Delaware County PA Area Weekend Events and Holiday Family Fun 12/2 – 12/4

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All Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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 2, 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.

Tinicum Library Book Sale
10 AM – 4 PM
CASH ONLY
Details HERE

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

Cricket Cringle
5 PM – 9 PM
at 35 Cricket Ave, Ardmore
Shopping, Food Trucks, Activities, Entertainment, Santa and more
Details and schedule HERE

Franklin Square Fridays: First Friday Franklin Square (NEW FOR 2016!)
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
6th & Race Streets, Philadelphia
Celebrate the tradition of First Friday in Old City at Franklin Square.
FREE.
Details HERE

4th Annual Tree Lighting by PECO at Blue Cross RiverRink
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
Synchronized skating team, music, caroling, dance routine, a performance from The Nutcracker, The free entertainment continues off the ice with activities for all ages. Take a photo with Santa, make your own wreath, face-painting, a prize wheel, and more! In addition, enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, Santa and fireworks!
Can’t make it down Friday? Watch at home! Tune in for NBC10 presents A Holiday Tree Lighting airing at 7pm on local channel 10.

Details HERE

Christmas in Wayne
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Pictures with Reindeers, Winter Carriage Rides, face painting, crafts, Carolers, hot choloate, Santa’s arrival and more!
Details HERE

Gaming After Dark
6:30 PM – 9 PM
at Marple Public Library
Teens take over the library! Join us once a month for some gaming after hours. We play video games, card games, board games, and more! This program is for grades 6th through 12th. You must have a signed permision slip prior to attending. You can bring $5 for pizza but this is not required.
Details HERE

First Friday Flick – Ghostbusters (2016)
7 PM
at Haverford Township Free Library
Details HERE

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

West Chester Christmas Parade
Schedule:
Holiday Village 5pm-9pm
Registration for the Jingle Elf Run 5:30pm
Jingle Elf Run 6:30pm
Tree Lighting 6:45pm
Parade Begins 7:15pm
Details HERE

Ladies Night Out for Shopping
7 PM – 9 PM
at Aronimink Elementary School 46100 Bond Ave,  , Drexel Hill PA
Details and vendor line up HERE

 

Saturday December 3, 2016

Bank of America and Merill Lynch Card Holders – FREE Museum Admission
Saturday and Sunday –  December 3rd & 4th
Get free admission to over 100 participating Museums, Zoos, Science Centers, and Botanical Gardens across the US!
Head HERE for all of the details and to find a participating museum near you!

Tinicum Holiday Fair
at Tinicum School, 91 Seneca St, Essington PA
8 AM – 1 PM
Breakfast with Santa – 9 AM – 12 PM
Details HERE

Home Depot Kids Workshop – Gingerbread Man Candy Dish
9 AM – 12 PM
Registration required
Details HERE

St James Regional Catholic School Christmas Bazaar
9 AM – 12 PM
500 Tome St, Ridley Park PA
Over 25 vendors, Living Nativity, Cookies & Milk with Santa, Craft Fun for the kids, lots of baskets to win, Lottery Tree & a beautiful Basket of Cheer!
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Delaware Museum of Natural History
9 AM – 12 PM
4940 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE
Pre-registration required, space limited!
Details, ticket info and more HERE and HERE

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

Garnet Valley Middle School Craft Fair
9 AM – 3 PM
601 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills PA
Details HERE

Tinicum Library Book Sale – $1 Bag Sale
9 AM – 4 PM
CASH ONLY
Details HERE

Cricket Cringle
9:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at Lulu’s Casita
($20 per child, contact Lulu’s for reservations)
then shopping & festivities 10 AM  – 6 PM
at 35 Cricket Ave, Ardmore
Shopping, Food Trucks, Activities, Entertainment, Santa and more
Details and schedule HERE

Holiday Open House Sale and Santa Visit at Peddlers Alley Dollar Store
9 AM – 8:30 PM (Santa will visit from 12 PM – 3 PM)
925 Providence Rd, Secane PA
Also – Please bring your donation of Pet food or supplies to help local families in need. Pet treats and pet toys welcome for that extra special holiday treat!
Details and in store discounts (w/coupon) info 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

Santa Paws – Pictures with Santa
10 AM – 11 :30 AM
at Swarthmore Community Center, 715 Harvard Ave, Swarthmore PA
Annual pictures with Santa Event at the Swarthmore Community Center! Pictures can be taken with an on-site donation to the Providence Animal Center (former Delco SPCA). Dogs are welcome at this event with their families, please follow the signs at the event to be directed where to go!
Details HERE

