A Bright Holiday Adventure Awaits in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley - some ideas to inspire a cozy December Getaway!
(Left) The Inn at Whitewing Farm, (Right) A Longwood Christmas
History and the holidays merge as you stroll through beautifully lit historic buildings at The National Iron and Steel Museum's Holiday Open House. Enjoy festive refreshments and listen to the melodies of the talented Luken's Band. Friday, December 8, 2023.
Experience the sparkling splendor of the holiday season at A Longwood Christmas. Inside the soaring conservatory wander through extraordinary displays of towering trees adorned with retro baubles and glistening tinsel. The outdoor landscape is aglow with light displays, enchanting treehouses, firepits and amazing tunnels of light. Unforgettable holiday traditions are made at A Longwood Christmas. November 17, 2023 through January 7, 2024.
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2022 Video of A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens
Holiday shopping for gifts, cheers and treats is a joy in the Brandywine Valley. Check out some of the many markets and special events:
Saturday pop-up market at the Artisan Exchange is a weekly treat for locals and visitors alike. Stop by this unique market Saturdays year-round from 10am to 1pm. Meet many local talented artisans- think fresh roasted coffee; local honey; handmade jewelry; hand-poured soy candles; artisan spirits (gin, bourbon, vodka and custom cocktail blends); seafood, soul food and an array of international delights. Out of towners are encouraged to bring a cooler! The market is adjacent to Levante Brewing Company, stop in for refreshment and to bring home some fantastic brews.
There is no shortage of Cheer in Chester County's Brandywine Valley - sip and savor throughout the countryside.
(Left to Right) Artisan Exchange, Levante Brewing Co.
Springton Manor Farm Holiday Market. Shop local and regional artisan crafts while enjoying live entertainment, pictures with Santa and festive wagon rides; all within a glorious park of 300 acres of centuries old sugar maples, open pastures and Penn Oaks. December 9, 2023 from 12 - 5 pm.
Kennett Square Holiday Village Market at The Creamery, featuring dozens of artisans and vendors in a magical setting Enjoy live music, festive cocktails, food trucks and more. December 2 & 3 and December 9 & 10, 2023.
Holiday Village Market at the Creamery
Downtown West Chester Christkindlmarkt will feature over 90 vendors featuring an array of products including art, jewelry, foods and more, all along a charming, festive street-scape. Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 1 - 8pm and Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 11am to 4pm. Plan to explore the charming towns of Kennett Square and West Chester for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Discover the many unique locally owned shops and galleries for one-of-a-kind finds. Enjoy a delicious meal, snack or holiday cheer. Gift certificates available at many businesses and they always fit!
Experience a glorious retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol at People's Light. The stellar cast brings to life the beloved story in a fresh, jubilant performance. Traditional English carols blend with amazing original music - it will be the highlight of your holiday season - bring those you love, they'll love you for it! Select dates through December 30, 2023.
Kids of all ages will love Santafest at the American Helicopter Museum Saturday December 9, 2023 from 10am to 3pm visit with the jolly old elf himself! Bring the camera for unique photo opportunities and the all important list!
(Left to Right) Christkindlmarkt in West Chester, Shopping in Kennett Square
In its 20th year, the historic town of Phoenixville honors the namesake Phoenix with a bonfire like no other - the Firebird Festival. For months a towering wooden Phoenix has been lovingly constructed by the community and they invite all to engage in the arts and culture of this special town. Local artisans, performers and food vendors are all part of this magical night. December 9, 2023. The festival is honored this year with a documentary - Firebird, Built to Burn, screening on select dates at nearby Colonial Theatre. The Colonial offers many other holiday events from a Holiday Spectacular to old-time favorite movies (White Christmas, Elf and It's A Wonderful Life to name a few) - viewing on the large theatre screen is a special holiday treat!
Phoenixville Firebird Festival
Yuletide at Winterthur will celebrate American elegance inn holiday style, inspired by Ann Lowe: American Couturier and featuring local designers whose unique creations reflect the styles of Ann Lowe and Winterthur's founder, Henry Francis du Pont. Explore the mansion decked out with signature traditions including the show-stopping Dried Flower Tree and a magnificent table set for Christmas dinner. Don't miss the gingerbread replica of Winterthur's Enchanted Garden! November 18, 2023 through January 7, 2024.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Don't miss the newest holiday festival in the Brandywine Valley - Yuletide at Devon will transform the Devon Horse Show & Country Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland, with live concerts, carnival rides and photos with Santa (included with admission), and a high-end holiday marketplace featuring farm-to-table eats and craft drinks. Come eat, drink and be merry Wednesdays-Sundays from November 24- December 31. Make it the merriest season ever in Chester County's Brandywine Valley!
Yuletide at Devon