Around the East Bay, Dunsmuir Mansion is really the “go to” spot for holiday cheer. For the past 38 years, this has been the ideal time to check out the place – filled with 35 rooms of decorations.
Of course, volunteers began the decorations in October because there’s so much work involved. This is a mansion from another era, and worth the loving efforts by these decorators. According to the Tribune, it takes 5,000 hours to get ready. Kind of amazing!
Since the weather’s supposed to turn frightful on Sunday, this should be your indoors destination of choice. Edwardian-dressed docents lead tours through the mansion all day long, and expect to be serenaded by live music too.
Other things going on at Dunsmuir? You can sign up for a formal tea-time, served at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm for teens/adults (14+). There’s holiday gifts for sale in the carriage house. And if the weather’s not too bad, there will be a trolley ride through the estate grounds.
While tickets are pricey, this is the prime fundraiser for maintaining the mansion. Admission runs $17/adult, $16/seniors (62+), $13/junior (6-13), and free/tots (under 6) at the gate. If you buy online today, then you incur a $7 order fee but save $5 per ticket. High teas cost another $25/person, and require advanced reservations.