Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours Begin November 29

Holiday Tradition Takes Visitors Back to Christmas Eve, 1876

Holiday Tradition Takes Visitors Back to Christmas Eve, 1876

Mystic, Conn. (November 11, 2014) – Mystic Seaport will open the 35th season of its Lantern Light Tours on Saturday, November 29.

A New England holiday tradition, Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve, 1876. Featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, the cast weaves a heart-warming holiday story in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the Museum.

The Lantern Light Tour plot is changed every year and the writing and production planning begin in February. This year the script was written by Connecticut playwright Jacques Lamarre. Titled, “Mystic’s Christmas Conniption,” the story plays off the traditional carol “Twelve Days of Christmas” to craft an entertaining tale of goodwill and seasonal cheer.

“We are very pleased to have Jacques author this year’s script. He brings a clever wit and humor to the play that helps us take the performance to a new level,” said Denise Kegler, the director for Lantern Light Tours.

Visitors join a group of 16 to tour the Museum’s 19th-century village on foot, stopping at designated points to take in the next chapter in the story. As in years past, this year’s production will include a traditional tavern dance, a sweet treat, a horse-and-carriage ride, and a visit from St. Nicholas.

Performances are November 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased online at mysticseaport.org/lanternlighttours, or by calling 860.572.5331. Tickets are $30 for adults ($25 for Mystic Seaport members) and $23 for children ages 5-17 ($18 for youth members). Lantern Light Tours are not recommended for children under 4 years old.

High-resolution images are available for download on the press page of the Mystic Seaport website. A photo credit to “Mystic Seaport” is required for use.

The 2014 Lantern Light Tours is presented by Citizens Bank.

About Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/.