Holiday Event Guide 2020

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Below you will find lots of local holiday events, including some drive-in and virtual events.  Stay safe and have a great holiday season!

TREES

West Chester Railroad Tree Train
November 28-29, December 6, 13
Market Street Boarding Location - 230 E. Market St., West Chester, PA 19382
http://www.westchesterrr.net/
Ride out to choose your tree

Christmas Tree Lot at Ron’s Original - Courtesy of Schorn’s Christmas Trees (West Chester)
Starting Thanksgiving Weekend - Mon. to Fri. from 12 PM-8 PM, Sat. & Sun. from 9 AM - 9 PM
74 E. Uwchlan Ave., Exton, PA 19341
https://www.ronsoriginal.com/tree-lotCome join us for all the magic of Christmas. Pick out your Christmas tree then stick around for a bite and brew or warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Fire pit seating is first come, first serve.

Holiday Pop-up Market
Starting November 13th at 10:00 AM
359 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
https://www.burkholderlandscape.com/holiday
Get your fresh cut tree and enjoy family events every weekend

ACTIVITIES

Holiday Magic at the Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road. Chadds Ford, 19317
October 31- January 10
https://www.brandywine.org/museum/exhibitions/holiday-magic-brandywine
Returning this year with some exciting new additions is the Brandywine Railroad, the famous O-gauge display, slightly modified this year to provide a safe and socially distant experience. You can also see Ann Wyeth McCoy’s dollhouse, which features six rooms filled with three-dozen dolls and hundreds of miniature objects that will delight visitors of all ages. The Brandywine’s whimsical Critter ornaments, handcrafted by our volunteers at home this year, will also be back to decorate the towering trees in the Museum’s three-story atrium*, as well as thousands of these unique treasures that will be available for purchase during the annual Holiday Critter Sale—including a few “classics” that can now be purchased online for the first time.

Holiday at Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
December 4 through January  3
https://www.hagley.org/calendar/holidays-hagley-november-21-through-january-3
Visit this holiday season and see the property decorated for the holidays and enjoy various activities, including Hagley's annual Gingerbread House Competition, Santa visits, and more.

Hershey Park Christmas Candyland
November 13th - January 3rd
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
https://www.hersheypark.com/explore-the-park/christmas.php
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! 

Christmas Around The Farm & Christmas Open House At Linvilla
November 27 - December 31
137 West Knowlton Road, Media, PA 19063
https://www.linvilla.com/
We transform the Garden Center into a Winter Wonderland, featuring Santa and his Elves, handmade wreaths, greens and holly, and a sea of poinsettias. Shop an enormous selection of timeless holiday decorations, children’s toys, and collectibles you won't find anywhere else!

Longwood Gardens Christmas
Starting November 13th at 10:00 AM
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348
https://longwoodgardens.org/events-performances/longwood-christmas
Timed tickets required.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
November 27th - December 31st
100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
https://www.morrisarboretum.org/gardens_railway.shtml
Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter-mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with small streams. Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pine cone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials, and twigs as downspouts.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
November 26 - December 24
Located at LOVE Park and City Hall from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve in 2020
https://www.philachristmas.com/
An outside Holiday market event, which is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany. Vendors in more than 60 wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets, and drinks. They will also offer a great shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, and high-quality arts and crafts.

Sesame Place A Very Furry Christmas
November 21st - January 3rd
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
https://sesameplace.com/philadelphia/events/a-very-furry-christmas/
A festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around.  At the center of our 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show is a 30-foot fully-illuminated pixel-based tree that will project festive animated images. At the same time, guests can dance along to a festive holiday soundtrack – all making for the ultimate light show experience!  Sing along at two special Christmas shows and take a train ride tour through the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory on the Sesame Place Furry Express!

