Delaware County PA and Surrounding Area Weekend Events and Holiday Family Fun 12/14 – 12/16

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Matilda The Musical
November 6th – January 6th
at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia
Details and ticket info HERE and HERE

Walnut Street Theatre’s A Christmas Carol
Now through December 23rd
WST for Kids
Running Time: Appx. 1 hour, no intermission
Details and ticket info HERE

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
November 23 to December 24, 2018
at Hedgegrow Theatre
Details, times and ticket info HERE

The Wizard Of Oz
Nov. 14 – Jan. 13
at The Media Theatre
Details and ticket info HERE

A Philly POPS Christmas
Dec 1st – 22nd
at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Details and ticket info HERE

Holiday Craft Market: Fresh & Local
Dec 14th – 16th
at The Main Line Art Center 746 Panmure Rd, Haverford, PA
Returning again for another year, the Holiday Craft Market at Main Line Art Center is a 3-day shoppers’ paradise featuring special events, a carefully curated line-up of locally handmade fine crafts and artisanal goods. The Craft Market will open with a Kick-Off Party on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm and remain open and free to the public Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 10 am to 3 pm
Details HERE

Cherry Street Pier
121 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia PA
Experience Delaware River Waterfront’s unique take on public space with the opening of Cherry Street Pier
Details HERE and HERE

Santa’s Steam Spectacular at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
November 10th – December 31st
Details and ticket info HERE

Santa at Springfield Mall
November 11th – December 24th
Family Pet Photos
Every Monday From November 12th – December 17th
Details and reservation info HERE

Santa at King of Prussia Mall
Nov 9th – Dec 24th
Details HERE

Santa at Plymouth Meeting Mall
Now – December 24th
Family Pet Photos
Every Monday From November 12th – December 17th
Details and reservation info HERE

Santa at Christiana Mall
Now through December 24th
Details, special event nights and reservation info HERE

Santa at Concord Mall
November 17th – December 24th
Details HERE

Photos and Visits with Santa at his Headquarters presented by HGTV at Deptford Mall
Now through December 24th
This year, Santa HQ’s new Elf Academy Clubhouse invites guests to come and stand in front of the Magic Mirror to be transformed into Santa’s Elf (with a little help from augmented reality), plus create your very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a selfie! And don’t forget to try Elf-Ray Vision and the Naughty or Nice Meter too.
Reservations available, but not required!
Details HERE

Santa at Cherry Hill Mall
Now – December 24th
Family Pet Photos
Every Monday From November 12th – December 17th
Details and reservation info HERE

Santa’s Express at West Chester Railroad
Nov 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures: Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
All aboard Santa’s Express! Join Santa for a 90 minute journey on our heated decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa will be greeting everyone at Market Street Station and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills. Once at Glen Mills passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo opportunities on Santa’s lap inside the station!
Details and ticket info HERE

Christmas at the Choo Choo Barn
November 15th – December 31st
The Choo Choo Barn transforms Traintown USA® to bring the magic of Christmas to its gigantic model train display.
Starting November 15, search for 57 hidden Santas (one for each year we have been open) and watch as Santa’s sleigh flies above the 1,700 square foot model train extravaganza, which includes 150 hand-built animations and 22 moving trains. Enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the display including holiday lights and the snow-covered landscape. Plus, take a close look at the zoo animals in Traintown to see how they’re getting into the holiday spirit.
More details and ticket info HERE

Santa’s Steam Spectacular at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Nov 17th – Dec 31st
32 W Bridge St, New Hope, PA
The New Hope and Ivyland Railroad cordially invites you, your family and friends to a very special and unique holiday event.
Welcome the return of the historic #40 steam engine by joining Santa and Mrs. Claus for a ride upon their magical Steam Train adventure through the historic Bucks County countryside. This Santa Steam Spectacular departs New Hope Station for a round trip to the North Pole.
The journey begins when the Conductor calls “All Aboard!” Whether you’re a new guest or returning for a family tradition, you will experience the sounds and tastes of the holiday season. Sing along with our roaming musicians as they play Christmas carols and you sip warm cocoa and enjoy a freshly baked cookie.
Share your special wishes with Santa as he and Mrs. Claus visit with the children. Each child will receive their own sleigh bell gift from Santa himself. Children and adults alike are encouraged to indulge in the spirit of the season by wearing pajamas and settling in for a relaxing ride with family and friends aboard our festive railway cars adorned with holiday decorations.
Details, times and pricing HERE

