West Chester Christmas Parade 2016
Brandywine Valley's Greatest Winter Celebration
WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 7:15pm
USA Today called West Chester's Christmas celebration "one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season." The parade comes alive with hundreds of dancers, performers, and musicians making the event a true extravaganza. Dozens of other activities surround the parade, so come downtown early and enjoy all the Christmas spirit. The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce's 37th Annual Christmas Parade is presented by QVC and will be televised on Christmas Day. See parking information.
SANTA'S EXPRESS on the WEST CHESTER RAILROAD (assumed)
Weekends in November & December 2016
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 (assumed)
Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 6pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 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 2, 2016 | 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 from 5pm. Details.
LUMINARIA AROUND THE PARK (assumed)
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 6:00pm-midnight
Enjoy the magic of the candlelight glow of 400 luminaria lining the perimeter of historic Marshall Square Park. Located on East Marshall Street between Matlack and Franklin Streets; from downtown, walk or drive north on Matlack Street. Assisted by Boy Scouts of America Troop 14.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (assumed)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 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 (assumed)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 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.
HICKMAN ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR (assumed)
December 2-3, 2016 | 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 (assumed)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 10am
A walking tour showcasing eleven beautiful homes each with its own special charm and history. 10am to 3pm; snow date December 4. Ticketed event benefiting West Chester Public Library. For details, visit WCPublicLibrary.org.
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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.