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  • Fort Hunter Mansion Exterior | Interior Sewing Table with Vintage Sewing Machine

    Life with the Reilys Exhibit

    , Harrisburg
    Come and see how John and Helen Reily, the last inhabitants of Fort Hunter Mansion, spent their time from their marriage in 1887 through the early 20th century. View John as an outdoorsman, Helen in her wedding dress, among other artifacts, clothing photos and even entries from Helen’s diary, plus much more. All mannequins will also feature period-accurate hairstyles courtesy of professional wig maker and stylist, Ashley Leitzel-Reichenbach. Please visit our website to schedule a tour time, or stop in the museum shop to purchase an exhibit-only ticket.
  • Toy trains

    Toy Train Exhibit

    , Harrisburg
    Enjoy the cherished nostalgia of the toy train in person. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, this massive display represents familiar scenes from central Pennsylvania on a bite-size scale. Admission is free for all park visitors. Visit for information on all events and programs.
  • Festive holiday trees

    Festival of Trees

    , Harrisburg
    Come enjoy the splendor that is the festival of trees and enter the raffle to take one home. Co-sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Garden Center, themed Christmas trees are on display in the Tavern House on Saturdays and Sundays during the holiday season. A selection of handmade ornaments will be available for purchase as well. Visit for information on all events and programs.
  • Christmas at Fort Hunter

    Christmas at Fort Hunter

    , Harrisburg
    Catch the holiday spirit as you enjoy a guided tour of the historic Fort Hunter Mansion freshly trimmed in greens, fruits, flowers, and more. Many thanks to the Civic Committee of the Garden Club of Harrisburg for their inspired decorative talent. Reservations are suggested and can be made online at
  • Kids Only Shop

    “Kids Only” Shop

    , Harrisburg
    In our “kids only” shop, children can safely shop for small gifts for their loved ones with the help of our volunteers. Most gifts are under $10 and includes items suitable for all ages. After shopping, all gifts will be wrapped, labeled, and ready for the holidays. Visit for information on all events and programs. Open on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 ONLY.
  • Dress forms showing holiday displays created with greens and other decorative accents

    Fort Couture

    , Harrisburg
    Adorned in the holiday spirit, these dress forms decorated like a Christmas tree are a twist on holiday decoration. Displayed in the Stone Stable, these festive wonders are created by volunteers, Friends of Fort Hunter, and local businesses and creative individuals. Using fresh greens and other natural and imaginative materials, Fort Couture will amaze and inspire your holiday season. Vote for your favorite while you visit. Open on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 ONLY. No tickets or advance registration required.
  • Wooden Christmas ornaments

    Natural Ornaments

    , Harrisburg
    Children and adults are invited to make holiday ornaments using pinecones, milkweed pods and other natural materials. Everything but the creativity will be supplied to make works of art to decorate for the holidays. Pre-registration required. Space is limited.
  • A group of people walking on a paved trail at Wildwood Park in jackets and hats

    Weekly Wednesday Walks

    , Harrisburg
    Enjoy a moderately-paced walk around Wildwood lake while enjoying the trees and animals at the park. This will be a walk on paved or gravel surfaces. You can choose to walk only a portion, then turn around at any point if you would like to customize the length of your walk to your own individual fitness goals.
  • Dulcimer on a bench

    Holiday Concert – St. Thomas Dulcimer Society

    , Harrisburg
    The St. Thomas Dulcimer Society is returning to the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn on Wednesday, December 6th for their annual holiday concert! The concert begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm and seats are first come, first served. Admission is free, no reservations required.
  • Fort Hunter mansion in winter

    Candlelight Mansion Tour

    , Harrisburg
    Come see the beautiful halls of Fort Hunter Mansion decked for the holidays on a candlelight tour! Guided tours will be offered at 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm on select dates in December. All tours will last approximately 45 minutes with time for a visit to the mansion shop afterwards. Pre-registration is highly recommended as space is limited.