Fairmount Park Lights Up for the Holidays

You may think your days of visiting Fairmount Park won’t return until the warm weather makes its way back into Philly—but the historic park has a whole lineup of holiday events to help you get into the spirit of the season. And best yet, several are just minutes from your Royal Athena apartment.

A Very Philly Christmas takes over six of the historic Fairmount Park mansions this month, bringing a new slate of events over two weekends that celebrate both the season and the mansions’ rich history. This year’s participating houses include Cedar Grove, Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill, Mount Pleasant, Woodford and Lemon Hill, the latter of which is just one mile from your Royal Athena apartment. Lemon Hill, which dates to 1800, was built on property once owned by famed Philadelphian Robert Morris and was named after the lemon trees that once lined the property. For A Very Philly Christmas, it will be dressed to the nines in holiday décor from the early 19th century, so you can see just what holidays at the mansion were like two centuries ago. Here are the events coming your way:

Traditions of the Season (Dec. 7): Reenactors and first-person interpreters will tell the holiday tales and traditions of some of Philly’s earliest residents. Travel back in time as you explore Lemon Hill’s eye-opening architecture and expertly restored rooms.

Flavors of the Season (Dec. 8): History never tasted so good! On this day, award-winning Philly chefs will offer free samples at the mansion, some of which are recreations of colonial-era dishes.

Sounds of the Season (Dec. 14): Local musicians will play holiday favorites as you tour the house and grounds, providing the perfect backdrop for a day of festive fun.

Crafts of the Season (Dec. 15): Learn about the arts and culture of the 1800s and even try your hand at your own decorative creation with demos from local artists. This kid-friendly activity also features a visit from Ol’ St. Nick at Lemon Hill!


A Very Philly Christmas

Lemon Hill

Sedgely and Lemon Hill drives

Philadelphia, PA 19130