A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery

Event Date:

Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

See Oakland’s mausoleums decked out in holiday splendor!

On Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., you’re invited to indulge in the seasonal spirit at A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery.

Returning for its third year, Victorian Holiday is a unique seasonal celebration that features holiday activities for the whole family! The program features a Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes, and other special activities.

Tickets must be purchased in advance to take the Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes. Tickets are available at Freshtix.com. Other Victorian Holiday features, including the children’s craft area and photos with Saint Nicholas, are free and open to the public.

Tour Prices:
Adults: $16 (plus fees)
Children aged 6-18 (children 5 and under are free): $10 (plus fees)
Seniors aged 65+: $10 (plus fees)
Historic Oakland Foundation Members: $6 (plus fees)

Frequently Asked Questions: A Victorian Holiday at Oakland

What is the Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes?
Led by a Victorian guide, this walking tour takes you on a “behind-the-stones” look at several of the cemetery’s magnificent mausoleums. Learn about these iconic stone structures while listening to the stories of the Oakland residents buried within. Each mausoleum is decorated by local artists and designers.

The Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes is available with advance ticketing only. Spaces are limited and tickets will be available online on November 4 on Freshtix.com. Tours will leave the Bell Tower every 15 minutes and are approximately one hour in length. The last tour will start at 3:00 p.m. Please note that as a historic site, some areas of Oakland Cemetery have uneven paths and are not ADA-accessible.

How do I buy tickets for the tour?
Visit Freshtix.com and select your tour time. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for children (6-18) and seniors (65 and over). Historic Oakland Foundation members tickets are $6. Taxes and fees are not included.

What time should I arrive for my Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes?
There is a check-in table outside of the Bell Tower. Ticket holders must check in at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your tour. Tour participants will receive a tour wristband when they check in. Visitors will not be permitted on the tour without a wristband. Assemble at the “Out in the Rain” fountain at your ticketed tour time.

Before and after your tour, you will have a chance to enjoy all the holiday festivities, which are ongoing from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Those attending the final tour at 3:00 p.m. may want to arrive early to enjoy the sights and sounds of A Victorian Holiday before the tour.

Meet St. Nick at A Victorian Holiday

What else can I do during my visit to Oakland Cemetery?

  • Visit our Holiday Artist’s Market to shop for unique and handmade gifts from local artists. Holiday vendors include:
  • Bring a piece of Oakland home for the holidays! Handmade wreaths, holiday greenery, and bows are available for sale outside of the Bell Tower during Victorian Holiday. We will also feature ongoing demonstrations of ways to embellish wreaths and other decorations with garden greenery.
  • Enjoy holiday classics performed by guitarist Matthias Young and a reading of The Night Before Christmas (at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.).
  • Bring your kids to learn the art of the Victorian ornament and other historic crafts in the children’s area.
  • Don’t miss out on an opportunity to meet jolly Saint Nicholas and Mrs. Claus!

What is happening at the Museum Shop?
Stop by Oakland’s Museum Shop for all your holiday shopping and find gifts unique to Oakland Cemetery, seasonal novelties, books, and much more. All visitors will enjoy a 10% discount on holiday items in Oakland’s Visitors Center and Museum Shop. Give your loved ones a gift that can be enjoyed all year long – a Historic Oakland Foundation membership!

Find a unique gift in the Holiday Shop!

Where do I park for Victorian Holiday?
Complimentary parking is available in the lot located just outside of Oakland’s main gates at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Limited parking is also available on nearby side streets adjacent to Oakland Cemetery.

Will there be food available for purchase at A Victorian Holiday at Oakland?
We encourage you to plan for a day in Grant Park by patronizing local restaurants before or after your tour: Six Feet UnderTin Lizzy’s CantinaDoc Chey’s Noodle HouseRepublic Social House, and Mezcalito’s Cocina & Tequila Bar.

What forms of payment does Oakland Cemetery accept?
Cash, debit and credit cards are accepted.

Can I bring my pet along with me to the event?
With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted at A Victorian Holiday.

What if it rains?
Victorian Holiday is a rain or shine event. However, should serious inclement weather occur, the event will be cancelled and ticket holders will receive a pass good for admission for two to the guided walking tours of Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Thank You to our Event Sponsor

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