NORRISTOWN, PA—Celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of 18th century historic holiday traditions at select Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historic Sites. Visitors can experience craft-making, historic guided tours, music, games, shopping and more. Please see the event descriptions for more details.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Saturday, December 2 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lit only by candles, visitors will see what life would have looked like on a dark winter’s night before electricity in the Wentz family’s 1758 farmhouse. A soft glow of candles will guide visitors towards the house, then follow your nose into the Summer Kitchen for a cooking demonstration. Check out performances by the Montgomery County Courthouse Choir from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and local musicians Wendi and Rik Bourne from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fur-clad Belsnickel, the German counterpart to Santa Claus, will be there checking to see which children have been naughty or nice! Before you leave, grab a delicious German Bunza pie made with beef, cabbage, onions, and Colby Jack cheese in a brioche bun.
Registration is not required, and the event is suitable for all ages. The event is free; suggested donation of $2 per person.
For more information about this program and others, please call the Peter Wentz Farmstead at 610.584.5104 or visit www.montgomerycountypa.gov/peterwentzfarmstead.
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Green Lane Park
Holiday Craft Workshops at Green Lane Park
Saturdays, December 2 and 9 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days.
Choose from several craft projects to make your work of art, including a holiday centerpiece, pinecone wreath, wall hanging and more. All crafts will be made with natural objects provided by park staff. No previous crafting experience is necessary.
The program is for ages 12 – adult only. There is a $10 materials fee for each workshop. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so be sure to call 610.287.6970 soon to register for your preferred time slot!
Green Lane Park, in northwestern Montgomery County, offers a variety of year-round outdoor activities and programs such as fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, biking and hiking. Green Lane Park is located at 1494 Gravel Pike, Green Lane, PA 18054.
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Twelfth Night Tours at Pottsgrove Manor
Fridays, through January 7, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Witness the transformation of Pottsgrove Manor for the yuletide season and reveal the traditions of an 18th century Twelfth Night party. Twelfth Night marked the end of the Christmastide season, celebrated on Epiphany. Guided tours of the manor explore all aspects of the festivities, from the intense preparations to the differences in how elite families like the Potts, versus their household staff, experienced the season.
The parlor will showcase elegant desserts and decorative greenery. Watch the Twelfth Night Cake, both a party game and a dessert, being prepared in the kitchen. Catch a glimpse into the servant’s perspective of holiday preparations and learn about the role of Boxing Day in the 18th century. Test your luck at a colonial parlor game and see if you can recognize holiday tunes that are still sung by modern-day carolers.
18th Century Holiday Frost Fair at Pottsgrove Manor
Sunday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the season with Pottsgrove Manor’s holiday event, Frost Fair! Talk and shop with historic vendors, play time treasured games, laugh at puppet and musical entertainment and learn about holiday traditions that were developed over 200 years ago.
The event is free; suggested donation of $2 per person. Frost Fair is weather dependent. All ages are welcome. Visitors are encouraged to follow signs for parking at the Pottstown Memorial Park and then to board the free Visitor Shuffle to the grounds.
Pottsgrove Manor exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture, popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. Built in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, the mansion was situated on a nearly 1,000-acre plantation, which by 1762 included the town of Pottsgrove.
Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 (near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422). For more information, visit the Pottsgrove Manor’s website or call the museum at 610.326.4014.
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Victorian Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Tour the historic mansion for a fascinating look at a spectacular Christmas past. Activities include:
- Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Holiday music with the Bells of Praise handbell choir from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Holiday music with the Happy Dutchmen German Band from at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Live demonstration of the history of clear toy candy in the mansion’s kitchen at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The event is free; suggested donation of $2 per person. All ages are welcome. The museum shop will be open to purchase unique holiday décor and gifts.
Holiday Tours at Pennypacker Mills
Through Sunday, January 7, 2024
Tour the spectacularly decorated Pennypacker mansion and learn more about Christmas in the early 1900s. The Museum Shop will be stocked with unique gifts and decorations.
The event is free; suggested donation of $2 per person. All ages are welcome. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The last tour each day begins at 3 p.m. Pennypacker Mills is closed all Mondays, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. For groups of 10 or more, please contact the office in advance at 610.287.9324.
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