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Hampton Carousel Hours of Operation Change November 7 ‘Winter Whimsy’ Begins November 21

October 25, 2017 |

The historic Hampton Carousel, currently decorated for the Halloween-themed “Haunted Horse Rides” featuring Trick or Treat with the Headless Horseman through Sunday, November 5, will change operating beginning Tuesday, November 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, to 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday.

To get in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, the historic carousel will be decorated for “Winter Whimsy” beginning on Tuesday, November 21 through the close of the season on Sunday, December 31, 2017. The carousel will reopen for the spring on April 3, 2018.

During “Winter Whimsy,” young and old alike can make new memories while enjoying festively adorned holiday horses and the historic Hampton Carousel decked out for the season, along with special carousel organ-type Christmas music. Visitors will receive a free candy cane and can take a spin on the carousel for just $1.00.

Hampton Carousel
Built in 1920, the carousel is completely restored to its original beauty and housed in its own weather-protected pavilion on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is one of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the U.S. Hand crafted by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park, Hampton's Carousel is a whirling tribute to the skill of its creators.

After untold numbers of young and old enjoyed the carousel over its 65-year tenure, it was put in storage with the closure of Buckroe Beach Amusement Park in the mid-1980s. It was moved and restored at its current location in Carousel Park on Settlers Landing Road in Downtown Hampton in 1991. It still boasts its original mirrors and oil paintings, as well as 48 intricately decorated horses. Rising and falling to the strains of the original band organ, many of these carousel horses are so finely carved that the veins in their necks and legs are visible. Special hours are available for groups or special occasions.