Lantern Light Tours Begin November 24

Lantern Light ToursMystic Seaport will open the 2017 season of its Lantern Light Tours Friday, November 24.

A New England holiday tradition, Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 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 Tours plot is changed every year and the writing and production planning begins early in the spring. For 2017, the story is “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story.” Set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876, the play unfolds through five scenes of historical hilarity showcasing some unexpected holiday traditions and a little help from a Victorian spiritualist.

Written by Rebecca Bayreuther Donohue, a local historian, author, and Mystic Seaport staff member, “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story” seeks to uncover the true meaning of the season for everyone.

Visitors join a group of 16 to tour the Museum’s seaport village, stopping at designated points to take in the next chapter of the story. Along the way, they will enjoy a gentlemen’s athletic contest, a spirited circle dance, a visit with old St. Nick, a horse and carriage ride, and a scene on board one of the Museum’s historic vessels.

Performances are November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, and 22-23. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 860.572.5331.

Tickets are $33 for adults ($27 for Mystic Seaport members) and $26 for children ages 5-17 ($20 for youth members). Lantern Light Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4.