Sunday, November 18, 2018

Holiday Event Guide for the Philadelphia Area 2018


Our comprehensive listing of holiday events lets you and your family fully embrace all of the holiday spirit available in Delaware County and the surrounding areas. Please click on each link for the full detail on the cost and specifics of each event

Happy Holidays from Fun Things.

On-Going Holiday Events

Yuletide at Winterthur Museum
November 17–January 6

The beauty and inspiration of these traditions continue today at Winterthur with our treasured Yuletide tour. Glimpse into Yuletides past and be inspired to create your own spectacular celebrations. From sparkling trees to stunningly decorated rooms, there’s something for everyone. Join us to tour Henry Francis du Pont’s home decorated in holiday style!






 November 24th  through January 1st

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration of Twelfth Night. Experience the du Pont ancestral home decorated for the holidays and "The Magic of Miniatures” exhibition, featuring a whimsically detailed dollhouse inhabited by miniature teddy bears!


A Brandywine Christmas at Brandywine River Museum
November 23rd - January 6th


The museum celebrates the season with fabulous holiday displays including an extensive O-gauge model railroad, an elaborate Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of whimsical "critter" ornaments on holiday trees.




The Farm is decorated for Christmas. See our Christmasland display and visit with the animals in their winter coats. The Farm Market features wreaths, freshly cut trees, greens and holly, decorations, fruit and gift baskets, Christmas gifts, hot mulled cider & children's crafts.



November 15th -December 31st

Starting November 15, search for 57 hidden Santas (one for each year we have been open) and watch as Santa’s sleigh flies above the 1,700 square foot model train extravaganza, which includes 150 hand-built animations and 22 moving trains. Enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the display including holiday lights and the snow-covered landscape. Plus, take a close look at the zoo animals in Traintown to see how they’re getting into the holiday spirit.

November 23rd - December 31st

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 of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds, and stones – 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.




Special Holiday Events


Wassailing Caroling Hayrides
Saturday Evenings in December  (8, 15, and 22) at 5:00 pm and 6:30pm


Celebrate the ancient tradition of Wassailing and singing Christmas Carols around the campfire! Enjoy roasting marshmallows and apple cider. 




Narberth Dickens Festival 
Sunday, December 2nd  Noon – 4 pm


The Narberth Dickens Festival is a free family event held each December on the streets of downtown Narberth. It draws thousands to this little borough every year, and it has become the fastest-growing holiday festival in the Philadelphia area. In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840's London, as Ebenezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for an afternoon.





Saturday, December 15th and 22nd
1 - 3 p.m
Children's Saturday Afternoon Tea at The Radnor
Bring your little ones to enjoy a themed Afternoon Tea!
Ideal for children ages 3-8.

Reservations
Advanced Ticket Purchase Required
Please call 610-341-3191




November 23rd- December 23rd

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, live Reindeer and see a beautifully animated Santa’s workshop. The hayride lasts about 20 minutes and is choreographed with all the favorite songs of the season. After the hayride, 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 and actors. Choose from hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut Christmas Trees.




Santa Events and Parades

Friday, Nov. 23rd at 6:00pm

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. 





November 30th and December 1st

Pictures with Reinder and Winter Carriage Rides 
Santa arrives and Tree lighting – 7:30pm

Santa Parade along Lancaster Avenue and ending at Wayne Hotel – 10:00 am
Santa rides into Wayne with the Radnor Fire Co. and meets with children on the veranda of the Wayne Hotel until 11:30 am


Santa's Parade and Fun Run/Walk in Downtown Media
Sunday, November 25th at 5pm

Media's 5th Annual Santa's State Street Fun Run and Walk will begin the festivities at 3pm! 

The run will be followed by The 5th Annual Santa's Parade. Dozens of magical floats and musical entertainment will get us all into the true Christmas spirit. And you know who will be our special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, of course!
The parade begins at 5 sharp!


Saturday, December 1st
at 11:00 am


Calling all Good Girls and Boys!  Be at Suburban Square when Santa and Mrs. Claus make a grand entrance in a  horse drawn carriage.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on their throne from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm to learn all about your wish list.  You and your family will be entertained by a balloon artist and magician from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  You will receive a complementary printed photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus to keep and treasure for years to come.  And there's more!!!!!  Kids' Crafts, a candy cane girl and hot chocolate, musical performance by the Lower Merion High School Jazz Band.  Santa will be waiting for you!   And, it's all FREE!




Holiday Fun at Glen Eagle
Saturday, Nov. 24th at 6pm

Join us for a fun family holiday celebration.

Santa will arrive promptly at 6PM; stay tuned for updated information on Santa photos and other fun happenings during this event. 


December 8th
at the American Helicopter Museum

The Museum brings Santa via helicopter and Mrs. Claus to West Chester for its annual SantaFest on Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Santa lands at 11 a.m. to greet good girls and boys, hear wish lists and distribute goodie bags. He visits with each one in his colorful workshop in the museum.





Phoenixville Parade and Tree Lighting
December 7th
Join us for the annual Christmas Parade at 7pm.
The parade will take place between the 100 - 300 blocks of Bridge Street.
The tree lighting is around 8pm.





