SPECIAL EVENT DAY: "Flavors of the Season"

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

Sunday, December 8 2019 10:00 AM 4:00 PM

Bring your appetite and culinary curiosity to the historic houses as we celebrate some of Philadelphia's best tastes for the holidays. Sample the season’s best flavors with a special appearance by Chef Walter Staib from PBS’ “A Taste of History.” Featuring: City Tavern, Cosmic Cafe, Purposeful Pops, Feast Your Eyes Catering, Federal Donuts, Frecon Farms Cider & Market, Joshua's Catering, Manatawny Still Works, and Vegan Commissary.

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

New for 2019!  On “Flavors 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. 

Lemon Hill: Cosmic Cafe & Catering and Frecon Farms Market & Bakery. Plus, a special sampling of Frecon hard cider courtesy of The Schuylkill CiderHouse on Boathouse Row. PLUS! Purposeful Pops presents its ‘Tis the season flavors, including: pumpkin cheesecake, cranapple, eggnog, gingerbread spice, spiced hot chocolate and more! Look out for the “Icicle Tricycle” offering cool desserts in the dining room!  

Mount Pleasant:  City Tavern, Philadelphia’s famous colonial cuisine destination, with an all-day meet & greet with Chef Walter Staib, star of PBS’ “A Taste of History“ 

Laurel Hill: a festive spread from Liberty Kitchen. Plus, Federal Donuts– the sweetest and tastiest treats in town! 

Woodford: Feast Your Eyes Catering offering merry morsels from their menu and Manatawny Still Works sharing spirits of the season.

Historic Strawberry Mansion: Joshua’s Catering savoring the season with menu samples 

Cedar Grove: Vegan Commissary, offering the best of their plant-based foods, made by hand that will win over your heart (and belly!)

Proceeds from this event support the ongoing stewardship, maintenance, and promotion of these historic treasures.


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.


Tickets are valid for 12/8/19 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 Historic House Coordinator John Sigmund - [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

A Very Philly Christmas in Fairmount Park