Delaware County PA Area Weekend Events and Holiday Family Fun 12/28 – 12/30

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Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party
December 24th – 31st
at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
Details and ticket info HERE
More about the show HERE

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Dec 19th – 29th
at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia
Details, ticket info and more HERE

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

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Dec 21st – 31st
at the Academy of Music
Details, ticket info and more HERE

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

Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Dickens Village
through December 31st
Downtown Philadelphia
Details and times HERE

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
Comcast Center Lobby 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia PA 19103
November 22, 2018 – January 1, 2019
10:00am – 8:00pm; 15-minute shows beginning at the top of each hour shown daily
* The show is not presented on weekdays at 5:00pm
** Last show is at 6:00pm on New Year’s Day (January 1)
Details HERE

Teddy Bear Tea at The Rittenhouse
Dec 21st & 22nd and 27th – 29th
Details, reservation info and more 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

Trains at the Grange
Dec 22 – 30 and Jan 5-6
143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA
The train display is up and running and the mansion is ready for visitors
Details 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

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

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

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 28, 2018

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

Robotics Workshop
10 AM – 4:30 PM
at The American Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA
The all-day Robotics workshop is for boys and girls ages 9 through 13. The cost is $85.00 per child, which includes a robot kit that the participants will build, program and take home.
Lunch is NOT included; participants may pack a lunch and will have time to eat in the museum’s snack room. The museum gift shop sells snacks.
This workshop meets the Girl Scouts’ requirements for all three junior robotics badges (not provided).
(No refunds will be issued for workshop cancellations less than two weeks before the event and/or for ‘no shows.’)
For more information, email education program manager Paul Kahan at
Details HERE

Ring in the New Year Party hosted by the Newtown Public Library
11 AM – 12 PM
at Liseter’s Carriage Barn 3710 Liseter Rd, Newtown Square, PA
For All Ages
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For all ages. Party with a real DJ, crafts, snacks & a balloon drop at noon!
Details HERE

Noon Year’s Eve Party
11 AM – 12 PM
at Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E Front St, Media, PA
Celebrate the New Year with activities, balloons, and a countdown to noon. We’ll also have a special visit from inflatable T-Rex! Best for ages 2 and up.
Details HERE

Matinee Movie Marathon
12:30 PM – 4:45 PM
at Middletown Free Library
12:30pm: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13)
3pm: Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (PG)
Looking for something fun to do during Winter Break? Come to the MFL today to enjoy back-to-back movies in the afternoon!
Registration is not required.
The library will provide water & fresh popcorn. Feel free to bring your own lunch and/or snacks to eat, or even some to share with others!
Details HERE

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

Parent’s Night Out 
6 PM – 9 PM
at Pump It Up (Springfield, PA) 641 Baltimore Pike, Springfield 1PA
Do you need an evening out with NO KIDS? Eliminate the stress of finding a sitter and sign them up for our Parent’s Night Out! Let the kids enjoy a jumping, laughing, sliding, ecstatic extravaganza while you take some time off for yourself! At Pump It Up they willl have tons of fun in our huge arenas filled with gigantically fun inflatables. Parents Night Out includes arena playtime with free play, relays, and games. After all that jumping each child will receive pizza and drinks. Ages 3 – 12 | $25.00 admission | $20.00 for each sibling Parents’ Night out is geared for all ages. Space is limited. Reservations required.Check our web site for additional required information. You don’t need a party to play anytime at Pump It Up
Details HERE

Kids Bingo
6:30 PM – 8 PM (Doors open 6:15 PM)
at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church 128 Chester Pike Norwood PA
Admission $3 per child (2 and up)
Cost includes multiple rounds of Bingo, snacks and drinks
Pizza will be sold for $1 per slice
Fun prizes for boys and girls of all ages
Details HERE

Saturday, December 29, 2018

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

Storytime and Activities Featuring The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors 
11 AM
at Barnes & Noble, Lawrence Park Shopping Center, Broomall PA
From the author of The Day the Crayons Quit comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Details HERE

Storytime in the Lodge Hosted by Blue Cross RiverRink
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Gather around the Lodge for Philly’s favorite weekly story hour. On Saturdays from November through March, your little ones can enjoy a brand new story while munching on cookies by Rope and Anchor PHL. Plus, sing their favorite songs and dance with Learn Listen Play!
Details HERE

Chess Club
1 PM
at Lansdowne Library
Details HERE

Sunday, December 30, 2018

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

Princess Tea – Sponsored by Del Co Rep. Women’s Committee
1 PM – 3 PM
at Springfield Country Club
The DCRWC is hosting a Princess Tea this Holiday Season! So grab your ballgown, shine up your tiara, and get ready for a fun afternoon! Princes are welcome too!
Additional details coming soon.
There will be limited tickets to ensure a special afternoon for our guests.
Tickets are $35.00 per adult, $30.00 for children up to age 10.
Tickets can be purchased by mailing check to:
Princess Tea
DelCo Republican Women’s Committee
323 W. Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Check should be made out to: DCRWC
*Be sure to include your contact information with your check!
The adult buffet includes spring mix salad, chicken piccante, sausage scallopini, penne with grilled vegetables, and assorted accoutrements.
The children’s buffet includes chicken fingers, grilled cheese, french fries, veggies, and assorted accoutrements.
For dessert we offer a “Decorate Your Tea Cake” bar of cupcakes and assorted toppings to build your cake your way. Complete with a tea and coffee station.
Our princesses and princes are putting their finishing touches to their plans for this party. For those wondering what to expect?
A grand affair of an entrance shortly after guests have arrived, with a serenade and perhaps a dance or two. Being royal hosts, they graciously greet all guests and provide opportunity to commemorate the event with a photo or two.
As stewards of their kingdoms they know the importance of leading the next generation through storytelling, dance lessons, princess lessons, and for the young lads… learning how to pirate is always fun for an afternoon.
Details HERE

The Gables Holiday Open House
1 PM – 4 PM
For this Holiday Season for 2 Sunday afternoons on December 23rd and December 30th between 1 to 4 in the afternoon, The Gables Bed and Breakfast Philadelphia is hosting an Open House for the community to see and experience our elaborate Christmas and Holiday displays.
Meet our furry friends – Ms. Pepper & Mr. Sugar – donned in their Holiday Outfits and mingle among other guests and enjoy some refreshments and light snacks.
We invite our guests to make a small donation to benefit the Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia. Make this a season of giving and gratitude to support this amazing organization.
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;

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