Celebrate the Holidays at the Museum: December 1–January 1

Programs throughout December will add sparkle and shine to your calendar this magical season.

All programs are free after general admission unless otherwise noted. The Museum will be open December 26 and January 1 as part of our holiday week celebration.


Holiday Card Making
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Creative festive and bright holiday cards for friends and family. We supply the materials, you do the rest!

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Feliz Navidad
Friday, December 9, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Mexican guitarist Paco Renteria presents his take on the joyful sounds of the season.

This program is generously supported by PECO. The Museum recognizes community outreach partners the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center.

Holiday Open House at Mount Pleasant
Free after House admission
$8 adult, 12 and under free

Experience Mount Pleasant during A Very Philly Christmas holiday open house. Enjoy the installation of artist-created birdhouses in Meadow Mansions, a partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and Audubon​ Pennsylvania.

  • The Talents of Our Neighborhoods
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Flavors of the Season
    • Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Philly Pretzel Factory offers samples of this Philly classic.

      1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Yards Brewery pours tastes of seasonal favorites.​​

Holiday Open House at Cedar Grove
Free after House admission
$8 adult, 12 and under free

Experience Cedar Grove during A Very Philly Christmas holiday open house. Enjoy the decorative designs of The Porch Club o​​f Riverton, NJ.

  • The Talents of Our Neighborhoods
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Flavors of the Season
    • Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. City Tavern pastry chef ​Diana Wolkow ​​will be preparing holiday treats to sample.

      11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. City Tavern chef Walter Staib, host of A Taste of History, will discuss holiday culinary traditions.

The Christmas Story in Art
Saturdays and Sundays in December
Daily December 26-31, 2016
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Rediscover the story of Christmas through the art in our collection.

Winter Wonderland
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

See how the Museum’s collection captures the beauty and excitement of winter; including the landscapes, the holiday season and festive entertaining.

  • Sunday, December 11, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 29, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Caroling through the Galleries

The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, led by Vincent Metallo, performs a selection of traditional carols.

  • Sunday, December 11, 2016, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Festive Tradition Trolley Tour (Woodford, Strawberry Mansion, and Cedar Grove)
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Delight in the Yuletide decorations of the historic homes of Fairmount Park. This guided trolley tour visits Woodford, Strawberry Mansion, and Cedar Grove. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Price does not include Museum admission. Parking available in the Museum's parking garage at regular visitor rates.​

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Festive Tradition Trolley Tour (Lemon Hill, Cedar Grove, and Laurel Hill)
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Delight in the Yuletide decorations of the historic homes of Fairmount Park. This guided trolley tour visits Lemon Hill, Cedar Grove, and Laurel Hill. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Price does not include Museum admission. Parking available in the Museum's parking garage at regular visitor rates.​

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Joy to the World
Friday, December 16, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A night of holiday cheer featuring jazz vocalist Denise King and The Waverly Alston Choir.

Festival of Lights
Friday, December 23, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Lively Klezmer music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

Winter Family Studio (all ages)
Monday, December 26 - Friday, December 30, 2016
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony

Cure your family's winter cabin fever with art making and tours for all ages.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio

11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family Tours

New Years Day Brunch
Sunday, January 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Granite Hill
Reservations required
$45 per person, $40 members, $17 per child, plus tax & gratuity

​Ring in the New Year with Parisian flair at this special brunch featuring food inspired by the City of Light.

To make reservations, please call (215) 684-7990 or visit Open Table.

Let It Glow
Sunday, January 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Kick off the New Year with a creative start. Explore the magical effects of shadow, light, and contrast in art and create a light-filled masterpiece of your own.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio

11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours



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Gift Membership: A Gift That Means More

Members enjoy 10% off all gift memberships through December 31, 2016.
Giving a Museum membership means providing your loved ones with a whole year of inspiration, as well as unlimited access to our galleries, plus a range of temporary exhibitions and installations. Members, see your For Members calendar or e-newsletter for your exclusive discount code, or just give us a call at 215-684-7840.
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Personal Museum Tour

Members enjoy a 20% discount.
Create a memorable experience for your loved ones. Our Museum Guides will bring art to life for you and your guests on an intimate and inspiring tour. Designed for small groups of up to eight, tour packages begin at $250. Call Group Sales at 215-684-7863 to book a tour.


Sponsors

Holiday week programming generously supported by TD Charitable Foundation.