December 1 – December 23
Catch the holiday spirit as you enjoy a guided tour of the festive decorations of fresh greens and fruits, dried materials, and fresh flowers. Many thanks to the Civic Committee of the Garden Club of Harrisburg for their holiday inspirations. Reservations suggested.
November 25 – December 17
Themed Christmas trees are exhibited for viewing. Co-sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Garden Center, beautifully decorated with handmade ornaments and trimmed by local garden clubs, the trees are available for raffle. A selection of handmade ornaments will be available for purchase.
Weekends Only Dec 2-17
View dress forms attired in Christmas tree decorations. Let festive creativity, where anything is possible and the holiday spirit is alive and well, inspire the holidays.
Victorian Tea and Holiday Demonstrations
Sunday, December 3, 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Victorian Tea, 11:30 – 3:30 pm, reservations every half hour
Experience the Mansion adorned for the holidays with fresh greens and natural trimmings by the Civic Committee of the Harrisburg Garden Club. Enjoy live holiday music by MaryAnn Guerrisi on her violin. Conclude your visit with tea, consisting of tea sandwiches, homemade cookies and Fort Hunter’s traditional spiced tea, served in the dining room.
Pop in the summer kitchen to see and smell the fire burning in the hearth and chat with cook, Audrey Trussell, as she prepares holiday treats using recipes (called receipts) from the 1800s over the open fire.
One of the great traditions of Christmas in the 1800’s was receiving a piece of three-dimensional clear toy candy. Stop by the summer kitchen to visit with candy maker Gina Napoli and view the methods of creating this Pennsylvania-German tradition that dates to the 1700s.
Saturday, December 9, 12:30 – 2:30 pm (line for the reindeer closes at 2:15 pm)
Visit and take photographs with one of Santa’s reindeer. Sit with Mrs. Santa as she reads classic Christmas stories. Refreshments are available by donation. ONE DAY ONLY!
Sunday, December 17, 2 pm
Enjoy a free concert of Christmas music! Join the 8-member Mechanicsburg area brass group as they play familiar holiday tunes and Christmas songs in an informal concert setting.