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 dates, times and open locations are subject to change. Please check back closer to the 2021 event dates for updated information.

Overall Dates & Times

November/December 2021
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19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Times by Location

Updated Holiday Open House Event Hours • 11AM-4PM
Social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced in all locations.

Mount Hope Wine Shop & Spirits Distilling Co. • 11AM-4PM
Savings Throughout Both Stores
Sampling* and To-Go Sales of Wines & Spirits

Mansion Tours • 11AM-4PM
Self-Guided Tours of the Historic Mansion's Holiday Splendor

Taproom & Grille • 11AM-4PM
Warming Snacks & Craft Beverages

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

Anchor & Mermaid Tavern • 9AM-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 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 “The Color of Christmas.”

A special thanks to Carrie Emich-Wallace and her helpers—Judy, Grumpy, and Joan for the 100+ hours they dedicated to the Holiday decorations we enjoyed in 2020!

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!

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 9AM to 4PM during the Holiday Open House. Please note: Anchor & Mermaid menu was for the 2020 season. Please check back closer to the 2021 event for updated information.

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Crab Dip Bread Bowl
Roasted Cauliflower Leek Soup
Cornish Poutine


Pub Burger
On Pretzel Roll Bun with Beer Cheese & Bacon Jam and Served with Fresh Cut French Fries

Crab Cake Sandwich
With Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce

Braised Shortrib Pie
With Mashed Potatoes, Port Wine Demi Glace

Fish & Chips
Batter Dipped Cod Fillets with Fresh Cut Fries


Butternut Squash Lasagna
Served with Wild Mushrooms & Sage Cream


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

Mac & Cheese
Served with Apple Sauce & Drink


Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
Served with Nutmeg Cream

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. Please note: Taproom & Grille menu was for the 2020 season. Please check back closer to the 2021 event for updated information.


Open House Menu

Breakfast: 11AM-Noon
Wake up and start your day with Scotch Eggs & French Toast Bread Pudding. Assorted coffees will also be available.

Lunch: Noon-4PM
Lunch features a menu of Turkey Chili with Monterey Jack & Cheddar Cheese, or Gourmet Raclette Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Beverage Services: 11AM-4:30PM
Enjoy signature cocktails (including traditional spiked eggnog), Swashbuckler Beers, Lancaster County Ciders and Mount Hope Wines

2020 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 9AM-4:30PM during the Holiday Open House.

Beaded Chic Glassworks

Hand Beaded Jewelry & Candles
Nov. 26-28, Dec. 5-6, 12-13

The Chef's Duds by Deb

Funky Aprons
Nov. 26-28, Dec. 5-6, 12-13

Chimes & Charms

Upcycled Wine Bottle Art
Attending All Dates

The Clothing Wearhouse

Vegan Leather Purses & Bags
Nov. 26-28

Cupcakes and Cookbooks

Freshly Baked Cupcakes & An Array of Cookbooks
Attending All Dates

Dark Rain Design

Clockwork Critters
Dates To Be Announced

Electric Woodman

Electric Burned Wood Art
Attending All Dates

Emperor's Needle

Handcrafted Leather Gifts
Dec. 5-6, 12-13

Fleur Di Lis Teas

Specialty Tea Sales
Attending All Dates

Gilded Garments

Silk-Screened Flannel Wear
Attending All Dates

Her Majesty's Masks

Handcrafted & Printed Masks
Attending All Dates

La Forge

Handmade Knives & Kitchen Wear
Attending All Dates

Photography by GeorJean

Official Father Christmas Photographer
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

Rooks Gambit

Educational Games
Attending All Dates

Tomboy Togs

Felt Inspired Wares
Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20

Uglie Acres

Farm Fresh Jams & Jellies
Dec. 5-6, 12-13

Visit with Father Chrismtas

Father Christmas

Second Floor of the Barn & Barrel

11:00-12:30 & 1:30-4:00

Stop by the Merchant Marketplace to meet with Father Christmas to give him your Christmas wishes—Kid's even receive a special holiday treat! This even will be socially distanced and masks are required inside the Barn & Barrel.

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, complementary samplings of select hand-crafted wines and spirits (following the sampling guidelines as issued by the State), a visit from 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.

Safety Information

Please keep your mask on at all times unless seated and actively eating or drinking.

We are following the Order of the Secretary of the PA Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings: [Section 1: Face Coverings Defined] - "Face covering" means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A "face covering" can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk or linen. For purposes of this order, a face covering includes a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth…" For additional requirements, please read the full Order here
Before you leave home, we ask that you monitor the health of the members in your group. If anyone is feeling ill or displaying symptoms of Covid-19 (see below), refrain from attending.

Any of the following symptoms that are not caused by a known chronic health condition:
  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Cold or Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Repeated Shaking/Chills
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Congestion and/or Runny Nose
  • Cough
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
Additionally, you could be contagious if you have been in direct contact with a close relative, roommate or neighbor who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, or been told bya health care professional or employer you may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
During your visit, we ask that you:
  • Wash your hands often. Bathrooms are available in the Feasting Glen area (Victorian Privies), Wine Shop, Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, and Barn & Barrel. Sanitizer stations will also be available throughout the Open House areas.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear your face covering at all times unless seated and actively eating or drinking.
  • Maintain 6' social distance from other guests and Mount Hope employees.
To increase safety:
  • Staff will be sanitizing restrooms and wiping down high touch areas throughout the day to provide a clean and safe experience for our guests.
  • Tables at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern and Taproom & Grille have been adjusted to provide social distancing between groups.
  • There will be no in-person box office sales this year to avoid patrons waiting in lines.
  • Capacity restricitions will be in place for the Wine Shop, Distillery, Anchor & Mermaid Tavern and Merchant Marketplace.
  • When visiting Father Christmas, we will have seperate a entrance and exit. This event will be set up for social distancing.
  • All staff must complete a health assessment and temperature check each day before reporitng to work.

Additional Information

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