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 information is subject to change.

Overall Dates & Times

November/December 2021
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Don't Miss Any Holiday Fun

Times and open locations are subject to change.

Historic Mount Hope Mansion • 11AM-4PM
Self-Guided Tours of the Historic Mansion's Holiday Splendor
Performances by Seasons Throughout the Day
Parlor Games & Carols in the Chapel with Daisy Grubb
Holiday Kid's Crafts in the Morning Parlor

Barn & Barrel • 11AM-4PM
Shop with Unique Merchants at the Merchant Marketplace
Visit with Father Christmas on the Second Floor

Mount Hope Wine Shop & Spirits Distilling Co. • 11AM-5PM
Savings Throughout Both Stores
Sampling and To-Go Sales of Wines & Spirits

Taproom & Grille • 11AM-4PM
Assorted Sweets & Craft Beverages

Anchor & Mermaid Tavern • 11AM-4PM
Enjoy delicious, locally sourced menu options.

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. Please Note: The mansion is set for the annual interactive dinner theater performance of Holidays at Mount Hope.

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 wreath hung over the golden knocker on the front door and throughout the first floor, the decorations echo the classic elegance and colorful sophistication of the Victorian era. Boughs of 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 "A Sweet Holiday"

A special thanks to Carrie Emich-Wallace and her helpers—Judy and Shane for the 100+ hours they dedicated to the Holiday decorations we enjoy this season!

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!

Mansion Events

Carols and Parlor Games

Carols & Parlor Games

Join Daisy Grubb (Jennifer Espenshade) and Joseph Sutter (Alex Stompoly) for traditional Holiday merrymaking after visiting the festively decorated rooms of Mount Hope Mansion. Each day, a member of Daisy's Household Staff will join in the fun.(Portrayed daily by a different Holiday Dinner Theater cast member). Daisy and friends will lead guests in their Carols and Games in the Mansion's Chapel at Noon, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. You don't want to miss this interactive event that is sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!


Performances by Seasons

Seasons is comprised of the siblings Mary-Kate Spring, Peter Winter, Mary-Teresa Summer, Mary-Grace Autumn, and Mary-Clare Chun Lee. The Lee siblings seek to not only pay homage to the rich tradition of Celtic and American folk music that they grew up in, but also to treat it as a living, breathing entity. The result is a constantly growing collection of original songs and tunes that are all at once both fresh and familiar. Learn more at and don't miss their performances in the Ballroom at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:00.

Kids Craft

Kid's Craft: Candy Cane Ornamnet

Join in the sweetness of the Mansion decor and make your very own Candy Cane Ornament. A confection that is believed to date back to 1670. Visit the Morning Parlor inside the Mount Hope Mansion to make your own!

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 11AM to 4PM during the Holiday Open House.

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Open House Menu

Assorted Soups

Pork Sandwich
On Brioche Roll with Sweet or Spicy BBQ and Served with French Fries

Crab Cake Sandwich
On Brioche Roll with Lettuce, Tomato, a Side of Tartar Sauce and Served with French Fries

House Salad
Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber and Shredded Cheese

Pittsburgh Salad
House Salad Topped with Grilled Sirloin, French Fries and Melted Cheddar Cheese

Steak and Fries
A Faire Favorite!

Refreshing Beverages

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


Open House Menu

Father Christmas's Sweet Shoppe: 11AM-4PM
Locally Made Scones, Giant Cookies, Welsh Cookies, Sticky Buns & More!

Beverage Services: 11AM-4PM
Enjoy signature cocktails (including traditional spiked eggnog), Swashbuckler Beers, Lancaster County Ciders and Mount Hope Wines

2021 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.

Are you a merchant who would like to participate at the Holiday Open House? Learn more at

As You Like It/Up Your Kilt

Hand-Crafted Cloaks, Hats, Kilts and More
Attending All Dates

Beaded Chic Glassworks

Hand Beaded Jewelry & Candles
Attending All Dates

Candy Emporium

Assorted Tasty Treats
Attending All Dates

Chimes & Charms

Upcycled Wine Bottle Art
Attending All Dates

Crown & Comb

Honey, Honey Accessories, Bee Decor
Attending All Dates

Denyan Designs

Wood Bowls, Pens, Bottle Stoppers & More
Attending All Dates

Dress Your Dreams

Clothing for All Good Gentles
Attending All Dates

Electric Woodman

Electric Burned Wood Art
Attending All Dates

Father Christmas Shoppe

Christmas Decor, Ornaments, Holidays Gifts & Cheer
Attending All Dates

Fairywood Grove

Handmade Dark Art Jewelry
Attending All Dates

Gilded Garments

Silk-Screened Flannel Wear
Attending All Dates

Heiress Gaming

Games, Puzzles and Dice Galore
Nov. 26-28 & Dec. 4-5 Only

La Forge

Handmade Knives & Kitchen Wear
Attending All Dates

Photography by GeorJean

Official Father Christmas Photographer
Attending All Dates

Oh, Jessa!

Tops, Skirts, Corsets & Parasols
Attending All Dates

O'Sullivan's Fur Shack

Fur Slippers, Hats, Gloves & Blankets
Attending All Dates


Gemstone Jewelry
Attending All Dates

Red Falcon

Handcrafted Leather Books, Jewelry & Gifts
Attending All Dates

RF Fineries

Embroidered Pet Items, Aprongs & Bags
Attending All Dates

Tomboy Togs

Felt Inspired Wares
Attending All Dates

Visit with Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Second Floor of the Barn & Barrel

Pet Photos with Father Christmas: Dec. 11-12, 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. Cash Only. Please See Photography Pricing Poster Day-Of.

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 9AM-4PM, November 26-28 & December 4-5 & 11-12, 2021. For more information on specific show times, please visit the Dates Section.
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, free parking, a visit with Father Christmas and a sneak peak at the Holidays at Mount Hope Cast with caroling!
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 are accepted for any purchases made in the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, Wine Shop, Taproom & Grille and Spirits Distillery. 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.
Select food items will be available at the following locations:
Anchor & Mermaid Tavern
Taproom & Grille
Christmas Village

Please check back closer to the event for menu information.
Wine, beer, cider and cocktails will be available to purchase by the glass at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern and the Taproom & Grille.

Wine sampling is available in the Mount Hope Wine Shop. Spirit sampling is available at Spirit Distillery Co. Select beer and cider sampling is available at the Taproom & Grille.

Please Note: If you are visibly intoxicated, we reserve the right to no longer serve you alcohol.
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification in order to sample or consume any alcoholic beverage (wine, beer, cider, spirits, etc.). 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 event.
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our lodging 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.

Additional Information

Consistent with the most recent guidance from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Mount Hope is pleased to update our safety initiatives designed to keep everyone safe - Download Guest COVID Policies (August 1, 2021). As guidance and requirements from various government agencies continue to evolve, so too, will we. Follow us on Facebook @PaRenFaire or join the Royal Email List for news and updates.
Smoking is prohibited inside all enclosed locations on the grounds of Mount Hope, including permanent buildings and temporary tents. Please do not smoke near entrances or exits to these locations as well.
Outside food and drink items are NOT permitted with the exception of water.
Yes, Holidays at Mount Hope is 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.

If you need assistance during your visit, please see any Mount Hope employee.
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 the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, Mount Hope Wine Shop and the Barn & Barrel. The Victorian Privies located by the Feasting Glen will also be open for public use. 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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Please Note: Office Hours are Mon-Fri, 9AM-4PM