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Clayson House Christmas Open House

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  • The front parlor of the Clayson House is already decorated for this weekend's Open House.

    The front parlor of the Clayson House is already decorated for this weekend's Open House.
    Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District

It's going to be a Dickens of a Christmas at the annual Clayson House Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 2. Annually, the Palatine Historical Society presents an open house centered on a different theme. This year the characters from A Christmas Carol will be in attendance at the Clayson House including Scrooge and all of his friends. The house will be decorated to reflect a Victorian era holiday, and the Open House, held from 1pm to 4pm on December 2, will include costumed characters, music and refreshments. The Open House is free of charge. The exhibit and decorations can be viewed through January 6, 2013. Regular museum hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 4pm, and Sundays from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Clayson House is located at 224 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

The Clayson House was constructed as a residence in 1873 by George Clayson, a nurseryman who served on the Palatine Village Board. It has been jointly owned by the Palatine Park and Library Districts since 1976, and is the home of the Palatine Historical Society. Its restoration was undertaken as a bicentennial project by the citizens of Palatine Township and the Palatine Historical Society. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 21, 1979; opened to the public on October 7, 1979.

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The mission of Palatine Park District is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and affordable parks and recreation facilities and activities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well-being for all residents and visitors of the Palatine Park District.