The Holidays at Laurel Hill Mansion
Celebrating 250 years

Photograph of one of the tree forms that decorate Laurel Hill mansion this holiday season.

Holiday tours of Laurel Hill Mansion are Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
from November 30th through December 31st
Tickets may be purchased at the door
Children 12 and under are free


Our Christmas Shop will be open and Complimentary Tea will be served by Laurel Hill Mansion Hostesses in period dress on the following dates - Nov. 30, Dec, 1, 2, 3 and Dec. 7, 8, 9, 10

Holiday Candlelight Tour
November 30  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
December 7  5:30 to 8:30

Tour festively decorated Laurel Hill, Woodford, 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. Transportation to each house is included on a private trolley car. Pick up is at Lloyd Hall (1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130) at 5:30 pm.

Purchase Tickets

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017 10AM-4PM

Performing at Laurel Hill Mansion
Opera Philadelphia Excerpts from Handel's Messiah, 2pm-2:45pm

The historic houses showcase some of the best regarded music organizations in Philadelphia including the Clef Club of Jazz and the Performing Arts, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and more. Each  house will host a premier Philadelphia musical organization as well as some of the most talented Philadelphia area student musicians. Participating historic houses include Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford Mansion.  All houses are located within east and west Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.

Purchase discounted passes for $35 for Sounds of the Season which include entry to all 5 participating houses as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH. Tickets to individual houses may also be purchased.

FAMILY DAY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 10AM-4PM

Giambri's gourmet candy canes for the first 50 children, 12 years old and under to visit Laurel Hill Mansion

Lemon Hill Mansion welcomes you for a picture perfect visit with Santa and fun children activities. Stop by the other houses for hot cocoa and delicious treats. Free admission to all the houses for all children under 12.

Purchase discounted $30.00 Family Day pass for entry to all five participating houses, Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion for Family Day, Sunday, December 3, 2017. Tickets to individual houses may also be purchased.

NEIGHBOR'S DAY, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 10AM-4PM

Stop by the houses as we celebrate the many talents of our nearby neighbors! Enjoy wonderful local music and food.

Participating houses include Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford Mansion. Children 12 and under admitted free.
Discounted Neighbor's Day passes available for $35 which include entry to all 5 participating houses as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH. Tickets to individual houses may also be purchased.

FLAVORS OF THE SEASON, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017 10AM-4PM
Birchtree Catering will be at Laurel Hill Mansion

Bring your appetite and culinary curiosities to the houses when we celebrate some of the best local food purveyors such as GARCES Restaurants, Shane Confectionery, Birchtree Catering, Whole Foods Market, and more!

Flavors of the Season Pass for entry to participating houses include Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford Mansion. $35.00. Tickets to individual houses may also be purchased.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Trolley Tours: A Festive Tradition—Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, and Woodford

Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer) 15 minutes prior to trolley departure time.
Purchase Tickets, $40 ($32 museum members). Cost includes transportation and house admission.

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Holiday Houses Loop by PHLASH

The Historic Houses in Fairmount Park can be easily visited this holiday season by riding the Holiday Houses Loop serviced by PHLASH.
Service dates are as follows
November 30, December 1, December 3, December 7-8, December 14-17, December 21-22, and December 26-31*
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Service every 30 minutes

December 2, 9, and 10
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Service every 15 minutes

For more information and schedules follow this link.

This years Christmas tree at Laurel hill mansion

The 2017 Christmas tree at Laurel Hill Mansion


Holidays Past

The 2016 theme was The Sights and Sounds of Philadelphia

The Women for Greater Philadelphia will be serving tea and selling gingerbread men and women.  Enjoy our live Christmas tree, beautiful decorations, Gingerbread house created by the Culinary Arts Department at Montgomery Community College and our volunteers dressed in colonial garb.

Laurel Hill Mansion Holiday press release

Laurel Hill Mansion Holiday Calendar

December 1st

Tea will be served by costumed volunteers 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Candlelight Tour 5:30 to 8:30 (sold Out)


December 2nd

Tea will be served by costumed volunteers 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


December 3rd SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Theresa Klinefelter, forte piano 11am-12

Quiet Storm, “do-wop” singers 12:30 pm-1:30pm

Benjamin Berman, forte piano 2:25 pm-3 pm


December 4th FAMILY FUN DAY

11:30am-2:00pm
MAKE A PUPPET with SPIRAL Q PUPPET THEATER

10:00-4:00pm
Colonial Yarn Spinning


December 8th

Tea will be served by costumed volunteers 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Candlelight Tour 5:30 to 8:30 (sold Out)


December 9th

Tea will be served by costumed volunteers 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


December 10th NEIGHBOR'S DAY

10:30-11:30am
Scott Shaffner (piano) and Jean Lenke (vocals)

12:30pm-1:30pm
Scott Shaffner (piano), Karen Smith (percussion) and Justin Sekelewski (bass)

2:30pm-3:30pm
Scott Shaffner (piano), Karen Smith (percussion) and Justin Sekelewski (bass)


December 11th FLAVORS OF THE SEASON

10:00-4:00pm
HOLIDAY MARSHMALLOW HEAVEN with JOHN AND KIRA'S CHOCOLATES

11:00am-12:00pm
Lance Wiseman - forte piano and Alexander Spivak-violin

12:45-1:30pm
Ezgi Yargici -cello


December 15, 16, 17 & 18

Guided Tours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


12 days of Christmas holiday decoration at Laurel Hill Mansion Philadelphia PA

The Twelve Days of Christmaswas the 2015 theme for the holiday decorations of the historic houses of Fairmount Park.


There were demonstrations of the spinning of fibers into yarn on a spinning, music and volunteers in period costumes. will be on hand to give tours


The beautiful 2015 Christmas Tree at Laurel Hill Mansion was donated by Bustard Tree Farm who also supplied the tree for the White House this year

Image of the facade of Laurel Hill Mansion with winter holiday decorationsThe Charms of Yesteryear was our 2014 theme for the historic houses of Fairmount Park holiday tours Chamber music, the sounds of the holidays on our historic fortepiano, marvelous decorations created by the Community Garden Club at Wayne including a live 14 ft. Frazier fur Christmas tree were featured at Laurel Hill Mansion during the 2014 holiday season. Complimentary tea was served costumed guides. Gingerbread men and women prepared by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College were be for sale and will be again during the 2015 holiday tours.