Delaware County PA and Philadelphia Area Weekend Events and Holiday Family Fun 12/16 – 12/18

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Check out our Comprehensive Round Up of 2016 Delaware County PA and Greater Philadelphia Area Holiday Fun HERE

All Weekend

Santa’s Express at West Chester Railroad
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 and Christmas Tree Trains at Strasburg Railroad
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
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

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

Festival of Lights
at Rose Tree Park in Media, PA
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM nightly
through January 3, 2017
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

Mount Laurel Living Nativity
Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18.
Each night from 5-8pm
1520 Hainesport Rd, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
The Mount Laurel Living Nativity is a completely free gift to the community that is in its 25th year! It is a live production with 13 walk-through, indoor and outdoor scenes.
Bundle up for the outdoor walk through!
Details 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

Koziar’s Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd. Bernville, PA
Thanksgiving thru January 1st:
Mon. – Fri. 6 pm – 9 pm, Sat. 5 pm – 9:30 pm, Sun. 5 pm – 9 pm
Open ALL major holidays!
Details, directions, pricing and more 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

Mary Poppins
Dec. 2nd – Dec. 17th
at Players Club of Swarthmore
Details, showtimes and ticket info HERE

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

The Christmas Encounter
at Barnstomers Theater
Dec 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 7 pm
Dec 11 & 18 @ 2 pm
Details and ticket info HERE

A Philly POPS Christmas
December 2nd – 18th
at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia
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

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
December 9, 2016 to December 31, 2016
(sensory friendly performance December 22nd)
at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia
Details HERE

The Nutcracker
December 9 th – December 18th
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St, West Chester, PA
Details HERE

Adventure Aquarium – Christmas Celebration
December 3rd – 30th
“I Believe in Scuba Santa” Live Show, Christmas Story Time, Mail Letters to Scuba Santa and more
Details and schedules HERE

Merriness at the Museum at The Delaware Museum of Natural History
Every weekend in December
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sundays, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FREE with Museum admission
Details and activities/schedule 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

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

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 December 16, 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.

Craft Friday at Ridley Township Public Library
3:30 PM – 4 PM
Ages 3-10
Details and registration info HERE

Movie & Pizza Night – The Secret Life of Pets
5 PM – 7:30 PM
at Middletown Free Library
The library will be dishing FREE pizza from Pappones and water, but feel free to bring snacks, drinks, or a few $$$ to help cover the costs & spread the pizza out.
After the movie, we will make a craft that relates with the film!
Registration is required so Mr. Jason can order enough pizza.
Details and registration info HERE

Franklin Square Fridays: Star Wars Night
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
6th & Race Streets, Philadelphia
Come in costume, meet and greet favorite characters from Star Wars. FREE
Jedi Training: Trivia, Q&A and a VIP meet and greet with Darth Vader from 4 – 5 pm. Advanced tickets required ($15). Purchase tickets HERE
Details and ticket info HERE

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

Nutcracker 1776
Friday December 16th – 7pm
Saturday, December 17th – 1pm and 4pm
at Merriam Theater – Philadelphia, PA
Details HERE
Purchase discount tickets to Nutcracker 1176 HERE

Holiday Movie Night
7 PM – 8 PM
at Marple Public Library
Join the library for some popcorn and a holiday themed movie! Open to all! No registration required.
Details HERE

Holiday Donut Decorating Night at Krispy Kreme Havertown, Bensalem and Collingswood NJ
7 PM – 9 PM
Come decorate your own doughnuts at one of our stores! We’ll have frosting, sprinkles, and everything else you need to create your own unique doughnut designs.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Space limited
RSVP by calling the participating stores:
Bensalem PA: 267-223-4280
Havertown PA: 484-453-8075
Collingswood NJ: 856-269-9255
Details HERE

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars present a “Holiday Spectacular”
December 16 at 7:30 pm and December 17 at 2:00 pm
at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA
Tickets are $7 – $10 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610.622.1189 or by visiting HERE
Details and a ticket giveaway HERE

Saturday December 17, 2016

117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Come for an hour or stay for the whole morning! The walking tour will start from the visitor center.
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Applebees Ridley
Saturday December 17, 2016
8 AM – 10 AM
320 MacDade Blvd, Folsom, PA
Hosted by RHS Cheerleaders
Details HERE

Breakfast with the Trains
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
at Brandywine River Museum
This before-hours event includes a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers including special activities for the youngest train fans and a continental breakfast in the museum’s café. Children will receive a Brandywine Railroad souvenir; ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome.
Ticket: $25; Brandywine members $20
Details HERE and HERE

