By Michael Muldoon, Communications Associate
If you’re searching for historic Christmas cheer this year, visit Fairmount Park! Starting December 1, 2021 four of the park’s historic houses will deck the halls for the holiday season.
Not all holiday fun needs to cost a fortune! Guests can enjoy a free tour through any of the houses during the weekends before Christmas. Those who are able to contribute may “pay what you wish.” Donations help support upkeep of the houses and future events.
Holiday tour dates vary between houses, be sure to check availability.
The tour guides build each experience to fit the group they’re guiding. Guests of any age are welcome to join in the fun this holiday season.
This year’s participating houses:
- Woodford Mansion (3400 West Dauphin Dr.): Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. After Christmas, open December 26-29.
- Historic Strawberry Mansion (2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr.): Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed after Christmas.
- Laurel Hill (7201 N Randolph Dr.): Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. After Christmas, open December 26-29.
- Ormiston Mansion (2000 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19121)
These four houses date back to the birth of the United States in the mid-to-late 1700s. Each property has its own, unique history. For more information on each specific house, follow the links above.
The houses’ historic designs create certain accessibility challenges. Guests with specific needs can call before visiting to learn about their options. The links above lead to pages with each house’s contact information for any questions.
This year, there will be no trolley tours between the historic houses. Guests are free to walk or drive between the mansions. Each house is about a five minutes’ walk apart.
Masks are mandatory at all times during a guest’s visit.