Ring in the Holiday Season in Historic Germantown

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Join Historic Germantown during the month of December as we celebrate the holidays with a wide array of fun, family friendly programs! Listen to traditional stories, sing carols and see the holiday decorations at the historic sites in Freedom's Backyard.

 

On Saturday December 1st from 2-4PM visit Stenton, located at 4601 North 18th Street, for their annual Holiday Tea where you can enjoy light refreshments and make a holiday craft. To reserve your space call 215.329.7312.

 

Keep the spirit going on December 8th at Grumblethorpe for their Holiday Open House from 1 - 4 pm. Enjoy craft workshops, refreshments and get your picture taken with Santa! Cost is $5 per person, $12 for a family OR bring donation of travel-size personal care items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) for the charity drive Germantown Gives! There is a small fee for crafts & ginger-bread houses. Grumblethorpe is located at 5267 Germantown Avenue. For more information call 215.880.8620.

 

Continue your festivities at the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust as they host Christmas Carols in the Meetinghouse on December 8th at 6 pm. The 18th century meetinghouse is located at 6133 Germantown Avenue and the event is FREE and open to the public.

 

Also on December 8th the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, located at 200 West Tulpehocken Street, hosts their annual Dickens Christmas Party from 2 - 5pm. Hear Christmas readings from Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott and Clement Moore and tour the decorated mansion. Tickets are $18 per person. Continue the merriment at the mansion with An Evening with Charles Dickens at 7 PM. Learn about Charles Dickens from expert Ed Pettit and hear Josh Hitchens in his one man rendition of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $35 and reservations can be made by calling 215.438.1861 or at www.ebenezermaxwellmansion.org.

 

Visit the Awbury Arboretum on 1 Awbury Road on Friday December 14th from 5 - 8pm for an Open House and Holiday Sing-A-Long. Enjoy refreshments, a model train display, children's crafts and sing-a-long to some of your favorite holiday tunes. For more information about this FREEevent call 215.849.2855.

 

Wrap up your holiday celebrations at the Johnson House, located at 6306 Germantown Avenue, at the Kwanzaa Celebration on December 27th from 6 - 8pm. The program features African storytelling and drumming. For more information call 215.438.1768. 

 

Historic Germantown is a consortium of fifteen cultural and historic sites located in Northwest Philadelphia. Our members range from historic houses to an art museum and arboretum. The mission of Historic Germantown is to foster an appreciation of the diverse character and meaning of our cultural heritage in order to preserve and revitalize our community. To this end, we cooperate in providing knowledge and resources to help preserve Germantown's historic sites, interpret them to the public, and incorporate them into the life of the local community.