Delaware County PA Area Weekend Events and Holiday Family Fun 11/25 – 11/27

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All Weekend

Santa’s Express at West Chester Railroad
November 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures on Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
Details and ticket info HERE

Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Railroad
November 25th – November 27th
Multiple train departures each day:
Friday, November 25: 11AM – 4PM
Saturday, November 26: 11AM – 5PM
Sunday, November 27: 11AM – 3PM
Details, times and ticket info HERE

Pictures with Santa at Springfield Mall
Saturday November 12th through December 24th
**Bring the whole family for Pet Photo night every Monday through December 19th.
Details and times HERE

Pictures with Santa at Plymouth Meeting Mall
Saturday November 12th through December 24th
**Bring the whole family for Pet Photo night every Monday through December 19th.
Details and times HERE

DreamWorks DreamPlace Adventure to Santa at Cherry Hill Mall
Nov 4th – Dec 24th
Reservations highly suggested; Walk Up Guests are not guaranteed a preferred time on the same day
Details, ticket info and more HERE 

Pictures with Santa at Concord Mall
beginning November 19th
** Pet photos with Santa Nov 20th & 27th from 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Details and times HERE

Photos with Santa at Christiana Mall
Now – Dec 24th
Details and more info HERE

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
November 25th – December 31st
located inside The Wanamaker Building at 13th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Showtimes: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm. The Store is closed Christmas Day.
Details HERE

Macy’s Dickens Christmas Village
November 25th – December 31st
located inside The Wanamaker Building at 13th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA on the 3rd Floor
Open daily: 10am-7pm
Details HERE

The Comcast Holiday Light Spectacular
November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017
1701 JOHN F. KENNEDY BOULEVARD PHILADELPHIA, PA
Daily at the top of each hour, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (excluding weekdays at 5 p.m.) through December 31 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day
Details HERE

Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad
November 25th – December 31st
at Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia
Enjoy watching the 17 working train lines and miniature scenery of Center City
FREE
Details HERE

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest – Opening Weekend
November 25th – November 27th
This year, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opening weekend will be full of amazements and wonder on and off the ice. Featuring FREE fun and entertainment all weekend long.
On Friday, November 25 bring your friends and the entire family down to the waterfront for a chance to skate with and get your photo taken with Anna, Elsa and Hans!
Once night falls, the site will be transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will be open late into the night, making it the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, work off those Thanksgiving calories, and spend the weekend with family before or after the shopping madness.
FRIDAY EVENTS
11am-2pm: Skate with Elsa and Anna
12pm-3pm: Prize Wheel
12pm-4pm: 7textures Flower Crown Workshop
1pm-5pm: Free balloon artists and face painting
9pm-12am: Live DJ

SATURDAY
On Saturday, November 26 bring your friends and family down to ice skate and take a photo with a few of the newest friends from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Newt Scamander, and his band of unlikely heroes: witches Tina and Queenie Goldstein.
Get in the spirit by dressing up as your favorite J.K. Rowling character – the first 50 guests dressed up on the ice get a Hollywood Movie Money pass. Each pass admits two guests for free to participating theaters!
SATURDAY EVENTS
12pm-3pm: Skate with Newt Scamander, Tina and Queenie Goldstein
12pm-3pm: Prize Wheel
1pm-4pm: Themed LEGO building activities, magician and performers, and balloon artists creating your own Fantastic Beast to take home
9pm-12am: Live DJ
Sip on butterbeer and hot chocolate while enjoying themed treats from Franklin Fountain and tasty bites from Garces and Chickie’s and Pete’s.
Opening weekend will continue through Sunday night, with free festivities, ice skating, and more!
Timed tickets for ice skating can be purchased HERE
Details about weekend events and festivities HERE and HERE

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
November 24th – December 24th
at City Hall in Pholadelphia
Full list of vendors, food, events, and more HERE

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show and Other Holiday Family Fun
at Franklin Square in Philadelphia
November 10th – December 31st
Details and schedules HERE

UniverSoul Circus
November 3rd – 27th
Fairmount Park (Next to the Mann Center)
Details and ticket info HERE
PURCHASE UniverSoul Circus DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE

Rothman Rink
at Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th Street, Philadelphia
2016-17 Rink Admission:
Kids 10 & Under: $3
Adults: $5
Skate Rental: $10
Group Rate (10 or more guests): $12
Details HERE

Arasapha Farms Holiday Hayride
November 25th – December 23rd
Come face to face with a real live Reindeer, see a beautifully animated Santa’s workshop, take a 20 minute hayride, relax by the bonfires, visit with Santa, enjoy a live nativity scene and more!
Details and ticket info HERE

Shadybrook Farm Holiday Light Show
November 19th – January 8th
Details, cost and schedule HERE