Santa Parade in Wayne
10 AM – 11:30 AM
Along Lancaster Avenue and ending at the Wayne Hotel
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

Shop with Heart 2016
proceeds benefit Anabelle’s Wish
10 AM – 4 PM
at Swarthmore United Methodist Church
129 Park, Ave, Swarthmore
Details and vendor/hand crafter info HERE

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

PAW Pictures with Santa
11 AM – 2 PM
at Haverford Reserve Dog Park, 9000 Parkview Dr, Haverford, PA
Get your pup’s picture taken with Santa for the holidays! $5 each, the proceeds help support the maintenance and upkeep of our 100% volunteer-run park! Share with your friends!
Please note: You must be IN LINE by 2pm to get your picture taken!
Details HERE

Christmas on the Farm at Colonial Plantation
11 AM – 4 PM
Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children (ages 4-12). Children under 4 are free.
Details and schedule HERE

Penn Museum Family & Kids Program: Celebrations Around the World
11 AM – 4 PM
“This spirited event features holiday traditions from throughout the year and around the world. Groups from across the region share their cultural heritage through music and dance performances, craft stations, storytelling, and more.
Details and schedule of events and activities HERE

Pictures with Santa and Cookie Decorating
11:30 – 1:30
at Middletown Free Library
Details HERE

Lucia & Christmas Market at the American Swedish Museum
11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Details and ticket info HERE

Santa Saturday
12 PM
at HK Furness Library
Details HERE

Brunch with Santa at Elmwood Park Zoo
12:30 PM
Reservations required
Details, ticket info and pricing HERE

Chess Club
1 PM
at Lansdowne Library
Details 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

Holiday Zentangle Cards
2 PM – 4 PM
at Marple Public Library
Come learn how to make beautiful cards to give to your loved ones for Christmas, Hanukkah or the New Year.
What is Zentangle? It’s a fun and easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. 
Open to Adults & Teens.
Registration required, class size limited
Details HERE

Holiday Jam and Open House at Darlington Arts Center
Open House  – 2:30 PM (Holiday Jam starts at 4 PM)
977 Shavertown Rd, Garnet Valley PA
Details HERE

Vest a Cop Holiday Bingo
5 PM – 11 PM
at Milmont Fire Hall, 714 Belmont Ave, Milmont Park PA
BYOB and snacks – $30 per person for 10 games of bingo. Great Prizes – JACK POT ROUND
Lots of gift baskets & raffles
Details HERE

Sunday December 4, 2016

Bank of America and Merill Lynch Card Holders – FREE Museum Admission
Saturday and Sunday –  December 3rd & 4th
Get free admission to over 100 participating Museums, Zoos, Science Centers, and Botanical Gardens across the US!
Head HERE for all of the details and to find a participating museum near you!

Family Day in Fairmount Park
10 AM – 4 PM
Get into the spirit of the holidays with “Family Day” at the historic houses of Fairmount Park!
Stop by any of the participating houses any time between 10AM and 4 PM on Sunday for family friendly holiday activities and entertainment.
Children 12 and under are admitted for free.
Admission for adults is $8/house or you can buy a $35 pass to visit all 6 houses ($48 value).
Philly Phlash will be providing transportation between the houses for $2/ride or for unlimited rides you can purchase a $5 pass.

Details and ticket info HERE

Narberth Dickens Festival
12 PM – 4 PM
FREE
“In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840’s London, as Ebenezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for an afternoon.”
“Entertainment and activities for all ages, including carriage rides, crafts, carolers, period vendors and food, dancers, musicians, ballet performances, puppet shows, magicians, ice sculptors, a free scavenger hunt for children, and much more.”
Details and schedule HERE

Brunch with Santa at Elmwood Park Zoo
12:30 PM
Reservations required
Details, ticket info and pricing HERE

Cookie Swap and Party
3:30 PM – 5 PM
at HK Furness Library
Bake 2-3 dozen cookies using ANY RECIPE you like (use your old family favorite or try out a new recipe!) and bring the cookies, the recipe, and an empty container to the library on Dec. 4. Arrive at 3:30 so you get in the door before the library closes to the public at 4!
We’ll eat, be merry, and swap cookies. Milk will be provided.
Registration required, space limited
Details HERE

Santa Comes to Ridley Park
3 PM – 5 PM
in Downtown Ridley Park
Details HERE

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

Looking for some Delaware County Area Indoor Fun? Check out our awesome comprehensive list HERE



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  1. So many choices! Thank you Kelly!
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