The Ellwood House Museum presents a variety of special events throughout the year.

Holiday Traditions

November 15 - December 3, 2017

Kick off your holidays with a tour of the elegantly decorated mansion between November 15 and November 30, or join us for our Holiday Open House weekend December 1 – 3.

Holiday Open House Music Schedule

Friday, December 1
6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - Harmelodics A Capella
7:15 - 8:45 P.M. - Northern Illinois Cello Ensemble

Saturday, December 2
1:00 - 3:15 P.M. - Jaina Krueger
3:30 - 4:30 P.M. - American Choral Director's Association

Sunday, December 3
1:00 - 2:00 P.M. - Hannah Buckle
2:15 - 3:15 P.M. - Suzuki Strings
3:30 - 4:30 P.M. - Kishwaukee Brass Quintet


Adults: $10
Youth ages 6-17: $5
Children under 6: Free
Ellwood House Members: Free

MEMBERs' NIGHT (November 30)

Thursday, November 30: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

All members are invited to a special preview of the decorated mansion. See JOIN & GIVE for more information about becoming a member.


Every November, the Ellwood House Museum partners with area businesses, community sponsors, and volunteers to decorate the mansion room-by-room on all four floors. From November 15-30, our guided holiday tours give visitors the opportunity to see the mansion in a new light. 

At the end of our regular tour season, we open the doors for a three-day Holiday Open House weekend. Visitors to the open house will enjoy live music as they tour the mansion, and tour guides will be stationed on each level to share the history of the home and the Ellwood family. Other event highlights include a visit from Santa and refreshments in the Visitor Center.

Decorated Mansion Tours (November 15 - 30)

A guided tour through 3 floors and basement level of the elegantly decorated 1879 mansion. Guided tours take approximately 60 minutes. All guided tours start at the Visitor Center.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Friday - Sunday: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM

Holiday Open House (December 1 - 3)

Friday, December 1: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM*
Saturday, December 2: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM*
Sunday, December 3: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM*

*Last tickets sold 30 mins. before closing

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Ryan Genz

Ryan Genz

Friends of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic

Friends of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic

Live music at the Holiday Open House is supported by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund.