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Tour the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park During
‘A Very Philly Christmas’
The mansions are all decked out for the holiday season.
Laurel Hill Mansion. Photo by Lauren Schwarz
It’s the 45th year for the holiday house tours in Fairmount Park and the six historic homes known as the “Park Charms” are all decked out and ready for visitors. They open Thursday, December 1st, with new events tied to this year’s theme, “A Very Philly Christmas,” taking place over two weekends.
Saturday, December 3rd, is Sounds of the Season day, with Philly musicians playing in different houses throughout the day, including the Mummers All Stars in Lemon Hill Mansion and Cedar Grove, the Clef Club in Mount Pleasant, the Quiet Storm doo-wop group in Laurel Hill Mansion, Opera Philadelphia Victorian carolers in Woodford, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra string quartet in Strawberry Mansion. The roving beer garden Parks On Tap will be popping outside of Strawberry Mansion.
Mount Pleasant. Photo by R Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
Family Day is Sunday, December 4th, with visits from Santa, performances by Spiral Q Puppet Theatre, Revolution Shakespeare and Walnut Street Theatre, and other kid-friendly activities.
Next weekend, Neighbors Day is Saturday, December 10th, and Flavors of the Season is the following day, with samples from old-timey candy store Shane Confectionery, old-timey restaurant City Tavern, Yards Brewery, Philly Pretzel Factory, and other local spots.
Admission is $8 per house, with kids 12 and under free.
In addition to the two weekends of programming, the six homes host Christmas open houses all through December ($8 admission, kids free). Trolley tours run Thursday, December 15th to Sunday, December 18th.
Philly Holiday Tree star of night at Lighting Celebration
DILWORTH PARK (WPVI) --
The joy of the Christmas season filled Center City during the Holiday Tree Celebration at Dilworth Park.
"It's one of a kind. It's the first city. It's the original. It's just a great city," said Tammy Oliver of Manayunk.
Christmas lights and cell phone screens lit up the night as the crowd enjoyed classic holiday songs and mesmerizing dances.
"I thought it was really great. I didn't know what to expect the show was going to be, so we had a lot of fun. She likes dancers so she was excited," said Valerie Steiner of Langhorne.
"I really enjoyed the dancing as well because it's very interesting the type of style they were doing," said Gavin Steiner of Langhorne.
Keeping the crowed energized - and warm - on the ones and twos was Dylan Curtis aka DJ D-ILL - a pro at just 11 years old, who was specifically requested for Saturday night's festivities.
"They wanted a kid DJ, not an old person, a kid DJ," said Dylan Curtis aka DJ D-ILL.
But the star of the night was the dazzling 40-foot tall fresh Colorado fir tree that was topped off with a liberty bell, crack and all - oh and it hid another surprise.
"For the first time in our city's history the official Philly Holiday Tree lights will be powered using wind power," said a
"No matter what your religion or how you celebrate the holidays or don't celebrate the holidays, this tree is a big kiss to Philadelphia," said Jeff Guaracino, President and CEO, Welcome America, Inc.
It was created by award-winning production designer David Korins, who had a unique approach to the base of the tree.
"It's kind of like a snow globe, and each one of the signs and cuts outs is representative of a special part of the city, so we did a lot of research and took iconic stops along the way in every neighborhood," said Korins.
It's a magnificent start to the Christmas season in a way that's uniquely Philly.
"I thought the event was great. It was fantastic. The tree lighting ceremony was awesome. All the special events. You just needed to be here," said Oliver.
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) --
If there's tinsel adorning your Christmas tree this year, you might love to know that 80 percent of the world's tinsel is made in South Philadelphia.
It has been that way for more than 80 years with the world's tinsel trail leading right to Kindy's.
Four generations of the Kindermans have been creating Christmas memories for families all over the world since the early 1900s.
In fact, you might call South Philly the real 'tinseltown' because, as legend has it, the very first strands - all glittery aglow - were created here back in 1932.
"The icicle is the first tinsel that we manufactured," Judy Kinderman said.
Back then those icicles were made of lead and despite the fact that Britestar, their manufacturing line, had to switch to shiny PVC in the 1960s after lead was banned, the Kindermans say customers still ask for it.
"Because of the lead, they were able to hang delicately and beautifully on the tree and that was something that people loved," Judy Kinderman said.
She tells Action News late husband, Sandy, was the third generation of Kindermans, a real Mr. Christmas, you might say.
"His nickname was the 'Tinsel King.' He would come home from work during manufacturing season and the pieces of tinsel would be on his shoes and he would track them into the house," Judy Kinderman said.
On Wednesday, their son, Richard, was running that tinsel train at full steam with 2.8 million boxes going out this year alone.
"1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 count and they are still going on people's trees and giving memories to families all over the country," Richard Kinderman said.
The factory may look dark now, but that's because peak tinsel making season is the summer.
"Santa's elves are upstairs working in the hot summer to get everyone's tinsel out the door on time," Richard Kinderman said.
The family says the fact that it's still being produced here at home is precious and rare.
Kindy's is having its very first post-Christmas blowout sale this weekend, up to 90 percent off.
Upcoming Events For 2014
TREE GIVEAWAY - 98.1 WOGL'S "The Breakfast Club" includes air personalities: Ross Brittain, Valerie Knight, Frank Lewis and Bill Zimpfer will be broadcasting live Saturday, December 13th from 10am to 1pm at Kindys. Giving away 98 Christmas Trees (while supplies last). Winners will line up and get a chance to spin the 98.1 WOGL prize wheel. Land on a Christmas tree and win a free tree!!
TREE LIGHTING - Kindy's Sponsors the 19th Annual Philadelphia City Hall Tree LightingJoin Kindy's Chiristmas Factory Outlet in Dilworth Plaza this Wednesday Dec 3rd at 7pm for the 19th Annual City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting. For the 3rd year in a row, Kindy's has provided all the lights and decorations for the event. That's right - you can get the same lights & decorations for your home, right here at Kindy's Christmas Factory Outlet, and Kindys.com!
TREE LIGHTING - 2013Kindy's Sponsors the 18th Annual Philadelphia City Hall Tree LightingJoin Kindy's Chiristmas Factory Outlet in Love Park downtown this Thursday Dec 8th at 5pm for the 18th Annual City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting. For the 2nd year in a row, Kindy's has provided all the lights and decorations for the event. That's right - you can get the same lights & decorations for your home, right here at Kindy's Christmas Factory Outelt, and Kindys.com!Kindy's Decorates John DeBella's StudioTune in to 102.9 WMGK 11/30 from 7-9am: Kindy's is decorating John Debella's studio!