SANTA EVENTS & PARADES

Santa's Stroll Through Downtown Media
Sunday, November 29th, 4-5pm
https://www.facebook.com/santaparademedia/?eid=ARB_5DeR_kktFWtBsAOm---OMSCpGeGzawuoUEsAtjsfTDcinlCR_her1kg_7jSHaMO_84s-LF73CV7r
Of course, we can't plan our traditional Santa's Parade in Media this year, but that doesn't mean you won't see lots of holiday cheer! Your Santa's Parade Committee is planning an extraordinary, socially-distant, drive-by event throughout the entire Borough! The star of the show, of course, Santa Claus! 

Santa's Arrival at Suburban Square
November 28th from 11:30 am-4:00 pm
The Courtyard at Suburban Square - Ardmore, PA
https://suburbansquare.com/events/cool-yule-holiday-photos/
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of live music and pre-booked, socially-distant photo experiences! Things will be a little different this year, but the holiday magic remains the same.

Christmas in Wayne
December 5th from 11 AM to 1 PM
North Wayne Avenue at the Wayne Winter Grove Tent
http://www.waynechristmas.com/
Welcome the Holiday Season in WayneJoin the Wayne Business Association as we welcome Santa to town! We hope you and your family will join us for our Annual Christmas in Wayne 2020 Edition!FREE Take Your Own Socially Distant Santa Pictures


TRAIN RIDES WITH SANTA

West Chester Railroad Santa Train
Weekly beginning November 21st
Purchase tickets online at http://www.westchesterrr.net/
Our trains will only operate at 50% capacity and tickets are limited. Please take a minute to read our holiday guide to help you know what to expect and enjoy your holidays with us.

Strasburg Railroad
301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572
https://www.strasburgrailroad.com/ride/events/

Check out the website for many holiday events.

Wilmington & Western Railroad - Santa Clause Express
Saturdays and Sundays November 27th  - December 23rd
https://www.wwrr.com/ride/events/santa.aspx
Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train, greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland.

LIGHT DISPLAYS

Herr’s Holiday Light Display
Starting November 25th at 5:00 PM
20 Herr Drive, Nottingham, PA 19362
https://www.herrs.com/visit-us/community-events/
Come enjoy our FREE Holiday Lights Display from dusk to dawn. Drive through our corporate campus and over 600,000 dazzling lights.

West Chester Griswolds
November 26 - January 3 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM each night
304 Dutton Mill Rd, West Chester, PA 19380
https://www.westchestergriswolds.com/
We look forward to seeing everyone and have some exciting new stuff planned for this year.  We will also accept letters to Santa again this year (There may be some minor changes due to COVID). 

Wild Lights At Elmwood Park Zoo
November 20 - December 30
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, PA 19401
https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/wildlights/
Wild Lights, returns this holiday season with new lights and decorative attractions, and more animals on exhibit.  Take a stroll through “Oh” Christmas Tree, and be surrounded by a glistening forest, or visit with our big cats in Trail of the Jumping Jaguar. Each night of Wild Lights features live entertainment, unique animal encounters, performances, holiday music, and a chance to see Santa himself.

Oxford Country Christmas
December 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM
https://www.brandywinevalley.com/event/oxford-country-christmas/
Come to Downtown Oxford for the Annual Country Christmas Take Your Own Photos with Santa, Santa's Workshop, Tree lighting, Horse drawn carriages, Hay rides, Live Nativity, Live Holiday Music, and so much more! ENJOY HOLIDAY SHOPPING, DINING, AND THE MANY FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES ALL WITHIN THE CLOSED OFF STREETS OF DOWNTOWN OXFORD.

Holiday Light Show at Shadybrook Farms
Open EVERY NIGHT from Nov. 21st through Jan. 10th from 5 pm to 10 pm
https://shadybrookfarm.com/holiday-light-show/
Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show! Encounter whimsical holiday displays and familiar characters.  Drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show in a private open-air wagon ride (weather permitting).

