Holiday events you may want to check out

Looking for some Christmas Cheer in the Mt. Airy or Chestnut Hill? Here are a few ideas:


Dickens Christmas Party at Maxwell

The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion will host its annual Dickens Christmas Party on Dec. 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the party, attendees will be able to hear Christmas readings from Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott and Clement Moore. They will be also given the opportunity to tour the mansion. Tickets are $18 per person.

Attendees can also partake in dinner for the “Dickens and Dinner” event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where Philadelphia actor Josh Hitchens will bring to life Dickens’ story of the “Ghosts of Christmas” followed by dinner at Cake in Chestnut Hill. Tickets are $68 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (215) 438-1861.


Winter Gifts for Wildlife

You can welcome the winter season by creating a gift for the animals of the forest at the Wissahickon Environmental Center on Dec. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Afterwards, attendees can warm up by a campfire with roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate. Pre registration is required for this event. To register, please send an email to


Penn Glee Club at Morris

Enjoy the voices of the Penn Glee Club at the Morris Arboretum’s garden on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. The students will be singing two 30 min sets of holiday and seasonal favorites acapella-style. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. The event is free with regular admission. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, and $7 for students and youth between the age of 13 and 18. Children under the age of three are free. Members are also free. The arboretum is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave. For more information, please call (215) 247-5777.

Visitors can also view the Holiday Garden Railway, which will feature a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges, and bustling model trains in the lovely winter garden of the Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials.

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