10 deliciously magnificent gingerbread houses handcrafted by Philadelphia chefs and modeled after Fairmount Park historic sites will be on display at Liberty Place this season. (Photo courtesy Charms of Fairmount Park)
The holiday spirit is starting to tinge storefronts, supermarkets, boutiques and even the streets and trees of Philadelphia.
One fun, free holiday happening that’s already coming speedily down the pipeline is the Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display.
Returning for the second year, the display is set up at the Shops at Liberty Place from November 13 until December 9.
Local Philadelphia chefs turn ten historic properties from Fairmount Park into gorgeous hand-crafted gingerbread models.
Here are the historic sites represented in edible form this year:
• Belmont Mansion, created by Audrey Chang of The Audabon Bake Shop
• Laurel Hill Mansion, created by Karen Boyd of Bredenbeck’s Bakery
• Laurel Hill Cemetery, created by Chef John Gallagher of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
• Mount Pleasant, created by Frederic Larre of STARR Events
• Ormiston Mansion, created by Christopher Lichtman of The Westin Philadelphia
• Please Touch Museum, created by Brûlée Catering
• Smith Memorial Playground, created by Peter Scarola of R2L
• Strawberry Mansion, created by Angela Tustin of Plate Restaurant & Bar
• Fairmount Water Works, created by Robin Carmen of Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
• Woodford Mansion, created by Thomas Heck of Davio’s
The Gingerbread House Display is a preview event for the annual Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours, running December 1-9 this year. Get an insider look at five of the park’s treasured charms — Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Ormiston and Woodford mansions — festively decorated. For details, click here.
The Gingerbread House Display is free and open to the public, Mondays–Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sundays, noon–6 p.m.
Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display
When: November 13-December 9
Where: Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut Streets
More info: www.shopsatliberty.com