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.
Deck the Alley marks one of only two times residents open their homes to the visitors of our historic street. Tickets also include entry to our Making Christmas exhibit.
Coming back this year --- Making Christmas a Pop-Up exhibit focused on the history of Christmas in America from the 18th to the19th century and the story of how holiday traditions were transformed by the impact of our German immigrants. Visitors to this exhibit will experience this transformation through the stories of a variety of iconic areas including; the Christmas tree, holiday treats, Santa Claus, and the impact of retail stores. This exhibit will be open and included in your normal Deck admission!
The Elfreth's Alley Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that uses the Alley as a lens to interpret the lives, lifestyles, and livelihoods of ordinary Philadelphians from the time of the City's founding through to the present day. The Association preserves the Elfreth's Alley National Historic Landmark District as a rare example of a once commonplace working class community from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.