The Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., debuts its annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 1). The holiday event runs through Dec. 23.
New this year is an interactive sensory tree activity for visitors with sensory disabilities.
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, allowing visitors a glimpse of Christmas past. Visitors will explore the museum transformed by Christmas trees ranging in height from a few inches to more than 14 feet, 40,000 lights and hundreds of feet of garland. Decorations include vintage fashions, antique toys, locally sourced cigar boxes and fanciful ornaments
Guests can celebrate the warmth and spirit of an old-fashioned holiday. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music floats through the air. Guests can enjoy live music each evening from 6-8 p.m.
Drop off letters to Santa from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11. The first day will serve as members day when all members can get in free and enjoy live music, harp and guitar and barbershop quartet. Every Sunday will have live theatre with upstairs and downstairs monologues. Dec. 17 will mark the museum's first Children's Day at the Stroll where they can make crafts, enjoy a puppet show, make holiday favors, take part in selfie opportunities and meet 11-year-old author Selena Schulz during story time.
Jacarlene Foundation sponsors complimentary tickets to underserved adults and children. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $9 for youth. The museum will have discount days on Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 where adults get in for $11, seniors for $10 and youth for $7.