On Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, Pennsbury Manor will be lighting the lights for their annual Holly Nights celebration.
A tradition for over 35 years, these two enchanted evenings are filled with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Starting each evening at 6:00 pm and continuing until 9:00 pm, the nights will be filled with activities for the entire family.
Grab your coat, gather family and friends and join in the celebration as William Penn’s 17th-century plantation comes alive. Step back in time as hundreds of luminaries and candles cast a warm glow around the 43-acre historic site. Follow the pathways to the Yule log bonfire to warm up or toss in a sprig of green. This traditional “Burning of the Green” is said to represent past woes and to assure good luck in the New Year.
To add to the festive flavor of Holly Night, music will be provided by a variety of musical and vocal ensembles including: The Men of Harmony, Harmony Trio, Levittown Choraliers, Newtown Recorder Consort, Truman High School Holiday Ensemble, William Penn Middle School Chorus, Wing and a Prayer Brass Ensemble, Pennsbury High School Brass Ensemble, Bucks County Women’s Chorus, and the Pennsbury High School Falcon Strings.
Demonstrations of open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, joynery, beer brewing, and soap making by colonial craftspeople dressed in period clothing will be ongoing throughout the evening. Continue along the pathway to the Manor House where guides will greet you in colonial dress for a candlelit tour of the Manor House; decorated for the holidays. Stop by the stable and take in a traditional 17th-century Mummer’s Play performed by the role players. Before departing for the evening, don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop where you can purchase unusual gifts and decorations to take home.
Admission to Holly Nights is $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for senior citizens (65+), $6.00 for children 3-11, and children under 3 are free. Free parking and hot-mulled cider are included with admission. Information is available at (215) 946-0400 or www.pennsburymanor.org. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call in advance to discuss their needs.
Pennsbury Manor is located just outside Tullytown in Falls Township.
Due to road closures please check their website for up-to-date directions.
Pennsbury Manor is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with the support of The Pennsbury Society.