Fun Things to Do in Delaware County PA and Surrounding Areas this Weekend 12/18 – 12/20

Fun Things to Do in Delaware County PA and Surrounding Areas this Weekend 12/18 – 12/20

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**Please note that changes can occur at anytime to any of these events due to safety regulations and Social Distancing precautions. Be sure to check with each venue and keep up to date on their social media pages for updates, changes, closures and more.**

 

  • Polar Espresso with Santa Claus and the Grinch Saturday December 19th 9 AM – 10 AM at the New Avenue Cafe at the Kelly Center for Music, Arts, and Community 4 E. Eagle Rd, Havertown PA Holiday fun with Santa Claus and the Grinch in the New Avenue Café at the Kelly Center! Safely distanced opportunity to visit with Santa and drop off your Wish List. The Grinch will be on hand to limit the number of people inside and keep those standing in line six feet apart.
    FREE Event. Reservation ticket required. First come, first in. Door opens at 9 am.Donations gladly accepted at the door or online to support the Kelly Center. Donate with credit card or PayPal at https://kellycenter.org/contribute/  Safely distanced photo opportunities. This year Santa will be wearing his face shield. No lap sitting. New Avenue Cafe will be open with coffee, tea and treats to go. No seating during Santa’s visit. Details HERE
  • Final Market of the 2020 Season Saturday December 19th 9 AM – 1PM 201 N Church St. West Chester PA Join for the final market of the 2020 growing season on Saturday, December 19th, from 9am to 1pm. You’ll find locally grown seasonal produce, locally made artisan food and drinks for holiday season meals, and lots of unique, locally made gifts for your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. (rain or shine) Metered street parking is FREE during market hours. Details HERE
  • Merry & Bright Music and Lights Saturday December 19th 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM at Suburban Square 602 Coulter Ave, Ardmore PA Shop and stroll in a scenic Winter Wonderland filled with lights and a variety of live performers throughout the Square! Watch the entertainment with the kids or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays while shopping. Plus, see a special performance by The Hess & Tanbark Trio. Details HERE and HERE
  • Holiday & Hot Cocoa Drive Thru at Ellis Athletic Center Sunday December 20th 6 PM – 8 PM 3819 West Chester Pike Newtown Square, PA Drive through Ellis Athletic Center’s front lot for some HOLIDAY CHEER! Grab a hot cocoa and wave to Santa to gear up for your Holiday lights drive! Enjoy this season safely and happily with us! This event is sponsored by Kristine McKee – the Key Realtor of Newtown Square! Details HERE
  • Drive Through Live Nativity Sunday December 20th 6 PM – 7:30 PM at St James Regional 500 Tome Street, Ridley Park, PA Details HERE
  • Cut Your Own Trees at Linvilla Orchards November 21 thru December 23 **Timed Tickets Required** Details, hours, pricing and reservation info HERE
  • The Festival of Lights at Rose Tree Park The trees will be lit nightly from December 4 to January 3, from 5 PM – 10 PMRose Tree Park sparkles during the holiday season with the annual Festival of Lights. Dozens of decorated lit trees and festive displays draw visitors back each year to stroll the glimmering walkways and grounds, linger in the festive atmosphere, and pay a visit to childhood figures such as Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang and Santa & his Reindeer. The Festival of Lights opens in early December and runs through the first weekend in January. Admission and parking are free.” Details HERE
  • Winter on Broad Street: A Holiday Light Spectacular! presented by Dietz & Watson November 27th – January 3rd outside of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Stroll through a winter wonderland of lights, shopping, and dining. Winter on Broad Street is open 5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Ample parking is available for FREE in the Wells Fargo Center parking lots. Details HERE and HERE
  • Celebrate the Holidays at Winterthur November 21, 2020–January 3, 2021 “This year, one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases will dazzle you indoors and outdoors. Warm yourself by the fire pit and enjoy some s’mores; watch our 3D light show* displayed on the outside of the house (December 1–12), discover new areas of festive holiday décor at the Greenhouses and all around the house, and explore the Conservatory and entertaining rooms on the fifth floor of the house at your own pace. And that’s just the beginning! Throughout the season, there will be many exciting programs and events to make this a truly special holiday. Winterthur will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.” Details and ticket info HERE 
  • Brunch With Santa at Elmwood Park Zoo Saturdays and Sundays in December through December 20 Celebrate the holidays by enjoying brunch with Santa! Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch buffet, make holiday crafts and meet one of our beloved education animals. Share your holiday wishes with Santa, snap a photo with him, and enjoy exploring the zoo after your scrumptious brunch. There are eight brunch sessions each day: 8:30 AM, 9:15 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:00 PM and 1:45 PM. Space is limited for this event, so please register early and arrive on time. Your ticket includes admission to the zoo, brunch, and a photo opportunity with Santa. Tickets and more information HERE and HERE
