HOLIDAYS IN BRYN ATHYN

Traditional Christmas Celebrations

The history of the Bryn Athyn Historic District resonates throughout the holiday season. With a rich spiritual tradition, Christmastime in Bryn Athyn is always a joyous time of year. 

Creche Display

CRÈCHE DISPLAY

November 27 through January 10
Glencairn Museum

This display showcases nativity scenes that reflect numerous cultural and spiritual traditions. The artists have made extensive use of locally available material, such as clay, grass, cornhusks, bark, gourds, and even coconuts. 

TRIM THE TREE

December 1
Cairnwood Estate

The curators at Cairnwood Estate invite the public to come and help them dress the mansion for the holidays. The morning begins with a light breakfast before the hanging of the bling. 

ADVENT ART WORKSHOP

December 5
Glencairn Museum

The purpose of this learning session is to teach even novices the fine art of calligraphy, specifically Irish insular uncial script. To underscore the celebration of Advent, the text being illustrated is the psalm prophesy of the Nativity. 

Cairnwood by Candlelight

CAIRNWOOD BY CANDLELIGHT

December 10
Cairnwood Estate

Swathed in holiday lighting and resplendent with luscious greens and festive décor, the estate opens all three floors, including the servant’s quarters and tower. Taking center stage is a two-story Christmas tree adorned with more than 3,000 lights and 300 pieces of sugared fruit. 

CHRISTMAS SING CONCERT

December 15
Glencairn Museum

The museum continues a Pitcairn family tradition and hosts the “Glencairn Sing,” a Christmas concert open to the public. Accompaniment is by current and former members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

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