Christmas Tours and Events Begin December 3!


Each year, the Charms of Fairmount Park dress up in holiday finery for a month of joyful celebration. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs, the historic houses will delight visitors with festive adornments and stunning interiors.

Greeters at each house warmly welcome guests to see the thematic holiday décor.  This is a perfect way to share the season with friends and family.  There are plenty of ways to visit these beautiful homes this holiday season.  

individual House Hours

  • Cedar Grove: Open Thursdays through Sundays, December 4 through December 31, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Historic Strawberry Mansion: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, December 3 through 31, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Laurel Hill Mansion: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, December 3 through December 31, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Lemon Hill Mansion: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, December 3 through December 24, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Mount Pleasant: Open Thursdays through Sundays, December 3 through December 31, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Woodford Mansion: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, December 3 through December 31, 10 am - 4 pm

The Fourth Annual Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display at The Shops at Liberty Place, November 10 - 21 - FREE!

Get ready for the holidays and visit the gingerbread house display on view at The Shops at Liberty Place on 16th & Chestnut Streets.  Local chefs have handcrafted deliciously decadent gingerbread models of Fairmount Park historic sites.  The entire family will enjoy seeing these sweet structures during the display and visiting the real properties this holiday season! This year's display features the following chefs and historic sites:

Mount Pleasant created by STARR Events

Laurel Hill Mansion created by Bredenbeck's Bakery


  • Cedar Grove created by Chef James Rodebaugh of Brûlée Catering
  • Chamounix Mansion created by Chef Terrance Clarke of the Spirit of Philadelphia
  • Laurel Hill Cemetery created by Chef Tatum Kendall 
  • Laurel Hill Mansion created by Chef Julie Quay of the Montgomery County Community College Culinary Arts Institute
  • Lemon Hill Mansion created by Chef Peter Scarola of R2L
  • Mount Pleasant created by Chef Van Earl of Van Earl’s Cakes
  •  Ryerss Museum & Library created by Chef Diana Anello of Bredenbeck’s Bakery
  • Shofuso Japanese Tea House created by Chef Samantha Ross of Garces Group
  • Strawberry Mansion created by Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality
  • Smith Memorial Playground created by Chef Andrea Histand of Denise's Bakery
  • Woodford Mansion created by Chef Danielle Zahodski Town Crier Bakery

NEW! - Fairmount Park Holly Trolley

Presented by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Date: Saturday, December 6, 10 am – 3 pm; Snow Date: Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 3 pm

Tickets: $5 per person per house, Trolley FREE!

Trolleys depart from Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, and stop at Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Lemon Hill, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion, and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

*Last trolley departs Lloyd Hall at 3pm.


Hop on our FREE and festive Holly Trolley for a fun-filled day at the houses. Each site will be dressed in it’s holiday finest and will feature special events including carolers, puppeteers, ice-carving, musical performances, seasonal refreshments, and more! Trolleys run between sites every 10-15 minutes from 10am to 4pm allowing visitors to take in all the events at their own pace and enjoy Fairmount Park at its most festive!


  • Cedar Grove: Cooking demonstrations and refreshments
  • Laurel Hill Mansion: Special musical performances in the parlor and spinning demonstrations in the kitchen
  • Lemon Hill: Refreshments, live music, and ice-carving
  • Mount Pleasant: Night Before Christmas” puppet performances
  • Historic Strawberry Mansion: Greens Sale, carolers, and Santa Claus
  • Woodford Mansion: Carolers, blacksmith demonstrations, and historical re-enactors George Clymber and Rebecca Franks
  • Shofuso Japanese House and Garden: Ikebana display

Tour On Your Own


Dates: Wednesday, December 3 – Thursday, January 1 

Hours vary. Click here for individual hours. 

Tickets: $5 per person per house; children 12 and under free     

Tour Philadelphia’s famous 18th- and 19th-century mansions decorated and themed for the holidays.  Trained guides will share the history of each house and the families who called them home.  Receive collectible recipe cards featuring historically-inspired recipes at each house – visit all six houses to complete your set!  Reservations not required.  Free parking available at all houses. 

Candlelight Tours of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Date: Thursday, December 4, 5:30 pm

Tickets: $45 per person.

Tours depart from Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, and visit Laurel Hill Mansion, Woodford Mansion, and Strawberry Mansion.

Fairmount Park’s historic mansions are most charming and elegant at night when toured by candlelight.  Visit three Park Houses, decorated for the holidays, and hear about Fairmount Park, and the history and residents of each house from trained guides.  The tour will conclude with a delicious reception at Historic Strawberry Mansion.

