History Happy Hour – First Family Holiday Traditions



12/14/2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm




1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

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Join Jim Hewes, veteran bartender at the Willard InterContinental’s Round Robin Bar, and Evan Phifer, Research Historian at the White House Historical Association, as they examine the evolution of holiday traditions at The White House since 1880.

When did the National Christmas Tree lighting begin? Who started the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree? Which president holds the record for the greatest number of Christmas trees in the White House? What president was known for having an indoor snowball fight at their holiday party? Which first lady started the custom of decorating an official tree in the White House? Why did Teddy Roosevelt ban Christmas trees in the presidential manor?

These are just a few of the many questions to be discussed at the Willard InterContinental’s December History Happy Hour- First Family Holiday Traditions.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how to make three seasonally inspired cocktails including the Willard InterContinental’s famous Jingle Bell Julep.

Kick off the holiday season and join us for History Happy Hour on December 14, 2017.

Admission includes (3) cocktails and light appetizers.

Hosted in partnership with the White House Historical Association