‘Holidays at Mount Hope’ opens Dec. 9

By on December 7, 2016

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Mount Hope Estate & Winery’s theatrical production of “Holidays at Mount Hope” will open on Dec. 9, and run through the 23. This event is a different kind of theatrical experience, inviting guests to interact with the characters holding this festival holiday party inside the 200-year-old Victorian mansion.

As visitors enter the mansion they will find themselves in the year 1876. The Centennial Exposition (also known as The Philadelphia World’s Fair) has just ended, and some cultural dignitaries and international scientific minds are taking a holiday at the Mount Hope Mansion before returning to their home countries. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, great granddaughter of famous Pennsylvanian Ben Franklin, is excited to host a holiday party that is sure to be the talk of the international community. Her friends, the Grubbs, have given her full access to their beautiful Mount Hope estate in order to make this party memorable for such special guests. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by bringing the world together under one roof in the name of brotherhood and goodwill to all?

The party will begin with traditional caroling and parlor games during a time to meet and mingle with the characters and other partygoers. Guests will then take their seat for the first of two stories they will enjoy during this two-hour event.

“An International Holiday Fantasia: Christmas Folktales from Around the World” recounts how Christmas Day has its own special traditions around the world. International party guests will recite a collection of Holiday stories from their native lands.

“A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, is a mainstay of Holidays at Mount Hope. It is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man brought on by visitations by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Presented with warmth, humor, tradition and a bit of audience support, the enduring tale of “A Christmas Carol” springs from storybook to the stage.

Before and between the performance, guests are invited to visit the billiard room where the yule log burns, to purchase Swashbuckler Brewing Company beers, Mount Hope Wines, Lancaster County Ciders and hand-made signature cocktails made with spirits from Hidden Still, in Lebanon.

“Holidays at Mount Hope” runs Dec. 9 through 23. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. General admission performance-only ticket prices are $19.95 weekends, and $17.95 midweek.

Visitors also have the option of purchasing combination meal and show tickets. Lunch or dinner is served in the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, adjacent to Mount Hope Mansion prior to the scheduled performance. Both menus offer an unlimited soup and salad bar. Guests select a sandwich option from the lunch menu or an entrée option from the dinner menu. Lunch/show tickets are $33.95 and dinner/show tickets are $42.95.

Seating for Holidays at Mount Hope is limited and reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at PaRenFaire.com or by calling the Box Office at 665-7021.

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