Free Admission to the Holiday Open House!

Welcome one and all! Creating new memories from old traditions—The annual Holidays at Mount Hope is an interactive event that's fun for the whole family! Every year, the historic Mount Hope Mansion is transformed into a Holiday wonderland, complete with traditional Victorian ornaments, fresh Christmas trees, holiday treats, and more! Enjoy the decorated Victorian Mansion's holiday splendor, complemenatary samplings of hand-crafted wines, ciders and beers, and savory treats from the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern. Shop with an assortment of merchants and explore all Mount Hope has to offer!

Open House Dates & Times

Come together with family and friends for merrymaking and good cheer during the annual Open House at Mount Hope Estate and Winery. Create new memories from old traditions during this interactive event that's fun for the whole family. Admission is Free! All times subject to change.

Overall Dates

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Featured Weekend Entertainment


Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest • Nov. 29-30 & Dec. 1, 2PM
Pull on that ugly Christmas sweater and join us in the Courtyard of the Barn & Barrel at 2PM for a contest to determine the ugliest of the ugly. All participants will receive a special discount coupon and the top 3 winners will win Mount Hope Gift Certificates!

Pet Photos with Father Christmas • Dec. 7-8, 2-4PM
Bring your cherished pets to his workshop on the second floor of the Barn & Barrel from 2-4PM and capture Holiday memories of your special family members with Father Christmas himself.

Christmas Card Kindness • Dec. 14-15, 11AM-4PM
Inside Mount Hope Mansion’s Library, grab the chance to spread some warmth to residents of area nursing homes by personalizing a card of your own. We’ll provide the cards and delivery, you provide the Holiday cheer.

Times by Location

  • Mount Hope Wine Shop
    Mount Hope
    Wine Shop
  • 9:30AM-10:30PM

    • Savings Throughout the Store •
    • Sampling & To-Go Sales •
    Mount Hope Wine
    Lancaster County Cider

  • Mount Hope Mansion
    Mount Hope Mansion
  • 11AM-4PM

    • Victorian Decorations •
    • Holiday Kid's Crafts •
    • Caroling & Parlor Games •
    • Seasonal Bar Service •

  • Anchor and Mermaid Tavern
    Anchor & Mermaid Tavern
  • 11AM-4PM

    Enjoy a Variety of Faire Favorites Along with Hand-Crafted Wines, Beers, Ciders and Spirits
    Sit-Down, Table-Side Service

  • Swashbuckler Brewery
    Swashbuckler Brewing Co.
  • 11AM-4PM

    • Guided Brewery Tours •

  • Spirits Distillery
    Spirits Distilling
  • 11AM-4PM

    • Sampling & To-Go Sales •
    Year-Round Favorites & Seasonal Specials

  • Pa Renaissance Faire Front Gate
    Front Gate
  • 11AM-4PM

    • Discounted 2020 Ticket Sales •

    See Pricing
  • Barn and Barrel
    Barn & Barrel
  • 11AM-4PM

    • Merchant Marketplace •
    • Visit with Father Christmas •
    • Guided Winery Tours •
    • Performances by Wolgemut •
    (Dec. 7-8, 14-15)

  • Taproom at Barn and Barrel
    Taproom
  • 11AM-5PM

    • To-Go Sales •
    Swashbuckler Beer
    Lancaster County Cider

    • Assorted Food Options •
    Taproom/Christmas Village

Victorian Mount Hope Mansion

Mount Hope Mansion in Lancaster County was built in 1800 as a grand rural retreat for four continuous generations of the wealthy colonial American ironmaster Grubb family. Renovated and enlarged at the height of the Victorian Era, it is a simply delightful estate, particularly during the holiday season when she is dressed in her holiday finery.

Front Hallway Morning Parlor Ballroom Billiard Room Carriage House Chapel Dining Room Entrance Hallway Library Pink Parlor

Decorating the Victorian Mansion

In a multiple day decorating extravaganza, Mount Hope Mansion is transformed inside and out into a seasonal wonderland. Beginning with the gigantic wreath hung over the golden knocker on the front door and throughout the first floor, the decorations echo the classic elegance and romantic sophistication of the Victorian era. Boughs of deliciously aromatic evergreens topped with velvet ribbons are strung from floor to ceiling and throughout the halls. Gigantic Victorian displays adorn the many mantles, while glowing candles twinkle in every window and throughout the outside grounds surrounding the Mansion. Opulent Christmas trees, the largest of which stands at an impressive 15 feet, are bedecked with the theme “Christmas Around the World.”