Friday, November 30th

This annual West Chester tradition, hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, will kick off Friday, November 30th at 7:15 pm! The parade promises to provide a seasonal mix of traditional elements with a modern twist—local schools, businesses, volunteer fire companies, and other service organizations will join the many marching bands, floats, and antique vehicles that have cemented themselves as mainstays in the Old-Fashioned Christmas experience.


Coatesville Christmas Parade
December 1st

The 2018 Coatesville Christmas Parade will march down Lincoln Highway in Coatesville Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 1st at 10 AM.





December 8th 

The Christmas Committee is working hard to bring you the best Christmas celebration ever. Come join us on Saturday, December 8th when Lancaster Avenue comes alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas! The Christmas Parade will begin at 3:00 pm traveling from west to east along Lancaster Avenue.



Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo
December 8th and 9th

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake breakfast with Santa. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and bring your camera to take photos. Make decorations and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters, all before the zoo opens. Plus, watch a few animals get their breakfast! Space is very limited for this event, so please register early.


Breakfast with Santa at Chester County Historical Society
D
ecember 1st


Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa! Children get to sit with Santa, share their Christmas lists, and of course, take photos.
Must register for this event!





Brunch with Santa at the Springfield Country Club

December 9th  10am and 2pm

December 16th 10am and 2pm

Enjoy a yummy brunch with Santa.  Reservations required 





Breakfast With Santa at the Philadelphia Zoo
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23
Seatings at 8:30 am and 9:30am

Philadelphia Zoo guests are invited to celebrate the magic of the holiday season and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa Claus as he travels the globe to visit America’s first zoo. Tell Santa all your holiday wishes and be sure to bring your camera to capture the memories at this exclusive festive celebration. Professional photographer services will also be available for purchase at the event.




Holiday Concerts

December 7th and 8th

The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars – a performance group featuring the region’s most talented teens – brightens the holiday season with the family show.

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the Shooting Stars as they light up the stage with the annual Holiday Show



Nutcracker

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presents The Nutcracker Performed by PA Academy of Ballet Society

November 16 at 7PM
November 17 at 11 AM and 3 PM
November 18 at 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM

The classically trained dancers of Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society offer a professional-level production of The Nutcracker that is popularly priced for all family members to enjoy. The ninety-minute performance is ideal for young audience members ages 4 to 94! Take a journey with Marie to the kingdom of snow and to the land of the sweets to meet fascinating citizens from throughout the world! From a family holiday party to an exciting battle with toy soldiers and mice, to dancing snowflakes, and even a Sugar Plum Fairy, this affordable, yet finely produced production of The Nutcracker, featuring the beautiful music by Tchaikovsky, will be the ideal way to kick-off the holiday season! Performances take place the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.




The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Nutcracker
December 15th and 16th 

The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Nutcracker is an expertly choreographed and beautifully executed masterpiece that is as family friendly as it is unique. This “Children’s Nutcracker” showcases the breadth of talent being cultivated within the studios of the academy, with soloist and semi-soloist roles being played by pre-teen and teen ballerina’s in training.



December 7 - 10 a.m.
December 8 - 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
December 9 - 2 p.m.
December 13 - 10 a.m.
December 15 - 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 16 - 5 p.m.


Performance are at The Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University



December 7th - 31st

What would the holidays be without George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®? Whether it’s your first or thirty-first time seeing Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of the classic, watching the timeless story brought to life is always a delight. From a festive family party, to the exciting battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and the delectable journey through the Land of Sweets, Marie’s magical story is thrilling for the young – and young at heart.




Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy

Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm


Saturday, December 15th at 2:0 pm


Join the star of Philadelphia's most anticipated holiday tradition for a magical afternoon of tea and tutus. Enjoy a delectable buffet and photo opportunity with the Sugarplum Fairy and experience a captivating matinee performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™!


December 8th and 9th at 2pm


Description:'Tis the season for magic, family, and fun as the beauty and joy of the Nutcracker Ballet comes alive once again at the beautiful 300-seat Fred P. Meagher Theatre at Neumann University in Aston, PA. International Ballet Classique presents two full-length performances and a Sensory Friendly Abridged on December 8th at 11am



Theater/ Holiday Shows

November 23rd - December 24th

This year marks our 26th 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. 25 through Dec. 30

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 24th - December 31st


Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around!

Train Rides With Santa

Night Before Christmas Train

November 30th
December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th and  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 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures: Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23

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 23,24,25, 30 
December 1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16

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!



Saturdays and Sundays November 25th  - 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.


Ice Skating


Blue Cross River Rink Winter Fest
Opens November 23rd- March3rd

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 25th season on November 23rd.
The Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia’s only outdoor public ice rink, is located on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street.

Call 215-925-RINK for current rink and weather conditions




Christmas Lights

Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights runs 5:30-9:30 pm nightly November 30th 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 6th


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 2018 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 2018

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 Snacktacular


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 15th- December 31st


Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 9 - 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 8th

Independence Seaport Museum annual Parade of Lights returns to the Delaware River on December 8th. 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.



2018 Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Open EVERY NIGHT from Nov. 17 through Jan. 6
5 pm to 10 pm

Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2018 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).




Amusement Parks

Sesame Place A Very Furry Christmas


November 17th - 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 17th - 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 16th - 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!