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Guide to Holiday Events for Kids in Chester County

By Jen Anderson, Macaroni Kid West Chester // Macaroni Kid Kennett Square December 23, 2021

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 Date ||  Santa Sightings ||  Ongoing or Daily Holiday Events || Holiday Shows and Performances




Holiday Events in Chester County PA (By Date) 

November 13
Santa's Arrival - Exton Mall

November 14
Photos with Santa at Echo Hill Farm, West Chester
Holiday Market and Family Fun, Malvern

November 20
The Nutcracker - Touch of Class, Rosemont
Thornbury Farm Holiday Market

November 20-24 & 26-28
A Christmas Carol - Malvern

November 21
The Nutcracker - Touch of Class, Rosemont
Outdoor Paint Class - Holiday Theme, West Chester

November 26
Christmas on King Tree Lighting - Malvern
Brandywine River Museum Holiday Train Display Returns, Chadds Ford, PA (Sensory-friendly hours January 7 and 8)

November 27
Downingtown Christmas Tree Lighting


December 1-5
A Christmas Carol - Malvern

December 2
The Polar Express Read-Aloud (Virtual), Chadds Ford

December 3
Holiday Cheer Concert, West Chester

December 3, 4, 5
Elf The Musical, Chester Springs
West Chester Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend

December 4
Holiday Spectacular - Eagleview
Holiday Cheer Concert
Coatesville Christmas Parade
Christmas on King - Malvern
East Goshen Holiday Celebration
Scrooge - West Chester
Free Hot Chocolate Night at West Chester Light Display
Grinchmas - Malvern
Holiday Biergarten and Market at Historic Sugartown
Santa comes to Paoli Hardware / Big Smile Toys

December 5
Hanukkah Fiesta - West Chester
Goshen Fire Company Pictures with Santa
Caln Tree Lighting
Horse and Hot Chocolate at Ryerrs Farm

December 7-12
A Christmas Carol - Malvern

December 10
Free Hot Chocolate Night at West Chester Light Display

December 10-12
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, West Chester

December 10,11,12
Elf The Musical, Chester Springs

December 11
Santa Fest at American Helicopter Museum
Downingtown Christmas Parade
German Christmas Market on the Main Line
Pictures With Santa at West Chester Light Display
First Responders & Health Care Heroes Weekend
YMCA Christmas Festival
Breakfast with Santa - Chadds Ford

December 12
Holiday Fun at MFT

December 15
Dance Party with Elf on the Shelf
Chester County Concert Band Holiday Concert at Exton Mall

December 15-19
A Christmas Carol - Malvern

December 16
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, West Chester
Holiday Event and Silent Auction, West Chester

December 17
Playdate with Santa
Dance Party with Elf on the Shelf

December 17, 18, 19
Elf The Musical, Chester Springs
The Nutcracker, Brandywine Ballet - West Chester

December 18
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, West Chester
The Nutcracker, West Chester
Twas the Weekend Before Christmas, West Chester
Singing & Snowball Fight with Santa, Downingtown
Outdoor Christmas Pageant, West Chester
Skate with Santa, West Chester
PNO - Make a Cookie Plate for Santa, Downingtown

December 19
The Nutcracker, West Chester
Elf on the Shelf Fiesta, West Chester
Breakfast With Santa at Stottsville Inn
Cookies with Minnie

December 20
Christmas Carols with Rudolph

December 22
Dance Party with Elf on the Shelf

December 21-24, 26, 28-31, January 1
A Christmas Carol - Malvern

December 31 - New Year's Eve Fun for Kids
Countdown to Noon, West Chester
Noon Year's Eve - Bounce U, Exton
NYE at Treehouse World, West Chester
NYE Bowling Party - Palace Entertainment, Downingtown
Noon Year's Eve at Charming Star Playroom, Newtown Square
Noon Year's Eve Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington
NYE Fireworks in Philly
Winterfest at Blue Cross Riverrink, Philadelphia
Midnight in the Square, Kennett Square

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Where to Visit With Santa in Chester County

