This is the season when millions of people around the globe celebrate an historic event that changed the world and lit a beacon of hope for people of every generation that followed...

America’s past is not nearly so old.  But those who honor and recreate our nation's earliest holiday traditions invite us to remember that we are part of a legacy of celebrations. So bring the family to see how Christmas was decorated and celebrated right here in Delco, in the 18th century...

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting a traditional Candlelight Christmas Tour on December 1st from 1pm to 6pm, highlighting our historic houses decorated with symbols of the season.

Join the Heritage Dancers as they make merry at the Barn Visitors Center. Partake of some desserts before heading next door to the Springhouse, once a school in the 1800s, where you'll see Christmas books from past and present. 
Join the celebration at the John Chads House (c. 1725) with rooms of live greens and symbols of the season including arks, creche sets and toys. Enjoy Portugal cakes, Stollen and spiced tea cooked on the open hearth.

A short drive away, our Barns-Brinton House allows visitors to grab a glass of wine and toast to the season in this tavern dating back to 1714. 

As a fiddler entertains colonial revelers, warm yourself by the hearth and sample homemade soup, bread and Spritz cookies. Tour the historic rooms decorated with Santas, gingerbread, wreaths and handmade ornaments. You are sure to leave having experienced the warmth and spirit of the season.

TICKETS: $15 per person/$10 CFHS members
Click here for Tickets, Map and more info

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Rd, P.O. Box 27
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-7376

And don't miss the opportunity to step back in time with Grange Estate Mansion Tours and Cobbs Creek Lines Holiday Railroad every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm (through January 5th and 6th!)

Read about the history of this magnificent mansion here: History of the Grange Estate
There is a different rhythm at the Historic Grange Estate during the holiday season. When you come to the Grange, you’ll leave the modern pace behind and experience memories of Christmas with a pronounced Victorian sensibility.

The Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room, dressed with nostalgic ornaments, copious greenery and a nod to the mid-century. In all, there will be 13 decorated trees!

  • Explore the extensive Santa Claus Collection of Chad and Francine Brooks.
  • Check out beautiful one-of-a-kind Santas, some of which are animated! 
  • There is also a tree decorated with heritage ornaments created at the Grange over several decades.
Plus the Cobbs Creek Holiday Train Exhibit is a wonder all its own...with multiple tracks on several levels, plus vintage decorations, and a host of festive holiday stops! 

Check out cool videos of the train here: The Trains at the Grange
At Christmas time the Carriage House of the Grange Estate is transformed into the Cobbs Creek Lines Holiday Railroad, a magical land of Lionel and O Gauge trains.
Viewers of all ages delight in the immersive, fun-filled and fantastic display of trains. Each year a dedicated group of volunteers assembles to enhance the train display, and each year’s visit brings something new to enjoy!

Tours of the Mansion are 1-4 pm and admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 through 12.  The Gift Shoppe features unique hand-crafted items including distinctive home decor, wearables, and some clever old-fashioned solutions to modern needs.

SPECIAL SATURDAY EXPERIENCES:
  • Saturday, December 8 – Take photos with the trains. 10:00 AM – Noon – Free. Donations accepted. 
  • Saturday December 15 – A Flute Choir performs. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concert included in mansion tour admission fee. 
LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
143 Myrtle Avenue
Havertown, PA 19083
The Grange Estate Website

God Jul och Gott Nytt Ar!
This great annual event brings history and Christmas together in a way that both kids and adults will love it...

Celebrate the holidays Swedish Style at the Annual Trim-A-Tree Christmas Party at the Swedish Cabin on Sunday, December 2nd from 2 to 4pm.  

There will be food, marshmallow roasting for kids and lots of games.  There will also be Swedish related items for sale.
Experience a true 17th Century Christmas, as the cabin will be decorated to the period, and the two fireplaces will be lit.  There will also be a supervised fire pit outside for roasting marshmallows.  Admission is free!

LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
9 Creek Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
For more information call 484-540-5070