Get Inspired at the 26th Annual Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour, December 7, with Special Exhibit of Princess Grace of Monaco’s Memorabilia

The Holiday season is a time to relive cherished traditions, and for Chestnut Hill, there is no better tradition than spending a day enjoying the Holiday House Tour. Presented annually by the Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA), this year’s tour takes place on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature five  Chestnut Hill homes decorated for the holidays plus a special exhibit of Princess Grace of Monaco’s Memorabilia. Get into the Holiday Spirit with a day spent touring a variety of beautiful homes and find inspiration for your Holiday celebrations, while experiencing the rich architectural heritage of Chestnut Hill. The tour is self-guided and attendees have the option of driving to the homes, or riding one of our special event trolleys.

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the birth of Grace Patricia Kelly of Philadelphia, what she meant to Philadelphia and eventually to the world, the Chestnut Hill Community Association will display memorabilia on loan from the Grace Kelly Gallery of the East Falls Historical Society at our hospitality tour stop.

Reservations are $45 for CHCA members and $50 for non-members.

To make your reservation for the 2019 Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour buy your tickets online at or mail a check to CHCA, 8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 or  You can also register on the day of the tour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Woodmere Art Museum located at 9201 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Keep in mind the tour will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

This is an all-weather event. 

Prince Grace of Monaco Exhibit: Chestnut Hill College’s The Commonwealth Chateau at SugarLoaf features a sweeping spiral staircase, and expansive dining room with crystal chandeliers – a perfect location to view Grace’s Christmas cards from the Palace showing her family over the years. View personal invitations to events at the palace to family members, plus a signed and numbered portrait of Grace dressed in the Order of St. Charles, an honorary title bestowed on her by Prince Rainier as a present for their first Christmas as husband and wife. Attendees will also see framed posters of her eleven movies and dolls dressed as characters in her movies.  Of particular interest will be the original programs of Grace’s appearances at East Fall’s Old Academy Players.

Make it a day in Chestnut Hill! : Over 20 restaurants and shops will offer discounts for Holiday House Tour attendees, and our event trolleys will stop along Germantown Avenue. Even more reason to love the Holiday House Tour! Tickets include live musical performances at our hospitality stop, and sweet treats in the homes. On tour day attendees are encouraged to enjoy FREE admission to the Woodmere Art Museum, which includes its holiday exhibit, Merry and Bright II: The Christmas Collection of Jeanette Turnbull.


Generous sponsors who are making our Holiday House Tour possible include trolley sponsor Chestnut Hill Hospital, and trolley sponsor, Merrill Lynch- Nottingham, Walsh, Goodman & Associates. Our media sponsor is the Chestnut Hill Local.

This fundraising event supports the Chestnut Hill Community Association, a non-profit community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and encouraging a sense of community in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Some of our efforts include publication of our award-winning weekly newspaper, the Chestnut Hill Local; supporting neighbors and businesses in development efforts as a Registered Community Organization with the City. Annual community activities include the Pastorius Park Summer Concerts, the Holiday Parade, the Black and White Gala, the Holiday House Tour, Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees, HOOPS Madness, and Friday Summer Movies Under the Stars.


Holidays on the Hill

The Holiday House Tour is just one of many holiday events in Chestnut Hill.

Visit the Chestnut Hill Business Association at for an extended list.


Additional events that are presented or sponsored by the CHCA:

Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees, Saturday, November 23, 2018, 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Family and friends come together to meet Santa and celebrate the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and the opening of Woodmere’s holiday exhibition Merry and Bright II: The Christmas Collection of Jeanette Turnbull. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children. Sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Business Association, the Chestnut Hill Community Association, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade, Saturday, December 14, 2019, 9:00–10:00 a.m. FREE

8200 to 8600 Germantown Avenue

Families line Germantown Avenue to wave to the marchers in our Annual Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade! We welcome teams, scouts, and musical groups to help us celebrate! In previous years, the groups that participate include the Mounted Police, Engine #37, Norwood Fontbonne Academy, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir, University of the Arts New Orleans Jazz Ensemble, Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club, Jenks Academy For the Arts, Music and Science, Penn Charter Band, University of the Arts-Rumble, Saint Genevieve’s School, Venetian Club Comic Brigade, and Wyndmoor Hose #1 – who brought our most important guest …Santa Claus. And of course, the Phillie Phanatic, who always makes the parade extra fun!

We encourage you to march with us or line the parade route to cheer us on! The parade leads to the Market at the Fareway for treats, music by the parade bands, as our amazing DJ, Sandy, emcees and also play songs. Santa will greet children, and there is free hot chocolate and treats to enjoy.

Chestnut Hill Community Association, 8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-248-8810,