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Holidays in the Park: Celebrate Mexico!

Join us for a series of family-friendly holiday activities at Lemon Hill Mansion!

Date

Sunday, December 3, 2023


Time

5:00am - 11:00am


Location

Lemon Hill Mansion
Lemon Hill Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130


Fairmount Park Conservancy is excited to welcome the public to Lemon Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park from 10:00 AM–4:00 PM on select dates in December for one of the most beloved traditions decorating for the holidays!

After undergoing an extensive three-year renovation led by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Lemon Hill Mansion will honor Philadelphia’s diversity and celebrate its reopening by literally inviting the world through its doors. “Winter Around the World”, the theme for this year‘s holiday festivities, will feature the seasonal traditions of several international cultures. Experience how people around the world celebrate the winter season with creatively decorated rooms and an array of exciting activities.

Participating groups include The Ukrainian League of Philadelphia, The Mexican Cultural Center / Mercado de Latinas, The American Swedish Historical Museum, and the Vendors from Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park.

On the first two weekends (December 2, 3, 9, and 10), the Conservancy will highlight a nationality on each day with live music, regional food, craft activities, and other celebrations centered around the country’s cultural traditions. (Admission for these dates will be $5 per person, free for children 12 and under.) The third weekend (December 16 and 17), Fairmount Park Conservancy presents Family Weekend with FREE admission for all. Plus, live music, children’s activities, and daily appearances from Santa Claus.

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Lemon Hill Mansion are partnering with Ormiston Mansion, Laurel Hill Mansion, Woodford Mansion, and Historic Strawberry Mansion to present the 2023 Holidays in the Park. For more detailed info on all of the holiday house tours, please visit parkcharms.org.


CELEBRATE MEXICO SCHEDULE

Performances
-11:0011:30 AM: Youth dance performance by Ñuuxakun Folklorico Mexicano
-11:45 AM12:15 PM: Interactive Las Posadas and piñata breaking event (outside) audience participation encouraged!
-1:001:30 PM: Youth dance performance by Ñuuxakun Folklorico Mexicano 
-2:00-3:00 PM: Live music from Guachinango Trio
-3:003:30 PM: Interactive Las Posadas and piñata breaking event (outside) audience participation encouraged!

Craft Workshop
12:303:00 PM: Piñata ornament making with Mexican Cultural Center

Vendors 
From 11:00 AM4:00 PM, multiple vendors from the Mercado de Latinas are offering a selection of homemade Mexican food and handmade crafts. Bring an appetite for a delicious selection of food and beverages and support Latina artisans by purchasing one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts for your family and friends. All proceeds go directly to the vendors!


2023 SCHEDULE

-Saturday, December 2: Celebrate Ukraine!  Presented with The Ukrainian League of Philadelphia
-Sunday, December 3: Celebrate Mexico! Presented with the Mexican Cultural Center, artist Cesar Viveros, and the Mercado de Latinas
-Saturday, December 9: Celebrate Sweden! Presented with The American Swedish Historical Museum
-Sunday, December 10: Celebrate Southeast Asia! Presented with Vendors from Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park. **Free Admission with support from Welcome America! and The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE)**
-Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17: Celebrate America Family Weekend!

TICKET PRICES: $5 per person (free for children 12 and under)


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

  • Lemon Hill Mansion has public restrooms.
  • Lemon Hill Mansion has a staircase entrance that is not ADA accessible.
  • Tickets are not timed. Come anytime between 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, capacity permitting.
  • If you cannot attend Lemon Hill Mansion on the date of purchase, you can exchange your tickets for another date (capacity permitting) by emailing programs@myphillypark.org.
  • If you’re planning to visit other historic houses in East Fairmount Park, please check parkcharms.org for open dates as they vary by house. (All hours are 10:00 AM–4:00 PM.)
  • All of the houses charge a $5 admission fee, which can be purchased through each house’s website or at the door (there is no “all-house pass”). Tickets purchased on this platform are valid at Lemon Hill Mansion ONLY.
  • There is no bus transportation from house to house this year. However, the Historic Houses of East Fairmount Park are conveniently located within a short drive of each other or by SEPTA’s Route 32 bus.


PARKING/GETTING THERE:
There is plenty of parking in the lot behind Lemon Hill Mansion and along Lemon Hill Drive. As always, never leave valuables in our car! If traveling to Lemon Hill by public transit, the nearest stops are at 31st and Girard Ave and Art Museum Drive – both are a half-mile walk from the start. The nearest Indego bike station is at 31st and Girard – also a half-mile from the start.


QUESTIONS? Please reach out to programs@myphillypark.org

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