Twenty-five years of Philadelphia's most elegant and distinctive holiday tradition
will be celebrated when the Park House Guides of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
present the Park House Christmas Tours from Friday, December 5, through
Wednesday, December 10, 1997. Seven Fairmount Park Houses as well as the Horticulture
Center will be open for general admission from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day of the
Park House Christmas Tours, and will be specially decorated by area garden clubs
to celebrate the following festive themes:
- "Country Luncheon" at Cedar Grove
- "Wedding Reception" at Sweetbriar
- "Winter Wonderland" at the Horticulture Center
- "Holiday Tea Dance" at Lemon Hill
- "Weekend House Party" at Mount Pleasant
- "Christmas Musicale" at Laurel Hill
- "Anniversary Dinner" at Woodford
- "Candlelight Ball" at Strawberry Mansion
Groups of 15 or more may tour with a Park House Guide for $20.00 per person; guided group tours that include a box lunch are $30.00 per person. Restaurant packages are also available. Call (215) 684-7926 to arrange group tour reservations.
Romantic evening Candlelight Tours, featuring three of the Park Houses decorated and lighted as they were in the 18th- and 19th-centuries, will take place from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on December 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. Trolleys will depart from the Horticulture Center, and wine and a light supper will be served. Tickets are $35.00 per person. Call (215) 235-SHOW for reservations.
Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in the United States, and the Fairmount Park Houses are considered to be the most significant group of 18th- and early 19th-century examples of domestic architecture in the United States. The Park House Christmas Tours were inaugurated in 1972 with the assistance of a single garden club; this year's activities will reflect the enthusiastic efforts of 15 clubs and hundreds of volunteers. The proceeds from the Park House Christmas Tours benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of the seven participating houses.