Fun Things To Do In Chester County This Weekend For Families And Kids December 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

A list of the best things to do in Chester County this weekend

December 2nd, 3rd and 4th

What to do this weekend with your family? There is so much to do for families and kids. We invite you to check out our events calendar, with many family-friendly events and things to do on the weekends and every day of the week. We constantly update our events calendar, so there is always something new and exciting to do!  Also, check out our Holiday Events Guide for more ideas. Here is a list of things you can enjoy with your family this weekend.

Check out our discount page to save money on activities to do with the kids, places to eat, or maybe even a date night for the parents.

The reimagining of our beloved Christmas Parade! Parade-goers can also expect a focus on all things local, from award-winning floats with local flare by some of Chester County’s most creative designers to sparkling performances by hometown favorites, including nationally recognized marching bands that are exclusively local. Santa has agreed to make his much-anticipated appearance. Adam Joseph of 6abc is returning to be our parade emcee!

On December 2nd, 6-8:30 PM, with the help of the Friends of Hibernia, the Hibernia Mansion will be beautifully lit with candles in the windows, and the outside will be decorated with wreaths and greens. The one-mile casual walk will be lit with luminaries, where you are free to walk the path at your own pace. Meet at the Hibernia Mansion to learn about the mansion’s history and to start your self-led outdoor holiday experience. Register today!

The Lionville School of Dance will perform vartions of the Nutcracker at Downingtown West High School on December 3rd.

We venture down the rabbit hole in a brand-new holiday panto! On her first day of skiddle mool—oops, we mean middle school!—Alice Liddle stumbles upon a strange book in the library and ends up in a mysterious, magical place. Cheer the heroes, boo the bad guys, and help Alice find her way home in this panto-tastic take on Lewis Carroll's madcap classic.

Join us in Eagleview Town Center on Saturday, December 3rd from 2-5pm to light up Town Center with our annual holiday concert & tree lighting!
We’ll be kicking off the holiday season with musical performances by Dharmasoul, Sug Daniels, and AlyCat AND a very special performance by the students of Valotta Studios!
Also, expect a visit from a very special guest and lots of fun kids' activities!

Once again this year, Chester County's largest hometown parade, the Coatesville Christmas Parade, takes place down the historic Lincoln Highway on Dec. 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Conceived back in the 1950s, the Parade has been a tradition ever since that time. Last year, over 160 plus entries graced the Lincoln Highway, from dancers swirling their batons, to fleets of tow trucks, police cars, and fire trucks, to local contractors showing off their custom-crafted floats. The Coatesville Christmas Parade has it all.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, festive activities, and the opportunity to sit with Santa!
Please order tickets in advance.

Now in its fourth year, the Pavilion of Trees presented by @etsclinics returns to Coatesville on Friday, December 2 as part of Christmas in Coatesville, all in the name of community spirit and goodwill.
Each tree in the Pavilion will express the creativity and imagination of a business, organization or individual sponsor that will decorate the tree and take part in a friendly competition for top prize.
On December 2, the community is invited to stroll through Gateway Park, magically transformed into a winter wonderland amidst the twinkling lights and pageantry of 30 community-sponsored Christmas trees, and witness the traditional Coatesville tree-lighting ceremony. Music, food trucks, carolers, hot chocolate, a kids station, and Santa Claus will be there!
Free and open to the public, the event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

Join us on weekends for family-friendly events, including visits from Santa & his Reindeer, food trucks, and bonfires complete with marshmallow roasting. Hot chocolate, beer & wine are all offered throughout the weekend festivities.

All aboard Santa's Express! Join Santa for a 75-minute journey on our heated, decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa will be greeting everyone at Market Street Station and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills and return. Santa will be visiting all passengers while on the train. Make sure you bring your holiday lists with you so Santa can check them twice! Passengers will also enjoy live entertainment while on board.

PHestivaL of Trees is a festive holiday event for the whole family featuring over 100 uniquely decorated holiday trees benefitting local animal rescues.

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag.

Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® Award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush. Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets; this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life. 

A Christmas tradition since 1959, Strasburg Rail Road welcomes a very special visitor every November and December. That’s right, Santa himself will climb aboard the historic steam train to greet families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA, and back. As a special treat, children ages 11 and under will receive a gift from Santa and his helper during this nostalgic 45-minute steam train ride.

Outdoor play and exploration are critical to a child's growth and development.  A visit to Treehouse World will nurture your child’s sense of wonder and connection to the environment, helping them to feel at home in nature. Advanced ticket purchase is required.

This holiday season, we showcase botanical splendor at its finest. Our horticulture artists use plants as their palette to create an extraordinary display of floating floral designs, festive trees draped in gilded garland, gardens of bold blooms, an extravagant floral shop dressed for the holidays, and so much more.

Outside, gaze upon botanically inspired light displays, explore enchanting treehouses, savor the sounds of the season, and find new imaginative surprises that are sure to delight.
Timed Admission Tickets required

Guests to the Philadelphia Museum of Art can pay what they wish for admission every Friday evening and the first Sunday of the month. Reservations are required.

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park have adventures behind every corner. They are the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family. Take your kids’ birthday party to the next level or spend a day of fun with the family, and you’ll see why we’re more than just a trampoline park.

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