Winter Break Camps in Chester County

Are you looking for some fun for the kids during Winter Break? Here's some great Winter Break Camps for you to check out!

December 23, 26, 27 & 30 (Winter Break; daily registration available)

Please join us at The Center on Central for our In-Service and Holiday creative arts camp for children in grades K-5, as we continue our Summer Camp fun on selected school days off!

Full day, half day and extended day morning/afternoon options are available

 Dec  23rd, 26th, 27th and 30th

It’s always difficult to figure out what to do with your kids during those times when they are off from school during the year. We have the solution. Kids who love our summer camp are just as excited about our School Camp!!! School Camp is similar to our summer camp program and is held during the school year when school is not in session. At Chester County Sports Arena spring break camp, kids enjoy such activities as skating, sports, moon bounces, hamster balls, and gaga ball. 

United Sports 

December 23, 26 & 27
January 2-3

Our United Sports Camp staff knows how important it is for parents to have quality care for their children when school is not in session. We are offering you a safe and fun environment for your school-aged children on these days.

5 Ideas Do With the Kids This Week in Chester County December 9th -December 13th

We picked some over our favorites to do with the kids this week, don't forget to check our calendar and holiday event guide for more ideas!

December 9th

Happy Feet! Music Class with Mr. Eric at Phoenixville Public Library

December 10th

Makin Music at Chester Springs Library

December 11th

Children's Christmas Party at Brandywine River Museum  (tickets required)

December 12th

The Night Before Christmas Train on the Strasburg Rail Road

December 13th

The Brandywine Ballet Company presents the Nutcracker

For more ideas take a look at our calendar:

Theater/ Holiday Shows in the Philadelphia Area

Carve out some family time this holiday season by catching some great shows that are happening in the Philadelphia area this holiday season.

Fri, December 13 - Sun, December 29

Into the Woods, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, is one of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's most popular shows.
An ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood and Prince Charming with a roving eye are among the cockeyed characters in this fractured fairy tale. This award winning musical is equally enjoyable for children and adults.

November 29th - December 24th

This year marks our 28th annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from miser to man who honors Christmas in his heart, as adapted by internationally known playwright Nagle Jackson. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.

Jack Frost at the Media Theater
Sundays at Noon from Nov. 24 through Dec. 29

The rollicking, merry, and heartfelt musical is all about a boy who is unique because everything he touches turns to ice. Jack Frost appears out of a snow bank and meets four humorous animals: a rabbit, a polar bear, a penguin, and a raccoon. He then escapes from the North Pole and finds himself in a ‘mistaken identity’ situation. 

December 27th - January 5th

Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie -- and you -- embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations.  See the world from the rooftops of London, travel to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands and play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky.  Join us for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions — right in your hometown!

November 30 – December 22

On one remarkable Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who show him past, present—and possible future. You and your favorite kids are in for a treat with a special hour-long musical adaptation for kids that uses traditional songs to highlight Dickens’ magical story. Deck the halls as our holiday spirits travel beyond the footlights, right into your very own heart.

November 13 - January 5

Fairytales collide in our brand new holiday panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. (Gasp!) Can a new hero, or heroine, emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? Set in the 1940s with a dash of the medieval, this hilarious, musical mashup is our most inventive panto yet.

Holiday Fun at the Amusement Parks

Have some holiday fun riding your favorite rides, watching holiday shows and hanging out with your favorite characters this holiday season. For more holiday events check out our Holiday Event Guide.

Sesame Place A Very Furry Christmas

November 23rd - January 1st

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place! For a one-of-a-kind family-friendly celebration with everyone's favorite furry friends. The fun starts with 3 special Christmas shows, awesome music and twinkling lights all around. Plus, you'll find more than 300 Christmas trees, including a huge celebratory tree decorated Sesame Street-style. The street will glow with festivities and come to life at night with our illuminated Street Party Parade. And the fun continues with a special Christmas menu, super holiday shopping and, of course, a visit with Santa.

Dutch Winter Wonderland

November 23rd - December 30th

Dutch Winter Wonderland offers themed rides, games, and holiday entertainment under thousands of twinkling lights! Indoor activities include cookie decorating, voting for your favorite gingerbread house, and sharing holiday wishes with Santa. 

Hershey Park Christmas Candyland

November 15th - January 1st

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! 

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 6th, 7th, and 8th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 6th, 7th, and 8th


3. Coatesville Christmas Parade

Breakfast with the Trains at Brandywine River Museum

5. The Rock School presents Nutcracker 1776

5. Make a Christmas Countdown Calendar at Home Depot's Kids Workshop

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6.  Herr's Snack Factory Christmas Lights

7. Santa's Express on the West Chester Railroad

8. Storytime and Activities Featuring "How the Grinch Steals Christmas" at Barnes and Noble


9. Brunch with Santa at the Desmond Hotel

10. Santa Sundays at Monkey Fish Toys Chester Springs and West Chester

* Check out our calendar for ideas

Train Rides With Santa in the Philadelphia Area

Make some holiday memories take a train ride with your family and Santa or even hop on the Polar Express.  Order your tickets early because many of these experiences sell out.

