Ticket sales begin Oct. 13 for Christmas at the Pabst Mansion tours, which include an expanded lineup of mimosa and twilight tours and family-oriented Sunday afternoon events this year.
The 20,000-square-foot historic mansion, built in 1892 as a home for beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst and his wife Maria, goes all out when it decorates for Christmas, including dozens of Christmas trees.
Holiday visitors can also take in the year-round attractions of the Pabst’s Flemish Renaissance Revival architecture and design, including high-ceiling rooms, ornate woodwork and an extensive art collection. The Pabsts lived large, with a wine collection of 3,000 bottles, acting director Mame McCully said last year.
Christmas tours begin Nov. 17 and continue through Jan. 8. Options included self-guided tours, holiday mimosa tours on weekend mornings, twilight tours on selected evenings and family-centered Sunday afternoon tours that include Father Christmas.
The Pabst Mansion is at 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tours begin slightly west of the main entrance at the new Pabst Mansion Visitor Center, 2040 W. Wisconsin Ave. (The visitor center is also home to the mansion’s gift shop.)
Self-guided tours will be available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday (last entry at 3:15 p.m.) and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 8 (check the Pabst Mansion website for holiday hours). Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for students, seniors and military; $13 for children (ages 6-17); and free for children 5 and under and members.
Self-guided Twilight Tours will be offered 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 25 through Jan. 7, excluding holiday eves. Tickets are $26 for adults; $24 for students, seniors and military; $11 for members. Glühwein (hot mulled wine) and other seasonal adult beverages will be on sale. A changing roster of musicians will perform during these tours.
Holiday mimosa tours will be available at 9:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays. Same prices as twilight tours; a mimosa is included with the ticket. The mimosa tours are the only guided tours offered through the holiday season, said Jocelyn Slocum, director of operations and curatorial affairs.
Tickets will be for timed entry and are limited; advance purchase is recommended at pabstmansion.ticketsocket.com/#/event-list.
Family-fun tours, including an appearance by Father Christmas, will be offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18. Musicians will perform on select dates. These family tours are included with paid holiday season Pabst Mansion admission: $20 for adults, $18 student/senior/military, $13 children (ages 6-17), free for children 5 and under and members.
For more information, call (414) 931-0808 or visit pabstmansion.com.
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