Celebrate the majesty of the holiday season with a visit to Brucemore. Recognized as one of the top historic home holiday tours by USA Today in 2019, a visit to Brucemore is a signature Iowa tradition you don’t want to miss. The splendor of the 1886 Queen Anne mansion mixed with the beauty of modern décor offers guests a festive experience to spend time with friends and family members.
This year, Brucemore will be offering several scheduled programs created with guest safety and comfort in mind. Masks will be required for everyone over the age of two inside buildings and each program has limited capacity to provide a personal experience while maintaining physical distancing. Tickets go on sale November 1 for the following programs:
Donor Holiday Preview, offered Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21 with timed entry every 30 minutes beginning at noon. The last entry time will be at 3:00 p.m. Donors to Brucemore are invited to enjoy special access during the Donor Holiday Preview, a sneak-peek of the holiday season at Brucemore. This is our way of saying thank you for giving to help us preserve this irreplaceable community treasure!
A Brucemore Christmas: Self-Guided Mansion Tours, offered Thursdays through Sundays between November 26 and December 31 with timed entry every 30 minutes beginning at noon. The last entry time will be at 3:00 p.m. This self-guided tour of the first three floors provides a unique opportunity to experience the holidays at Brucemore while exploring on your own. This tour does not include the basement Tahitian Room and Grizzly Bar.
Holiday Nights: Extended Self-Guided Mansion Tour, offered Thursday and Sunday evenings in December with timed entry every 30 minutes beginning at 5:00 p.m. The last entry time will be at 7:00 p.m. This self-guided tour of the mansion features holiday décor on four floors of the mansion, including the unique Tahiti Room and Grizzly Bar in the basement of the mansion, plus festive music on the 1920s player pipe organ.
Art at Brucemore: Glass Tree Workshop will be offered on Sunday, December 5 at multiple times. Make a glass holiday tree during this workshop with the iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio. Pick up your creation from their studio after it has been fired to add to your home décor or gift it to a friend.
Art at Brucemore: Clay Holiday Tree Workshop will be offered Saturday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m. Make a clay holiday tree during this workshop with the iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio. Pick up your creation from their studio after it has been fired to add to your home décor or gift it to a friend.
What is the difference between “A Brucemore Christmas” and “Holiday Nights?”
“Holiday Nights” is offered in the evening and includes the chance to hear music on the 1920s player pipe organ and to see more of the mansion. The basement Tahitian Room and Grizzly Bar will be open during as part of this tour!
When is Santa, Snacks, and Stories?
Santa will be stopping by prior to the kick-off of Brucemore’s holiday season this year as he will be unable to join us on special dates. He will be leaving behind special activities throughout the mansion and dropping off special gift bags for kids to enjoy and take home if they attend any date of either “A Brucemore Christmas” or “Holiday Nights.” Brucemore elves will deliver any wish-lists written to Santa at Brucemore. Don’t forget to tag Brucemore on social media to share your annual photo in front of your favorite Brucemore tree with Santa!