Social Needleworking
10 AM
at Lansdowne Public Library
Socializing and knitting
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Red Iron Pub
Saturday December 17, 2016
10 AM – 1 PM
650 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
Details HERE

FREE Community Christmas Wrap
10 AM – 4 PM
at the Blue Church, 940 Baltimore Pike Springfield PA
With live music, sweet treats and the opportunity to reach out to the community, it will surely be a great time! So bring out those unwraped presents and we will do all the work FREE!
Details HERE

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

Children’s Holiday Centerpiece Class
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
at Linvilla Orchards
$15  – all supplies included
Details HERE

Childrens Christmas Party
12 PM – 2 PM
at Tinicum Township Fire House
** Tinicum Township Children up to age 10**  are invited to visit Santa and get a gift. Hot dogs, pretzels, and drinks will be served.
Details HERE

Chess Club
1 PM
at Lansdowne Library
Details HERE

Children’s Holiday Tea at The Radnor Hotel
Saturday, December 17, 2016
1 PM – 3 PM
Details HERE

LEGO Club
1 PM – 3 PM
at Middletown Library
All ages welcome, no registration required
Details HERE

Nutcracker 1776
Friday December 16th – 7pm
Saturday, December 17th – 1pm and 4pm
at Merriam Theater – Philadelphia, PA
Details HERE

Children’s Craft
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
at Mary M. Campbell MH Library
Details HERE

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars present a “Holiday Spectacular”
December 16 at 7:30 pm and December 17 at 2:00 pm
at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA
Tickets are $7 – $10 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610.622.1189 or by visiting HERE
Details and a ticket giveaway HERE

Ice Cream with Santa
6 PM – 8 PM
at The Turkey Hill Experience
Kids 2-12 will create a holiday card that will be mailed to their special someone, sit and listen while Santa reads a Christmas story, make a Christmas craft, enjoy a special Christmas ice cream treat and one of Mrs. Claus’ freshly baked cookies.
Details HERE

Sunday December 18, 2016

Breakfast at Applebees Ridley – Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 5370
8 AM – 10 AM
320 MacDade Blvd, Folsom, PA
$7 per adult (15 & older)
$5 per child (up to age 14)
Tickets available at the door – cash only please
Enjoy an all you care to eat breakfast of pancakes & sausage, Coffee, Orange juice, tea
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at John Wesley Cross American Legion Post 507
9 AM – 11 AM
20 W Cleveland Ave, Norwood, PA
$7 adults, $5 children 7-12, children 6 and under FREE
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Folcroft Fire Company
9 AM – 1 PM
1647 Delmar Dr, Folcroft, Pennsylvania
Bring your cameras and take pictures with the Santa.
Meal includes your choice of  Pancakes, Eggs, Homefries, Bacon, Coffee and Juice
Adults $9, Kids $6, Kids under 2 FREE
Details HERE

Springfield Country Club Brunch with Santa
Sunday December 18, 2016
Details HERE

Fresh Wreath Making Class
10 AM – 11 AM
at Linvilla Orchards
$30 Per person
Greens and frame included in cost
Registration required
Details HERE

Magical Reindeer Holiday Event at Sweet & Sassy Exton, PA
12 PM – 1:30 PM
A Magical event full of Reindeers and Sparkly FUN! Holiday event includes the following:
Reindeer Makeover, Reindeer craft, Holiday Runway show (come runway ready), Holiday sing-a-long & dancing, Hot Chocolate Bar, ride in the Pink Limo, and Reindeer goodie bags!
$30 per girl
Pre-registration and pre-booking is required, so call today to reserve your spots!
Details HERE

Create your Very Own Gingerbread House at Kelly’s Kandy in Collingdale
12:00 to 2:00pm & 3:00 to 5:00pm
$60.00 per Person
Price includes Gingerbread House, as much candy as you need to create your Christmas Dream House, Snowflake Printed wrap, a Christmas Bow and a Kelly’s Kandy Apron to take home with you. Kelly’s Kandy’s Blend of Hot Chocolate will be Served.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Details HERE

Skate with Santa at Marple Sports Arena
5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Great event for the whole family!! Free pictures with Santa! Bring your camera or check out the pictures on our Facebook page!
$5 Admission for Marple Members
$7 Admission for Non Members
**Skating, Skate Rental, Marple Mountain**
Details HERE

Looking for some Greater Philadelphia area DAY TRIP ideas? Check out this full list HERE for some inspiration!

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