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Holidays in the Park: Celebrate America Family Weekend!

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


Saturday, December 16, 2023


5:00am - 11:00am


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 PhiladelphiaThe Mexican Cultural Center / Mercado de LatinasThe 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 is $5 per person, free for children 12 and under — *except for December 10, which is free.) 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.


-10:00 AM1:00 PM: Free photos with Santa Claus
-10:00 AM12:00 PM: Kids holiday sing-along with Mister John’s Music
-12:002:00 PM: Holiday classics with jazz pianist V. Shayne Frederick
-2:303:30 PM: ‘The Soul of the Season’ with jazz singer Denise King

Craft Workshop
10:00 AM3:30 PM: Sisters Interacting Through Stitches fiber arts holiday craft activities for children

From 11:00 AM3:00 PM, Cosmic Café & Ciderhouse will be serving a hot soup of the day, seasonal snacks, and a full menu of beverages, including hot cider, beer, wine, and hard cider from Frecon Farms



-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!


  • 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.

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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