Holiday Events Guide 2017

     

    There are so many activities to do in the area.  We will keep adding to the list so check back throughout the month.  We hope you and your loved ones have  a happy holiday season.

     

    The Desmond Hotel – Brunch with Santa
    1 Liberty Boulevard, Malvern, PA 19355
    December 3rd and 10th9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Grab the kids and let them deliver their wishes to Santa and get a complimentary photo keepsake.
    $26 Adults / $16 Children 6-12 / Children 5 and under are free
    Call 610-249-2180 for reservations. Menu

     

    Breakfast with Santa – Longwood Gardens
    1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
    Various dates from November 24 to December 24
    Savor a special breakfast buffet at the Terrace, and get the chance to have a visit with Santa. Parents, don’t forget to bring your cameras!  For more information and to reserve your seat, go to the website.
    https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/breakfast-santa

     

    Breakfast with Santa – West Chester
    Chester County Historical Society
    Saturday, December 2nd at 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM
    Cost: $16.00
    Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa!  Children get to sit with Satna, share their Christmas wish list, and of course take photos (parents, don’t forget your camera!)  Must pre-register. Limited 75 people per seating . Please Note:  Booster seats and high chairs are not provided
    Must pre-register by filling out a form (http://www.west-chester.com/DocumentCenter/View/2374)

     

    Breakfast with Santa – A Very Gabby Christmas
    Phoenixville Country Club, 355 Country Club Road, Phonexville, PA 19460
    December 10th, seating times are 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Cost: Tickets are  $20 for Adult (ages 13 and up), $15 for children (ages 2-12,) and free for children under 2
    The Get Well Gabby Foundation welcomes your family to this magical holiday event. Join us for a hot buffet breakfast being served at Phoenixville Country Club in Phoenixville, PA.  Join us for a buffet breakfast that includes a season fruit display with yogurt dipping sauce, selection of breakfast pastries, farm fresh scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes with caramelized onions, pancakes served with warm maple syrup, bacon and sausage links.The event includes: raffle baskets, vendor shopping, just for the kids secret Santa workshop, kids craft, and of course the big man himself…SANTA!  The proceeds from this event are going to fund the mission of The Get Well Gabby Foundation to help children with cancer to “get well”
    To get tickets, contact Carolynn Vogel at  484-885-8264 or email carolynn.vogel@getwellgabby.org

     

    Arasapha Farms Holiday Hayride
    1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
    November 24 to December 23 on select days, weather permitting (check website)
    This heartwarming attraction includes a delightful ride on one of our sound equipped hay wagons, through the rolling hills of Arasapha Farm, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with huge light displays, decorated trees and buildings, bridges and brooks. Come face to face with real a live Reindeer and see a beautifully animated Santa’s workshop. The hayride last about 20 minutes and is choreographed with all the favorite songs of the season. After the hay ride, relax by our bonfires or warm up with a cup of cocoa. This all new holiday hayride is perfect for all ages. Have your picture taken with Santa, and get an up close look at our famous live nativity scene that features real animals the latest addition to our farm; two baby camels! Choose from hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut Christmas Trees that include Douglas Fir, Concolor, and the ever favorite Fraser Fir. Deliveries available.We also have Wreaths and trimmings.
    http://holidayhayride.com/

     

    St. Matthew’s UMC – Live Nativity Outdoors
    600 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087
    Dec. 8th. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas by listening to the story of Jesus’ birth as portrayed by actors and live animals. Indoor stories, crafts, and activities will help to reinforce the reason for the season for our younger visitors.
    https://www.stmatthewsvf.org/events

     

    American Helicopter Museum – SantaFest
    1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380
    December 9, 2017 – 10:00am to 1:00pm
    Santa is joined by Mrs. Claus and together they arrive via helicopter to hear children’s Wish Lists. Helicopter rides ($60.00 per person) will be available.  So, be good… Santa’s watching!
    http://americanhelicopter.museum/events/upcoming-schedule

     

    Brandywine River Museum – The Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Night
    1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
    Thursday, November 30, 7-8 p.m., (tickets required, purchase online)
    $6 per person for members; non-members $15 adults, $8 children, includes museum admission
     Children are invited to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.

