Lemon Hill Mansion 

          Lemon Hill Mansion 

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.  

If you have any specific questions about our holiday programming, please contact our Holiday Hotline at 215-685-0274.

december extended hours

cedar grove and mount Pleasant

Dates: 12/26/15-1/1/16

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

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

Contact: 215-763-8100

historic strawberry mansion

Dates: 12/22/15-12/24/15 and 12/29/15-12/31/15

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

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

Contact: 215-228-8364

woodford mansion

Dates: Open Tuesdays through Sundays EXCEPT for Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

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

Contact: 215-229-6115

Christmas open house

Dates: Thursdays through Sundays, December 3rd – 20th

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

Admission: $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. No advance ticket sales required. Limited free parking available at all houses.


New For 2015! take phlash to the houses

We are excited to announce that Philadelphia visitors and residents can take the clean, convenient and comfortable PHLASH service to see the Historic Houses on a dedicated Holiday Houses Loop.

 Visit phlashphilly.com for more details!


Park Charms Holiday pass

Extended by popular demand

Park Charms has teamed up with our friends from PHLASH to extend our Holiday Pass offer!

You can see all six Park Charms Houses for only $20. (Savings of $10)

Visit PHLASH Philly for more details.

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.

Reservations: 215-228-8364

Holly trolley day!

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, glass blowing, ice-carving, musical performances, seasonal refreshments, and more!

We are happy to welcome Shofuso and Ormiston as additional stops on Holly Trolley Day 2015!

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.

Trolley pick-ups available at all 8 houses as well as Lloyd Hall (1 Boathouse Row) and the Horticulture Center. 

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

Trolleys run every 30 minutes starting at 5:30pm. Last trolley departs at 7:30pm. Tour length: 90 minutes.

Tickets: $44, $35 for Philadelphia Museum of Art Members. Ticket price includes transportation and admission to the sites.

Reservations: 215-235-7469 or online on the Philadelphia Museum of Art website.

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.

Reservations: 215-235-7469 or online on the Philadelphia Museum of Art website.


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.

Holly trolley day partners

Shofuso: Japanese house and garden

Erected byShofuso is happy to announce their second annual Holiday House hours! Shofuso will be decorated with traditional winter symbols including kadomatsu, straw and paper ornaments, and a kagami mochi  鏡餅 (mirror rice cake), for Japanese New Year 正月 (oshōgatsu). 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.

Holiday Hours: December 5th and 6th, 11am-5pm

For more information, visit japanesehouse.org.


Erected by Edward Burd in 1798, Ormiston Mansion is a well preserved two-and-a-half story, late Georgian House built of red brick on a central-hall plan. Early interior features such as fireplaces, moldings, and a Scottish bake oven have survived.    

Holiday Hours: December 3-20, 10:00am-4:00pm

For more information, visit ormistonrhs.org.

Historic Strawberry Mansion

Historic Strawberry Mansion