Join actors in period costume as they take you back to the Christmas of 1782. This lively event celebrates the return of Arthur Middleton from Philadelphia, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure from Charleston of the British troops. Guests will feast on early American cuisine from the colonial period in the Pavilion following the presentation. One modern version of an old dish was inspired by former Chef-in-residence and James Beard award winner, Edna Lewis. Torch-lit gardens, warm fires, dramatic scenes and presentations, and a chef and attendant served buffet will make Grand Illumination a memorable part of your holiday season.
The evening’s menu includes Edna Lewis’ Beef Stew, Whole Roasted Chicken Carving Station, Grilled Pork Loin, Middleton Place Farmers Salad, Buttered Green Beans, Rosemary Potatoes, Roasted Honey Carrots, Creamed Corn, Seasonal Cobbler and Custard. Includes coffee, tea and water. Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and juice are available for purchase at the cash bar. Menu items subject to change.
Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions section below.
$25/children ages 6-13
No charge for ages 5 and under.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is this event handicapped accessible?
This special event takes place mainly outdoors and at night. The Garden paths on this historic property can be uneven, as they are made of dirt and gravel and sometimes include brick steps; therefore, they are not easily maneuverable by wheelchair. Due to safety concerns electric/motorized wheelchairs are not permitted. The House Museum has very limited handicapped accessibility on the first floor only. The walking route through the Gardens is approximately ½ mile.
How long is the event?
The Grand Illumination is divided into two parts. The first part is a theatrical production that takes place while walking from scene to scene through the Gardens and House Museum and lasts for about 45-50 minutes.
Guests then walk to the Pavilion for a special chef and attendant served buffet dinner prepared by the Middleton Place Restaurant. We suggest setting aside about two hours total for the event.
How do the time blocks work?
Guests will be grouped in tours of 10 in the order of arrival within each time block. Tours depart continuously throughout the event. (i.g. guests selecting the 6:00 pm tour will depart on their tour in order of arrival/check-in between 6:00 and 6:30). The Garden and Museum shops will be open and warm fires will be available for guests awaiting their tours.
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your selected time block.
What should I wear?
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Clothing and outerwear suitable to the weather should be worn and dressing in layers is suggested. Keep in mind that the first half of the event is outside in the Gardens.
Are Masks Required?
Based on recommendations from SCDHEC and the CDC, we recommend guests wear a mask or face covering while outdoors in close proximity to others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks are required in any interior spaces, including the House Museum, the Pavilion while not seated and public restrooms.
All sales are final and the event will take place rain or shine.
Extend your visit with a stay at The Inn at Middleton Place.
Guests of special events at Middleton Place receive a 10% discount on their room rate.
Please print and bring a copy of your ticket email for admittance to the event.
Alternatively, you may present your ticket email on a mobile device (tablet or cell phone).
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