Experience the holiday magic in West Chester Pennsylvania and find out why the town has been a recipient of the Great American Main Street Award.
The season is ushered in on December 6, 2019 with a “big city-style” parade. The QVC West Chester Parade celebrates its 40th year with more than 4000 participants. QVC Network (headquartered nearby) sponsors the parade and broadcasts LIVE from the event. Marching bands, floats, antique vehicles and more make this charming town’s parade the perfect way to ring in the holiday season.
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. Holiday shopping is no chore in West Chester
Even Santa knows West Chester is a great holiday retreat, as after his arrival at the parade there are other sightings around town. 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’s SantaFest on December 14, 2019. Children will delight in face-painting, music and crafting ornaments. Family helicopter rides will make fantastic memories. Gift certificates for a helicopter ride make a unique gift!
Holiday entertainment is sure to add sparkle to your West Chester getaway. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center hosts a myriad of events throughout the year and the holidays shine this season with Into the Woods, December 13 – 29, 2019. A modern twist on beloved Grimm fairy tales, this award-winning musical will delight the whole family. Another seasonal favorite, The Nutcracker, is performed annually by the talented Brandywine Ballet Company. Select dates December 13 through 22, 2019.
No trip to the Brandywine Valley is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens. The holidays “take shape” this year at A Longwood Christmas, November 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Inspired by the shapes of the season from pinecones and candy canes to snowflakes, this world-renowned display garden truly shines during this season. Outdoors, the garden sparkles with illuminated trees, glowing orbs and a shimmering tunnel of lights. And indoors the four-acre conservatory resonates with strolling carolers and holiday organ sing-a-longs as well as magnificently decorated trees, holiday greenery and vibrant poinsettias.
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