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Dickens Christmas Event at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

Dec 02nd, 2017

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Press Contact: Kimberly Burkard, Marketing/Membership, 585-394-4922


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sonnenberg’s Dickens Christmas Event on December 2

CANANDAIGUA – In celebration of the coming holiday season, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park will offer a new event this December. Dickens Christmas, on December 2 from Noon – 4 pm, will feature old-fashioned holiday fun in the festively decorated Sonnenberg Mansion. Live entertainment includes Christmas carols sung by the Sweet Adelines and English country dancing with the Meryton Assembly Dancers as well as a reading of the Christmas classic, Twas the Night Before Christmas. See website for a schedule of the entertainment.

Horse drawn wagon rides will be available as well as being able to tour Sonnenberg’s Victorian mansion that has been decorated for the season. Christmas card photo opportunities abound so be sure to bring your camera! Admission is $7 and under 5 is free. Christmas cookies and drinks available for purchase. All funds by this event raised directly support Sonnenberg Gardens.

Attendees are encouraged to share the holiday spirit with others by bringing non-perishable food items to donate to Gleaner's Kitchen.

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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact Marketing Director Kimberly Burkard or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.

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