Historic Stranahan House to Host Victorian Christmas Tours

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Historic Stranahan House Museum will be decking the halls, the walls and more with spectacular Victorian era décor for the Victorian Christmas Tours in December.

“This is a favorite holiday tradition,” said Christine Yates, president of the Stranahan House board of directors. “The Victorian Christmas Tours are magical and take us back to the holidays in another era. The décor is truly breathtaking.”

Stranahan House will be transformed to capture the grandeur and glamour of a traditional Victorian Christmas. Costumed tour guides in fabulous gowns and waist coats narrate the origins of many holiday traditions and demonstrate how pioneers celebrated Christmas as they take guests on a whimsical journey of Christmas past amid picture-perfect Victorian era décor.

Built in 1901, the Stranahan House is the oldest and most historically significant surviving structure in Broward County, Florida. Built by founding father of Fort Lauderdale, Frank Stranahan, the structure served as the pioneer wilderness’ trading post, post office, bank, and gathering place. 

After marrying the area’s first school teacher, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the building became their home and later a boarding house, a restaurant, and now a museum. Sitting on its original location in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Historic Stranahan House Museum remains a connection to the past while operating as an educational center, cultural destination, and community event space.

Tours are one hour and are scheduled from Friday-Sunday, December 16-18 and Friday, December 23. There is a maximum of 10 visitors per tour. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for museum members and can be purchased at www.stranahanhouse.org/events.

Stranahan House is open for daily guided tours and offers virtual experiences and in-person events throughout the year. To stay updated with events, visit www.stranahanhouse.org