Delaware County PA Area Weekend Events and Holiday Family Fun 12/11 – 12/13


All Weekend

Photos with Santa at Springfield Mall
Details HERE

Holiday Photos with Santa at King of Prussia Mall
Details HERE

Cherry Hill Mall – DreamWorks Dream Place Santa Experience
2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Reservations required
Details, pricing and reservation info HERE
Check out our review from last year HERE

Photos with Santa at Christiana Mall
Details HERE

Photos with Santa at Concord Mall (starting Nov 14th)
Details HERE

Santa Headquarters presented by HDTV at Deptford Mall Deptford, NJ
Details HERE

Photos with Santa Plymouth Meeting Mall
Details HERE

Santa’s Village at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union in Media
December 14th-23rd
Weekdays  3 to 7 pm, weekends 12-4pm, and an additional evening time of Saturday, December 12th (2nd Saturday) from 6 to 9pm and Sunday, December 13th from 2:30-4pm
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill NJ
Dec 12th & 13th
Reservations required
Details, reservation info and pricing HERE

Philadelphia Zoo – Zoo Noel
December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th
11 AM – 3 PM
Details, schedule and ticket info HERE

Santa’s Express
at West Chester Railroad
Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures on 12, 13, 19, 20
Details, tickets and more info HERE

Santa’s Paradise Express
at Strasburg Railroad
Dec 5-6, Dec 12-13, Dec 19-20
Details, ticket info and more HERE

Night Before Christmas Train
at Strasburg Railroad
Dec 4, 11, 18
Details Tickets and more info HERE

North Pole Express
at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Nov 21 – Dec 31
Details, schedules, prices and more info HERE

A Longwood Christmas
at Longwood Gardens
November 26, 2015–January 10, 2016
Details, times, ticket info and more HERE

A Brandywine Christmas
November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Details, events, ticket info and more HERE

Yuletide at Winterthur Museum
November 21, 2015–January 3, 2016
Details, ticket info and more HERE

Arasapha Holiday Hayride
Select days November 27th – Dec 27th
Details, calendar, ticket info and more HERE

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Details, hours, prices, events and more HERE

Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Macy’s Dickens Christmas Village
November 27, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (Closed Christmas Day)
Details, showtimes and more info HERE

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
at the Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia
Details, showtimes and more info HERE

Rothman Ice Skating Rink
at Dilworth Park in Philadelphia
November 13, 2015 – February 28, 2016
Details, pricing and parking info HERE

Christmas Village in LOVE Park in Philadelphia
Now through Dec 27th
Details, times, events and more info HERE

Franklin Square Holiday Festival/Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
November 12 – December 31, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
More than 50,000 lights will shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square in alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 – 8 pm)
Details HERE

Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
Nov 27th – Jan 3rd (Closed December 24, 25, and January 1)
Details HERE

Choo Choo Barn Holiday Display
Nov 27th – through December 31 (closed 12/25). Open January 2-3, 9-10, and 15-18.
Details and ticket info HERE

HersheyPark Christmas Candyland
Select Days/times Nov 13th – Dec 31st
Details HERE

Sesame Place – A Very Furry Christmas
Select Days/ times Nov 21st – Dec 31st
Details HERE

Holiday in the Park at Great Adventure
Select Days/times November 21 -January 3, 2016
Details and ticket info HERE

Dutch Wonderland Winter Wonderland
Select Weekends and Weekdays through Dec 30th
Check calendar HERE for dates, times and ticket info

Storybook Land Christmas Fantasy with Lights
Select Weekends and Weekdays through Dec 30th
Check calendar HERE for dates, times and ticket info

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show and other Holiday Happenings
Details HERE

Christkindlmarkt – Bethlehem, PA
Details, times, ticket info and more HERE

Holidays at Hagley Museum
Friday, November 28, 2014 to Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Details, ticket info and more HERE

Marple Newtown High School presents The Trials of Robin Hood
Dec 10th, 11th & 12th
All Seats are $10 General Admission
Details, show times and ticket info HERE

Ridley Drama Group presents White Christmas
7:30 pm Dec 11, 12, 18, 19
3 pm Dec 13 and 20
at Ridley High School Auditorium
$10 in advance or $12 at the door
Details and ticket info HERE

