West Chester Christmas 2016
Brandywine Valley's Greatest Winter Celebration
SANTA'S EXPRESS on the WEST CHESTER RAILROAD
Weekends, November 19 - December 16, 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.
WC STUDIO FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 5pm-6:15pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 3pm-4:15pm
West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts presents its Holiday Spectacular with singing, dancing, and holiday storytelling - fun for the whole family! Free event, with donations accepted. Located at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St. See ticket information.
HOLIDAY & GREENS SALE at CCHS
Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2016 | 9:30am–4:30pm
Back by popular demand, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), 225 N High St, is once again featuring the Holiday & Greens Sale made up of beautiful and affordable handcrafted wreaths, floral arrangements, ornaments and garlands plus seasonal fresh & dried greens for the DYIer. All items are crafted by talented CCHS volunteers with proceeds benefitting the museum and library. Greens Sale shoppers get FREE admission to CCHS.
See the carolers at various locations throughout the downtown! Times include:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 1pm-3pm
Friday, December 9, 2016 | 6pm-8pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 1pm-3pm
Monday, December 12, 2016 | 1pm-3pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 5pm-7pm
Friday, December 16, 2016 | 6pm-8pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 1pm-3pm
Monday, December 19, 2016 | 5pm-7pm
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 5pm-7pm
ADRIAN MARTINEZ EXHIBIT
Open through December 2017
The eighteenth century world as Humphry Marshall knew it is artistically explored through the vision of acclaimed artist and guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibit showcases the richness of early Pennsylvanian history, presented in a series of twelve newly completed paintings depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier-land to farmland. Located at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St. See more information.
QVC WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 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.
PARADE DAY SCHEDULE:
Holiday Village | 5pm-9pm
High Street between Gay & Market Streets
Registration for the Jingle Elf Run | 5:30pm
Chester County Running Store, 24 S High St
Jingle Elf Run | 6:30pm
Start/Finish line between High & Walnut Streets
Tree Lighting | 6:45pm
Main Stage (High & Market Streets)
Parade Begins | 7:15pm
New and Market Street
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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.