Posted on: Nov 26, 2012 -- Last updated on: Nov 19, 2014
Enjoy holiday cheer this year at the Louis Armstrong House Museum with the museum’s annual holiday tours! In keeping with Louis and Lucille’s tradition, the house will be brightly decorated. For the entire month of December, 2014, house tours will feature rare audio clips from Louis's personal recordings of himself and family celebrations at home. Listen to Louis’s magical voice reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas)'' and other seasonal favorites such as “Zat You Santa Claus” and Louis listening to Nat King Cole sing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” Free candy canes included with museum admission.
Louis’s recording of “Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas)” was the last recoding ever made by Louis Armstrong before he died later that year. He recorded it at home in his den on February 26, 1971. On the museum’s holiday tour, visitors can hear excerpts of unedited and never-before issued segments of the recording in Louis’s den where they were originally recorded.
“We love recreating the holiday joy of Louis and Lucille's home at Christmas time. It’s a great place to bring your friends and family and to take a break from the hustle and bustle that December often brings,” says Michael Cogswell, Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
The Historic Holiday House Tour is a 40-minute, guided interpretive tour of the only preserved home of a jazz legend in the world. Louis Armstrong House is a National Historic landmark and New York City landmark. Trained docents lead the Historic House Tours. All of the furnishings are original giving the feeling that Louis and Lucille just stepped out for some eggnog.
Unique Holiday Gifts
The Louis Armstrong House Museum Shop is the perfect destination for unique holiday gifts to jazz up the holiday season. New this year, the museum is the only brick and mortar retailer worldwide that sells the critically acclaimed nine CD Mosaic boxed set: The Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars." It's annotated by the museum’s Archivist, Ricky Riccardi. The Wall Street Journal says it’s Louis Armstrong’s “Renaissance on Record”