Jack Frost
at Media Theater
Nov 21st – Jan 3rd
Details, tickets, times and more info HERE

A Christmas Carol, The Musical
at Walnut Street Theater
Nov 10th – Jan 10th
Details, tickets and more info HERE

Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
at Arden Theater in Philadelphia
Nov 24th – Jan 31st
Details, ticket info, show times and more HERE

Linvilla Orchards
** Christmas Around the Farm 9 AM – 6 PM and Santa will be here every Saturday and Sunday 1 PM – 3 PM in December
Details HERE

The Franklin Institute
Details and pricing HERE

Academy of Natural Sciences
Details HERE

Garden State Discovery Museum
Details HERE

Adventure Aquarium
Details HERE

Delaware Children’s Museum
Details HERE

Brandywine Zoo
Details HERE

Details HERE
Review 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
See my review and more info HERE

Friday December 11, 2015

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.

BOGO Book Sale
10 AM – 5 PM
at Newtown Public Library
Details HERE

Gaming Club
2:30 PM – 4 PM
at Haverford Township Library
For Grades 6-12
No registration required
Come relax and play a game! A Wii, WiiU, and Game Cube are available with games, but feel free to bring your own portable device or game to play.
Details HERE

Freedom Fridays
3 PM
at Lansdowne Library
Come for fun video games with your peers.
Details HERE

Friday Crafts – Sock Snowman
3:30 pm
at Ridley Township Library
Ages 3-10
Registration required
Details HERE

Crafty Friday
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
at Darby Free Library
Details HERE

Tween Cookie Making
4 PM – 6 PM
at Darby Free Library
Ages 10 – 15 only
Registration Required
Details HERE

Global Makeathon – littleBits Global Hackathon–BitWars!
5:30 PM – 7 PM
at Middletown Free Library
Star Wars fans of all ages are welcome to join us as we recreate, remix and design new droids, weapons and more with littleBits!
Choose from one of the BitWars Challenges & work as a team or individual to create a Star Wars creation: Geekiest Costume, Most Legit Lightsaber, and Ultimate Droid Award Winning Film. We’ll provide the bits, craft supplies, clips from your favorite Star Wars movies & Pizza! All you need to bring is your imagination! Costumes encouraged!!
Registration required
Details HERE

East Goshen Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting
6 PM
at East Goshen Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA
Santa, East HS Choir and Time to Leap Dance Studio and more
Bring a canned good to donate to West Chester Food Cupboard
Details HERE and HERE

Extreme Christmas Light Show
6 PM – 9 PM
218 North Sandy Lane, Sinking Spring PA
Not only will the lights be running, but guests can get their photos taken with Santa and his live reindeer, grab a bite to eat (including FRESH funnel cake!), pick up tasty treat handmade by Mrs. Simpson, and even meet three very special guests – Olaf, Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Kids will love to dance on the lit dance floor and everyone can enjoy the flurries created by a snow machine. Proceeds from this evening benefit the Animal Rescue League
Details HERE

Friday Film – Ricki and the Flash – PG 13
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
at Upper Darby/Sellers Library
Light refreshments will be available.
Registration is required. Seating is limited to twenty people.
Details HERE

Saturday December 12, 2015

Breakfast with Santa Claus
9 AM – 11 AM
at Norwood Fire Company
$5 per person includes breakfast and a craft
Bring Your Camera!
Details HERE

Free SAT Practice Test
9 AM
Radnor Memorial Library
Registration required.
Please bring a pencil!  For students in grade 10 and up.
Details HERE

Linvilla Orchards
Christmas Around the Farm 9 AM – 6 PM
Santa every Saturday and Sunday 1 PM – 3 PM in December
Cut Your Own Trees – 10 AM – 5 PM ($59.99 plus tax)
Build Your Own Terrarium/ Fairy Garden Class – 11 AM – 12 PM – Registration required – Fee:$35
Penns Woods Winery at Linvilla 11 AM – 4 PM
Mansfield Brass Band Performing Live 12 PM – 2 PM
Wassailing Caroling Hayrides – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – $5 per person
Details HERE

