Dinner Theater in the Mansion: Holidays at Mount Hope

The 35th season of Holidays at Mount Hope brings an exciting new change to its format, following in the footsteps of Mount Hope’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater’s annual success. Traditional Christmas tales and caroling performances blend with a four-course dining experience for the annual Holidays at Mount Hope Dinner Theater. November 24 through December 23.

Dates & Tickets

Join a cast of holiday characters and carolers as they strole about the historic Mount Hope Mansion. Dine within the period-decorated rooms of the Victorian Mansion, and enjoy live performances of your favorite Christmas tales and carols! Performances times vary by date and run November 24 through December 23, 2018 and are each roughly three hours in length.

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Performance Availability

Use the calendar for performance availability on specific dates—Hover over the date to see times and options (Desktop Only). Matinee Performances (1PM) are available Saturdays & Sundays while Evening Performances (7PM) are available each performance date.

Ticket Information

Reservations are encouraged, as there are a limited amount of tickets and perfromances sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased online at the Virtual Box Office beginning in August. All performances are $54.95.

Group Reservations

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more through Mount Hope's Group Sales Department. This unique and exciting experience makes the perfect setting for our group outing! Private and/or mid-week performances can be scheduled for larger groups!


Reservations are encouraged as tickets sell out quickly.

Please check back in August for ticket availability.

2017 Dinner Theater in the Mansion

Traditional or Vegetarian option must be chosen at time of ticket purchase. Please Note: The menu listed below is from the 2017 performance of Holidays at Mount Hope. Please check back closer to the event dates for updated information.

Dinner Theater Appetizer Theater in the Mansion Table Settings Dinner Theater Vegetarian

Displayed Hors d'oeuvres

Available in the Pink Parlor Prior to Introductions


Holiday Apple Salad: Mixed Greens, Apples, Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans and Feta with Apple Dijon Vinaigrette

Traditional Entrée

Roasted Rosemary Chicken Breast Served with Quick-fried Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes with Maple Glaze

Vegetarian Entrée

Tortellini with Alfredo Served with Quick-fried Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes with Maple Glaze
Vegetarian Option must be chosen at time of ticket purchase.


Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce, Served with Seasonal Dessert Wine

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Soda, Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate, Water
Select Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included in Ticket Price

Alcoholic Beverages

Signature Cocktail: Egg Nog with Spiced Rum, Available for purchase at the Cash Bar. Swashbuckler Beer, Mount Hope Wine & Lancaster County Cider will also be available.

Menu subject to change without notice. No substitutions.

Theater in the Mansion Table Service Dinner Theater Dessert Theater in the Mansion Bar Area

2017 Stories & Carols

This holiday season, join our cast of characters as they perform Christmas stories and carols, and share the true spirit of the season. Please Note: The stories and carols listed below is from the 2017 performance of Holidays at Mount Hope. Please check back closer to the event dates for updated information.

2017 Theme, Stories & Carols

Christmas, 1899: Fredrick Schwartz Jr., Son of the founder of the FAO Schwartz Toy Bazaar is throwing a Christmas party fit for the end of a century. Filling the Grubb Estate in Mount Hope, Pennsylvania to the brim with the best examples of the toys and games that make children look forward to Christmas morning, Schwartz has transformed the mansion into a Santa’s Workshop that can warm even the coldest heart. He’s invited some of his closest friends over, including the game-loving Parker Brothers (and their sister, Dot), and they have put together a Christmas pageant for all of the guests. Fun, games, a home cooked meal, and heart-warming performances will fill this Christmas with the love, joy, and generosity of the season.

Prior to the meal, guests are welcomed into the Chapel for introductions, a summary of the evening and a musical performance. Then, enjoy caroling and character interaction throughout the various courses before returning to the chapel for another show!

  • "A Visit from St. Nicholas"
      by Clement Clarke Moore
  • Silent Night
  • Deck the Halls
  • Joy to the World
  • "A Christmas Carol"
      by Charles Dickens
  • Jingle Bells
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • And Many More!

2017 Cast Information

Interact with the talented cast members inside the magnificent Victorian Mount Hope Mansion, decorated with Holiday delights! Sit back and enjoy the show as they perform some of your favorite classic stories table-side and on stage! Guests willl long remember this experience. Please Note: The cast listed below is from the 2017 performance of Holidays at Mount Hope. Please check back closer to the event dates for updated information.

Joshua Kachnycz

Joshua Kachnycz

Fredrick Schwartz Jr.
Haley Karlson

Haley Karlson

Alice Potts
Brian Huff

Brian Huff

Theodore Parker
Jake Dailey

Jake Dailey

William Parker
Megan Jones

Megan Jones

Dorothy "Dot" Parker
Mary Huff

Mary Huff

Melissa Fisher
Pete Hedberg

Pete Hedberg

Caroler & Understudy W. Parker
Nathan Landis Funk

Nathan Landis Funk

Caroler & Understudy T. Parker
Jake Duvall-Early

Jake Duvall-Early

Caroler & Understudy Schwartz
Courtney Calato

Courtney Calato

Caroler & Understudy Fisher
Jules Schrader

Jules Schrader

Caroler & Understudy D. Parker
Katie Markey

Katie Markey

Caroler & Understudy Potts

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.

General Information

The event is located inside Mount Hope Mansion on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545. Holidays at Mount Hope: Dinner Theater kicks off on December 9 and continues through December 23, 2017. For more information on specific show times, please visit the Dates & Tickets Page.
There is plenty of free parking all around the Mansion within walking distance.
There are two food options available: Classic and Vegetarian/Gluten Free. For more information on both food choices, please visit Dining Page.
The Mansion bar will be open for drink purchases during the duration of the performances. Select Swashbuckler Ales, Mount Hope Wines, Lancaster County Ciders, Signature Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at the bar. Specific bar menu options will be available the day of the performance.

Please Note: If you are visibly intoxicated, we reserve the right to no longer serve you alcohol. If you become a disturbance during the performance, we will ask you to leave the Mansion without issuing a refund.
While the ticket price does not include gratuity, any tip left by you to the hosts is at your discretion. Like any restaurant, gratuities are a special way for you to acknowledge service provided to you and should refelct your satisfaction with the service.
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our In the Area Page for specific information.
As a courtesy to others, video/audio recording and photography are strictly prohibited during the show. Photos are permitted before introductions.
You may carry your cell phone with you during the performance, but please make sure to turn it off as a courtesy to others. If you need to make or retrieve a call, please excuse yourself to our front porch for the duration of the call.
The dress code is casual to business casual. The storyline changes each year, and guests are welcome to dress in time period appropriate attire, but it is not required.
Animals are not allowed in the Mansion except for service animals while performing their qualifying services.
Children are welcome to attend, but require a ticket due to the limited capacity of the dinner theater experience.

Ticket Information

With your admission ticket you receive entry into a unique and interactive Holiday theater experience! Interact with some of the fabulous characters while enjoying your meal!
You can purchase advance tickets at the Virtual Box Office or in the Mount Hope Estate Wine Shop. It is advised to buy the tickets in advance, as performances sell out quickly.
All sales are final. There are no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations.

Conditions of Ticket Sale

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Event tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and not for resale. Once a ticket has been scanned at the Front Gate upon entry, it is voided and no longer holds any value. The Faire does not monitor any guests’ level of participation or length of stay. Refunds are not available to guests who choose to leave. The bearer of an event ticket agrees to hold blameless and harmless Mazza Vineyards, Inc. or any of its affiliates, in the event of personal injury or loss or damage to property. The holder of the ticket assumes all responsibilities for any risk of bodily harm or loss of property sustained while attending the event, and waives all rights to lay claim for damages resulting from any cause whatsoever either before, during or after the event. You must be 21 or older to purchase or consume Alcohol.

Your ID will be verified before being served alcohol. Outside food, drink and pets are not permitted. You hereby consent to the reasonable search for alcoholic beverages, drugs, or firearms. You further consent to the use of your image or likeness incidental to any display, transmission, or reproduction of the event.

Management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the terms and conditions of these conditions of ticket sale.
Performances occur as scheduled. In the event of extreme weather conditions, guests will be notified in advance of any changes.

Mansion Information

Smoking is prohibited in the Mansion. If you need to go out to smoke during the performance, please note that the doors will lock behind you.
Outside food and drink items are NOT permitted in the Mansion with the exception of water.
Yes, Holidays at Mount Hope Dinner Theater performances are ADA accessible. There is handicapped parking available at the Wine Shop, just follow the directional signs that lead you to that area when you arrive.

Please go to the Wine Shop and inform the staff that you require the handicapped accessible entrance to the rear of the Mansion. You will be directed where to go to enter the building.
Cars are permitted to stay parked in the lot overnight if the driver has been drinking and has found another way home. Camping is not permitted in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
There are restrooms located inside of the Mansion and the Wine Shop. Staff will be happy to point you in the right direction!
Items found during or after the event will be kept in the Wine Shop (717-665-7021 ext 129).

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