Delaware County PA and Philadelphia Area Weekend Events and Holiday Family Fun 12/9 – 12/11

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

All Weekend

Brick Factor LEGO Building Competition
Saturday December 10th & Sunday December 11th
at Plymouth Meeting Mall
Watch 100 LEGO experts compete in 3 action packed building challenges to earn the role of Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia!
Contestants are encouraged to interact with the audience so come show your support and join the excitement. This is a free event and fun for all ages.
Details and schedules HERE

Zoo Noel at the Philadelphia Zoo
December 3rd & 4th and December 10th & 11th
11 AM – 3 PM
Meet Santa at the Treehouse* at:
11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
Crafts, activities and more
Details HERE

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

Kennett Holiday Village Market
December 3rd & 4th
The Kennett Holiday Village Market is a curated open air artisan market filled with unique holiday gift options from local and regional vendors. Enjoy food trucks, ice sculptures, seasonal craft workshops, Christmas tree & greenery sales and one of the kind holiday shopping at the enchanting Creamery of Kennett Square (401 Birch Street) on Saturday and Sunday December 3rd and 4th from 10am to 4pm. Presented by Kennett Township ( Kennett Holiday Village Market) and Historic Kennett
Details 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

Miracle on 34th Street
at Colonial Playhouse 522 W Magnolia Ave, Aldan, PA
Show dates – November 25, 26, 27*, December 2, 3, 4*, 9, 10, and 11*
* indicates matinee performances.
Tickets are $15 for evening shows – 8 pm and $13 for matinees at 2 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

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

Haverford Nutcracker 1776
December 10th: 1pm & 4pm
December 11th: 2pm
Centennial Hall- Haverford, 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 9, 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

Bon Air Fire Company Dinner with Santa
Friday December 9, 2016
5 PM – 8 PM
Details HERE

Franklin Square Fridays: Frozen Night
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
6th & Race Streets, Philadelphia
Come in costume to “Let it go!” with Elsa and Anna for a special night of fun activities with special guests WXPN Kids Corner Host Kathy O’Connell and Producer Robert Drake. FREE.
Party with the Princesses! Join Elsa and Anna for a private meet and greet with special snacks from 4 – 5 pm. Advanced tickets required ($15).
Details and ticket info HERE

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

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball with Barnes & Noble
7 PM
at Barnes & Noble in Broomall PA (check website for other participating locations and times as well)
Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best or come as you are and join us for dancing, music, activities and giveaways.
Details HERE

Chester Children’s Chorus Holiday Concert
7:30 PM
500 College Ave, Swarthmore PA
Details HERE

Saturday December 10, 2016

Breakfast with Santa at Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia
8:30 AM – 10 AM
1113-31 Market St, Philadelphia PA
Details and ticket info HERE

Media Lions Club Breakfast with Santa
8:30 AM – 12 PM
Saturday December 10, 2016
at VFW Post 3460, 11 Hilltop St, Media PA
Details HERE

St Pius X Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 10, 2016
9 AM
220 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa Cow at Chick Fil A at Lima
9 AM – 10:30 AM
Fun activities and pictures with Santa Cow. Kids 12 and under enjoy a free Chick-n-Minis 3 count with any beverage purchase at Chick-fil-A Lima location only. One per customer.
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Norwood Fire Company
Saturday December 10, 2016
9 AM – 11 AM
336 Chester Pike, Norwood PA
Details HERE

3rd annual Rock for CHOP Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 10, 2016
9 AM – 12 PM
Regal Banquets & Catering 822 Lincoln Ave, Prospect Park
Details HERE

Brunch with Santa at Logan Square Cafe
9 AM – 1 PM
200 N 18th St, Philadelphia PA
Details and ticket info HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Garden State Discovery Museum
Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11, 2016
There will be a full breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and topping bar. Holiday music will be playing as your family gets to meet Santa for a photo opportunity.
Seatings for both days are 10,11,12 &1pm.
Pre-registration is required.
Details HERE

Saturday Block Party
10 AM – 11:30 AM
at Upper Darby/Sellers Library
Ages 2-8 w/adult
Details HERE

Kids Club – Clay Pot Elf
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

Chatter Splatter Christmas Party
10 AM – 12 PM or 1 PM – 3 PM
1030 Conshohocken Rd, Conshohocken PA
Price: $25 per child. Siblings under 9 months don’t require a ticket but won’t receive a gift from Santa
2 adults per ticketed child. Additional adults are $5 each.
Included:
•2 hours at chatter splatter
•Meet and greet plus gift from Santa (parents can take their own photos as they please)
•Pizza, juice, snacks
•Face painter
•Balloon twister
•Coffee for adults