Kids Club – Santa Belt Coaster
at participating Michaels Craft stores
10 AM – 12 PM
$2 per child
Details and registration info HERE

Holiday Open House and Children’s Book Clearance Sale
10 AM – 2 PM
at Prospect Park Library
Join us for seasonal craft activities, free goodies, and bargain priced gently used books for sale
Details HERE

SantaFest – Santa Arrives in a Helicopter at American Helicopter Museum
10 AM – 2 PM (Santa to arrive at 11 AM)
Lots of fun and Holiday Magic for everyone, including an appearance by Elsa, cookie decorating, refreshments and creating ornaments for our Charlie Brown tree.
Cost $10.00 per person. Free entry with Family membership.
Helicopter rides additional cost
Details HERE

Bellevue Community Center Holiday Festival
10 AM – 2 PM
at Bellevue Community Center, 510 Duncan Rd, Ste A, Wilmington, Delaware
Winter wonderland: train display, vendor and craft shopping, food vendors, wreath making (small fee), face painting with Ilana’z Glitterbugz. Free hot cocoa!
Special visit with Santa!

Details HERE
(Thanks, Laura P.!)

JINGLE FEST- Holiday Bazaar & Family Festival
to benefit families battling cancer (Horse Power for Life-
10 AM – 3 PM
at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks
TONS of activities for kids including Visit with Santa, Paint a Horse Shoe, Holiday Craft, Sandy Candy, Pet Peach the Pony, Prize Spin Wheel, Moon Bounce, Giant Slide and more. There will be a few princesses there as well. Bring your camera to get photos of your dogs and children with Santa and the princesses!! We are not charging for photos.
Over 100 vendors
Raffle baskets
COST FOR KIDS ACTIVITIES- $10 per child and includes all activities (kids under 2 are free)
Details HERE

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

DJ Mix Up with a Holiday Twist
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
at Haverford Twp. Free Library
Join D(an) and J(ason) as they take popular children’s stories and mix them up with the audience’s help to make something new and fun
This program is free and open to children of all ages.  No registration necessary.
Details HERE

Sensory Storytime
10:30 AM – 12 PM
at Lansdowne Public Library
This small-group storytime is designed for children ages 3-8 with autism or sensory processing issues. Stories and activities will engage the senses through books, music and movement. Siblings are welcome.
Details HERE

Artic Ave
11 AM Dec 12th – 2 AM Dec 13th
1904 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
Ice Scupture Carvings, Scavenger Hunt and more
Details HERE

Nutcracker “Dance Me A Story” at Brandywine River Museum
11 AM – 12 PM
For ages 2-6 with adult
$15 adults, $8 children, includes museum admission; Brandywine members $6 per person
Details HERE

The Players Club of Swarthmore presents “A Winnie The Pooh Christmas Tale
Saturday Dec 5th, 12th & 19th
11 AM & 3 PM
Details and ticket info HERE

Holiday Activities and Entertainment at the Independence Seaport Museum
11 AM – 5:45 PM
Parade of Lights at 5:45 PM
Santa, Live Music, Pose with a Pirate, Make holiday ornaments and gingerbread boats, face painting and more.  AT 5:45, the Parade of Lights will begin.  The lighted boat parade features our working port, with tugboats and other vessels decorated in lights.
Details HERE

Toys For Tots Family Friendly Event
1006 MacDade Blvd, Woodlyn, Pennsylvania
11:30am till 2:00pm- activities with Santa with a FREE Buffet for kids 12 and under – adult party starts at 8 PM
Bring new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots – Marines will be on hand all day to collect
Details HERE

Nutcracker Magic
12 PM
Hyatt at the Bellevue,  200 S Broad St, Philadelphia
Join Pennsylvania Ballet for this beloved holiday tradition, which will include holiday crafts and entertainment, a magical feast in the Ballroom at the Bellevue, and a 2:00pm performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music. Proceeds benefit Pennsylvania Ballet’s Community Engagement Programs.
Details HERE

Aston Star Wars Program 
12 PM – 2 PM
at Aston Library
Come dressed as your favorite character
Bring a camera, get your picture with a Stormtrooper
Crafts, Games and Prizes
Registration required
Details HERE

