Experience the holiday magic in West Chester Pennsylvania and find out why the town was honored with 2017’s Great American Main Street Award.
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. And every Saturday through December 23 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!
Even Santa knows West Chester is a great holiday retreat: take the family on Santa’s Express for a train ride with the big guy through the gorgeous Chester County countryside with 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 9, 2017. Children give Santa wish lists, make ornaments and families can even schedule helicopter rides. How about a gift certificate for a helicopter ride this holiday?
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 Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, December 15 – 31, 2017. The Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials. Six brilliant actors portray dozens of characters in this beloved holiday story. Another seasonal favorite, The Nutcracker, is performed annually by the talented Brandywine Ballet Company. Select dates December 8 through 17, 2017.