Reservations required!
Details and reservation info HERE

Santa Fest at American Helicopter Museum
Saturday December 10, 2016
10 AM – 1 PM
Santa arrives in a helicopter!
Details HERE

Prospect Park Library Holiday Open House and Children’s Book Sale
10 AM – 2 PM
Stop in and make a holiday craft, eat holiday treats, and purchase inexpensive books!
Details HERE

Pictures with Santa at First West Chester Fire Company
10 AM – 3 PM
70 S Bradford Ave, West Chester PA
Get your picture taken with Santa and a fire engine
A $15 donation includes a framed picture, a craft, and the ability to print additional pictures from a password-secured website. Pets are welcome from 1pm to 3pm for a $10 donation.
Details HERE

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

Russian Story Time
11 AM – 12 PM
at Middletown Free Library
This is a lively language enrichment story time for babies and toddlers, but ALL ages are welcome to come and learn some Russian words & phrases!”
Registration is not required!
Details HERE

Independence Seaport Parade of Lights
Saturday December 10, 2016
11 AM – 6:30 PM
Details and schedule of activities HERE

Arctic Ave and Holiday Second Saturday
11 AM Dec 10th – 2 AM Dec 11th
East Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
Live ice sculpture carves, dozens of ice sculptures, music, shopping specials, and more!
Photos with Santa at Urban Jungle – Pet photos from noon-2pm, kid photos 2-5pm
Details and schedule HERE

Chess Club
1 PM
at Lansdowne Library
Details HERE

Make It Merry Gift Tags and Bows Event
1 PM – 3 PM
at participating Michaels Craft Stores
Buy the gift tags and the rest of the supplies are free
Details HERE

Meet 50 Cent at Bloomingdales at King of Prussia Mall
1 PM – 3 PM
Make any Frigo® purchase to meet 50 Cent. Spend at least $50 to recieve a FREE gift with purchase. *while supplies last
Please arrive and make your purchase by 2pm to ensure you meet 50 Cent.

Details HERE

Children’s Holiday Tea at The Radnor Hotel
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016
1 PM – 3 PM
Details HERE

Academy of International Ballet presents The Nutcracker
at Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Rd, Kennett Square
December 10, 2016 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Details and ticket info HERE

2016 Holiday Spectacular – 1st Annual Angela Bates Dance Academy Holiday Show
2 PM & 7 PM
There will be a matinee performance at 2pm and an evening performance at 7pm. Tickets are $15 each. 
Details and ticket info HERE

PSC&HS Holiday Show: The Nutcracker On Ice
Saturday December 10, 2016 at 5:00pm
at Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society, Ardmore
This event is free for members and guests
They will be collecting new or gently used hats, gloves and scarfs for their “MITTEN TREE” Project !
The items will be donated to “OUR CLOSET”, a local organization that assists needy families !!!
The “TREE” will be located in the LOWER LOUNGE during the season, you can drop the items off at any time or bring them with you when you come to the show !
Details HERE

Santa Paws Saturday at Franklin Square
Saturday, December 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Dress up in your favorite festive outfit and bring your camera and furry friends to Franklin Square for a puptastically fun time featuring photos with Santa. Artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be available to draw holiday pet portraits. FREE.
Details 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

Chester Children’s Chorus Holiday Concert
7:30 PM
500 College Ave, Swarthmore PA
Details HERE

Sunday December 11, 2016

Santa is Coming to Neighborhood Nutrition
Sunday December 11, 2016
10 AM
**RSVP by Saturday at 1:00
519 Welcome Ave, Norwood PA
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Garden State Discovery Museum
Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11, 2016
There will be a full breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and topping bar. Holiday music will be playing as your family gets to meet Santa for a photo opportunity.
Seatings for both days are 10,11,12 &1pm.
Pre-registration is required.
Details HERE

Lunch with Santa at Movements in Motions Dance Studio
Sunday December 11, 2016
10 AM – 2 PM
17 Mifflin Ave, Ste 102, Havertown PA
Details HERE

Springfield Country Club Brunch with Santa
Sunday December 11, 2016
and Sunday December 18, 2016
Details HERE

Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
12 PM
at Nether Providence Elementary School 410 Moore Rd, Wallingford PA
Details HERE

Christmas Market
12 PM – 5 PM
Main Streets of Ridley Park, 105 East Ward St, Ridley Park PA
Details HERE

Penn Museum Second Sunday for Families  – Destination Ancient Egypt: Magic Wands
1 PM – 4 PM
Details HERE

Family Hanukkah Celebration
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
at Media-UP Library
Please register at HERE.
Details HERE

LEGO Club
1:30 PM – 3 PM
at Marple Public Library
Open to ages 7-11
FREE
Registration required
Details HERE

The Nutcracker Ballet
at Neumann University
Sunday, November 11, 2016
2 PM – 4 PM
Details HERE

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