Christmas Tours in the Bryn Athyn Historic District

During the month of December 2019, tour availability and hours of operation may be altered during the season due to demand, weather, special events and additional church services. Some dates are not available. To avoid disappointment, reservations are required for guided tours during the month of December. The itinerary for your visit can be customized to best serve your group, including one, two, or all three guided tours. Call 215-947-2004 for more information.

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Cairnwood Estate

Guided “Christmas at Cairnwood” tours available Tuesday – Sunday, reservations required. Some dates may not be available due to demand, private events, or weather; call 215.947.2004 for reservations or visit to purchase tickets on-line. Closed on Mondays. Admission for guided Christmas at Cairnwood tour $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors and students, free to children 3 and under.

Self-guided tours Sunday, December 8, 15, & 22: 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays through December 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
The exhibition showcasing three generations of vintage fashions worn by the ladies of the house is self-guided and open to the public Sunday, December 8, 15, & 22, 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays through December 19, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission to tour the decorated estate and exhibition is included with holiday tea reservation or $10 per person for self-guided touring only.

Cairnwood Holiday Tea and Tours: Sundays, December 8, 15, & 22, and Wednesdays & Thursdays through December 19. Holiday Tea is seated at 12:30 PM; $55 per person. Reservations and payment required. Call or visit our website for menu and reservations.

Children’s Holiday Tea with Santa, Sunday December 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The Estate will be closed December 23, 24, 25 & 26. Cairnwood Christmas tours, and exhibition end Sunday, December 29. *Subject to change, call for up to date information.

Glencairn Museum

Guided Christmas in the Castle tours available Friday, November 29, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020. Reservations strongly suggested. Tour size is limited. To avoid disappointment, please call ahead or visit our website to reserve space on the guided tour. Some dates may not be available due to demand, private events, or weather; call 267.502.2990 or visit for reservations. Closed December 9, 10, 24, and 25.

Self-guided tours of World Nativities exhibition available daily 12:00 – 4:30pm.

 Admission for Christmas in the Castle Tour $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and students, free to children 3 and under. Access to exhibition included with tour admission.

 Admission to World Nativities exhibition is $5.00 per person suggested donation.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Guided tours Tuesdays - Sundays 1:00 –4:00 pm (45 minute tour)

Click here for PDF with information about Christmas 2019 tours in the Bryn Athyn Historic District.

Sample Historic district Tour Itinerary

Cairnwood Guided Christmas Tour: 11:00 am
Cairnwood Holiday Tea: 12:30 pm
Glencairn Museum: 1:30 or 2:30 pm “Christmas in the Castle” guided tour
Self-guided exploration of the World Nativities exhibition 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Bryn Athyn Cathedral Guided Tour: 3:15 pm
Depart: 4:00 pm

Christmas Season Admission

Cairnwood Estate: $15.00 adults, $12.00 seniors & students
     Self-guided tour of decorated estate and exhibition select Sundays, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons: $10.00 per person.
Glencairn Museum: $12.00 adults, $10.00 seniors & students
     Self-guided exhibition only: $5.00 per person suggested donation
Bryn Athyn Cathedral: $5.00 per person suggested donation

For more information or to make reservations for Historic District Tours with a coordinated itinerary, contact Lisa Parker-Adams at 215-947-2004, ext. 31 or

2019 Christmas Events in the Bryn Athyn Historic District

Spirit of Christmas: Christmas preview weekend at Glencairn Museum
Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Tours, exhibition, crafts, activities, and refreshments. Call for more information.

Lessons and Carols at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Saturday, December 7th, 7:30 pm

Glencairn Christmas Sing
Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 pm
Reserved seating available to Gold Members. Free to members. Limited tickets available at the door.
Call for more information.

Cairnwood By Candlelight at Cairnwood Estate
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm
$25 per person, Cairnwood members half price. Limited tickets available, call 215-947-2004 for reservations.
Explore historic Cairnwood at its most sparkling time of year. Kick off the holiday season with yuletide desserts and refreshments served in candlelight, festive Christmas trees and décor throughout, and a special exhibition, Three Generations of Cairnwood Fashions.

Christmas Pageant at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Sunday, December 15, 3:30, 5:15, 7:00 and 8:15 pm
Start your Christmas season celebrations with this depiction of the Christmas story, portrayed by actors in costume.  A favorite feature of this popular Pageant is the invitation for attendees to walk through a choir of singing shepherds and angels to visit the manger scene. 
Live animals on the grounds can be visited between the services. 

Handel’s Messiah Come-and-Sing at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Saturday, December 21, 7:30 pm
Enjoy the Christmas portion of Handel's beloved oratorio, Messiah, in the tranquil setting of the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. This presentation features an orchestra with professional soloists, as well as the Bryn Athyn Festival Chorus and children’s choir, the Choristers.

Christmas Eve Services at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Tuesday, December 24, 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Join us for Family Service, with special music featuring the handbell choir. 

Christmas Eve Young Children’s Service
Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 pm
A special service catering to younger children and their families, located in the Cathedral Council Chamber.

Christmas Day Traditional Service at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Wednesday, December 25, 11:30 am (special music at 11:00)
A formal service tailored for adults.

2019 Closed Dates

Cairnwood Estate

Monday, December 23
Tuesday, December 24
Wednesday, December 25
Thursday, December 26
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Wednesday, December 26
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Open for services only:
Sunday, December 9
Monday, December 24
Tuesday, December 25
Sunday, December 30

Glencairn Museum

Monday, December 9
Tuesday, December 10
Tuesday, December 24
Wednesday, December 25
OPEN on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 New Years Day!
There will be many days when tours are full. Call ahead to secure your reservation.

Open for the Glencairn Christmas Sing Concert only:
Tuesday, December 10

Holiday Video from Cairnwood Estate

Watch our video about the "Variations in Vintage Velvet" exhibition, Christmas 2016.
Merry Christmas from the Cairnwood staff, Board of Governors and the entire Bryn Athyn Historic District!