HOLIDAY TRADITIONS OF 1891 – The Henry B. Plant Museum Tampa

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Date(s) - 12/09/2021 Thursday

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40th ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STROLL

Thursday, December 9, 2021

A New Holiday Bus Tour

The annual transformation of the Henry B. Plant Museum to a Christmas wonderland, Victorian style, has begun. Each year, the building is decorated to evoke the feel of the holidays when the hotel opened in 1891. Decorations include fashions of the era, antique toys, elaborate ornaments and numerous Christmas trees, from miniature to more than 14 feet in height.  Spiced cider and cookies will be served on the veranda; live quartets will play classical Victorian Holiday music and stop by their Holiday Gift Shop for a special gift. There is no time of the year that delights us more than Christmas. We trim the tree with ornaments keeping memories bright, hide gift-wrapped packages under the bed and plan a glorious feast with well-worn recipes. These rituals usher in this joyous season. Step into a treasure of the past and experience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at the Henry B. Plant Museum of Tampa.
Return to the Gilded Age at the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, now a National Historic Landmark and home to The University of Tampa and the Henry B. Plant Museum. During the 1880’s, Henry Bradley Plant was building an empire of railroads, steamships and hotels. He wanted that empire to have a palace and that palace was the Tampa Bay Hotel – now referred to as Florida’s “first Magic Kingdom.”  Today, the museum, located in the south wing of the original Tampa Bay Hotel, features original opulent furnishings and artifacts from the hotel collected by Mr. and Mrs. Plant on several buying trips to Europe and the Orient. The museum transports you through educational exhibits, a 14-minute video and events to the late Victorian period, the beginning of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of the City of Tampa. Learn the significance of the hotel during the early stages of the Spanish American War, archival photographs of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in Tampa when this building was Army headquarters, and how Tampa was thrust into the world arena in the summer of 1898.  Glimpse the lifestyle of the early Florida tourist and marvel at the magnificent original furnishings from the hotel’s heyday.

PRICE REDUCED:  LAST MINUTE TOUR PRICE$82    SAVE $10 OFF ORIGINAL PRICE FOR ANY NEW BOOKINGS.

  • Admission to the Historic Henry B. Plant Hotel Museum and all exhibits
  • A Delicious Italian Lunch
  • All Taxes, Meal Gratuities , Professional Tour Director and Deluxe Motorcoach with Restroom & WiFi

TOUR PACE:   ★★★ Moderate Pace, Lots of Walking to sightsee at museum with places to sit.

BUS INFO:    Departs Walmart’s New Smyrna, Ormond Beach, Port Orange Target & Orange City Park & Ride.  Return Approximately 6-7pm.  PAYMENT:   Checks, Payable To:  Royal Coach Tours & Cruises.  

CANCELLATIONS:  No Refunds however Name Changes Permitted or we may sell your seat.

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