Reservations: 215-228-8364 

NEW! - A Fairmount Christmas Carol 

Board a bus from the Art Museum with saucy characters from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as your guides, and experience a playful version of Christmas Past, Present, and Future at three of the historic Park Houses.


  • Friday December 12, 4-7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 13, 10:30 am -2 pm

Tours depart every 30 minutes.

Tickets: $42, $34 for Philadelphia Museum of Art Members

Reservations: 215-235-7469

Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Trolley Tours

Enjoy the tradition of touring the Fairmount Park historic houses during the holiday season, when each home takes a unique approach to yuletide adornments. Tours depart from and return to the Art Museum’s West Entrance led by knowledgeable and engaging guides. Ticket price includes transportation and admission to the sites.

2014 Trolley Tour Dates: 

  • Friday, December 12, 10 am-Noon
  • Sunday, December 14, 1:30-3:30 pm

Tickets: $38, $30 for Philadelphia Museum of Art Members

Reservations: 215-235-7469


Available December 4 – 15

Admission: $8 per person per house

Reservations required: 215-684-7863 or

Groups of 15 or more who would like to provide their own bus transportation can reserve Philadelphia Museum of Art trained step-on guides. Cedar Grove, Mount Pleasant and Woodford will be open to groups through December 29.

2014 Themes

Cedar Grove – “A Ye Olde Christmas”

Enjoy the sights and stories of early American Christmas celebrations at Cedar Grove, a humble stone farmhouse. Such Christmas traditions made Charles Dickens’ character Ebenezer Scrooge repent, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all they year.”

Lemon Hill – "Holiday Living"

Step into the hallowed halls of Henry Pratt’s parlor and see how Philadelphians lived and celebrated during the holidays.  Enjoy a special display featuring rarely-seen pieces from Lemon Hill’s collection and fantastic views of Center City Philadelphia through the Oval Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Decorated by the Huntington Garden Club and Wayne Woods. 

Mount Pleasant – “A Grand Merriment”

Holiday merry-making in 18th century homes included festive parties of food, drink, and dance. Delight in these visions, as Charles Dickens’ characters the Fezziwigs did, at Mount Pleasant and leave eager to try recipes for traditional drinks. 

Laurel Hill Mansion – "Charms of Yesteryear"

Experience the joy of hearing chamber music and sounds of the holidays on our historic fortepiano.  Encounter the outstanding decorations of the Community Garden Club at Wayne, and the live 14 ft. Frazier fur Christmas tree.  Complimentary tea served by costumed guides. Gingerbread men and women prepared by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College will be for sale.  Decorated by The Community Garden Club at Wayne.

Strawberry Mansion - “Home for the Holidays”
For the first time in five years, Strawberry Mansion will be open for the Holiday Tours. Decorations will highlight the beautifully restored rooms, and will welcome friends and guests “home” to Strawberry Mansion. Don’t miss the newly installed mural in the Banquet Room. Purchase fresh greens and gifts at the 6th annual Greens Sale on Strawberry Mansion’s grounds throughout the Holiday Tours.

Woodford Mansion – “Holiday Whimsy”
Celebrate the holidays from the British perspective with one of Philadelphia’s most prominent Loyalist socialites from the American Revolution!  Meet Rebecca Franks, daughter of Woodford’s former owner and a darling of the British occupiers, who will greet visitors and share holiday stories.  Woodford is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, year-round.  Decorated by The Garden Club of Philadelphia and The Garden Workers.

Click here for directions to each of the houses.

Shofuso Japenese House and Garden - "Holiday House Tours" 

A light dusting of snow in January at Shofuso 

A light dusting of snow in January at Shofuso 

Open for Holiday Tours:  10am-4pm

Fri, Sat & Sun, December  6 & 7

Admission: $5 per person, 5 and under free

Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Japanese House has never looked like this before! Shofuso will be decorated with ancient winter symbols like traditional Japanese greens, ikebana flower arrangements, straw and paper ornaments, and a kagami mochi mirror rice cake, for Japanese New Year正月 (shōgatsu). Borrow our warm slippers and tour the traditional-style Japanese house while sipping warm green tea, or visit the nationally-ranked garden, weather permitting, and experience a Japanese New Year at Shofuso for the first time. 

 For more information visit or e-mail, or call 215.878.5097

Strawberry Mansion

Strawberry Mansion