USA Today called West Chester's Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration "one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season." The weekend is alive with scores of events throughout the town. The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce's 35th Annual Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is presented by QVC and will be televised on Christmas Day.
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 4, 2015 | 7:15pm
West Chester's grandest parade is the highlight of the Winter holiday season with hundreds of dancers, performers, and musicians making the event a true extravaganza. Dozens of events surround the parade so come downtown early and enjoy all the Christmas spirit. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. See parking information.
SANTA'S EXPRESS on the WEST CHESTER RAILROAD
Weekends in November & December 2015
All aboard Santa's Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated West Chester Railroad through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa greets everyone at Market Street Station, then rides along to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glan Mills Station where there's plenty of photo opportunities on Santa's lap, so remember your cameras. Live music by Greg Wright & Friends. On board snack car offers hot dogs, hot chocolate and various snacks (cash only). A rain, shine, or snow event. See details.
TRIAL BY JURY
Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 8pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 6pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 2pm
The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County presents Trial By Jury, an annual joyous musical farce about love and marriage. Courtroom One, in the Historic Chester County Courthouse, Market and High St. Ticketed event.
GETTYSBURG ADDRESS CONTEST
Friday, December 4, 2015 | 5:45pm
See students from the West Chester area schools recite Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address from the balcony of the Lincoln Building where Abraham Lincoln's first biography was written and published in 1860. Corner of West Market and Wilmont Mews. Streets are closed for the Old-Fashioned Chrsitmas Parade at 7:15pm. Details.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 8:30am & 10:00am
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa. Children get to sit with Santa, share their Christmas wish list, and take a photo so don’t forget the camera. Note that booster seats/high chairs are not provided. At Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St. Reservations required, $16/person (2 years and over). Must pre-register; call 610-436-9010. See more at West Chester Parks & Recreation.
DROP, SHOP, WRAP
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 2pm-5pm
Drop the kids off at Borough Hall, 401 E Gay, and while they do holiday crafts, decorate cookies, and watch a holiday movie, parents can do some last minute shopping downtown. All materials provided. Must pre-register. Limited to 20 children. See more at West Chester Parks & Recreation.
HOLIDAY POP-UP MARKET
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 2:30-6:30pm
In the tradition of French holiday markets, the “Pop-up” Marché de Noël is an outdoor market in the center of downtown offering small gifts, twinkling lights, caroling and a menu of delicious local winter pleasures. Located on North Walnut next to Chestnut Street Garage across from the Post Office. See more at Holiday Market.
HICKMAN ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
December 4-5, 2015 | 9am-2pm
Handmade baked goods, jewelry, plants and other treasures are part of the annual Holiday Bazaar at The Hickman, a 124-year-old independent and assisted living personal care residence at 400 N Walnut St. Proceeds benefit resident activities.
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 10am
A walking tour showcasing eleven beautiful homes each with its own special charm and history. 10am to 3pm; snow date December 6. Ticketed event benefiting West Chester Public Library. For details, visit WCPublicLibrary.org.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT KALY (assumed)
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 10am-5pm
Celebrate Old Fashioned Christmas in a new way at Kaly (37 W Gay St). Receive 10-percent off entire purchase if you bring an unwrapped donation for Chester County Child, Youth and Family Services. Emily Alice Salon is giving FREE Holiday Make-up from 12-2pm. Plenty of festive food & beverages.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A LIVE RADIO PLAY
December 5 & 6, 2015 | 6pm
The Resident Theater Company (RTC) presents the original radio play of It's a Wonderful Life, first produced in 1947, at the Chester County Historical Society; 225 N High St. Directed by Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, six professional actors from Philadelphia perform along with The Concordia Arts Chorus. A reception follows at the Armory soon to be redeveloped into a new theater for the RTC. Ticketed event.
CHRISTMAS in WEST CHESTER WALKING TOUR
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 6pm-7:30pm
Take a guided tour of West Chester's historic business district and learn what downtown was like when there were six department stores, hotels and theaters, and you could buy anything you wanted, even a car. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Ticketed event, presented by the Chester County Night School. See details. Rain Date Sunday, Dec 6, 1pm.
CHILDRENS GIFT MAKING CLASS
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 1pm–4:30pm
Instructor Gaillynn Giles offers children age 7-11 a chance to paint with acrylics and create gifts for friends and family on their holiday list. Gifts will be wrapped before their craft time is up. At the West Chester Municipal Building, 401 East Gay St, starting at 1pm. Registration required. See details at West Chester Parks & Recreation.
MAKE THE SEASON BRIGHT performed by A CAPPELLA POPS
Saturday, December 19, 2015 | 7:30pm
Hear the magic of a cappella in a great new holiday show featuring A Cappella Pops with Pat Montenegro, Music Director. Special Guest Group: Broad Street Beat. From traditional holiday songs to beautiful new arrangements to the whimsical, this show has it all for the holidays. At the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, WCU. Ticketed event.
CHILDRENS ART CLASSES
December 28-29-30, 2015 | 9am-3pm
Instructor Gaillynn Giles offers children age 7-11 a chance to create art using a variety of materials. Each day will have a theme such as Woodland Creatures, Modern Masterpieces, and Winter Wonderland. At the West Chester Municipal Building, 401 East Gay St, starting at 9am. Registration for each session required. See details at West Chester Parks & Recreation.
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PARKING TIP --> Your best option for parking in downtown West Chester are the centrally located municipal parking garages. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting an overtime parking ticket. Go to the Parking Tab for details. Download the updated downtown parking map. The Justice Center Garage is free after 5pm and on weekends.