Peddler’s Villiage - Glow For The Holidays
November 19th - January 10th
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, Bucks County, PA – 18931
https://peddlersvillage.com/
This year, Peddler’s Village will celebrate the holiday season with a million lights on display in the Village, holiday shopping, food, and beverage specials. Also at Peddler’s this year: The Gingerbread Competition & Display returns with more than 70 creative entries (November 19, 2020 – January 9, 2021), and families can participate in Elf on the Stealth, an outdoor walking tour where visitors join Mrs. Clause in search of a missing elf (November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021, weekends only). 

Drive-Through Merry & Bright Holiday Lights at Rockwood Park Display
December 4-6, 6-9 p.m.
4651 Washington Street Extension, North Wilmington, DE
https://www.nccde.org/2134/Merry-Bright-Holiday-Events
Festive drive-through holiday light displays at Rockwood Park featuring colorful twinkling lights, holiday decorations, Santa sightings, and delightful surprises all from the comfort of your car on selected nights! All ages. FREE! Lights will remain on for drive-throughs following opening weekend for continued enjoyment. 

Dutch Wonderland Holiday Lights
December 2 - 31
2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
https://www.dutchwonderland.com/holiday-lights?fbclid=IwAR30N7hZJ0ronXAMtfr9uwBGLNIK_lrMQJ4OrnhrUC7NtLP4uY9uogCdTas
Enjoy hundreds of thousands of holiday lights from the comfort of your car! This 1.5-mile journey through Old Mill Stream Campground is the perfect way to experience the magic of the season! Take in whimsical scenes, hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, and special surprises.  Want to extend your visit? After you exit Old Mill Stream Campground, stop by the Dutch Wonderland castle for some holiday shopping, a cup of hot cocoa, and a socially-distanced photo with Santa! Plus, included with your admission, take a ride aboard Dutch Wonderland's famous Wonderland Special train!

Koziar's Christmas Villiage
November 17th - January 2nd
782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville, PA 19506
https://koziarschristmasvillage.com/
With over a million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscapes.  This year timed passes are required on prime nights.

ICE SKATING

Blue Cross River Rink Winter Fest
Opens November 27th- March 7th
121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is proud to continue to present a wintertime tradition in Philadelphia, as the Blue Cross River Rink will re-open for the 26th season on November 27th. 

Winter at Dilworth Park
November 6th – February 28
1 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
https://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter
Come to ice skate at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, relax with a warm seasonal beverage at the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin, stroll through the seasonal plant arrangements in the Wintergarden, view the dazzling Deck the Hall Holiday Light Show, and shop for gifts at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market.

VIRTUAL CONCERTS

People’s Light Theater - Virtual Concert - A Christmas Carol
December 8-January 3, 2021
Purchase Tickets for $25: https://www.peopleslight.org/whats-on/winter-spring-digital-season/a-christmas-carol-in-concert/

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Virtual Concerts
https://www.udpac.org/shows/
The Nutcracker - Streaming from November 20th – December 31st
Shooting Stars Holiday Spectacular - December dates TBD 

Philadelphia Dance Academy Virtual Nutcracker
http://philadelphiadanceacademy.com/

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Brandywine River Museum - Polar Express Virtual Read-Aloud
December 3rd at 7 PM
Purchase Tickets:
https://www.brandywine.org/museum/events/polar-express-virtual-read-aloud
All Aboard for an evening of fun! Join Brandywine Education staff for a virtual trip on "The Polar Express". Wear your comfiest pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed friend, and enjoy storytime, videos, games, and more! Designed for children ages 2-10 and their grown-ups. Each ticket is good for the entire family and includes downloadable activities.  

Virtual Seaport Parade of Lights
December 12th at 5:30 PM
https://phillyseaport.org/lights
Debuting on our social media platforms (and YouTube) at 5:30 p.m., the video will include fun holiday activities that can be done at home, cocktail (and mocktail!) recipes for everyone in your household, and, of course, a pre-recorded parade of boats decked out in their holiday finest parading along the Delaware River. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you won't miss the event!  You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel and watch it there too.

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