December 6, 2023

Annual Holiday Festivities at Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle

HOLIDAYS AT FONTHILL CASTLE: Historic Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, Pa., is transformed into a winter wonderland for tours during the holiday season.

The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle are presenting programs for the holiday season at Fonthill Castle, located at 525 East Court Street in Doylestown, Pa.

Fonthill Castle, the home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Bucks County Historical Society. Every year, the inside of the castle is transformed into a winter wonderland with all new themes for its 15 festive holiday trees.

On weekdays through December 31, daily one-hour guided tours of  Fonthill Castle showcase Henry Mercer’s home decked for the holidays while sharing the history of Mercer and the construction of this unique property. Fonthill Castle’s interior features Mercer’s renowned, handcrafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the castle serves as an early example of reinforced concrete architecture with 44 rooms, 200 windows, and 18 fireplaces.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (65+), $10 for students, $8 for youths (6-17), and free for children (5 and under) and BCHS members.

Holiday Lights Meander Days are on Saturdays and Sundays through December 31, at which visitors can explore the 2023 Holiday Lights Meander Tour route at their own pace. Tour guides are available along the route to answer questions.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for BCHS members, $10 for youths (6-17), and $5 for children (5 and under).

Guided evening tours of Fonthill Castle (45-minutes) are on December 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28. Tour times begin at 5:00 p.m., last tour time varies. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for member adults, $10 for youths (6-17), and $5 for children (5 and under).

Advanced tickets are highly recommended for all of these holiday events. For up-to-date schedules, tickets, and more information, visit