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, 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!

Holiday 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

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Don't Miss Any Holiday Fun

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
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.

A Special Note About the 2022 Box Office

An on-site box office is not planned for the 2022 Holiday Open House. Stay tuned to the website, Facebook page and Royal Email newsletter for event, ticketing and season pass information.

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.

Holiday Open House
Holiday Open House
Holiday Open House
Holiday Open House

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 "L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz."

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) for traditional Holiday merrymaking after visiting the festively decorated rooms of Mount Hope Mansion. The cast of the Holiday Dinner Theater will lead guests in 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: Poppies, Poppies…

Help the wicked witch create the poppy fields with a paper flower craft to take with you. 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

Filet Mignon & Fries
Crabcake & Fries
Surf & Turf
Vegetarian Mac N' Cheese
Kid's Chicken Fingers & Fries
Kid's Mac N' Cheese

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

Food & Beverage Service: 11AM-4PM
Enjoy a variety of hand pies & roasted nuts, along with signature cocktails (including traditional spiked eggnog), Swashbuckler Beers, Lancaster County Ciders and Mount Hope Wines

2022 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

Soaps By Alexandra/W Designs

Hand-Crafted Soaps & Candles
Attending All Dates

As You Like It/Up Your Kilt

Hand-Crafted Cloaks, Hats, Kilts and More
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

Dragons Breath Glassworks

Blown Glass Pieces
Attending All Dates

Dress Your Dreams

Clothing for All Good Gentles
Attending All Dates

Electric Woodman

Electric Burned Wood Art
Attending All Dates

Forever Mine

Stones, Jewelry & Handcrafted Wares
Attending All Dates

Fortunes Favor

Tarot & Palm Readings
Nov. 25-27 Only

Gilded Garments

Silk-Screened Flannel Wear
Attending All Dates

Happy Hookers

Crocheted Hats, Hoods & Pop Culture Wares
Nov. 25-27 Only

La Forge

Handmade Knives & Kitchen Wear
Attending All Dates

Photography by GeorJean

Official Father Christmas Photographer
Attending All Dates

O'Sullivan's Fur

Fur Slippers, Hats, Gloves & Blankets
Attending All Dates

Red Falcon

Handcrafted Leather Books, Jewelry & Gifts
Attending All Dates

Sarah N Hixson

Modern Victorian Era Art
Dec. 3 & 4 Only

Saucy Minx

Hot Sauces, Dips & Rubs
Attending All Dates

Tomboy Togs

Pop Culture Pins, Keychains & Accessories
Attending All Dates

Visit with Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Second Floor of the Barn & Barrel

Pet Photos with Father Christmas: Dec. 10-11, 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 fill out the contact form below.

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 25-27 & December 3-4 & 10-11, 2022. For more information on specific show times, please visit the Dates Section. Please note: Dates & Times are subject to change.
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 Anchor & Mermaid Tavern and Taproom & Grille. 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

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 300).

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Please Note: Office Hours are Mon-Fri, 9AM-4PM