Night Before Christmas Train

December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th,21st, and 22nd

This very unique train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk as the train rolls along. After the train ride, children are also treated to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard our Caboose (stationary) and visitors of all ages can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car.

Santa’s Paradise Express

November 23rd - December 22nd

Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA, and back.

Nov 23, 24, 29, 30
Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures: Dec 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22

All aboard Santa's Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on our heated decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting everyone at Market Street Station and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills. Once at Glen Mills passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo opportunities on Santa's lap inside the station. Remember your cameras! Upon return to West Chester, all passengers receive treats from Santa!

Trips run November 29,30 December 1,6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22

Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express.
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will then be entertained by a reading of the Polar Express. Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own sleigh bell, just like in the movie, to those who BELIEVE.
Experience the joy of singing songs with our roaming hobos, be amazed at our Juggling Chef and make your wishes in person to Santa himself!

Santa Claus Express
Saturdays and Sundays November 29th  - December 23rd

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 and 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.

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures at Wells Fargo Center December 27–January 2

Save on tickets to Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures at Wells Fargo Center December 27–January 2.

What you get
Tickets start at $37 and choose from Center risers (rows H-K), lower level side (rows 4-7 or 8-14), lower level center (rows 4-7 or 8-14), or upper level (rows 2-8).

Click HERE to get the deal

About the Show

Hit the road with Mickey and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions—right in your hometown!

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Christmas Light Displays in the Philadelphia Area

Everyone loves to watch the twinkling lights displays in the area. For more holiday events check out our Holiday Event Guide.

The Festival of Lights runs 5:30-9:30 pm nightly December 6th through Jan. 1st in Rose Tree Park, Route 252, in Upper Providence.  Free admission. For information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 610-891-4455

Christmas at Longwood Gardens       
November 22nd - January 5th

Half a million outdoor lights and holiday magic await you during Longwood's incomparable Christmas display. Enjoy dazzling trees and seasonal concerts. The Music Room hosts a special, themed holiday display. Kids of all ages will delight in a miniature Garden Railway decked out for the holidays. Thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, artemisia, begonias, cyclamen, hybrid lilies, kalanchoes, paperwhites, red-berried plants and many other flowers flourish inside acres of heated glass conservatories. Living wreaths, swags, and live floral trees adorn rooms throughout the Conservatory. Included in Gardens admission.

Holiday Light Show and Dickens Village Macy's Center City

THE 2019 CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW runs hourly from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve day check website for times. The DICKENS VILLAGE (Floor 3) is open continuously during the same period from 10am to 7pm.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2019

November 22nd  – January 1st
Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
15-minute shows at the top of each hour
(Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.)

The magic of the holidays come alive in “The Comcast Holiday Spectacular,” a must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia, entertaining people of all ages and spreading holiday cheer.

Herr's Christmas Light Display

November 27th- January 2nd

Take a ride in the comfort of your car and drive through the beautiful light displays on the Herr's property.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival
November 14th- December 31st

Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 14 - December 31st, dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben's Bites & Brews; and shop for handmade, artisanal gifts at the Holiday Market.

Seaport Parade of Lights
December 7th

Independence Seaport Museum annual Parade of Lights returns to the Delaware River on December 7th. The lighted boat parade features our working port, with tugboats and other vessels decorate within lights. Before the parade, spend the day inside the Museum for holiday activities and entertainment. Museum visitors will get the best view of the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River.

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Open EVERY NIGHT from Nov. 23 through Jan. 5
5 pm to 10 pm

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 on an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting).
Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up some s’mores at a toasty bonfire (cocoa, marshmallows, and more treats available for purchase in the Farm Market).

LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo
November 20 - January 5

LumiNature, a fantastical new winter light experience set to transform the Zoo, will take guests on a magical journey of illuminations, music, sound and surprises.

5 Ideas Do With the Kids This Week in Chester County December 2nd -December 6th

Thanksgiving is over and it's time to keep the kids busy with some really fun events happening in Chester County this week.

December 2nd

Music and Movement at Atglen Library

December 3rd
December 4th

Visit with Santa at the Downingtown Library

December 5th

Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Storytime at Brandywine River Museum

December 6th

West Chester Old Fashion Christmas Parade

For more ideas take a look at our calendar:

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for November 29th, 30th, and December 1st

Our top 10 picks for this weekend November 29th, 30th, and December 1st


1. Kennett Square Holiday Light Parade

Little Red Riding Hood Musical Panto at People's Light   (all weekend)


Santa and Reindeer at Olde Ridge Village

4.  Holiday Fun at Glen Eagle Square

5. Make a stocking ornament at Home Depot's Kids Workshop

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6. 3rd Annual Upper Uwchlan Township Tree Lighting

7. Downingtown Christmas Tree Lighting

8. Storytime and Activities Featuring " Dear Santa and Cookies for Santa " at Barnes and Noble


9. Matilda at Limelight Performing Arts

10. Winterfest 2019 at Eagleview Town Center

* Check out our calendar for ideas