A special thanks to Carrie Emich-Wallace and her helpers—Judy, Grumpy, Amy, and Joan for the 100+ hours they dedicated to the Holiday decorations we enjoy this year!

Come together with family and friends for merrymaking and good cheer during the annual Open House at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

The historic Mount Hope Mansion is filled with unique architectural and design elements that reflect both the Federal and Victorian influences. Visit during the Open House and explore the mansion and surrounding area to take a closer look at these unique features!


Activities in the Mansion

Take a stroll through the Victorian Mansion and drink in the history!

Kids Crafts

Kid's Holiday Crafts

Morning Parlor Inside the Mansion

Learn about the counrtires represented in the mansion. Color the flag of your favorite Christmas tree! A fun activity for kid's of all ages!

Caroling

Caroling & Parlor Games

Chapel Inside the Mansion

Enjoy caroling and parlor games with the Holiday at Mount Hope Cast beginning at 12PM, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM. Carolers will also stroll throughout the grounds during the day.

Dinner Theater Settings

Set for the Holiday Dinner Theater

Throughout the Mansion

Take a peark at the intricate table and production settings for the annual interactive dinner theater performance of Holidays at Mount Hope!

Anchor & Mermaid Tavern

Join us inside the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, adjacent to Mount Hope Mansion on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, to enjoy a meal during the annual Holidays at Mount Hope. Great food and refreshing wines, beers and ciders, makes the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern the best place to ring in the holiday season! Open 10AM to 4PM during the Holiday Open House.

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Appetizers

Jagr Fries
Basket of Fresh Cut Fries
Bavarian Pretzel & Pub Cheese
Soup du Jour in cup or bread boule
Soft Bavarian Pretzel

Open Face Sandwiches

Served on Texas Toast with Fresh Cut Fries or Yukon Gold Mash Potatoes

Crab Cake Sandwich
Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce

Turkey Sandwich
House-Smoked Turkey

Hot Brown
House-Smoked Turkey with Parmesan Cheese Sauce, Diced Tomatoes and Crispy Bacon

Meatloaf Sandwich
Served with Beef Gravy

Old Fashioned Pot Roast
With Beef Gravy and Caramelized Onions, Served with Fresh Cut Fries

Mac & Cheese

Asparagus & Mushroom
Topped with Truffle Panko Crust

Children's

Chicken Nuggets with Fresh Cut Fries
Served with Apple Sauce & Drink

Mac & Cheese
Served with Apple Sauce & Drink

Seasonal Desserts

Assorted Desserts Available. Please Ask Server.

Refreshing Beverages

Mount Hope Wines
Lancaster County Ciders
Swashbuckler Brewing Co. Ales
Signature Cocktails
Soda, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea

Menu subject to change without notice.

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Taproom at the Barn & Barrel

The Taproom at the Barn & Barrel, nestled between the brewery and winery, is the perfect gathering place to enjoy craft beverages produced on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery. Award-winning Swashbuckler Brewing Company beers and Mount Hope Wines are on tap to enjoy by the glass and in flights. Treat your taste buds to a juicy glass of Lancaster County Cider or a creative craft cocktail made with small batch spirits produced by Spirits Distillery, Inc. Join us at the Taproom at the Barn & Barrel and, together, we’ll craft some memories.

Taproom

Open House Menu

  • Basket of French Fries
  • Traditional Poutine with Gravy & Cheese Curds
  • Country Style Chicken: Deep Fried Chicken, Chicken Gravy & Cheddar Cheese
  • Chicken Ranch: Deep Fried Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Ranch & Bacon Bits
  • Pulled Double Pork: Pulled Pork, Bacon Bits & Cheddar Cheese
  • Triple Pork: Pulled Pork, Bacon Bits, Chiccarones, Sriracha & Cheddar Cheese
  • Assorted Mount Hope Wines, Swashbuckler Brewing Co. Beers, Lancaster County Ciders & Signature Cocktails
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages Also Available
  • New! Holiday Village With Unique Specialty Foods & Beverages

Holiday Village Delicacies

  • Prancers Poffertjes
    Prancer's Poffertjes
  • Dutch Pancakes with Assorted Toppings, Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider

  • Bake Shop
    Blitzen's Bake Shop
  • Cookies, Brownies, Assorted Fudge, Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider, Spiced Wassail