November 13
Santa's Arrival - Exton Mall

November 14
Photos with Santa at Echo Hill Farm

November 20-21, 26-28; December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
West Chester Railroad Santa Train

November 27-28
Pictures with Santa at Arasapha Farms

December 3-5
West Chester Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend

December 4
Holiday Spectacular - Eagleview
Pictures with Santa at Arasapha Farms
Santa visits Paoli Toy and Hardware

December 5
Pictures with Santa at Arasapha Farms
Goshen Fire Company Pictures with Santa
Horse and Hot Chocolate at Ryerrs Farm

December 11
Pictures With Santa at West Chester Light Display
First Responders & Health Care Heroes Weekend
Pictures with Santa at Arasapha Farms

December 12
Pictures with Santa at Arasapha Farms
Holiday Fun at MFT

December 16
Holiday Event and Silent Auction, West Chester

December 17
Playdate with Santa, West Chester

December 18
Twas the Weekend Before Christmas
Pictures with Santa at Arasapha Farms
Singing & Snowball Fight with Santa, Downingtown
Outdoor Christmas Pageant, West Chester

December 19
Pictures with Santa at Arasapha Farms
Breakfast With Santa at Stottsville Inn

December 31
New Year's Eve Events for Kids


Daily - Visit Santa at the Exton Mall - see daily hours here

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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
Weekends beginning November 12, 2021

West Chester Railroad Santa Train
Visit with Santa on the West Chester Railroad
West Chester, PA
November 20-21, 26-28; December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

West Chester Railroad Christmas Tree Train
Ride out to choose your tree
West Chester, PA
November 20-21, 26-28; December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

Longwood Christmas
Enjoy the spectacular, family-friendly holiday displays and the Garden Railway
Chadds Ford, PA

Herr's Holiday Light Display
Drive-thru the festive holiday lights at Herr's Snack Factory
Nottingham, PA
November 25, 2020-January 2, 2021

Brandywine River Museum Holiday Train Display Returns
Open Daily except Christmas day beginning November 26
Sensory-friendly hours January 7 and 8
Chadds Ford, PA

Holiday Door Tour
Presented by the West Chester Public Library

Holiday Walk-Thru at Arasapha Farms
Glen Mills

West Chester Christmas Light Display
West Chester
Operating nightly, weather permitting

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

Marchwood Lights
Exton

Light Display and Toy Drive
1102 Nobb Hill Drive

Holiday Lights Tour - DVCCC
Chester County area

Holiday Light Display and Food Drive
West Chester

Oak Hill House with Holiday Lights
West Chester


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Family-Friendly Holiday Performances in Chester County

The Nutcracker
Touch of Class, Rosemont
November 20 and 21

A Christmas Carol
People's Light
November 20, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Holiday Cheer Concert
West Chester Studio at Uptown
December 3

Elf The Musical
Salt Performing Arts, Chester Springs
December 3-19

Holiday Spectacular - Eagleview
December 4

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
West Chester Studio at Uptown
December 10-18

Chester County Concert Band at Exton Mall
December 15

The Nutcracker
Brandywine Ballet - West Chester
December 17-19

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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 Let's Celebrate - Wells Fargo

  • December 25 - January 2, 2022

Macy's Lightshow (Shown once daily for 2021, subject to change)
Comcast Holiday Light Show (outdoors for 2021)
Dashers Light Show - Philadelphia Mills
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 - The Little Mermaid at Walnut Street Theatre

Other Nearby Holiday Fun
Christmas in Color - Allentown PA - discount code and ticket giveaway!
Elmwood Wild Lights (ticket giveaway from our friends at Montco Mac Kid)
Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular - Oaks (Use code JEN20 to save)
Koziars Christmas Village
Hershey's Lights
Shadybrook Farm
Phestival of Trees in Oaks


We will continue to update Macaroni Kid West Chester's Holiday Events Guide with events as they are posted so check back often. 

Are you hosting or do you know of a kid-friendly holiday event taking place locally that isn't listed here? Please submit it here and we'll add it to our list.



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