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2022 Guide to Holiday Events for Kids in Chester County

By Jen Anderson, Macaroni Kid West Chester // Macaroni Kid Kennett Square November 20, 2022

It's time for Holiday family fun in Chester County! We are lucky to have so many great local spots to visit with kids during the holiday season in Chester County where families have been making memories for years from Nutcracker Performances, Train rides, Longwood Christmas to Old Fashioned Holiday Events in Downtown West Chester. 

Click on the links to find the details about holiday things to do with your kids in Chester County. 


Holiday Events By DateπŸŽ… denotes a Santa Sighting! ||  Ongoing Holiday Events and Light Displays || Holiday Shows and Performances


Holiday Events in Chester County PA (By Date) 


November 2022

Wednesday November 16, 2022
Holiday Stories with Elsa at Charming Star Playroom


Friday November 18, 2022
Longwood Christmas Opens, Kennett Square


Saturday, November 19
Santa's Arrival and PJ party - Exton Mall πŸŽ…
Thornbury Farm Holiday Market πŸŽ…
Santa's Express, West Chester πŸŽ…
Brandywine River Museum Holiday Train Display begins, Chadds Ford


Sunday, November 20, 2022
Thornbury Farm Holiday Market πŸŽ…
Santa's Express, West Chester πŸŽ…


Monday, November 21, 2022
Carols with Rudolph at Charming Star Playroom, Newtown Square


Friday, November 25
Holiday Market and Family Fun, Every weekend, Malvern πŸŽ…
Santa's Express, West Chester πŸŽ…


Saturday, November 26
Sweet Treats with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Malvern πŸŽ…
Holiday Market and Family Fun, Every weekend, Malvern πŸŽ…
Christmas on King - Malvern πŸŽ…
Downingtown Christmas Tree Lighting πŸŽ…
Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series, West Chester
Santa's Express, West Chester πŸŽ…
Santa on the Firetruck in Downtown WC πŸŽ…
Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Reindeer at Gardners Nursery, Chester Springs πŸŽ…
Tree Lighting in Upper Uwchlan Township (fireworks), Chester Springs πŸŽ…


Sunday, November 27, 2022
Santa's Express πŸŽ… 
Christmas Tree Train, West Chester


Wednesday November 30, 2022
Sensory Friendly Event - Brandywine River Museum Train Display
The Butterfingers Angel opens at Uptown! Theater in West Chester
Holiday Storytime with Elsa


December

Weekends in December 2-4, 2022
Holiday Market and Family Fun, Every weekend Malvern πŸŽ…


Friday, December 2, 2022
Elf on the Shelf
Holiday Cheer Concert, West Chester
West Chester Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting πŸŽ… 
Coatesville Pavilion of Trees and Tree Lighting Ceremony πŸŽ…
White Christmas opens at SALT Performing Arts, Chester Springs
Chriskindle Market, West Chester
Friday Fun Craft - Create Your Own Christmas Ornament
Holiday Hike, Coatesville πŸŽ…


Saturday, December 3, 2022
Holiday Spectacular - Eagleview πŸŽ…
Coatesville Christmas Parade πŸŽ…
East Goshen Holiday Celebration
Creekside Yuletide - Holiday Family Experience πŸŽ…
Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series, West Chester
Santa on the Firetruck in Downtown WC πŸŽ…
Holiday Door Tour begins, West Chester
Santa at the Square, West Chester πŸŽ…
Nutcracker Sweets
Breakfast with Santa, West Chester πŸŽ…
Nutcracker - Lionville School of Dance, Downingtown West
Cookies with Santa, Glenmoore πŸŽ…
Tree Lighting Ornament Making & Holiday Fun E. Brandywine Park
Chriskindle Market, West Chester
Holiday Train Display at American Helicopter Museum begins today


Sunday, December 4, 2022
The Nutcracker - Touch of Class Dance Studio
Holiday Door Tour continues in West Chester through December 18
Christmas Tree Train West Chester
Nutcracker Sweets
Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus Chester Springs πŸŽ…
Caln Tree Lighting
Ryerss Holiday Open House


Monday, December 5, 2022
Carols with Rudolph


Wednesday December 7, 2022
Elf on the Shelf


Thursday, December 8, 2022
Santa's Secret Workshop -a holiday shopping Opportunity for Kids
The Polar Express Read-Aloud - Chadds Ford


Weekends in December 9-11, 2022
Holiday Market and Family Fun, Every weekend Malvern πŸŽ…
Holiday Door Tour continues through December 18


Saturday December 10, 2022
Santa Fest at American Helicopter Museum πŸŽ…
Downingtown Christmas Parade πŸŽ…
Scrooge - West Chester
Holiday Craft Market at Historic Sugartown
Pictures with Santa at West Chester Light Display πŸŽ…
Creekside Yuletide - Holiday Family Experience πŸŽ…
Singing & Snowball Fight with Santa, Downingtown πŸŽ…
Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series
Santa on the Firetruck in Downtown WC πŸŽ…
The Nutcracker - Harrison Dance Studios
Selfies With Santa, West Chester πŸŽ…