  • Gourmet Cheese
    Comet's Gourmet Grilled Cheese
  • Grilled Raclette Cheese Served on French Baguette, Grilled Raclette & Ham, Bottled Water

  • Coffee Roasters
    Cupid's Coffee Roaster
  • Assorted Coffees & Spiked Coffees, Biscottis, Stroopwafel, London Fog Tea

Hand-Crafted Libations

Visit the Billiard Room inside the Mount Hope Mansion or the Taproom at the Barn & Barrel for by the glass sales of Swashbuckler Brewing Co. ales, Mount Hope Wines, Lancaster County Ciders, and signature Spirits Distilling Co. cocktails.

Merchant Marketplace

The Merchant Marketplace can be found, free from outside elements, inside the first floor of the Barn & Barrel, home to Mount Hope Winery. Guests are invited to shop with a variety of merchants featuring handcrafted holiday wares and other items perfect for the gift-giving season. Also in the Marketplace, children are invited to whisper their Holiday wishes to Father Christmas and receive a gift from his helpers. The Merchant Marketplace is open 11AM-4PM during the Holiday Open House.

As You Like It / Up Your Kilt

Cloaks, Hats, Kilts and More

Beaded Chic Glassworks

Hand Created Lampwork Glass Jewelry & Art

Blue Thistle Pottery

Unique Pottery; Specializing in Celtic Designs

Calvin Finley Photography

Fine Art Photography

Crocheted By Kirby

Handmade, One-of-a-Kind Crocheted Hats & Gloves

Dark Rain Design

Clockwork Critters (Dec 14-15 Only)

Emperor's Needle

Handcrafted Leather Goods

Fleur Di Lis Teas

Specialty Tea Sales

Lady Leather Smythe

Hand Crafted Leather Wares

La Forge

Hand Forged Knives and Swords

Perth Pewter

Hand Casted Figurines

Photography by GeorJean

Official Father Christmas Photographer

Red Falcon

High Quality Armour and Leather Products

RF Fineries

Handmade Pet Items, Custom Personalization

Rooks Gambit

Educational Games

Ruth Roy's Herb Garden

Potpourri, Herbs, Lotions, Incense, and More

Sabol's Woodworks

Exquisite Wood Turned Creations

Sir Launch A Lot

Marshmallow Catapults and Other Fun Wares

Sticks and Stones & Copper Bones

Copper and Wooden Roses; Copper Ornaments

Sullivan's Fur

Fur Hats, Hides, and Pelts

Tomboy Togs

Felt Inspired Wares)

Wolf Spirit Jewelry

Handcrafted Jewelry

Wood & Electric Art

Electrified Wooden Decor Pieces

Activities in the Barn & Barrel

Savor the rustic charm of the beautifully renovated historic barn overlooking our award-winning full production winery. The preserved second-floor event space features original wooden beams, flooring and metal roofing, designed as the perfect showcase for a variety of events.

Father Christmas

Visit with Father Christmas

Second Floor of the Barn & Barrel
11:30-12:30 & 1:30-4:00
Special Pet Photo Session: Dec. 7 & 8, 2-4PM

Stop by the Merchant Marketplace to meet with Father Christmas to give him your Christmas wishes—Kid's even receive a special holiday treat! Want to create magical memories and start a tradition? Have your picture taken with Father Christmas this year! Photography by GeorJean

Wolgemut

Wolgemut

Second Floor of the Barn & Barrel
11:00-11:30 & 12:30-1:00
Dec. 7-8 & 14-15 Only

Wolgemut (pronounced “voll gut moot”) is an ancient German word which simply means—TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD! Wolgemut strives to present the very best music in unique arrangements with a lot of attitude, in other words, Wolgemut plays Early Music for Modern Minds!

Box Office Sales

Take advantage of Black Friday specials and pick up tickets for some of your favorite 2019 festivals and events (including BrewFest, Celtic Fling, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and more) at the lowest prices available! These discounted prices are only avialable at the Holidays at Mount Hope Open House! Ticket Sales will be held at the Front Gate windows.

Per Ticket Service Fees: It has become necessary to include a per ticket service fee for our event tickets in order to defray the rising costs of taxes and credit card processing. The fee also offsets the costs of consumables, ticket handling, and support. Service Fees are set: Online - $1.50/ticket, Telephone Transactions - $2.25/ticket, and Season Passes - $2.75/pass (online, phone or on site).

