The gorgeous historic mansions of Fairmount Park are recreated in cake, frosting and candy by local chefs and displayed at The Shops at Liberty Place to welcome the holiday season. (Photo courtesy Charms of Fairmount Park)
If you’re getting visions of holiday sugarplums already, make time to check out sweet confections in person at the annual Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread Display.
From November 4 through 22, thirteen deliciously handcrafted gingerbread houses will be on view at The Shops at Liberty Place.
Far from your average gingerbread creations, each edible edifice will be meticulously modeled after one of Fairmount Park’s historic and popular sites, including Lemon Hill, Laurel Hill, the Please Touch Museum and Smith Memorial Playground.
These replicas will be conceived and executed by a roster of powerhouse pastry masters like Chef Gerald Drummond of Starr Restaurants, Chef Andrea Histand of Town Crier Bakery, Chef Diana Anello of Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Davina Soondrum of Fitler Dining Room.
Free to the public, this exhibition is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. in the Rotunda of Liberty Place. After November 15, the creations move into one of the retail spaces the shopping center.
Ready to experience the real thing? The sugary shacks are just a precursor to the Fairmount Park Historic Holiday House Tours, where visitors can tour six historic mansions in person.
These Fairmount Park landmarks will be decked out in their finest holiday decorations and open to the public from December 5 to 15 for holiday tours.
Check here for more on this annual holiday tradition.
Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread Display
When: November 4-22; Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street
More info: www.parkcharms.com