The holidays are almost here and there is a great 2014 Holiday Celebration Maitland History to tell you about. The historic Waterhouse Residence Museum, circa 1884, will be dressed for an entirely new Christmas exhibition. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is the theme, as seen from the view of each Waterhouse family member. Traditions from the Past, Present and Future will be showcased in each of the three main downstairs rooms.

The Waterhouse Residence Museum is just a short stroll from Thurston House so why not stay here. What a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season, and learn about the past too! Along the walk from Thurston House to the museum, you can meander along several Maitland streets. There will be lots of beautiful neighborhood decorations to enjoy along the way. Lake Lily Park, where the museum is located, will also be dressed in season finerary. And there is always a beautiful lighted tree floating in the middle of Lake Lily.

On your way back to Thurston House, you can enjoy a bite at any one of several eateries – Antonio’s, Athena Chicken, Rangetsu, or Brown’s NY Deli.