Sesame Place – A Very Furry Christmas
November 17th – January 1st
Details and ticket info HERE

StoryBook Land – Christmas Fantasy with Lights!
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322) Egg Harbor Township, NJ
November 17 – December 30
Come and experience holiday magic right before your eyes! Be here by 5:00PM when Santa Claus appears in his chimney, waves his magic wand, and lights the park with over one million lights for the holiday season! Santa is in his home and lights the park until December 23.
Details and ticket info HERE

Hershey Park Christmas Candyland
Select Dates November 16th – January 1st
Join for more than 4 million lights, your favorite rides and coasters, a visit with Santa, and so much more!
Details, ticket info and more HERE

Dutch Winter Wonderland
Select Dates November 17th – December 30th
Celebrate the magic of the season at Dutch Winter Wonderland with rides, entertainment, and thousands of twinkling lights!
Details HERE

Arasapha Holiday Hayride
Now through December 23rd
1835 Middletown Rd. Glen Mills, PA
“This heartwarming attraction includes a delightful ride on one of our sound equipped hay wagons, through the rolling hills of Arasapha Farm, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with huge light displays, decorated trees and buildings, bridges and brooks. The hayride last about 20 minutes and is choreographed with all the favorite songs of the season. After the hay ride, relax by our bonfires or warm up with a cup of cocoa. This all new holiday hayride is perfect for all ages. Have your picture taken with Santa, and get an up close look at our famous live nativity scene that features real animals and the latest addition to our farm; Polo the Camel! Choose from hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut Christmas Trees that include Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, and the ever favorite Fraser Fir. Deliveries available. We also have Wreaths and trimmings.”
Details and pricing HERE

Rose Tree Park 2018 Festival of Lights
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
(Festival kicks off 7 PM on Nov 30th)
December 1st through January 1st
at Rose Tree Park in Media
Delaware County’s Festival of Lights has been a treasured tradition for more than four decades. The tradition began in 1976 as part of festivities planned to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial. The Festival has grown from 50 lighted trees (one for each municipality and one large one to represent the County) to 75 decorated trees strung with 100,000 holiday lights, and dozens of hand-painted wooden figures, including toy soldiers, a snowman family and a replica of the Delaware County Courthouse.
Admission and parking are free
Details HERE

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Nov 17th – Dec 24th
at LOVE Park, 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
An authentic open-air German Christmas market with holiday sights and sounds featuring thousands of twinkling lights, festive Christmas decorations, live music at the main stage, children’s activities, European foods and drinks and photos with Santa presented by ACME.
Details HERE

Franklin Square Holiday Festival
November 15th – December 31st
at Franklin Square, 6th & Race Sts in Philadelphia
“It’s sparkle time at Franklin Square for the 2018 Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE, including a winter beer garden with fire pits for warmth and charm and Ben’s Sweets & Treats where guests can create and taste a variety of treats such as s’mores and gourmet hot chocolate stations inside the heated tent with views of the Square. From November 15 – December 31, dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO.
In addition to the Parx Liberty Carousel and Philly Mini Golf, additional holiday entertainment includes #FranklinSquareFridays, Santa Saturdays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square, and the traditional family-friendly Kid’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party. Celebrate many holiday traditions with Santa, the Grinch, Hanukkah, Kwanza, pets in winter festive gear, and even the princesses from Frozen. Kids are invited to bring their letters to Santa for the special Santa Mailbox, or deliver them in person to him on Santa Saturdays. The Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE was named one of America’s Top 10 Holiday Festivals by Fox News in 2016.
Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO
Sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s electrifying genius, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO is the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square. Electrical Spectacle is a free light show that illuminates the Square nightly from November 15 – December 31. Marvel at more than 75,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS in two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to kick off the evening’s festivities as the Igniter for the 4:30 pm show.”
Details, attractions and special events HERE

The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display
1600 S 13th St Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Located on South 13th Street between Tasker and Morris streets, each neighbor uses their own resources and decorations to adorn their home to reflect their personal style. The lights can be enjoyed by foot (where you can get a close up look at many neighbors’ window displays) or by driving through (please NO stopping or honking). Street Parking is extremely limited so use of public transportation is strongly encouraged (we are 2 blocks from the Tasker/Morris subway stop).
Lights are on beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving through New Years Day from 5pm-12am. Santa and his gang occasionally visit the block–check our Facebook page for dates and times. While folks of all ages are encouraged to come and visit us, we ask that you please remember to be respectful of those that live here year round and avoid littering or any loud and unruly behavior.
Details HERE