     

    Brandywine River Museum – Children’s Christmas Party
    1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
    Wednesday, December 6, 6-8 p.m., (tickets required, purchase online) 
    $12, adult members; $15, adult non-members; $5, non-member children ages 3-11; free for member children and children under 3.
     A Brandywine tradition for four decades, the Children’s Christmas Party is one of the season’s highlights. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, model trains, trees adorned with hundreds of “Critter” ornaments and Cookie Land!

     

    Longwood Gardens – Christmas Display
    1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
    November 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018, Timed Admission Tickets Required
    Our exquisite Conservatory is reminiscent of the splendor of France’s Versailles with fanciful topiaries, imaginative wreaths, ornate mirrors, and more than 50 trees trimmed in classic holiday hues and sparkling crystal ornaments. Thousands of floating cranberries, apples, and gilded walnuts create an intricate mosaic in the grand tradition of a French parterre garden. Outside, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, strolling carolers herald the season with song, and a wonderland of a half-million twinkling lights await.

     

    Linvilla Orchards – Christmas Around The Farm
    Media, PA
    The Garden Center gets transformed 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.
    Santa will be stopping by every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.
    Caroling Hayrides Departs promptly at 5pm and 6pm
    https://www.linvilla.com/family-fun/christmas-around-the-farm

     

    Peddler’s Village Christmas Festival
    December 2-3
    Celebrate the holidays at the annual Peddler’s Village Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Shops are open until 9 pm on Saturday and 7 pm on Sunday. Free admission and most of parking is free.Catch the Santa Parade through the Village on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.te throughout the entire Village! Visit the Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display in the Village Gazebo and Strolling musicians entertain visitors with holiday favorites throughout the weekend.By evening, one million twinkling lights will transform the Village into a winter wonderland.The Village is beautifully decorated, Victorian-style, with fruit wreaths and greenery, and there’s lots of live entertainment. Shops open 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Bring the kids and their wish lists for Photos with Santaat Giggleberry Fair!
    http://www.peddlersvillage.com/festivals/christmas-festival

     

    Sesame Place – A Very Furry Christmas
    100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
    November 18 – December 31
    A  festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends.  Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music and light show at our giant 1-2-3 Christmas Tree. Take a train ride tour through the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory on the Sesame Place Furry Expressand don’t miss the fantastic Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade with music and dance moves that will have everyone dancing along and joining in the fun.  Don’t miss the chance to meet Lightning, the adorable reindeer from the movie Elmo Saves Christmas.   New in 2017 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is spending the holiday season with us. The lovable reindeer along with his friends Clarice and Bumble, will be available for photos with guests. The fun doesn’t stop there. Play themed games like Bumble’s™ Snowball Toss, Strike it Rich, and Reindeer Ducks!  There are also dinning opportunities with Santa and Sesame Street friends.  Check out the website to make reservations.
    https://sesameplace.com/philadelphia/events/a-very-furry-christmas/

     

    Shady Brook Farm – Holiday Light Show
    931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA 19067
    November 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018
    Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show! Encounter whimsical displays and familiar characters as you drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open air wagon ride (weather permitting). The Holiday Light Show is open nightly from 5 to 10pm. Wagon rides are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day.
    http://shadybrookfarm.com/holiday-light-show/

     

    Shady Brook Farm – Santa Arrives by Helicopter
    931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA 19067
    November 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s Santa Claus! Don’t miss the big man’s dramatic arrival by helicopter. Search the skies until you spot his chopper then watch him land. He’ll shake hands and give out candy canes before taking his place in the greenhouse, where he’ll pose for photos and listen to all the wishes on your Christmas list. Fun for kids of all ages! FREE admission to see him land, photo packages available for purchase.
    http://shadybrookfarm.com/visit-with-santa/

     

    Shady Brook Farm – Visit with Santa
    931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA 19067
    November 24 to December 23
    Santa’s dashin’ in a bit early to check in on who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Then he’ll scoot to the North Pole to board a helicopter for his official arrival on Nov. 24. Come visit with the Big Man himself! Tell him all of the wishes on your list and take some photos. Photo packages available!
    http://shadybrookfarm.com/visit-with-santa/

     

    Pottsgrove Manor – Twelfth Night Tours
    100 West King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464-6318
    Friday, November 24th through Sunday, January 6th during regular hours
    Enjoy a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor, decorated with greens and holly for the Yuletide season.  Learn about traditional English celebrations of Twelfth Night and how they differed from our modern Christmas celebrations.  All ages; suggested donation of $2 per person.

    Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight
    100 West King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464-6318
    Sunday, December 10th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Tour the museum by candlelight as Living Historians portray its colonial residents.  From music in the parlor to hearth cooking in the kitchen, take in the sights and sounds of the 18th century holiday season.  Afterward, enjoy tasty refreshments while the kids make seasonal crafts to take home!  All ages; suggested donation of $2 per person.

     

    Bucks County Holiday TreeFest
    Bucks County Visitor Center, 3207  Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
    November 22, 2017 through January 4, 2018
    Visitors and residents are invited to join us for our Annual Holiday TreeFest.  Uniquely themed trees, sponsored by Bucks County attractions and business, transform the Visitor Center into a winter wonderland!
    http://www.visitbuckscounty.com/events/treefest/

     

    Bredenbeck’s Gingerbread Workshops
    8126 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
    November 26 – December 23
    Gingerbread workshops for Individual ($45) or Shared ($65).  Sign up by calling 215-2477374
    http://www.bredenbecks.com/gingerbread-workshops

     

    Fonthill Holiday Lights Meander in Doylestown
    East Court Street & Route 313, Doylestown, PA 18901
    December 16, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
    https://www.mercermuseum.org/event/fonthills-holiday-lights-meander/

     

    Herr’s Factory – Christmas Snacktacular
    20 Herr Drive, Nottingham, PA 19362
    December 20th, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (lines for Santa will close at 7:00 PM)
    Visit Santa and his real live reindeer and go on a hayride through the light display.  Don’t forget to bring your own camera.  Visitors are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy for The Salvation Army.
    http://www.herrs.com/whatsnew/specialevents.html

     

    Bolton Mansion in Bucks
    85 Holly Drive, Levittown
    All the rooms in the mansion are decorated for the holidays.  Featuring a decorated tree, musical visitors, gift shop; hot cider, baked goods, candy, etc.
    Friday, December 1st – Tree Lighting and Caroling at 6 PM
    Saturday, December 2nd – Hearth Cooking, Candle Making & Pictures with Santa from 2:00 PM -8:00 PM
    Sunday, December 3rd – Pictures with Santa from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    http://www.boltonmansion.org/

     

    Koziar’s Christmas Village
    782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville, PA 19506
    November 4, 2017 until January 1, 2018
    Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscape. A reflective lake adds to the stunning beauty of this magical place.  Celebrating 70 years of Season’s Greetings, Koziar’s Christmas Village has grown to a mammoth and extraordinary seasonal attraction drawing visitors from great distances as well as local families who have made Koziar’s part of their Christmas tradition for three generations.
    http://www.koziarschristmasvillage.com/home/

     

    Trains

    Ambler Train Station
    35 West Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002
    December 7 at 7:00 PM
    Join us to welcome Santa by train and then take a walk to the new Borough Hall for milk and cookies while Santa and Mrs. Claus read a story to all the boys and girls.  We hear old Saint Nick will be bringing some special treats!  Join the Fun!   This is an Ambler tradition.
    http://amblermainstreet.org/event/santa-arrives-by-train-in-ambler-2017/

     

    Brandywine River Museum – Breakfast with the Trains
    1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
    Saturday, December 9 and Saturday, December 16, 8:30-10 a.m., (tickets required, purchase online) $20 members; $25, non-members
    All Aboard! Join in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit with the Brandywine Railroad. Discover how the extensive layout-one of the world’s largest-is created and the complicated multitasking it takes to keep everything running. This before-hours event includes a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers including special activities for the youngest train fans and a continental breakfast in the Museum’s Millstone Café. Children will receive a Brandywine Railroad souvenir; ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome.

     

    Brandywine River Museum – PECO Sensory-Friendly Train Morning
    1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
    Saturday, January 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Complimentary Museum admission)
     Enjoy early access to the Museum’s Brandywine Railroad display during this accessible program. This program is designed for our visitors who are on the autism spectrum, or have sensory processing disorders, and their families.

     

    Brandywine River Museum – Terrific Trains Family Program
    1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
    Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m. to noon. (price included with admission)
     See the amazing Brandywine Railroad one more time before it’s all tucked away for another year, and create a colorful train to display at home.