Sunday, December 11, 2022
Christmas Tree Train
Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Reindeer at Gardners Nursery, Chester Springs πŸŽ…
Hot Chocolate Holiday Market, West Chester
The Nutcracker - Harrison Dance Studios


Monday December 12, 2022
Christmas with Elmo


Tuesday December 13, 2022
Meet and Greet with Santa and Ornament Making, Downingtown πŸŽ…


Wednesday,  December 14, 2022
Christmas with Elmo
Chester County Concert Band Holiday Concert at Exton Mall


Weekends in December 16-18, 2022
Holiday Market and Family Fun, Every weekend Malvern πŸŽ…
The Nutcracker, Brandywine Ballet - West Chester
Holiday Door Tour continues in West Chester through December 18


Saturday, December 17, 2022
Creekside Yuletide - Holiday Family Experience πŸŽ…
Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series
Santa on the Firetruck in Downtown WC πŸŽ…
The Nutcracker


Sunday, December 18, 2022
Touch a Truck - West Chester
Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus  Chester Springs πŸŽ… 
The Nutcracker


Monday, December 19, 2022
Elf on the Shelf


Thursday, December 22, 2022
Community Christmas Party, Downingtown


Friday, December 23, 2022
Cinderella Christmas Eve Party


Family-Friendly NYE Celebrations
NYE Fireworks in Philly
Winterfest at Blue Cross Riverrink, Philadelphia
Midnight in the Square, Kennett Square

πŸŽ… - Santa Sighting  - we don't know how he does it but Santa will be visiting Chester County quite a bit this month, events noted with πŸŽ… mean you might spot Santa! 


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Ongoing Holiday Events and Attractions in Chester County 

Holiday Pop-up Market
Get your fresh-cut tree and enjoy family events every weekend
Malvern, PA

West Chester Railroad Santa Train
Visit with Santa on the West Chester Railroad - Weekend rides - see site for schedule
West Chester, PA

West Chester Railroad Christmas Tree Train
Ride out to choose your tree
West Chester, PA
Select dates

Brandywine River Museum Holiday Train Display
Open Daily except Christmas day beginning November 19, 2022
Sensory-friendly hours November 30, 2022 and January 4, 2023
Chadds Ford, PA

Holiday Train Display at American Helicopter Museum
December 3- New Year's


Longwood Christmas
Enjoy the spectacular, family-friendly holiday displays and the Garden Railway
Kennett Square, PA

Herr's Holiday Light Display
Drive-thru the festive holiday lights at Herr's Snack Factory
Nottingham, PA
November 25th -January 2, 2023


Holiday Door Tour
Presented by the West Chester Public Library

West Chester Christmas Light Display
West Chester
Operating nightly, weather permitting
westchesterchristmaslightdisplay.com

West Chester Griswold's Holiday Lights
West Chester
Operating nightly, weather permitting
westchestergriswolds.com

Marchwood Lights
Exton
marchwoodlights.com

Light Display and Toy Drive
1102 Nobb Hill Drive

Holiday Lights Tour - DVCCC
Chester County area


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Family-Friendly Holiday Performances in Chester County

Nutcracker - Lionville School of Dance, Downingtown West
December 3, 2022

The Nutcracker
Touch of Class, Rosemont
December 4, 2022


Alice in Wonderland - Holiday Panto at People's Light
November 16, 2022 - January 1, 2023
peopleslight.org


Holiday Cheer Concert
West Chester Studio at Uptown
December 2, 2022


Holiday Spectacular - Eagleview
December 3, 2022


The Nutcracker - Harrison Dance Studios
December 10-11, 2022


Chester County Concert Band at Exton Mall
December 14, 2022


The Nutcracker
Brandywine Ballet - West Chester
December 16-18, 2022

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Holiday Fun in Philly
Blue Cross Riverrink
Franklin Square
Dilworth Plaza Rothman Rink
Christmas Village - LOVE Park
Luminature at Philly Zoo
Disney on Ice - Wells Fargo
Macy's Lightshow
Comcast Holiday Light Show, daily on the hour
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront
Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall
Miracle on 13th Street - South Philly
Holiday Season Show - Cinderella at Walnut Street Theatre

Check out North Philly Macaroni KID and NE Philly Macaroni KID for more ideas on holiday family fun


Holiday Fun in Montco, Bucks Co and Lancaster County & beyond
Check out Montgomery County area Macaroni KID and Bucks County area Macaroni KID for more ideas on holiday family fun
Christmas in Color - Allentown PA - discount code and ticket giveaway!
Elmwood Wild Lights
Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular - Oaks
Koziars Christmas Village
Hershey's Lights
Shadybrook Farm
Phestival of Trees in Oaks


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