Longwood Christmas
Now through January 6th
Experience the Joys of the Season
Organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and performances fill our Gardens with festive cheer.
Delight in our holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants. Outside, the sounds of oohs and aahs fill the air as illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, and a half-million lights brighten the night
Details HERE

Holiday Garden Rail at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Nov 23rd – Dec 31st (Arboretum is closed December 24 and 25).
Make a stop at the Holiday Garden Railway Display a tradition for your family! The buildings and trains are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. The railway will be open daily through December 31 (Arboretum is closed December 24 and 25)
Details HERE

Christmas in Peddler’s Village
Gingerbread Competition and Display – November 16th – January 5th
Photos with Santa, Shopping, Eateries and more
Details HERE

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem
Weekends November 16th – December 23rd
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA
• November 16-18
• November 23-25
• November 29-December 2
• December 6-9
• December 13-16
• December 20-23
Thursday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Details and ticket info HERE

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Nov 17th – Jan 6th
931 Stoney Hill Rd, Yardley PA
Details and ticket info HERE

Yuletide at Winterthur
November 17th – January 6th
“Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with a magnificent holiday tour of Henry Francis du Pont’s mansion as well as breathtaking trees, dazzling room displays, a magical dollhouse, and the opportunity to shop, dine, and create new memories.”
Details and ticket info HERE

DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
Dates: November 10th – 11th, 16th – 18th, 23th – 25th, 30th December 1st – 2nd and 7 – 23rd
Hours: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DiDonato Family Fun Center 1151 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton NJ
Delight in the newest holiday tradition in South Jersey! Perfect for Kids age 1-92, DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express was featured in the 9 Most Dazzling Light Displays in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly and the 7 Most Festive Light Displays by Fun New Jersey.
Your admission includes:
Train ride through millions of Christmas lights
Meet and Greet with Santa and his elves in his Workshop with Free photo op
Present from Santa
Picture opportunity with everyone’s favorite Strike the Snowman and Holiday movie in his snow globe
Cookie treat to enjoy
Walkthrough Holiday Village and visit the Snack and Toy Cottage by Toy Market
One Free round on indoor, 3D glow-in-the-dark mini-golf with every ticket purchased (depending on availability or for a return visit)
One Free Game of Bowling and One shoe rental with every ticket purchased (depending on lane availability or for a return visit)
Details and ticket info HERE

Linvilla Orchards
Details HERE

Lansdowne Landing
7 AM – 10 PM
30 North Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA
What is The Landing?
Inspired by awesome outdoor gathering places like Philadelphia’s own The Porch or Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Lansdowne Landing is a fun, festive spot that’s open from 7am to 10pm.
Visit for a full schedule of events, updated regularly, so check by often for fun from family-friendly fun to live music to food trucks and more!
Details HERE

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia
Details and ticket info HERE

Please Touch Museum
Details HERE

The Franklin Institute
Details HERE

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Details HERE

Academy of Natural Sciences
Details and ticket info HERE

Philadelphia Zoo
Details and Ticket Info HERE

Delaware Museum of Natural History
Details, ticket info and more HERE

Longwood Gardens
Details HERE

The Crayola Experience
Easton, PA
Details HERE
Purchase discount tickets HERE and get $4 off admission price (Regular Price: $19.99 Your Price: $15.99)

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
See my review and more info HERE

Details HERE

Sahara Sams Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
Details HERE

Friday December 14, 2018

For a calendar of Various Infant and Toddler Programs as well as afterschool events at local Delco Libraries, Go HERE

Bear’s Winter Adventure MAM Storytime
11 AM – 12 PM
at Media-Upper Providence Free Library
Join Ms. Allison for one of her special Music & Me Storytimes
Friday, December 14th @ 11 AM
Bear enjoys an adventure before climbing the mountain to snuggle down into her snowy den for a long winter’s nap!
Come discover what other animal friends and natural wonders
she finds along her journey! Songs, stories, creative movement and imagination!
Geared for kids 2 – 6 years…All Welcome!
Free and Open to the public
No reservations necessary.
Details HERE

