Colonial Christmas

Greater Philadelphia • 4 stops

 

If you are looking for something around the holiday season, take a look around the Greater Philadelphia area.

 

These events are seasonal and won't last long!

 

 

Graeme Park

Christmas in the Colonies - November 30, 2019

Join us for Christmas in the Colonies! Tour the historic Keith House – decked out for the season – and learn about Christmas and holiday traditions in Colonial America from costumed interpreters. The Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble will entertain you with with dance and music in the parlor, you’ll see what’s cooking in the kitchen and hear from the servants how they would have celebrated the holidays. It is also Small Business Saturday. Shop Local. Support History & Heritage. There will be several craft vendors and our Museum Shop is stocked with books, puzzles, small old fashioned toys, and stocking stuffers. Get a bit of holiday shopping done, and find a unique item or two. If you want to wrap it up before you go, there will also be a DIY gift wrapping station available both Saturday 11/30 and Sunday 12/1 for Museum Store Sunday. Several craft vendors will be set up from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and tours of the Keith House will be offered approximately every 20 minutes between 4:00 – 6:20 p.m

House tours are $5 per person. No reservation or advance-purchase ticket necessary!

 

 

Chadds Ford Historical Society

Candlelight 2019-Christmas Spirits - December 7, 2019

Visit our historic houses decorated for the season as we celebrate the Christmas spirit! Experience the culinary history of colonial America from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sample beverages along with sweet and savory foods from original 18th-century recipes. Tours include the John Chads House and Springhouse, Barns-Brinton House along with Visitors Center activities

$15 per person in advance (until December 1st) / $20 per person at the door

 

 

Washinton Crossing Historical Park

First Crossing of 2019 - December 8, 2019

Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.The first opportunity to witness the reenactment is Sunday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Washington Crossing Park’s Historic Village.The crossing begins at approximately 1:00 p.m. In addition to the crossing reenactment, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations in the Historic Village will offer a full day of family fun and learning.

Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-11 and free for children younger than 5.

Proceeds from The First Crossing allow us to make the Christmas Day Crossing free. 

 

67th Annual Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment - December 25, 2019

Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.The 67th annual Christmas Day crossing reenactment is set for Wednesday, December 25, from noon to 3:00 p.m. (actual crossing begins at about 1:00 p.m.).

Admission is free!

 

 

Second Bank of the United States

Ranger Program: Washington Crossing the Delaware

December 1 & 7-8, 2019

Revisit the events surrounding the famous Christmas night journey as Washington and his troops crossed the icy river into New Jersey to confront the British forces. Tours are offered at 3:00 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.

This event is free!

Upcoming Events

31 May to 31 Dec
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12:00am – 12:00am
22 Jun to 31 Dec
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12:00am – 12:00am
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Revolutionary War, Historic District, Historic Philly: A Deeper Dive
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