Chess Club
1 PM
at Lansdowne Library
Come to play, practice, and learn the ultimate strategy game with tutors and peers.
Details HERE

Dickens Christmas Extravaganza
1 PM – 2 PM
at Middletown Free Library
Join us as we get into the holiday spirit by celebrating the legendary storyteller Charles Dickens and learn about his influence on how we celebrate Christmas today, as well as enjoying an outstanding one-man show performance of his holiday classic A Christmas Carol.
ALL AGES welcome!!
Registration required – Please register each child or family member as a guest.
Details HERE

Merry Grinchmas!
1 PM – 3 PM
at Newtown Public Library
For ages & NO registration required. Join us to watch the animated, 25-minute version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, then decorate a paper Whoville house & enjoy some other Grinchy activities.
Enjoy snacks & meet the Grinch! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Details HERE

Zentangle Ornaments
1 PM – 3 PM
at Marple Public Library
Prerequiste class: Introduction to Zentangle
Design a beatiful glass ornament with simple pattern strokes.
A $5 materials fee is due at time of registration. Class size is limited to 12. Advanced registration and payment are required.
Details HERE

Family Movie: Minions – Rated G
1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
at Media-UP Free Library
Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlett Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Rated PG. This program will be held at the Media Library’s temporary location: Media Firehouse 2nd fl., 11 South Jackson Street – Details HERE

Media 2nd Saturday Arts Stroll
6 PM – 9 PM
State Street in Media
Details HERE

Sunday December 13, 2015

Christmas Tree Train
at West Chester Railroad
Dec 6th and Dec 13th
8 AM – 10 AM
Details, ticket info and more HERE

Snack Time with Santa at Cherry Hill Mall NJ
9 AM – 10 AM
at Cherry Hill Mall Food Court
This free event features: Santa Claus, breakfast snacks, crafts, face painter and more! Join us for a fun morning with Santa.
Details HERE

Linvilla Orchards
Christmas Around the Farm 9 AM – 6 PM
Santa every Saturday and Sunday 1 PM – 3 PM in December
Fresh Wreath Making Class 10 AM – 11 AM – registration required Fee:$30
Cut Your Own Trees – 10 AM – 5 PM – $59.99 plus tax
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa
10 AM
at Neighborhood Nutrition, 519 Welcome Ave, Norwood, PA
RSVP by Saturday at 1:00. Santa will be bringing gifts for each child (a gift for your child needs to be dropped off, wrapped and tagged with your childs name on it by Saturday at 1:00pm).
There is no charge for breakfast.. Please bring your camera! Please make sure to RSVP!
Details HERE

Brunch with Santa
10 AM – 1 PM
at 320 Market Café – Media
Reservations required
Details HERE

Brunch with Santa
10 AM – 2 PM
at Springfield County Club
Reservations required
Details and pricing info HERE

Family Second Sunday Workshop at Penn Museum
1 PM – 4 PM
Get hands-on with coin replicas from the Mediterranean. Visit the Greek Gallery to see an impressive collection of real ancient coins on a family tour.
Details HERE

Green Sunday Holiday Fair at the Media Community Center
1 PM – 4 PM
Over 30 different local vendors 
Details HERE

Family Star Wars Party: Craft and Scavenger Hunt
1:30 PM – 3 PM
at Media-UP Free Library
Will you use the Force or succumb to the dark side? Go on our scavenger hunt, crush some crafts, and defeat the Stormtroopers. Please register at Eventbrite or call 610-566-1918. All ages. This program will be held at the Media Library’s temporary location: Media Firehouse 2nd Fl., 11 South Jackson Street
Details HERE

Budweiser Clydesdales Coming to Media
2 PM
State Street in Media
Weather permitting – They will not be out in rain or snow
Details HERE
Then stop by Santa’s Village at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union in Media
2:30 PM – 4 PM
Details HERE

Christmas Party with Santa and Mrs Claus
2 PM
at VFW #928, MacDade Blvd & Sutton Ave, Folsom PA
Magician at 2 PM then Santa will arrive at 3 PM  Refreshments will be served
Complimentary community party

Winter Wonderland Concert at The Media Theatre
7 PM
All Seats $15
Details and ticket info HERE

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