     

    Strasburg Railroad – Christmas Trains
    301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572 (GPS Address)
    November 24 – December 22
    Christmas arrives at the Strasburg Rail Road on Thanksgiving weekend. Plan ahead to reserve your seat for the magic of Christmas – Strasburg Rail Road style!

     

    New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
    32 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA, 18938
    November 4 – December 31
    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as you depart New Hope Station for a North Pole Express Train ride or the Santa Steam Spectacular through the historic Bucks County countryside.
    https://www.newhoperailroad.com/

     

    West Chester Railroad
    230 E. Market St., West Chester, PA 19382
    Weekends, November 19 – December 16, 2017
    All aboard Santa’s Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated West Chester Railroad through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa greets everyone at Market Street Station, then rides along to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glan Mills Station where there’s plenty of photo opportunities on Santa’s lap, so remember your cameras. Live music by Greg Wright & Friends. On board snack car offers hot dogs, hot chocolate and various snacks (cash only). A rain, shine, or snow event.
    http://www.westchesterrr.net/

     

    Parades/Tree Lighting

    Holiday Parade Ambler
    December 2 at 1:00 PM
    Ambler Main Street’s Annual Holiday Parade is Saturday, Dec 2nd! The parade is always a wonderful community event that you don’t want to miss.  Arrive early to get your prime spot on Butler Ave and enjoy the bands, floats, Mummers, and more. And, don’t forget who else will be there… SANTA!
    http://amblermainstreet.org/calendar/

     

    Coatesville Parade
    December 2 at 10:00 AM, line-up begins at 9:00 AM
    Coatesville’s main street will be lined with thousands of spectators watching bands, floats, school groups, cub scouts, brownie troops, antique and customized autos, fire trucks, clowns and many others welcoming Santa and officially starting the holiday season.  The parade takes place on Lincoln Highway, business Route 30, starting at Strode Avenue and ending at 11th Avenue. Automobiles, police and emergency vehicles will be judged in their respective pre-parade line-up areas beginning at 9:20 .am. Judging for all other competitions will take place between 10th and 11th Avenues during the parade.

     

    Malvern Victorian Christmas
    Friday, December 1st 5:30 from PM – 8:30 PM & Saturday, December 2nd from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Free musical performers, free hayrides, free pony rides, and dozens of unique shops.  Check the website for locations of activities and times.
    http://malvernsvictorianchristmas.org/Welcome.html

     

    Christmas in Wayne
    Tree Lighting December 1, 5:00-8:00 PM
    With festive caroling by the Valley Forge Military Academy Chorale, a joyful cheer by the Radnor High School Cheerleaders and horse-drawn carriage rides along South Wayne & Runnymede Avenues and face painting & ornament decorating at the Radnor Fire House. Your kids will love getting pix with the Reindeer on North Wayne Avenue as you make your way towards the tree. The magical evening culminates with an exhilarating countdown of the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Wayne Train Station and Santa’s Arrival on a Radnor firetruck. The countdown to the tree lighting will be led by 6ABC Action News Reporter Vernon Odom. Many merchants in Wayne will have extended shopping hours until 8 pm on Friday evening and the restaurants will be abuzz with locals and visitors enjoying the festivities.

     

    Santa Parade December 2
    Featuring the Radnor High School Marching Band & Cheerleaders and the Valley Forge Military Academy Field Music Group, Jolly Old Santa will make his way down Lancaster Avenue on a fire truck to the Wayne Hotel. Wide-eyed children and their families will gather on the Hotel’s veranda to visit with Santa, while enjoying fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate compliments of Paramour and the WBA. Visit with Santa on Saturday until 11:30 a.m. on the Veranda of the Wayne Hotel.
    http://www.waynechristmas.com/#!/about

     

    West Chester Christmas Parade
    Friday, December 1st at 7:15 PM
    USA Today called West Chester’s Christmas celebration “one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season.” The parade comes alive with hundreds of dancers, performers, and musicians making the event a true extravaganza. Dozens of other activities surround the parade, so come downtown early and enjoy all the Christmas spirit. The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s 37th Annual Christmas Parade is presented by QVC and will be televised on Christmas Day.
    http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program.php?id=298

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