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Homes of Fairmount Park & Christmas Village 2019

Homes of Fairmount Park & Christmas Village 2019

Capture the Spirit of Christmas past and present with a visit to Philadelphia. Tour two beautifully decorated historic mansions, have a delightful lunch aboard the Moshulu, and experience a German style Christmas market.

Package Includes: 

Guided Tours of Fairmont Park’s Cedar Grove Mansion and Historic Strawberry Mansion, Lunch Aboard the Moshulu, Free Time at Christmas Village in Center City Philadelphia and Transportation.






Capture the Spirit of Christmas at Philadelphia's Fairmont Park home to historic homes that served as rural summer homes for the well-to-do families during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Considered among the most significant architectural examples of this time in the U.S., their styles, furnishings, history and stories illustrate the culture of domestic lives of the time and are treasured jewels of our collective past. After picking up our mansion's guide, our first stop will be Cedar Grove which was built in 1748-50. Interestingly enough, this mansion was originally located in Philly's Frankford section, Cedar Grove was moved to Fairmont Park, stone by stone, in 1926-28. The home is beautifully decorated to enhance its practical simplicity and refined elegance. Next, we will visit Strawberry Mansion which was once home to renowned lawyer, judge, state legislator and advisor to George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, William Lewis. Formerly known as Summerville, the mansion was built in the Federal style in 1789, and as it changed hands to its second prominent resident, Judge Joseph Hemphill, it incurred an expansion with two expansive Greek wings and became known as Strawberry Mansion. Of course, the mansion's storied past involves lavish parties and strawberries, it also at one time was rented out as a restaurant and it grew to such a popular institution that, by the turn of the century, the nearby neighborhood and newly erected bridge were named after it. Witness the lovely greenery and festive colors that bring a special warmth and charm to the homes interior. (Note: This tour does involve walking through the homes with some having steps to enter and also visit the second floor.) Next, we will travel to the Philadelphia waterfront to have a delightful lunch aboard the docked "legendary" Moshulu, the world's oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel still aloft and the only restaurant venue in the world today on a Tall Ship. Entrée choices for lunch include Roasted Crispy Skin Chicken Breast with Red Pepper Cream and Green Olive Pesto, Spice Brined Pork Tenderloin with Bacon Apple Cider Sauce and Smoked Tomato Jam, or Crispy Panko Crusted Lump Crab Cake with Chipotle Aioli and Caper Remoulade. (If you have not made your entrée selection yet, please contact our office at least one month prior to the trip's departure.) Afterwards, we will have free time to experience the charm of an authentic German Christmas market at Christmas Village in Center City Philadelphia. An outside Holiday market modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany that root back to the late Middle Ages, Christmas Village features more than 80 vendors in wooden booths selling traditional European foods, sweets and drinks, as well as international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Here is a chance to surprise that hard to buy for person, or treat yourself. (Please Note: It is an outdoor market so you will want to dress appropriately for the weather. You will spend approximately 2 ½ hours at the market.) Please have dinner before departing for home.





Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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