Drop-in STEM Toy Exploration
1 PM – 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM – 5 PM
at Media-Upper Providence Free Library
Thanks to the Golden Circle Readers, children who read more than 2000 minutes for our Summer Reading Program, we now have Dash & Dot Robots! Dash and Dot will be available to play with as well as other STEM toys. Kits best for ages 3-8. Dash & Dot are fun for all ages. Just drop in!
Details HERE

Gaming Club
2:30 PM
at Haverford Free Library
for Grades 6-12
No Registration Required
Details HERE

Board Games
3 PM
Upper Darby Municipal Branch
Open to kids in grades 1-12.
Details HERE

After School Board Games
3 PM – 5 PM
at Middletown Free Library
Details HERE

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Lansdowne Library
4 PM
Find out what happens when the lights go out at the library! Your stuffed animal is invited to a special animal sleepover!
Stop by Friday afternoon, beginning at 4pm, to drop off your stuffed friend. We will have games, snacks, and drinks for you as you drop off your friend.
Pick up your friend the next morning (Saturday, December 15th between 10am-12pm, and check out the library’s Facebook page with a parent or caregiver to see more teddy library antics!
Details HERE

BYOB & Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita
4 PM – 7:30 PM
at 6 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, PA
Lulu’s is open until 7:30pm for more fun, BYOB and pizza starting at 4pm. You can now place your pizza order ahead of time, give us a call, let them know what you want and they will have your pizza waiting for you! Regular admission
Details HERE

Movie Day
5 PM – 6 PM
at Yeadon Library
Details HERE

Paint With Santa
6 PM – 9 PM
at Color Me Mine in Wayne
Santa is coming to visit us on Friday, December 14th! He will read the children a story, sign their Santa cookie plates or ornaments and take a photo with your child. This is our annual event and is really something your kids will always remember. Join us by RSVPing on the link below. We will have food to nibble on as well. Fun for your whole family!
You can also call us at 610-687-9777 to RSVP.
Details HERE

A Christmas Carol, a reading by Jared Reed
6:30 PM – 9 PM
at Lansdowne Arts Board 20 Lansdowne Court, Lansdowne, PA
The Annual tradition, Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, as read by Jared Reed.
Doors open at 6:30pm, and cider and cookies will be provided.
Details HERE

Quizzo at Ridley Township Library – Holiday Quizzo
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Join for a fun night of trivia, based on various themes. Teams of up to 4 people will play five rounds of trivia.
Prizes awarded for the winners! Bring your own snacks to enjoy!
Please register to guarantee your space, by emailing, or by calling
Details HERE

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Applebees Breakfast with Santa
hosted by IHS Minithon
8 AM – 10 AM
at Applebee’s Grill + Bar (Folsom, PA) 320 Macdade Blvd, Folsom PA
Breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
at JD McGillicuddy’s Brookline 33 Brookline Blvd, Havertown PA
Contact to make a reservation at 484.454.5289 or email
Details HERE

Breakfast With Santa at the Philadelphia Zoo
8:30 a.m-9:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Santa will mingle in the dining room while guests are enjoying breakfast for informal photos.
Santa will then be available for formal photos in the Atrium.
Guests may use their own cameras or may elect to purchase photos from the Zoo’s onsite photographer.
Adult: $34.99
Child: $27.99
Non-Member – includes admission to the Zoo
Adult: $42.99
Child: $35.99
Children under 2 are free but require a reservation.
Details HERE

FREE Breakfast with Santa
9 AM – 11:30 AM
at Gateway Community Church (Media, PA) 708 S Old Middletown Rd, Media PA
Free breakfast with Santa, Live Nativity to hear the story of Christmas, crafts, balloon art, face painting, pancakes and of course pictures with Santa
Details HERE

5th Annual Rock for CHOP Breakfast with Santa
9 AM – 12 PM
at Heritage Ballrooms 2107 MacDade Blvd, Holmes, PA
All proceeds from this event will go to ROCK for CHOP, benefiting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Trisomy 21 clinic.
Included in ticket price is:
Visit with Santa & photo
Hot breakfast buffet
Arts & crafts
Hot Chocolate Bar
Letter writing to Santa
This year’s theme is…..drumroll please
Your favorite Elf! Whether it’s Buddy, Bernard or your own Elf on the Shelf! We love them all
Tickets will be $20 per person
2 & under Free
Payment will be accepted via Venmo, cash or check.
Details and ticket info HERE

West Chester Growers Market
9 AM – 1 PM (May through December)
Corner of Church and Chestnut Streets, West Chester, PA
Details HERE

