle basket tickets available at or on our website Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Come out to celebrate the holiday season and support the educational mission of Tate House Museum!
Holly Hurd, Executive Director
Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street
Portland ME 04102