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November 16, 1995|By Dorothy Fleetwood

Edwardian Christmas

Holiday preparations are under way in many of the great mansions around the region, and one of the first to open for

Christmas tours is Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va.

"Christmas at Oatlands" begins Saturday and continues through Dec. 30. Visitors will step into a holiday party setting of the Edwardian era. The year is 1903 and electricity now lightens the world, or at least the homes of the affluent. Each of the mansion's 15 rooms is ablaze with light. White Christmas trees were also very much in fashion in 1903, and in the drawing room stands a 12-foot Christmas tree decorated in cotton snow, silver pine cones and white icicles.

Tours are scheduled Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening candlelight tours are offered Saturdays every half hour from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costumed interpreters bring to life a typical holiday party of the Virginia gentry. Guests can also enjoy live seasonal music in the Carriage House Gift Shop.

Admission is $7 for day tours; $8 for Saturday candlelight tours. Oatlands is on U.S. 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Call (703) 777-3174.

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