Bryn Mawr Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday 9am-1pm (open year round)
in the Amtrak Parking Lot
at the intersection of Lancaster & Bryn Mawr Avenues
Details HERE

Polar Express Family Festival With Santa
9 AM – 5 PM
at Please Touch Museum
All ages with an adult caregiver
Discover something new in our Exhibitions! Today experiment with magnets, make connections and add more to your play.
Pop-Up Play Corner: Staying Warm
9:30 -10:30 am
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with an adult caregiver
Put on your imagination cap, take a trip to the Polar Regions, and discover how animals stay warm!
Meet and Greet with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
11am to 1 pm
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus is coming to Hamilton Hall! Stop by for
extra festive cheer and a chance to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Creative Arts Studio: Train Collage
Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level
11 AM – 2 PM
All ages with an adult caregiver
Drop in anytime to create works of art inspired by your visit to the Museum!
Theater Performance: All Abroad
12:30-1 pm, 2:30- 3pm
Please Touch Playhouse, Lower Level
Ages: 3+ with an adult caregiver
All aboard! Catch the next train and help our friendly engineer as we make stops in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Polar Express Storytime
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
1:30- 2 PM
Ages 3+ with an adult caregiver
Get cozy in your pajamas and listen to the classic story, Polar Express. Last stop, the North Pole!
Meet and Greet with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
2:30-4 pm
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus is coming to Hamilton Hall! Stop by for
extra festive cheer and a chance to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Adventurous Afternoon: Full Steam Ahead!
3:30- 4 PM
Group Rooms 5 and 6, Lower Level
Ages 4+ with an adult caregiver
Embark on a 30-minute adventure exploring the rails and the steam that powers trains through observations, questions, chemistry, and play.
End of the Day Parade
4:30- 4:45 pm
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with an adult caregiver
March, clap, and join our musical parade to celebrate your day of play at Please Touch Museum.
Details and ticket info HERE

Breakfast with Santa at Delaware Museum of Natural History 
9:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Ring in the holiday season with breakfast at the Museum followed by a visit with Jolly Ole Saint Nick himself! Breakfast takes place in the Coral Reef Canteen and includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. After breakfast, visit Santa in the Nature Nook for a family photo op, a special gift, and a craft!
$7/DMNH Member, $14/Non-Member. Vegan option is available for an additional $2, and can be selected during registration.
Details HERE

Breakfast With Santa
9:30 AM
at St Laurence Church 17 Mifflin Ave. STE 102 Havertown, PA
Breakfast With Santa will be served from 9:30am to 11:30am. Vendor shopping will be from 9:30am to 1pm.
Crafts, face painting , and raffles.
Details and ticket info and prices HERE

Kids Club Christmas Frames
10 AM – 12 PM
at participating Michaels Craft Stores
$2 per project, ages 3+, supplies included.
$5 per project, ages 6+, supplies included.
Details HERE

Crafting with Santa – Family Friendly
10 AM – 12 PM
at Board & Brush Glen Mills 331 Wilmington Pike, Unit E, Suite 4, Glen Mills, PA
Holiday family friendly workshop – Enjoy Cookies, Juice & Santa!!! Sign up today at
Details HERE

The Polar Express Day at The Franklin Institute
10 AM – 3 PM
Relive the magic and wonder of the timeless classic holiday tale “The Polar Express” with activities inspired by the award-winning book and beloved film. Let your imagination soar and settle in for a unique guided experience aboard the authentic Baldwin 60,000 locomotive. Understand steam vs. diesel and how trains move, the harmonics of sleigh bells, and why no two snowflakes are alike — plus more holiday-related science happenings and all-day screenings of “The Polar Express.”
ALL ABOARD! Polar Express Day activities include:
▪ Guided experience aboard the Baldwin 60,000 Locomotive in The Train Factory
▪ Train science activities
▪ The Science of Snowflakes
▪ The Science of Sound
▪ All-day screenings of “The Polar Express” in Franklin Theater
▪ Plus, children are invited to wear pajamas for a truly festive experience and a $2 holiday discount off their general museum admission ticket.
Details HERE

Meet the Grinch
10 AM – 4 PM
at The Bourse Philly 111 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA
A day full of family-friendly fun and entertainment. Eat, drink, shop and get your photo taken with the infamous and grouchy Grinch. Each photo is $10 with all proceeds going to Morris Animal Refuge.
Details HERE

