2023 Arlington, Virginia

When:Wednesday-Saturday, August 16-19, 2023
Where:Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia
Theme:A Christmas Story in the Nation’s Capitol
Hosts:Joe Meyers and Carrie Besl

General Information

Mail-In Convention Registration Form & Magazine Insert

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What’s Included in my Base Convention Registration Fee?

Convention Schedule

Hotel Information

Banquet Information

Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy

Museum Room Display Form

NEW! Form is online fillable. Complete and send in as an email attachment. No need to print.

Bus Transportation


Negotiated Parking Rates

Things to Know about Washington DC from a Local’s Perspective

Toys for Tots

Letters to Santa

Deadline for Mailing: Saturday, May 1

Buying & Selling

Hotel Guest Room Sales (“Room Hopping”) for Sellers

Christkindlmarkt for Sellers

Wednesday, August 16, 1-4PM

Village Square Marketplace for Sellers

Wednesday, August 16, 9AM-4PM
Thursday, August 17, 9AM-4PM
Friday, August 18, 1-4PM

Convention Sales Room for Sellers

Saturday, August 19, 9AM-12PM

Convention Sales Room Policy

Saturday, August 19, 9AM-12PM

Special Meals

SM1 Dinner and a Movie: A Christmas Story

Monday, August 14, 5-7PM

SM2 Merry Mix of Mid-Century Christmas Lunch

A 1940-1959 Era Event
Hosted by Lynne Eltrevoog and Dave Harms
Wednesday, August 16, 11AM-1PM

SM3 Christmas Morning Pajama Party Breakfast

A 1960-1983 Era Collecting Event
Hosted by Amanda Benton and Kriss Plumer
Thursday, August 17, 8-10AM

SM4 Jeannette Beach Memorial Holly Luncheon

Hosted by Nancy Smith
Thursday, August 17, 12-2PM

SM5 Light Lunch

Hosted by Craig McManus
Thursday, August 17, 12-2PM

SM6 Victorian Christmas: The Transformation of Christmas Lunch

A Pre-1940 Era Event
Hosted by Elissa and Darren Walker
Friday, August 18, 11AM-1PM

SM7 The Joy of Collecting Villages Luncheon

Hosted by The National Council of 56 Clubs (NCC) and Department 56
Saturday, August 19, 12-2PM


E1 Odyssey Dinner Cruise

limited to 48
Friday, August 11, 6-11PM

E2 Route 11 Yard Crawl with breakfast bag and box lunch

Saturday, August 12, 6:30AM-4PM

E3 Art of Fire Tour and Art Studio Glass Blowing Class with lunch

each session limited to 15
E3A Saturday, August 12, 8:30AM-3PM
E3B Sunday, August 13, 8:30AM-3PM
E3C Tuesday, August 15, 8:30AM-3PM

E4 Guided Smithsonian Tour with lunch

Saturday, August 12, 9:15AM-4:45PM

E5 King Street Shopping with guide

Saturday, August 12, 1-4PM

E6 Monuments by Moonlight

E6A Saturday, August 12, 7:30-10:45PM
E6B Tuesday, August 15, 7:30-10:45PM

E7 Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and National Museum of the American Indian Tour with lunch

Sunday, August 13, 9AM-4PM

E8 U Street Food, History, and Art Fork Tour with four food tastings

Sunday, August 13, 11:30AM-4:30PM

E9 River City Boat Cruise

limited to 32
Sunday, August 13, 1:45-5:15PM

E10 Virginia Historical Tour with lunch

Monday, August 14, 9AM-5PM

E11 Armed Forces Tour with lunch

Monday, August 14, 9AM-5PM

E12 DC Scavenger Hunt with lunch

Monday, August 14, 9:30AM-3PM

E13 Historic Ellicott City, Forget Me Not Factory, and Village Home Tours

Tuesday, August 15, 8:30AM-4PM

E14 DC Sightseeing Tour with lunch

Tuesday, August 15, 9AM-5PM

E15 High Tea at the Henley Park Hotel

each tea time limited to 30
E15A Tuesday, August 15, 12:15-3:45PM
E15B Tuesday, August 15, 2:15-5:45PM


W1 Cotton-Wrapped Tree

Instructor: Karen Shields
class limited to 25
Monday, August 14, 9-11AM

W2 Christmas Stocking

Instructor: Gay Iapalucci
class limited to 20
Monday, August 14, 9-11AM

W3 Sparktacular Vintage Jewelry Tree

Instructor: Sue Wille
class limited to 25
Monday, August 14, 10AM-12PM

W4 White Cotton Santa Ornament

Instructor: Karen Shields
class limited to 20
Monday, August 14, 1-3PM

W5 Sweet Satin Dolls: Ornament & Figure

Instructor: Sue Wille
class limited to 25
Monday, August 14, 1-2:30PM

W6 Gingerbread House Decoration

Instructor: Jaimie Mertz
class limited to 50
Monday, August 14, 2:30-4:30PM

W7 Red Cotton Santa Ornament

Instructor: Karen Shields
class limited to 20
Monday, August 14, 3-5PM

W8 Lady Vase Tree

Instructor: Amanda Benton
class limited to 12
Tuesday, August 15, 10AM-12PM

W9 Make a 9-Inch Mini Goose Feather Tree

Instructors: Ron and Carol Wardell
class limited to 20
Tuesday, August 15, 1-4PM

W11 Using Hot Wire Foam Factory Tools to Create a Putz Display

Instructors: Patricia and John Ehrenreich
each class limited to 25
W11A Tuesday, August 15, 4-5PM
W11B Tuesday, August 15, 5-6PM

W12 Village Styrofoam Display Carving

Instructors: Georgian Bay Villagers
class limited to 120
Wednesday, August 16, 8-10AM

W13 Three Feather Wreaths

Instructors: Ron and Carol Wardell
class limited to 20
Wednesday, August 16, 8-11AM

W14 Victorian Scrap Ornaments

Instructor: Mary McIntosh
class limited to 25
Wednesday, August 16, 9-11AM

W15 Village Christmas Lantern

Instructor: Ellen Somerwill
class limited to 15
Wednesday, August 16, 11AM-1PM


Christmas Cookie Contest

Homemade cookies and sweets are a Golden Glow Convention tradition.

Decorated Tree Contest

The Decorated Tree Contest is to encourage different points of view on vintage and antique Christmas tree decorations.

Museum Room Group Display Contest

The first-ever Museum Room Group Display will award one lucky charity $1,000.

Christmas Tree on a Budget Contest

Turn this plain 36-inch tree into a work of art!

Gingerbread House Contest

The first-ever Golden Glow Gingerbread House Competition.

Village Display Contest

A collection of buildings and accessories accompanied by a narrative telling us what inspired your display.

Facebook Party & Lampshade Hat Contest

Hosted by Golden Glow Social Media Team
Tuesday, August 15, 10PM-Midnight

Christopher Radko’s Antique Christmas Trivia Challenge

at the Christmas Festival
Thursday, August 17, 7-8PM


Woodland Scenics Soft Flake Snow SN140

Vintage Brands T-Shirts

Village Sign Post

Woodland Scenics Starter Kit

Patriotic Handblown Ornament

Wrapping Paper