A Longwood Christmas
November 24th – January 8th
at Longwood Gardens
Timed tickets required
Details and ticket info HERE

Holiday Garden Railway 
Saturday November 26th through Saturday December 31st
at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Details and ticket info HERE and HERE

Holidays at Hagley Museum
November 25th – January 1st
Details and ticket info HERE

Yuletide at Winterthur Museum
November 19th – January 8th
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Details and ticket info HERE

Choo Choo Barn Holiday Display
November 23rd – January 16th
Choo Choo Barn transforms Traintown USA to bring the magic of Christmas to its gigantic model train display
Details HERE

Sesame Place – A Very Furry Christmas
Sesame Place is open select dates from November 19 to January 1 for A Very Furry Christmas.
Details, ticket info and more HERE
Linvilla Orchards
Details HERE

Hersheypark Christmas Candyland
Select Dates Nov. 11 – Jan. 1
(with a special Buy two, get one free ticket deal through Nov 20th online only)
Details HERE

Dutch Winter Wonderland 
at Dutch Wonderland
November 19- December 30, 2016
Select Saturdays (3-9pm), Sundays (3-8pm), and weekdays (5-9pm) (Weather permitting)
Details HERE
Dutch Winter Wonderland $8.99 Ticket Deal HERE

Storybook Land – Christmas Fantasy with Lights
Saturdays & Sundays 2 PM – 9 PM through December 18th
**Santa lights the park at 5 PM
Details and ticket info HERE

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great Adventure
weekends and select days from November 19 through January 1
Details and ticket info HERE

A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL
at Media Theatre
Select dates –  November 12th – December 31st
Details and ticket info HERE

A Christmas Carol
at Hedgegrow Theater
November 25th – December 24th
Details and ticket info HERE

A Year with Frog and Toad
at Arden Theater in Philadelphia
Now – January 29th
Details HERE

Wizard of Oz 
at Walnut Street Theater
November 8th – January 8th
Details and ticket info HERE

Diggerland  
100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ
Details and schedule HERE

The Franklin Institute
Details and pricing HERE
PURCHASE DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR WEEKDAY ADMISSION HERE

Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute
November 25, 2016 to April 23, 2017
Details and ticket info HERE

Academy of Natural Sciences
Details and ticket info HERE

Wild Wizarding Weekend
November 25th – November 27th
10 AM – 5 PM
at Academy of Natural Sciences
Details, schedule and ticket info HERE

Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers at Delaware Museum of Natural History
Saturday October 15th – January 15th, 2017
Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers is an interactive exhibit focusing on the habitats of two iconic animals — polar bears and tree frogs — and how climate change affects them. Visitors can take on the role of field scientists to investigate the shrinking populations of polar bears, learn how to gather weather station data, visit an Amazon rainforest field research tent, and identify a variety of tree frogs.
Details, ticket info and more HERE

Garden State Discovery Museum
Details HERE

Adventure Aquarium
Details HERE

Delaware Children’s Museum
Details HERE

Brandywine Zoo
Details HERE

Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park
Details HERE

Studio Movie Grill Upper Darby
Movie, Food, Bar, comfy seats and more!
Details HERE

AMC Dine In Movie Theater – Painters Crossing – West Chester
Movie, Food, Bar, comfy reclining seats and more!
** Best to purchase tickets online through amctheaters.com
See my review and more info HERE

Friday November 25, 2016

For a calendar of Various Infant and Toddler Programs at local Delco Libraries, Go HERE. Take note that some (not all) programs require registration. Details can be found under each event on the calendar.

Family Glow Dance Party at Marple Sports Arena
10 AM – 12 PM
The famous DJ Reggie will be spinning the beats while you and your family light up the dance floor.
$12 includes DJ Dance Party, Disco Lights, Moon Bounces,
Marple Mountain and Glow Sticks! Giveaways and Dance Contest!
Details HERE and HERE

Thanksgiving Holiday Camp at Kehler’s Gymnastics Center
10 AM – 3 PM
The day after Thanksgiving Kehler’s Gym always hosts a fun filled Holiday Camp for boys and girls 3 to 13 years so parents can go shopping for the day or just relax after a bust holiday. Trampolines, Rock Climbing, Gymnastics, Tunnels, Slides, & Ball Pits, Mini Golf, and lots more for just $24.99. Call to register. 
Details HERE and HERE

First Annual Media Holiday Stroll & Festival of Lights
November 25th (Black Friday) & November 26th (Small Business Saturday)
Enjoy our holiday lights and decorations while you stroll, shop and dine in downtown Media.We will have strolling musicians, holiday carolers, carriage rides, complimentary hot chocolate, cider & popcorn, complimentary gift wrapping (with Media retail receipt), a strolling mailman collecting letters for Santa, retail sales and promotions.
This event is replacing Santa’s Arrival & Festival of Lights.
Details HERE

Franklin Square Fridays: Santa’s Arrival
5 PM
6th & Race Streets, Philadelphia
The holiday season begins in the Square when Saint Nick arrives at 5 pm to spread Christmas cheer! FREE.
Details HERE

The Night Before Christmas Train at Strasburg Railroad
7 PM
at Strasburg Railroad
Details, times and ticket info HERE

Kennett Square Holiday Light Parade
6 PM – 8 PM
Details HERE

Saturday November 26, 2016

It’s Small Business Saturday!  Consider shopping local this weekend and all holiday season long!

