We believe historic sites are not static antiquities – they are living institutions that connect the current day with the past. The Elfreth's Alley Association is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences and educating visitors with community programs throughout the year.

wood ornaments.jpg

Pretzel Tasting & "New German Cooking" Book SigninG ~

Join us for an evening of german pretezels, mulled wine and an introduction to Jessica Nolan -- pastry chef and pretezel maker at Brauhaus Schmitz. Jessica, and her husband Jeremy are the authors of "New German Cooking" and owners of the late Little Bird Bakery (for those of you who remember those amazing tastes).

Elfreth's Alley Museum House

Nov 30th, 6pm

Dec 7th, 5pm


Making Christmas ~ Thanksgiving  thru New Year's

Join us for a historic tour of German American Christmases past and their influence on our modern day celebration. Experience first hand how Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, Christmas cookies, toys and the influence of retail all became a part of the celebration in America, ultimately establishing it as a National Holiday in 1870. Open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve in the the Elfreth's Alley Museum House.

Doors open Saturdays and Sundays

12-4 pm & Thursday evenings 5-8 pm

Closed to the public December 2nd & 28th.

$5 Per Person


Holiday Ornament Making with The CLay Studio ~ Saturday, December 16 from 1-3pm

Visit our Making Christmas pop up exhibit on Saturday, December 16th and go over to The Clay Studio to make your own ornament. Learn the basics of working with clay and decorating techniques. Ornaments will be fired and available to pick up a week after the event.

A sweet Evening: Shane Confectionery’s Springerle Cookie Molds ~ Dec 14th

Jump into the holiday season by sipping on hot cider and learning the process of wood carving used for Springerlie molds. Shane’s Co-owner and Historic Confectionery expert Ryan Berley demonstrate the process at the Center for Art in Wood. For the full experience, head over for a tour of the Elferth’s Alley Museum after the presentation.

Admission is included with a ticket the Making Christmas Pop Up.

$5 per person

first friday pop up gallery

Join us on First Fridays, April - October, for some art and our Bits & Bites of History series in the Elfreth's Alley Pop-up Gallery. 

Doors open 5-7pm, and free tours of the museum house are available.


Fete Day ~ June 2, 2018

Spend the afternoon on the the nation’s oldest residential street during our annual Fete Day celebration. Get a rare glimpse into many of the 18th-century private homes of residents while enjoying crafts, music and colonial games. Take an 18th century family photo on the alley. 

Dating back to the 1930s, this traditional celebration is the only opportunity of the season for visitors to actually step into the private homes of Elfreth’s Alley and discover how generation after generation have continued to preserve, alter and add to these historic structures.

_DSC2358_cc copy, 2000.jpg

Deck the Alley ~ December 1, 2018

This holiday event is the last opportunity of the year for visitors to enter the private historic homes on Elfreth's Alley. Like the house exteriors themselves, some boast traditional decorations and others feature their owners’ own artistic imaginations.

 Visitors will spot Santa Claus, hear the sounds of colonial carolers and watch traditional loom weaving as the street transforms into a winter wonderland under the glow of holiday lights. The Museum store will also have a selection of specialty items for purchase.

Doors open 3-7pm



Philadelphia, PA 19106


All proceeds support the education & preservation programs of the Elfreth’s Alley Association.