Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours Begin November 24
Holiday Tradition Takes Visitors Back to Christmas Eve, 1876
Mystic, Conn. (November 2, 2017) — Mystic Seaport will open the 2017 season of its Lantern Light Tours Friday, November 24.
A New England holiday tradition, Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876. Featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, the cast weaves a heart-warming holiday story in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the Museum.
The Lantern Light Tours plot is changed every year and the writing and production planning begins early in the spring. For 2017, the story is “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story.” Set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876, the play unfolds through five scenes of historical hilarity showcasing some unexpected holiday traditions and a little help from a Victorian spiritualist.
Written by Rebecca Bayreuther Donohue, a local historian, author, and Mystic Seaport staff member, “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story” seeks to uncover the true meaning of the season for everyone.
Visitors join a group of 16 to tour the Museum’s seaport village, stopping at designated points to take in the next chapter of the story. Along the way, they will enjoy a gentlemen’s athletic contest, a spirited circle dance, a visit with old St. Nick, a horse and carriage ride, and a scene on board one of the Museum’s historic vessels.
Performances are November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, and 22-23. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mysticseaport.org/lanternlighttours, or by calling 860.572.5331. Tickets are $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members). Lantern Light Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4.
Media access is available during the dress rehearsal November 21.
About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, including the upcoming Murmur: Arctic Realities opening January 20, 2018. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.