West Chester Growers Market
9 AM – 1 PM
located at the corner of North Church and West Chestnut Streets in downtown West Chester, PA
In addition to giving away free hot apple cider & donuts this Saturday, we will have a very special guest! Bring your children to the market this week, because Birl Girl Designs Face Painting will be on-hand to paint fun designs on their faces and hands
Details HERE and HERE

Swarthmore Farmers Market
121 Park Avenue in Central Park directly next to Swarthmore Borough Hall.
Saturdays 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
May 14th – December 3rd

First Annual Media Holiday Stroll & Festival of Lights
November 25th (Black Friday) & November 26th (Small Business Saturday)
Enjoy our holiday lights and decorations while you stroll, shop and dine in downtown Media.We will have strolling musicians, holiday carolers, carriage rides, complimentary hot chocolate, cider & popcorn, complimentary gift wrapping (with Media retail receipt), a strolling mailman collecting letters for Santa, retail sales and promotions.
This event is replacing Santa’s Arrival & Festival of Lights.
Details HERE

Kids Club –  Sprout Stockings
at participating Michaels Craft Stores
10 AM – 12 PM
$2 per child
Ages 3 and up
Includes supplies
Each session is 30 minutes
Details and registration info HERE

Miss Jackie’s Weekly Weekend StoryTime 
at Barnes & Noble, Lawrence Park Shopping Center, Broomall
10:30 AM
Details HERE

Santa’s Arrival at Suburban Square
11 AM – 2 PM
in the Main Courtyard
Details HERE

StARR St Alban’s Railroad Display Open House
1 PM – 4 PM
at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Hill Rd, Newtown Square PA
Details HERE

Nutcracker plus Santa Tea Party
12 PM – 5 PM
at Upper Merion Middle School, 450 Keebler Rd, King of Prussia PA
$20 ticket at door, or buy online www.ValleyForgeDance.com includes one hour Ballet (with two shows 1 – 2 pm, 4 – 5 pm) plus Santa Tea Party with free dessert buffet in cafeteria, Noon – 4 pm Lots of photo ops with our props, and costumed roving dancers.
Details HERE and HERE

Make It Merry Gingerbread House
1 PM – 3 PM
at participating Michaels Craft Stores
Cost: Buy a Wilton gingerbread kit and use our classroom to assemble.Michaels
Details HERE

Festival Brass at City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting
5 PM – 7 PM
at City Hall in Philadelphia
This official kick-off to the holidays in Philadelphia features the ceremonial lighting of the City Hall holiday tree. The family event, which takes place after the Thanksgiving Day holiday, attracts Philadelphia residents and visitors for a traditional festive ceremony featuring entertainment and the lighting of the holiday tree at City Hall. The Philly POPS Festival Brass will perform.
Details HERE

Holiday in the Square – Tree Lighting Celebration

5:30 PM

at Glen Eagle Square

Santa arrives at 6PM sharp, he then heads to Little Nest Portraits for FREE Santa photos from 6PM – 8PM.

Music, arts and crafts, carriage rides, holiday treats and more!

Details HERE

 

Sunday November 27, 2016

Breakfast with Santa
8 AM – 10 AM
at Applebees of Ridley, 320 MacDad Blvd, Folsom PA
Hosted by Fireworks Dance Center Competition Team
Adults and Children ages 9 and up: $7
Children ages 3 to 8: $5
Children 2 and under: Free
Bring your camera for FREE photos with Santa!
Details HERE

StARR St Alban’s Railroad Display Open House
1 PM – 4 PM
at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Hill Rd, Newtown Square PA
Details HERE

Lego Club
1:30 PM  –  3:00 PM
at Marple Public Library
FREE
Open to ages 7-11. Register by phone or in person
Details HERE

Media’s Santa Parade and Fun run/Walk
2:30 PM – 5 PM
on State Street in Media
Block Party 2:30 PM – 5 PM
Fun run/Walk – 4 PM
Admission’s FREE to run or walk, but participants should please bring items for the Media Food Bank, OR an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. The U.S. Marines will be on deck!
Santa Parade – 5 PM
Details HERE

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