Experience the magic of the holidays in West Chester Pennsylvania
West Chester’s charming and historic downtown is full of unique shopping as well as dining options for holiday getaways. Storefronts are decorated with fresh pine boughs, carolers stroll through the town and many merchants offer a warm cup of cocoa along with their one-of-a-kind gift selections. Kick off the holiday season at the QVC West Chester Christmas Parade on Friday, November 30, 2018 as Santa rings in the holiday season. And Saturdays from November 24 through December 22, The Artisan Exchange transforms into a Christkindlmarket. Sip hot cider or mulled wine and browse the market featuring handcrafted foods and goods. Each week is a different theme so visit often! Holiday shopping is no chore in West Chester!
Santa knows West Chester is a great holiday retreat as he stays around for a multitude of family friendly events. Take the kids on Santa’s Express for a train ride with the big guy through the gorgeous Chester County countryside on the West Chester Railroad. Live music, treats from Santa and photo opportunities guarantee to make this a treasured holiday tradition. Trains and sleighs aren’t the only mode of transportation for Santa. Move over reindeer Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a helicopter at the American Helicopter Museum on December 8, 2018. Children give Santa wish lists, make ornaments and families can even schedule helicopter rides. Hint: a gift certificate for a helicopter ride always fits!
Lively holiday arts
Holiday entertainment is sure to add sparkle to your West Chester getaway, as one of the newest additions to the town is Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. The center hosts a myriad of events throughout the year and the holidays shine this season with a Pennsylvania Philharmonic Holiday Brass concert, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7pm. . Another seasonal favorite, The Nutcracker, is performed annually by the talented Brandywine Ballet Company. Select dates December 13 through 16, 2018.