2009-10-08 / News

Mystic Seaport to offer Lantern Light tours

Tickets for Lantern Light tours, a New England holiday tradition at Mystic Seaport, are on sale now. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 26 and 27.

Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes.

Lantern Light tours is a 70-minute progressive play that takes audiences back in time to Christmas past. Visitors tour Mystic Seaport on foot and take a horse-drawn carriage ride, experience a traditional tavern dance and may even catch a glimpse of old St. Nick.

This year’s performance, “Hope Amongst the Stars,” takes visitors through the town of Greenmanville on Christmas Eve, 1876. The Gardner family has struggled each Christmas since the War Between the States, when its beloved Captain Gardner was lost. No proof exists of his death and, for 11 years, family members have wondered what happened to their father and husband. Audiences will take a journey through Greenmanville and discover a town hurt by war and healed by the hope and love of family.

Tickets are $26 for adults ($24 for members) and $19 for children ages 4-18 ($17 for member youth). A $2 handling fee will be applied to each ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mysticseaport. org/lanternlighttours, by calling 860.572.5322 or at the Museum’s main entrance. Visitors must indicate the need for a handicap accessible tour when making a reservation.

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