Storytime and Activities Featuring Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
11 AM
at Barnes & Noble, Lawrence Park Shopping Center, Broomall PA
Pete the Cat and his friends bake cupcakes for a party. When some of them go missing, Pete and the gang find them and learn it’s cool to be kind.
Details HERE

Teddy Bear Tea
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
at The Rittenhouse 210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA
This holiday season, bring your little ones to the beautiful Mary Cassatt Tea Room for our limited time Teddy Bear Tea. Complete with delicious teas and treats ideal for children and their teddy bears, this offer is sure to be the highlight of your Philadelphia holiday.
Call 215.790.2533 to reserve today for just $65++ per person. Dates include December 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Details HERE

Christmas Kids’ Spectacular
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia
Kensho Watanabe – Conductor
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so deck the halls and dash through the snow to Verizon Hall for a festive celebration! The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual Christmas Kids’ Spectacular will fill your stockings with the favorite sounds of the season, including Sleigh Ride, The Night Before Christmas, and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
Details HERE

A Very Bovine Birthday Party at Colonial Plantation
12 PM – 3 PM
3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA
On December 15th, something very special will happen at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. Rust, our working steer, will turn 4 years old. This alone might be a cool reason to party, but at 4 years old a working steer that is fully trained is allowed to be called an Ox. So what’s the big deal? Well, the Plantation has never trained a bovine from calf to ox. In fact, very few people in the country are left who can train oxen. This is a BIG DEAL, and to celebrate we want to have a BIG PARTY. There is fun to be had for all ages, whether you’re a calf or an ox!
Your admission goes directly to our Animal Fund, which helps to support Rust and his other animal buddies. We’ll have a BIG birthday cake, hot cocoa and hot cider. Visitors will also have a chance to be a teamster and help drive Rust and learn the voice commands we use to work with him. Young visitors can decorate a Rust-shaped cookie, make their own set of horns, and more.
To find the Plantation, please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073.
Advance tickets strongly recommended, so that we know how many people to plan for! Tickets are $8.00 for adults and children ages 4 to 12, and goes directly toward our Animal Fund. Children age 3 and under are free, as are members.
Details and ticket info HERE

Portraits at Santa’s Village
12 PM – 4 PM
at Franklin Mint Fed Credit Union 101 W State St, Media, PA
Details HERE

Chess Club
1 PM
at Lansdowne Library
Details HERE

Makin’ Music
1 PM – 1:45 PM
at Ridley Township Public Library
All ages welcome (suitable for ages 6 and under).
Join Makin’ Music as they play the guitar and lead children and parents in familiar and original songs and rhythm chants! Bring the family and come join the fun.
Registration requitred
Details and registration info HERE

MAKEbreak Cute Christmas T-Shirts
1 PM – 3 PM
at Participating Michaels Craft Stores
Cost: Buy the T-shirt, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided.
Details HERE

Teen Holiday Bake-Off
1 PM – 3 PM
at Marple Public Library
Test your baking skills in this all teen holiday baking competition!
Open to teens ages 12-18.
Registration required to enter.
Register at circulation desk, via phone or email
See full rules and regulations here
Details HERE

Meditation Saturday
1 PM – 3 PM
at Ridley Township Public Library
Come to the library and learn about simple and effective Meditation techniques. When practiced regularly,
these can help reduce anxiety and stress and provide a sense of inner calm. Rich Conti, from the Schoolhouse Center Meditation Group,
will be the facilitator for the sessions. Meditation Saturdays will take place in the Quiet Room in the new library.
Details and registration info HERE

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Breakfast with Santa
8 AM – 10 AM
hosted by Fireworks Dance Center
at Applebee’s Grill + Bar (Folsom, PA) 320 Macdade Blvd, Folsom PA
Come have a pancake Breakfast with Santa!
All You Can Eat Flapjacks & Sausage
Tickets are $8 per person – Cash only – Children 2 and under are free.
Tickets may be purchased in advance or pay at the door.
FREE opportunity to have your picture taken with Santa!
Bring your cameras
Details HERE

Breakfast With Santa at the Philadelphia Zoo
8:30 a.m-9:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Santa will mingle in the dining room while guests are enjoying breakfast for informal photos.
Santa will then be available for formal photos in the Atrium.
Guests may use their own cameras or may elect to purchase photos from the Zoo’s onsite photographer.
Adult: $34.99
Child: $27.99
Non-Member – includes admission to the Zoo
Adult: $42.99
Child: $35.99
Children under 2 are free but require a reservation.
Details HERE