  • $50.95 Reg. $56.95
    Murder Mystery
  • Fridays (7PM), Saturdays (1PM & 7PM), Select Sundays (1PM) & Select Mid-Week Shows Available, January 31 through April 26. Excludes Feb. 14 & 15 Shows.
    Must choose date and time when purchasing tickets.

    Learn More
  • $40.95 Reg. $58.95
    BrewFest
  • Saturday, May 9
    First Session: 11AM-3PM
    Second Session:4:30-8:40PM

    Must choose session when purchasing tickets.

    Learn More
  • $19.95 Reg. $29.95
    Celtic Fling
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 27-28
    Gates open at 10AM

    Single-day tickets are valid either day. Tickets are NOT date specific.

    Learn More
  • $19.95 Reg. $33.95
    PA Ren Faire
    Single-Day
  • Saturdays & Sundays, Plus Labor Day Monday, August 8 through November 1
    Valid one public Faire day. Tickets are NOT date specific.

    Learn More
  • $85* Reg. $125
    PA Ren Faire
    Adult Season Pass
  • Saturdays & Sundays, Plus Labor Day Monday, August 8 through November 1
    Valid all public Faire days. *Show Your 2019 Faire Season Pass to Save an Additional $5.

    Download Season Pass Order Form
  • $40 Reg. $45
    PA Ren Faire
    Child Season Pass
  • Saturdays & Sundays, Plus Labor Day Monday, August 8 through November 1
    Valid all public Faire days. For patrons ages 5 to 11. Children 4 and under are free.

    Download Season Pass Order Form

Download, fill out and bring along the Season Pass Order Form to save time at the Front Gate Ticket Windows!
Ticket pricing subject to change. All tickets are year specific and are non-refundable. View the ticket policy in the FAQ Section.

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 Open House is open 11AM-4PM, November 29-30 & December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 2019. For more information on specific show times, please visit the Dates Page.
There is plenty of free parking all around the Mansion within walking distance.
The Holidays at Mount Hope is the perfect event to kick-off your Holiday season! Enjoy free admission into the decorated historic Victorian Mount Hope Mansion, free parking, complementary samplings of Mount Hope Wines, Swashbuckler Ales and savory treats from the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, complementary kids' crafts and activities, a visit from Father Christmas, a sneak peak at the Holidays at Mount Hope Cast with caroling and parlor games and early access to Festival and Event ticket sales!
Admission to the Holidays at Mount Hope Open House is completely FREE for all ages. There are no tickets or fees for admission.
Credit cards will be accepted for discounted event ticket purchases and any purchases made in the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern and Wine Shop. However, please be prepared for the possibility of some of the vendors in the Merchant Marketplace not accepting credit cards or checks.

There will be two ATMs available during the Holidays at Mount Hope: one in the Mount Hope Wine Shop and the other at the entrance of the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern.
Join us inside the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, adjacent to Mount Hope Mansion, to enjoy lunch during the annual Holidays at Mount Hope. For more information on the Anchor & Mermaid menus, please visit the Menu Page.

Select Holiday dips will also be available for sampling in the Billiard Room.
Wine and Beer is available to purchase by the glass in the Billiard Room, as well as at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern and Wharf Bar. Wine Sampling is available in the Mount Hope Wine Shop, and beer/cider sampling is available at the SBC Brewery.

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 any refunds.
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification in order to sample or consume Mount Hope wines and/or Swashbuckler ales. Valid ID includes a state issued driver's license or state issued ID card with photo, a passport, or a United States military identification card with photo. We are unable to accept any foreign driver's license. Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the festival.
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our lodging packages page for specific information.
Please be respectful of the actors. We invite our guests to interact with the actors, but be mindful of their personal space and real human feelings. These dedicated professionals work to build interactive, magical environments for our guests and any form of intimidation, threat or harm to an employee or other guests will never be tolerated.

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).

Box Office Information

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.
It has become necessary to include a per ticket service fee for our event tickets in order to defray the rising costs of taxes and credit card processing. The fee also offsets the costs of consumables, ticket handling, and support. 2020 Service Fees are set: Online - $1.50/ticket, Telephone Transactions - $2.25/ticket, and Season Passes - $2.75/pass (online, phone or on site).

Contact Mount Hope

717-665-7021RoyalSPK@PaRenFaire.com