  • Santa at Springfield Mall November 6th – December 24th Monday – Saturday: 11am to 7pm* Sunday: Noon to 5pm *Santa will take a break Monday – Saturday from 3-3:45pm. Subject to change. Also new for 2020: Visit Santa from the comfort of your home and book a virtual visit with Santa.  Reservations are required to take a photo with Santa. Details, pricing and reservation info HERE
  • Visit with Santa and Christmas at the Farm at Linvilla Orchards Saturdays & Sundays through Dec 20th  **Timed tickets** Details, times, reservation info and more info HERE
  • Santa at Plymouth Meeting Mall November 12th – December 24th Monday – Saturday: 11am to 7pm* Sunday: Noon to 5pm *Santa will take a break Monday – Saturday from 3-3:45pm. Subject to change. Also new for 2020: Visit Santa from the comfort of your home and book a virtual visit with Santa.  Reservations are required to take a photo with Santa. Details, pricing and reservation info HERE
  • Santa at Exton Square Mall  November 6th – December 24th Monday – Saturday: 11am to 7pm* Sunday: Noon to 5pm *Santa will take a break Monday – Saturday from 3-3:45pm. Subject to change. Also new for 2020: Visit Santa from the comfort of your home and book a virtual visit with Santa.  Reservations are required to take a photo with Santa. Details, pricing and reservation info HERE
  • Santa at Cherry Hill Mall  November 6th – December 24th Monday – Saturday: 11am to 7pm* Sunday: Noon to 5pm *Santa will take a break Monday – Saturday from 3-3:45pm. Subject to change. Also new for 2020: Visit Santa from the comfort of your home and book a virtual visit with Santa.  Reservations are required to take a photo with Santa. Details, pricing and reservation info HERE
  • Lights, Camera, Santa at King of Prussia Mall November 20 – December 24 at King of Prussia – The Plaza Details and reservation info HERE
  • Celebrate the Holiday Season with Create Magic (including Virtual visit with Santa!) hosted by Concord Mall Now through December 24th options include virtual visit with Santa, holiday traditions gift box, snacks, gifts and more.  Details, pricing and options HERE
  • Ship Bottom Brewery Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards (21 and older) November 14th thru December 20th Saturdays & Sundays 12pm – 6pm (weather dependent) Details HERE
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Open Daily, Hours Vary, see website for dates and times101 South Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia Details, ice skating ticket info, hours and more HERE
  • Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn at Dilworth Park October 31, 2020-February 28, 2021 1 S 15th St (West Side of City Hall) Philadelphia, PA “Philadelphia’s premier wintertime attractions at Dilworth Park will open in phases starting with the return on October 31 of the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn with whimsically-crafted reindeer topiaries, seasonal plantings, an open-air layout featuring a Chaddsford Winery kiosk and new safety protocols in accord with City, State and CDC guidelines.” Details HERE
  • Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Philadelphia’s  Dilworth Park Open seven days a week, November 6, 2020-February 28, 2021 1 S 15th St (West Side of City Hall)
    Philadelphia, PA Details, ticket info and more HERE
  • Christmas Village in Philadelphia November 26, 2020 through Christmas Eve Thursday, December 24, 2020  1599 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction will transform LOVE Park and parts of City Hall into an authentic open-air German Christmas market. Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thanksgiving Day: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Christmas Eve: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Details HERE and HERE
  • Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens November 19-December 31, 2020  Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the magic of the holidays with health and safety protocols, expanded seating, and plenty of fresh air to enjoy new and old traditions. Celebrations include Santa Saturdays, Hanukkah Dreidel Giveaway with Old City Jewish Arts Center, and Kwanzaa Weekend with the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Details HERE
  • Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show Presented by PECO Daily, November 19-December 31
    *Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day* HOURS: Sunday through Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m. 
    The free light show illuminates and dazzles the Square nightly with over 100,000 lights (more than ever before) that shimmer, dance, and illuminate to a soundtrack of holiday classics. The Philly POPS will perform in two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. Details HERE
  • Herrs Christmas Lights Display November 25th, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021 Come enjoy our FREE Holiday Lights Display from dusk to dawn. Drive through our corporate campus and over 600,000 dazzling lights. We ask that all visitors stay in their cars for everyone’s safety.” Details HERE and HERE
  • Christmas Spirit Light Show November 28 – December 31 650 N. Prince Street, Lancaster PA Enjoy our twinkly lights from the comfort and safety of your vehicle in our drive-through light show.
