SPECIAL EVENT DAY: "Sounds of the Season"

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

Saturday, December 14 2019 10:00 AM 4:00 PM

Join us as the historic houses, presented by WRTI, ring in "A Very Philly Christmas" with some of the best jazz, classical, gospel, and latin music in Philadelphia.  Enjoy all these wondrous sounds while taking in the beauty of the houses decorated for the holidays. 

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

New for 2019!  On “Sounds 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. 

Schedule subject to change:

Morning  (10:00 am – 12:30 pm)  

Lemon Hill: Bernard Samuels Trio – jazz piano trio with bass & drums

Mount Pleasant: Sounds of the Season Singers Showcase, introduced by WRTI classical host Gregg Whiteside:

10:15 – 11:45: The Quintave Singers, all-male choral group

Laurel Hill: Mary Roth – classical dulcimer

Woodford: Ministers of Apollo – 18th cent. duet-harpsichord & vocals

Historic Strawberry Mansion: V. Shane Frederick-solo jazz piano

Cedar Grove: Meet & greet with WRTI classical host Debra Lew Harders, presenting:

soloists from Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra


Afternoon (1:00-3:30 pm)  

Lemon Hill: Meet & greet with WRTI jazz host J. Michael Harrison as he introduces:

Pablo Batista (percussion) & his Holiday Celebration – Latin jazz quartet

Mount Pleasant: Sounds of the Season Singers Showcase, introduced by WRTI classical host Gregg Whiteside:

12:00 – 12:45: Opera Philadelphia performs selections from Handel’s Messiah
1:00 – 3:45: Shamika Byrd and band

Laurel Hill: Larry Tamanini (guitar) & his jazz trio

Woodford: Rob Curto (accordion) & Fish Harmonics- original roots music

Historic Strawberry Mansion: Mary Roth – classical solo-dulcimer

Cedar Grove: Julian Hartwell (piano) and his jazz trio


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 12/14/19 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