Christmas Tours in the Bryn Athyn Historic District

During the month of December 2017, 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. See below for a full listing of closed dates or call 215-947-2004.

Christmas Tours in the Bryn Athyn Historic District

Cairnwood Estate

Guided Christmas tours at 10:00 & 11:00 am (75 minute tour). Closed on Mondays.
Self-guided tours Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 – 4:00 pm

The Fantasy and Flair: Three Generations of Cairnwood Fashions exhibition is self-guided and open to the public Sunday 12-5 PM, Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 - 4 PM. Access is included with holiday tea and guided tour admission.

Cairnwood Holiday Tea: Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17 at 12:00 and 2:30 pm, Wednesday & Thursday at 12:00 pm. Reservations required.

The Estate will be closed December 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26.

Glencairn Museum

The 45-minute guided “Christmas in the Castle” tour is available weekdays at 1:00 & 2:30 pm, and weekends at 1:00, 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Reservations strongly recommended.

The World Nativities and Do You See What I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes exhibitions are self-guided and open to the public daily from 12:00 to 4:30 pm. Access is included with tour admission.

The Museum will be closed December 11, 12, 24 and 25.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Guided tours daily between 1:00 & 4:00 pm (45 minute tour)

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

Sample Tour Itinerary

Cairnwood Guided Christmas Tour: 10:00 am
Cairnwood Holiday Tea: 12:00 pm
Glencairn Museum: 1:30 or 2:30 pm “Christmas in the Castle” guided tour
Self-guided exploration of the World Nativities and Do You See What I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes exhibitions open 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 Sunday, 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

For more information or to make reservations contact Lisa Parker-Adams at 215-947-2004, ext. 31 or

Christmas Events in the Bryn Athyn Historic District

Trim the Tree at Cairnwood Estate
Tuesday, November 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Breakfast: $15; Workshop: $10; Cairnwood members free for workshop. Space limited, first come, first serve. Call 215-947-2004 for reservations.
Come share your Christmas spirit at Cairnwood! Join us for a light breakfast, holiday decorating, and crafts. Take home your own handmade holiday keepsake.

Cairnwood By Candlelight at Cairnwood Estate
Thursday, November 30, 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, Fantasy and Flair; Three Generations of Cairnwood Fashions.

Homeschool Day Open House at Glencairn Museum
Wednesday, December 6
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
$5 per person | Children 3 and under are free. No reservations necessary. Contact Christine McDonald at 267.502.2995 or email for more information.
Share time with other homeschool families while enjoying exclusive access to Glencairn's Christmas exhibitions, and hunt for answers to our popular Nativity Quest and win a prize. Explore areas of the Museum that feature the Christmas story in art, and talk with our guides about the history and meaning of these scenes. Get creative with a Christmas project you can take home.

Scandinavian Christmas Tree Ornaments workshop at Glencairn Museum
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$20 Adults | $12 Seniors/Students. For ages 12 and up. Space is limited, reservations required by 5:00 pm on Monday, December 4, by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing
Make traditional Scandinavian Christmas ornaments you can take home to decorate your tree. Participants will learn about Swedish straw ornaments, and weave hearts and harvest knots. Younger participants can make paper woven-heart baskets, a 19th-century Danish tradition that has now spread to other countries. A guided “Christmas in the Castle” tour is included as part of the workshop, as well as exclusive access to the Museum’s World Nativities and Do You See What I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes exhibitions and Nativity Quest.

Christmas Pageant at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Sunday, December 10, 5:15, 7:00 and 8:15 pm

Christmas Sing Concert at Glencairn Museum
Tuesday, December 12, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:15)
$10 per person | Free for Museum members. Reserved seating for Gold and Patron Museum members only. Advance tickets and reservations available until 5:00 pm on Monday, December 11, by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing Tickets will also be sold at the door on December 12, subject to availability.
Take part in a tradition as rich as it was eight decades ago, when Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn first welcomed family, friends and the local community into their home for the “Glencairn Sing.” This year's program will once again feature the “Glencairn Horns” (including newcomer Steven Franklin, currently enrolled in the Curtis Institute of Music, on trumpet, and current and former members of the Philadelphia Orchestra) interspersed with other ensemble performances, soloists, audience caroling, and readings from the Christmas story.

Lessons and Carols at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Sunday, December 17, 7:30 pm

Christmas Eve Services at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Sunday, December 24, 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 pm

Christmas Day Traditional Service at Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Monday, December 25, 11:30 am (special music at 11:00)

Closed Dates

Cairnwood Estate

Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25

Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Tuesday, December 26
Monday, January 1

Open for services only:
Sunday, December 10
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Sunday, December 31

Glencairn Museum

Monday, December 11
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25

Open for the Glencairn Christmas Sing Concert only:
Tuesday, December 12

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!