    You’ll love our new songs, new design elements and new layout, whether you have visited us before or this is your first time! You can pre-purchase tickets on our website for contactless payment, or purchase in person at our ticket booth window. We accept Cash or Credit.*Ticket cost per vehicle: $20.00 (8 passengers & under) $30.00 (9 passengers & over, buses, etc.) Pre-purchased online tickets can be used on any night of the 2020 season. Details and ticket info HERE and HERE
  • Holiday Magic at Brandywine (Oct. 31-Jan. 10) at Brandywine River Museum The wonder of the holiday season starts early at the Brandywine River Museum of Art this year! Beginning on October 31, 2020, visitors can enjoy “Holiday Magic at Brandywine” with the opening of the Brandywine Railroad—a holiday favorite since 1972. On view through January 10, 2021, this year’s seasonal offerings will also include the return of artist and composer Ann Wyeth McCoy’s dollhouse, which features six rooms filled with three-dozen dolls and hundreds of miniature objects that will delight visitors of all ages.
    While slightly modified this year to provide a safe and socially distant experience, the Brandywine Railroad display will still have plenty of model trains, miniature details and the engaging elements that everyone loves—including interactive components operated by hands-free foot pedals. The iconic O-gauge display will feature trains running on a thousand feet of track through a small village, a drive-in movie theater and even a carnival. NEW THIS YEAR: the Brandywine will introduce two model train sets with layouts once owned by Nicky and Jamie Wyeth—sons of the renowned American artist, Andrew Wyeth.
    Beginning November 27, the Brandywine’s whimsical Critter ornaments—handcrafted by volunteers at home this year—will be back to decorate the towering trees in the Museum’s three-story atrium. Thousands of these unique treasures will be available for purchase during the Annual Holiday Critter Sale from December 2-6, 2020. Details, times and ticket info HERE and HERE
  • The Grand’s Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Light Show November 27th – January 3rdThe holiday season comes to life as you drive your car through the Winter in Wilmington Light Show on Wilmington’s Riverfront. Thousands of lights make up this dazzling show. Dash through this electric trail in your one-horse open sleigh as there is so much to see! Your family will love the animated installations, interactive music, and holiday cheer. Create a new family tradition this year with The Grand’s Winter in Wilmington Light Show! Advanced tickets required Details and ticket info HERE and HERE
  • Celebrate the Holidays at Peddler’s Village November 19, 2020 – January 10, 2021 Holiday magic is here! Now through January 10, stroll an enchanted village illuminated with a million holiday lights; see a magnificent display of more than 100 gingerbread houses created by our community; and so much more. Details HERE
  • DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express 2020 December 1-23 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at DiDonato Family Fun Center 1151 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton NJ All Aboard DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express 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,,Holiday Movie tent and picture opportunity with everyone’s favorite Snowman, Cookie treat to enjoy, Walk through Holiday Village and visit the Snack and Toy Cottage by Toy Market For 2020: Everything in your ticket is totally OUTDOORS! Add on Game of Bowling, one shoe rental with socks & one round of indoor galactic golf for $5 at the door Advance tickets required Details and reservation/ticket info HERE
  • Alpaca Christmas at Harley Hill Farm Every Friday Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, from 10 AM – 4 PM 451 Kellers Rd Quakertown, PA “Visit with our 30 alpacas, including 4 new babies. Browse through the local PRE-CUT Christmas trees and listen to holiday music. Then go into the winter wonderland barn and warm your hands by the fireplace. Be sure to wear your mask – yes even outside. The barn door and windows will be open for good ventilation, so be sure to dress warm. Looking for a special gift? We have a large selection of unique alpaca products and yarns, everything from blankets, sweaters, rugs, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, teddy bears and much more. ( Alpacas also for sale ) MC/VISA and DISCOVER accepted. We are open rain/snow or shine.. Come share the ALPACA Christmas magic!” Details HERE and HERE
  • Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo November 20th – December 30th 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Elmwood Park Zoo will transform into a magical wonderland aglow with brilliant displays and spectacular lights. In addition to new installations and returning favorites, this year’s Wild Lights features more animal encounters, music and live entertainment that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Best of all, you can visit Santa’s workshop where the jolly man himself will be available for meet and greets and photos! Details and ticket info HERE and HERE
  • A Longwood Christmas Now through January 10, 2020From towering trees that touch the sky to acres of twinkling lights, A Longwood Christmas makes your holiday oh so merry and bright. This holiday season, experience all the traditions that make A Longwood Christmas so special. Inside, stroll among beautifully adorned trees and plant palettes of delicate winter whites to rich reds and the greenest of evergreens as you wrap yourself in a nostalgic Christmas morning scene. Engage your senses with fragrant lilies and paperwhites, and relish in the timeless beauty of Christmas favorites like poinsettias and kalanchoe woven throughout the Conservatory. Outdoors, watch your family’s eyes sparkle at all the wondrous sights. Feel like a kid again with our whimsical Garden Railway and find magic within our shimmering tunnel of light. Right down to our cozy fire pits that not only warm the hands—but also the heart—a spirit of merriment, of joy, of time-honored happiness awaits you.” Details, tickets and events HERE
