SPECIAL EVENT DAY: "Crafts of the Season"

By A Very Philly Christmas in Fairmount Park (other events)

Sunday, December 15 2019 10:00 AM 4:00 PM

‘Tis this season to deck the halls and decorate your walls! Join us for a day dedicated to creativity, community, and the crafts of the season. Each historic house will have creative activities and workshops for kids and adults alike. The day will include demonstrations from local artists and designers and several of the houses will have "makerspaces" where guests can create their own one of a kind ornaments, wreaths, cards, and other seasonal crafts. 

In addition to art and crafts, many houses will have games and other family-friendly activities. Of course, nothing brings cheer to the children like seeing Santa! Visit Lemon Hill Mansion for a pic with ol’ St. Nick!

Participating historic houses include: Cedar GroveHistoric Strawberry MansionLaurel Hill MansionLemon Hill MansionMount Pleasant, and Woodford Mansion.

New for 2019!  On “Crafts of the Season” and other Special Event Days, PHLASH buses will stop at Ridgeland Mansion for a Holiday Lunch & Open House. The Holiday Lunch, provided by Joshua’s Catering from 11am – 3pm, includes: hot coffee or tea, soup of your choice*, sandwich of your choice*, and cookies - all for only $10! (* menu includes vegan and child-friendly options. View menu here). We recommend purchasing the Holiday Lunch Combo in advance on this site, however limited quantities of walk-up purchases will be available. 

And while you're there, visit the Holiday Open House at The Suzanne Morgan Center to see inside beautiful Ridgeland Mansion, built circa 1752. Free entry, but donations are welcome and benefit the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia.


  • Discounted All-House Pass: $35 — includes entry to all 6 participating houses (+ Ridgeland Mansion) as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH
  • Single entry: $8
  • Holiday Lunch Combo: $10


  • Children 12 and under admitted free!
  • Fairmount Park neighbors receive a generous discount! Enter your zip code as the discount code in the Ticketleap checkout (eligible zip codes: 19130, 19121, 19132, 19129, 19131, and 19104).


Visit for further information including house addresses, transportation options, and the day's performance schedule. Limited free parking is available at each location. 


The Historic Houses of Fairmount Park are some of the best-preserved examples of 18th and 19th-century early American architecture, all located in one of the country’s most beautiful urban parks. Promotion and programming for the historic houses are supported through a partnership between the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation DepartmentFairmount Park Conservancy and various stewardship groups. Proceeds from this event support the ongoing stewardship, maintenance, and promotion of these treasures.


Passes are valid for 12/15/19 only. No further discounts are available. Children 12 and under admitted free to the historic houses. Photos are encouraged!

Crowd Photo Release Information: Please be aware that by attending this event, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films and tapes for exploitation (such as publicity) in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release Fairmount Park Conservancy, its successors, assigns and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature. Please contact John Sigmund, Historic House Coordinator, at: [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

A Very Philly Christmas in Fairmount Park