Christmas at the fairmount Park historic houses 2015!
Each year, the Charms of Fairmount Park dress up in holiday finery for a month of joyful celebration. Especially for 2015, the historic houses will delight visitors with festive adornments and stunning interiors inspired by the whimsical Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas", decorated by local interior designers and garden clubs.
Greeters at each house warmly welcome guests to see the 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.
- Take a guided trolley tour on select dates.
- Attend a special holiday event at one of the houses.
- Reserve a group tour through the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Enjoy a day of amazing holiday programming at all six houses and FREE transportation aboard the Holly Trolley!
- Experience A Fairmount Christmas Carol on December 16 & 18!
Christmas open house
Dates: Thursdays through Sundays, December 3rd – 20th
Tickets: $5 per person per house; children 12 and under free
All are welcome to drop in and delight in each house’s festive decorations inspired by the whimsical Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
Reservations not required. Limited free parking available at all houses.
HOliday Candlelight tour
Date: Thursday, December 3, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Tickets: $45 per person and covers transportation, admission at each house, and refreshments.
Tour festively decorated Laurel Hill Mansion, Woodford Mansion, and Historic Strawberry Mansion on this exclusive tour lit softly by candlelight, evoking the past in a unique and lovely way. Friendly and knowledgeable guides share the rich and interesting history of Fairmount Park and the life of the residents who called each of these magnificent buildings home. The tour concludes with assorted hors d’oeuvres and desserts at Historic Strawberry Mansion.
A Fairmount Christmas Carol Trolley tour
Join characters from A Christmas Carol as they guide visitors through Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove and Lemon Hill in this playful version of the classic Christmas story. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Wednesday, December 16, 5:30-8:00 pm
- Friday, December 18, 5:30-8:00pm
Tours depart every 30 minutes.
Tickets: $44, $35 for Philadelphia Museum of Art Members. Ticket price includes transportation and admission to the sites.
A Festive tradition Trolley Tour
Be part of a cherished Philadelphia tradition by touring the Fairmount Park historic houses exquisitely decorated for the holidays. Hear from knowledgeable and engaging guides as they lead you to three historic houses and share the rich history of Fairmount Park. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Dates: Thursday, December 10th-Sunday, December 13th
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm
Tickets: $38, $30 for Philadelphia Museum of Art Members.Ticket price includes transportation and admission to the sites.
Available December 3rd – 13th Limited availability after December 13th
Admission: $8 per person per house
Reservations required: 215-684-7863 or www.philamuseum.org/groupvisits
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.
Fairmount Park Holly Trolley
Presented by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Date: Saturday, December 5, 10 am – 4pm; Snow Date: Saturday, December 12, 10 am – 4 pm
Tickets: $5 per person per house, Trolley FREE!
HOUSES OPEN: 10:00am-4:00pm
Hop on our free 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 allowing visitors to take in all the events at their own pace and enjoy Fairmount Park at its most festive.