  • Merry & Bright Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm  Nightly Nov 21 to Jan 10 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA Enjoy the show from the comfort of your own car/limo/bus. Tickets are per vehicle. Timed tickets are required. DRIVE THRU IS OPEN RAIN OR SHINE! Details and ticket info HERE
  • Koziar’s Christmas Village Thanksgiving through Jan 2nd 782 Christmas Village Rd. Bernville, PA Details, ticket info and more HERE
  • HersheyPark Christmas Candylane Select Dates Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021 Enjoy more than 5 million lights, winter rides on their newest coaster, Candymonium, visits with Santa, delicious hot chocolate, and more! Details HERE
  • A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place Select Dates through December 23rd  “A Very Furry Christmas Celebration at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. At the center of our 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show, is a 30-foot fully-illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can dance along to a festive holiday soundtrack – all making for the ultimate light show experience! Sing along at two special Christmas shows and take a train ride tour through the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory on the Sesame Place Furry Express!” Details and ticket info HERE
  • Holiday Bricktacular Nov. 20, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021 at Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia Holiday Bricktacular will be taking place every weekend this holiday season! Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday theming throughout the Center, perfect for the entire family. Special photo ops! Grab your family photo on our LEGO sleigh and meet our new LEGO reindeer! It’s a Winter Wonderland take-over of MINILAND! Build a LEGO ornament and decorate our holiday tree! Stop by the our Elves Workshop for holiday build tips from our Master Model Builder and his team! Dress up in your favorite ugly sweater And more! Details and ticket info HERE
  • Santa’s Express at West Chester Railroad Dec 19, 20 11AM, 1PM, 3PM Additional 5PM departures: Dec 12, 13, 19, 20 All aboard Santa’s Express! Join Santa for a 75 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 and return. Santa will be visiting all passengers while on the train. Make sure you bring your holiday lists with you so Santa can check them twice! Passenger’s will also enjoy live entertainment onboard from Greg Wright and friends! NOTE: Due to COVID-19, our Santa’s Express event will be operated a little different than in past years. Our trains will only operate at 50% capacity and tickets are limited. Details and ticket info HERE and HERE
  • Diggerland USA Drive-Thru Holidig Light Show  November 18th thru January 3rd from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Drive the theme park and witness a 100,000 light spectacular show from your own vehicle. Details and ticket info HERE
  • Holidays at Hagley Every Friday-Sunday starting November 27, then daily from December 21 through January 3 at Hagley MuseumBring your family and friends to enjoy the holidays at Hagley. Head up to Workers’ Hill where you can sample individually wrapped cookies outside the Gibbons House and peek into a nineteenth century kitchen where cookies would have been baked in a woodstove. Stop by and see the festive entries in Hagley’s annual Gingerbread House Competition.These wonderful creations will be on display in the Millwright Shop, Dec. 1 to Jan. 3! Children will receive an activity kit to create a wooden gear ornament that they can make either while visiting Hagley or at home!
    Free admission to Hagley Museum is available from December 1 through January 3 for teachers, front-line healthcare workers, active fire and police personnel, and others who have been working to keep the community healthy and safe.
    Personnel who qualify for free admission includes doctors, nurses, care aides, paramedics, teachers, firefighters, EMTs, police officers, corrections officers, 911 dispatchers, and other professionals involved in emergency response. Details and ticket info HERE and HERE
  • West Chester Christmas Light Display 895 S Concord Rd, West Chester PA
    November 26th, 2020 – December 31st, 2020 Monday – Sunday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm (weather permitting) Free Walk Through Display – No admission, just bring a donation (Monetary or supplies) for the BVSPCA The display is a unique display in that the sole purpose for our display is to raise money for the Brandywine Valley SPCA. This year’s display includes a full walk through pathway, filled with lights, inflatables, and everything in between. We have a special Letters to Santa area where children can write their own letters to Santa, and if they leave their address, Santa will write back to them!” Details HERE
  • The 2020 Nowak Holiday Lights Display 1590 Wineberry Ln, West Chester, PA from 5-10pm, starting on Thanksgiving and ending on New Years Eve 20,000+ lights & close to 24 inflatables! If you are able to, please place a new and unwrapped toy in the designated bin. They will be benefiting Chester County’s Toys For Tots. Details HERE
  • The Griswolds of New Jersey Light Display 503 Legends Court Mickleton, NJ evenings beginning Friday, November 27th – please consider bringing a new unwrapped toy to add to the RV for their holiday toy drive. Details HERE
  • Check out the free ChristmasPrism app developed by local #Delco area Dad, Mike Kane, to check out local popular light displays


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