What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to tour exquisite historic homes all decked out in their Christmas finest? Join us for Christmas in Smithfield as the town presents six of its historic treasures – three historic homes on the Day Tour, and another three for the Candlelight Tour.
Christmas in Smithfield also features an Antiques Show with 19 high end vendors from across the region. The Antiques Show runs from Friday through Sunday, December 2-4 at the Smithfield Center, with special programs on Friday morning.
Proceeds from Christmas in Smithfield go to the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse, a program of Historic Smithfield, Inc.
TICKETS & TIMES:
Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Your Day Tour ticket includes admission to the Antiques Show.
Saturday, December 3 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Your Candlelight Tour ticket includes admission to the Antiques Show and the Wassail Event at the 1750 Courthouse on Saturday evening.
COMBO TICKET: $40
Your Combo Ticket includes admission to both tours, the Antiques Show and the Wassail Event at the 1750 Courthouse on Saturday evening.
Two FREE SHUTTLES (featuring live narration by local guides) will be available throughout the day on Saturday to take visitors around town to the tour homes, restaurants, shops and other downtown attractions. Click here for an event map.
Click here for a complete list and details on all the featured homes.
Tickets for 2016’s Christmas in Smithfield Event are on sale now at ChristmasInSmithfield.com.
Tickets are also available at the Smithfield Tourism Visitor Center (319 Main Street in downtown Smithfield).
Taking place at the Smithfield Center (220 N. Church Street in downtown Smithfield) the show will run:
*Friday, December 2 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*The Antiques Show will offer special programs on Friday morning at the Smithfield Little Theatre (210 N. Church Street), located next door to the Smithfield Center.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Bring a piece of glass to be identified by an expert in antique glass.
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Enjoy a lecture on antique glass by Dan Marquette.
Frank Simmons of Art Glass of Tidewater will also be at the show to repair glass.
Those who attend Friday’s events will be allowed entrance to the show from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Friday – before the show opens to the general public. Friday’s events are included in the ticket price, but attendance is limited to 175, so registration is required. Call 757.357.5182 to register.
THE WASSAIL EVENT AT THE 1750 ISLE OF WIGHT COURTHOUSE
Saturday, December 3 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse
Purchase a Combo or Candlelight Tour ticket for admission to this unique event as the folks from the courthouse offer delightful music of the period and the season, non-alcoholic (and adult) hot wassail punch and ginger snaps.
The event takes place at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse (130 Main Street).
The Wassail Event is generously sponsored by the Smithfield Gourmet Bakery & Cafe, 218 Main Street in downtown Smithfield. This event is not open to the general public.
MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!
Smithfield has a wonderful selection of lodging choices – from historic B&B’s, to a waterfront resort and more. The Smithfield Station is offering special rates for the weekend, but make your reservations today!
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS CORPORATE SPONSORS:
Located at 130 Main Street in downtown Smithfield and originally modeled after the Capitol Building in Williamsburg, this beautifully restored building served as the courthouse for Isle of Wight County for the last half of the 18th century.
The Courthouse will be decorated for the season and open for free tours throughout the Antiques Show and Historic Homes Tours weekend. Proceeds from the Antiques Show and Homes Tours will be used to restore, maintain and interpret this important landmark.
For more information on the Courthouse, visit their Facebook page: 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse.