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Educational Programs at Historic Mount Hope

Your year-round destination for student & youth programs—for groups of all sizes! For over 21 years, Mount Hope Estate and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire have provided enriching, interactive, and fulfilling Student Programs for hundreds of thousands of students in the Northeast. Whether at School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Summer Youth Day at the Faire or through our Poe Evermore or Holidays at Mount Hope Theater in the Mansion programs, our main goal is to help with the growth and learning of the youth of today, the future of our tomorrow. We invite you to peruse our Student Programs and learn why getting your students involved will help invigorate, energize and promote their love for education, history, the earth, science and more!

Holiday Student Performances

Come join the Fezziwigs as they, once again, throw their fabulously fun and wildly exciting annual Christmas Extravaganza. It is one year after Ebenezer Scrooges’ miraculous life changing Christmas Eve. Guest hosting, with the Lovely Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, will be Queen Victoria, The Artful Dodger, Fagin and none other than the newly reformed Christmas Miracle himself, Ebenezer Scrooge. Join us for a magical evening of singing, Christmas stories, and party games you will never forget!

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Performance Availability

Student performances of Holidays at Mount Hope are available on the dates highlighted on the calendar—hover over each performance date for times and availability. Each performance is approximately 2 hours in length with a capacity of 160.

Payment Terms

The cost of Holidayst at Mount Hope is $15.00 per student/extra chaperone. A $100 deposit is required for all shows and the balance is due 30 days before your selected performance date. Cancellation Policy: All payments refunded up to 30 days prior to reserved date.

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For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Educational Programs Department by calling 717-655-7021 ext. 148 or emailing Nicole@PaRenFaire.com

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Pre-reservation is required to attend Holidays at Mount Hope.

Story & Carols

This holiday season, join our cast of characters as they perform Christmas stories and carols, and share the true spirit of the season.

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2017 Theme

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, and heart-warming performances will fill this Christmas with the love, joy, and generosity of the season.

Stories

A Visit from St. Nicholas, by Clement Clarke Moore
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

Carols

Silent Night
Jingle Bells
Deck the Halls
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
and Many More!

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Student Lunches

Student Lunches

We are delighted to offer the convenience of on-site lunches for students attending a Theater in the Mansion school performance. Parties sized 25-60 can enjoy lunch at the Anchor & Mermaid Restaurant, adjacent to Mount Hope Mansion prior to or after your scheduled performance.

Groups have the choice of a hamburger picnic OR deli style sandwich, plus healthy choice chips, fruit, dessert and lemonade or iced tea. No substitutions please. The cost is $8.50 per person inclusive (Combined Theater admission and student meal $23.50)

The balance of the Theater Admission and Meal Payment must be received in the Faire office no later than 10 business days prior to the trip date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, educators preparing for school trips to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire have asked many questions. We hope to answer some of the most frequently asked and, hopefully, assist everyone in the preperations for Summer Youth Day. 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.

The event is located on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545.
Each date has two available performances of Holidays at Mount Hope: 9:30AM or 12:30PM. Each performance is approximately two hours in length.
As quickly as you and your students can choose a date. The popularity of Holidays at Mount Hope increases each year. Many of the dates fill to capacity and reservations are accepted for all of our events on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact the Educational Programs Director at (717) 665-7021, ext.148 or Nicole@PaRenFaire.com.
The cost of Holidays at Mount Hope is $15 per person for both students and chaperones. One complimentary chaperone will be admitted for every eight students. Extra chaperones are permitted and will be charged the student rate of $15. We request that children younger than Grade 3 do not attend Holidays at Mount Hope, as the show content is geared towards older students who understand the content of Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works. If it is absolutely necessary that younger children attend Holidays at Mount Hope, they will be charged the student rate regardless of age.
After making your reservation you will receive an invoice. A $100 deposit is required for all shows. The deposit is applied towards your final balance. Final numbers and final balance are due two weeks prior to the date of your show performance. Payment is requested by one check made payable to: Mazza Vineyards Inc. or by credit card, either VISA or MasterCard. Payments can be mailed to: Mazza Vineyards Inc. • 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545

If your school requires a W-9 form to process the payment please request the form after receiving your original invoice.
We offer free parking for buses on the day of the trip. Please direct your bus drivers to park in the large stone lot that is located next to the brewery (large cream colored barn as you enter the property). If your driver needs more details instructions please have them contact the business offices at 717-665-7021 Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM.
We do not issue tickets or wristbands for Theater in the Mansion student shows. The day of your trip a point person from Mazza Vineyards will greet your bus and double check your final numbers and payment. They will guide you to the mansion for admission.
Yes, provided your group meets the minimum group size of 10 or more students. The chaperone policies do apply and additional chaperones will be charged the student rate. We request that students younger than Grade 3 do not attend Holidays at Mount Hope, as the show content is geared towards older students who understand the content of Edgar Allen Poe’s literary works. If it is absolutely necessary that younger children attend the School Day, they will be charged the student rate regardless of age.
We do not require emergency contact numbers for theater in the mansion performances unless there is a serve weather prediction. If there is a serve weather prediction on or around the day of your trip we will request a mobile number where we can contact you with show updates and important information.
We ask that prior to your trip you review proper theater etiquette with your students. An outline of theater etiquette can be found in the Study Guide.
We are delighted to offer the convenience of on-site lunches for students attending a Theater in the Mansion school performance. Parties sized 25-60 can enjoy lunch at the Anchor & Mermaid Restaurant, adjacent to Mount Hope Mansion prior to or after your scheduled performance. Click here for more information on lunches. If you students want to pack their own lunches you are permitted to consume them either on the buses or in the designated outdoor picnic areas. No lunches are permitted to be consumed in the mansion at any time. If your group plans to pack lunches for the designated picnic area please contact the Educational Programs Director to make final arrangements.
After a reservation has been made, you will be emailed several pieces of information including a confirmation, an invoice and a letter giving you step-by-step instructions to access and print the online Study Guide. This information will be available upon its completion by Faire staff.

Once ready, a link to the Study Guide can be found in the above navigation under the "resources" tab.

Contact Mount Hope

Nicole Sutton, Group Sales Manager
717-537-8377 • Nicole@PaRenFaire.com