El Bruncho with Santa
9:30 AM – 12 PM
at Lulu’s Casita 6 Cricket Ave, Ardmore PA
Join for their signature series of El Bruncho Santa Edition, all you can eat food stations cater by JPM Catering, complimentary mimosas for the parents and Santa time, bring your own camera and letters.
$25 per adults, $15 per child
Please note this event is by reservation only
RSVP to to join the fun!
Details HERE

Breakfast with Santa
10 AM – 12 PM
at Bogart’s Bar and Grill 3001 Naamans Creek Rd, Boothwyn, PA
Breakfast buffet with Santa.
Adult $8.99 Children $4.99 Under 5 Free
Great breakfast choices and opportunity for your child to sit on Santa lap get a picture and tell Santa what you want for Christmas
Details HERE

Holiday Market
10 AM – 12 PM
Media Farmers Market Edgemont St., Media PA
All of their regular vendors, plus vendors featuring locally made specialty wares and gifts perfect for the holiday gift-giving season.
Details HERE

Sunday Brunch with Santa at Concordville Inn
10 AM – 2 PM
Join us for a special Brunch with Santa this holiday season!
Details, menu and more info HERE

Lunch With Santa at Pizzeria Uno (Newtown Square PA)
11 AM – 2 PM
UNO’s in Newtown Square Presents: Lunch With Santa! Available on Three Different Dates: Sunday, December 9th, Saturday December 15th or Sunday December 16th. From 11:00-2:00. $9.99 Per Child. Bring your camera & get your pictures with Santa taken, enjoy a craft table with Holiday Kid’s Crafts and finish off lunch with an Ice Cream Sundae Bar! Call or email to make your reservations today! 610-353-8667
Details HERE

Brunch with Santa
11 AM – 2 PM
at Stingers Waterfront 401 South Swarthmore Avenue, Ridley Park, PA
Come out and have brunch with the family, with a surprise visit from Santa Claus.
$22 for Adults
$14 for Kids
Call for reservations for either our 11am or 1pm seating
Details HERE

Ornament Make & Take Event
11 AM – 2 PM
at Board & Brush Glen Mills 331 Wilmington Pike, Unit E, Suite 4, Glen Mills, PA
Join for an all-ages Holiday Make & Take event on 12/16! Stencil/Paint 3 adorable ornaments for just $15! This is great for kids of all ages. Sign up at
Details HERE

International Potluck Lunch
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Lansdowne First Presbyterian Church 140 N Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA
The congregation is invited to celebrate our diversity during this season of giving. Bring your favorite ethnic dish or dessert. Wear your traditional dress and show off your heritage. There will be crafts for the kids.
Details HERE

Jack Frost Saves Christmas
Nov. 25 to Dec. 30
Sundays at 12 PM
at Media Theatre
Details and ticket info HERE

Portraits at Santa’s Village
12 PM – 4 PM
at Franklin Mint Fed Credit Union 101 W State St, Media, PA
Details HERE

Skate with Santa
1 PM – 3 PM
at Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society 220 Holland Ave, Ardmore, PA
Santa and his elves are coming to the rink and you’re invited! Skate with Santa and enjoy festive music and snacks too. $10 Admission $5 Skate Rental. Buy tickets at the door.
Details HERE

Tea, Treats, and Holiday Crafts
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
at Media-UP Free Library
Make festive crafts, listen to songs of the season, and have a treat! All ages.
Details HERE

Lego Club
1:30 PM – 3 PM
at Marple Public Library]
Come join and explore our creativity with LEGOS! All LEGOS will be provided.
Different themes each session!
Ages 6-10
Register by phone, email or in person.
Details HERE

Jane Austen Day Celebration 
1:30 PM – 4 PM
at Ridley Township Public Library
Timeless author Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775. This year marks the 243rd anniversary of Jane’s birth. Celebrate with us! We’ll enjoy dessert and tea and watch Sense and Sensibility,
starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, which is considered one of the best adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels.
Registration required
Details and registration info HERE

2 PM – 4 PM
at participating Michaels Craft Stores
Details HERE

Visits with Santa at Blue Cross RiverRink
2 PM – 5 PM
101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Meet Ol’ Saint Nick himself on Sundays in December at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest celebrating 25 seasons of winter fun on the waterfront. Get a photo with the entire family (pups too) for a holiday keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come. Free and open to the public.
Details HERE

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