Philly Historic Homes Get the Gingerbread Treatment at Shops at Liberty Place

For the fourth year in a row, the Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display is ringing in the holiday season with gingerbread abodes. Local chefs have handcrafted 11 beautiful gingerbread mansions representing historic locations from all over the area. James Rodebaugh of Brûlée Catering, Chef Peter Scarola of R2L, and Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality all contributed works. The display is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m., until November 21st at the Shops at Liberty Place.

The display (shown in the slideshow above) is a preview of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours. Visit six mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries all decked out for the holidays in grand style starting Wednesday, December 3rd. Admission to each house is $5 per person. Guided trolley tours and group tours are also available. For more information, click here.

Preview: Fairmount Park’s Gingerbread House Display

All the pastry chefs pose for a photo.

All the pastry chefs pose for a photo.

While it might be a little early to start talking about Christmas stuff, it’s never the wrong time to talk about cookies. And today’s 4th annual Fairmount Park Holiday Display preview will have a lot of ’em.

With local chefs creating twelve historic Fairmount properties out of gingerbread, Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open the free display to the public, which will run, under normal circumstances, from Mondays – Saturdays, 9:30 am – 7 p.m. and Sundays, 12 – 6 p.m. Today’s  ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at The Rotunda of The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street.

Oh, and from December 3rd until December 30th, six of the mansions being recreated in the gingerbread house display will be decorated and themed for the holidays. Tours in which guests will hear the stories of each house and receive collectible recipe cards will be available by trolley. Tickets for the tour of the Park houses can be found here.

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The Gingerbread Mansions of Fairmount Park


From now till November 22nd, thirteen gingerbread houses representing mansions of Fairmount Park will be on display at the Shops at Liberty Place. All thirteen were created by local pastry chefs who really got into the spirit of it all, accessorizing their houses with pretzel fences, gumdrop trim and peppermint stick columns.

The gingerbread house display is a preview event for the annual Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tour that runs from December 5 to the 15th. Six park houses will be open and decorated for the holidays. Trolley tours are available and tickets can be purchased online.

Check out the gingerbread mansions »