Fun Things To Do In Chester County This Weekend For Families And Kids December 16th, 17th, & 18th

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

December 16th, 17th and 18th

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.

Join us annually in December for the holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Ring in the season with Tchaikovsky's timeless score and be transported to the magical Land of Sweets as you join Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy on the journey of a dream. This performance is one of Chester County’s signature holiday events and features original, traditional choreography by David Kloss and Donna L. Muzio, integrated with new choreographic elements by Resident Choreographer Nancy Page and Tim Early. Brandywine Ballet’s five-performance run of The Nutcracker continues to delight audiences each year with a tour de force of beauty and elegance.

Join us in the parking lot located on the corner of Chestnut St & Church St in Downtown West Chester for the Touch-A-Truck event from 10 AM to 12 PM! Ambulance, Police, and West Chester Fire Department trucks will be there! Meet the firefights, get hands-on with a fire truck and so much more. There will also be face painting from local artist, Birl Girl Designs! This event is led by the West Chester Business Improvement District and is a part of the Chester County Holiday Lights Up Weekends in West Chester event series.

Come light the Menorah on the first night of Chanukah:
Sunday, December 18th | 4:30 pm
Join us for a Car Menorah Parade (car menorah available for purchase) to the historic Chester County Courthouse followed by a public menorah lighting with music, donuts, latkes, hot drinks, crafts, and more.
This year with a firetruck gelt drop!
Parade departs from Chabad of Chester County at 3:30 pm | 946 N Valley Forge Rd Devon
Public Menorah Lighting at the Historic Chester County Courthouse at 4:30 pm | 2 N High St, West Chester

'Twas the Sunday before Christmas and all through Eagleview...
Santa will be making an appearance at Al Pastor on Sunday, December 18th, from 12-2 pm! Come get your photo taken with him while enjoying our holiday brunch specials, which are available until 3pm.

We know what Christmas means to our families and how special it is to see Santa before the big day arrives. We also know in the past, not all of our residents have been able to enjoy his visit to the township. This year, in addition to our traditional Santa run, we are offering our first ever “Sensory Santa” event. We have teamed up with Coffee Closet with Barista Jake to not only bring you a magical visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, but also the best coffee/hot chocolate around and some awesome sensory-friendly resources for our friends in the community. We hope to see you there! 

Jurassic Quest is ROARING into Philadelphia, PA! 
* INCREDIBLE FOSSILS, including REAL T.rex teeth and Triceratops horn
Come join us from December 17 - 18th 

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 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 boar

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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