Lauralton Hall Presents Christmas in the Mansion

MILFORD—Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall presents Christmas in the Mansion, Sunday, December 8, 2019, noon–5 pm, 200 High St., Milford.  Attendees are invited to stroll through Lauralton’s historic 1864 Victorian Gothic Mansion, shop at more than 65 pop-up boutiques, enjoy holiday treats, visit Santa and his elves, and more.

Admission is $10 at the door and free for children age 12 and younger. All profits from Christmas in the Mansion benefit Lauralton Hall financial aid and scholarships.

Christmas in the Mansion boutiques offer a wide range of gift items including modernized vintage jewelry, custom guitars from reclaimed materials, gourmet foods, hand-knit clothing and accessories, watercolor paintings and photographs by local artists, up-cycled home décor, hand-turned wooden bowls, custom pet portraits, greeting cards from a student-owned papery business, athleisure wear, handmade glass ornaments, and more – there is something for everyone!

“In 1989 Lauralton welcomed the greater Milford community to the first Christmas in the Mansion, and since then the event has become a beloved Lauralton signature event,” said Lauralton Hall Director of Advancement Kathleen Kearns Donahue.  “This year’s theme, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ features the warmth of a vintage country holiday.  We look forward to welcoming visitors to our Lauralton home and sharing the joy of Christmas,” she added.

Attendees are also invited to:

  • Visit the crèche in Lauralton’s century-old chapel in Mercy Hall
  • Enjoy lunch in the Dining Hall with catering by Carl Anthony of Monroe
  • Visit Santa and the elves in Santa’s Workshop
  • Purchase treats from the Christmas in the Mansion Bake Shoppe
  • Take a chance on winning one of “12 Trees of Christmas” decorated by the Lauralton community (plus many other raffle items including gourmet baskets and handcrafted goods)
  • View special collections on display including Madame Alexander dolls and Spode china

For those who want to shop early, a reservation-only Preview Party will be held Saturday, December 7, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The party includes hors d’oeuvres and light buffet provided by Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, wine and beer, raffles, Christmas music performed by Lauralton Hall vocal ensembles, and more. For details and to purchase Preview Party tickets go to

About Lauralton Hall

Founded in 1905 by the Sisters of Mercy, Lauralton Hall is the first independent Catholic college-prep school for young women in Connecticut. The student body is comprised of more than 370 girls from 42 towns. Inspired by the Mercy tradition, Lauralton Hall’s mission is to empower young women to pursue their highest potential through lifelong learning, compassionate service, and responsible leadership in a global society. For more information, visit Lauralton Hall is located at 200 High Street, Milford, CT.

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Lauralton Hall is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and National Coalition of Girl’s Schools (NCGS).