The Christmas season is a special time to visit the Frank Phillips Home. The Home will open in full holiday splendor on Saturday, November 26 and will delight adults and children alike.  Beautiful poinsettia arrangements grace the front foyer. The grand stairway is trimmed with garland.  The first floor decorations include festive floral arrangements and Christmas trees in the music room, library, and sunroom.

 

On the dining room table, the visitor will see the traditional centerpiece used by Jane Phillips when entertaining guests and family during the holiday season. The centerpiece, approximately four feet long, is a snow scene with Santa Claus and his sleigh. Along the sides of the sleigh are small wrapped gifts attached to ribbons that run across the table to each guest’s place setting. According to director Jim Goss, when “Aunt Jane” gave permission, each dinner guest would pull the string in front of them and the gift attached to it would be theirs.”

 

On the second floor, visitors are greeted by wreaths, beautiful trees and floral arrangements of the season. Of particular interest are handmade jeweled cone shaped trees in Mrs. Phillips’ bedroom. Santa Claus waits to greet visitors in Frank’s bedroom, along with other fun Christmas items.

 

Upon reaching the third floor, the visitor is greeted by a nine-foot tree decorated in lights, small birds, and hundreds of candy canes.

 

                On December 11th, from 2 to 4:00 pm, the Frank Phillips Home and the Jane Phillips Society invite parents and children to “Santa’s Cottage”, located just to the south of the mansion. Re-enactors Brandon and Rachael Reid from the Peter Conser Home will portray Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and will visit with children of all ages. “Uncle Frank” will also be there, fulfilling his Christmas tradition of giving the children candy and small gifts.  Be sure to bring a camera! There is no charge for this event.  At 3 pm that afternoon Tuba Christmas will perform on the front porch of the mansion. It's not every day you'll see this:   A group of tuba and euphonium players performing holiday classics in a free outdoor concert, and anyone with the right instruments can join in by calling Alex Claussen , band director at the Bartlesville High School.  The tradition started at New York's Rockefeller Center in 1974, and has played out at 200 cities around the world.   The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy this beautiful concert. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Bartlesville High School.

 

Also on December 11th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. the mansion will be open for families to casually walk through the rooms to see the home sparkling with its beautiful Christmas trees, lights, and decorations. Instrumentalist and vocalist, Charles Lee, will be playing Christmas carols and vintage popular music on the 1910 Weber baby grand piano.  The Frank Phillips Home  invites families to begin a new holiday tradition by visiting the home during the Christmas season. This is a free event.

The Home will be closed November 23-25, but will be open November 26 and decorated for Christmas. Guided tours are available that day at 10, 11, 1, 2, 3 & 4. The Home will be closed for Christmas holidays December 24-25 and for New Year’s January 1. The Home will close during the month of January for staff training, cleaning, and archival work.    Further information about the Home, hours of operation and tour times can be obtained by calling 336-2491, Ext.103.