Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored our 2017 event. This holiday event supports preservation while highlighting Riverside’s historic neighborhoods. For photos from the 2017 event, click here.

Be sure to keep an eye out later in 2017 for ticket information on the January 6, 2018 event.

About Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a traditional Christmas celebration, steeped in history and tradition in many European countries. The early European settlers of the United States naturally brought many of the traditions of their home countries with them, including all the celebrations of the winter and Christmas season. In the same manner, early residents of Riverside (incorporated in 1883) established the traditions of their day, so a Victorian Twelfth Night became one of Riverside’s early celebrations. Ironically, back in the 1870’s era Victorian England, Queen Victoria had banned Twelfth Night as a feast day because it had become a time of mischief and over indulgence rather than a religious celebration.

The Old Riverside Foundation has brought back the tradition with some of the old feel and some newer ideas. Traditionally, Twelfth Night is on January 5th (the 12th day after Christmas), and has for centuries been the culmination of the 12-day Christmas season (thus the Twelve Days of Christmas holiday song). Guests are encouraged to join in the spirit of Riverside’s original Twelfth Night Celebrations by wearing period dress or semi-formal attire.

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