West Chester

Winner of the 2017 Great American Main Street Award from Main Street America, West Chester, Pennsylvania, offers the perfect mix of historical charm and small-town allure with the buzz of city-worthy nightlife and dining. Look for buildings dating from 1789 next door to cutting edge boutiques and award-winning bars and restaurants. It’s a mix that has continually been drawing attention — more than 200 new businesses have decided to call West Chester home over the past two decades, and the borough has both been named the Best New Shopping District and won a Distinctive Destination award in 2006 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Things to Do in West Chester

Explore Downtown

Surrounding the borough's historic courthouse, Downtown West Chester is made up of multiple blocks packed with endless bars, boutiques, and more that can take quite some time to explore. If it's a nice day, you might even be lucky enough to dine outside.

Tour some Historical Sites

West Chester is home to many historical monuments and museums. The Chester County Historical Society (located in Downtown West Chester) can explain all of the unique history of this county and how West Chester came to be. Other locations like the American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center and the West Chester Railroad offer experiences only available in West Chester.

Let loose - take part in the nightlife!

With approximately two-dozen bars in a three-block radius, every weekend in West Chester is one to remember. From the rooftop deck of Mas Mexicali Cantina, to karaoke nights at Kildare's, to the moving performances at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, there is something for everyone at night in West Chester.

Notable upcoming events

QVC Christmas Parade

Broadcasted nationally by QVC, West Chester’s Christmas Parade is a sight to see. Hundreds of performers come together to create an experience like none other and celebrate the holiday.

West Chester Railroad: Santa's Express

Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated train through the Chester Creek Valley - packed with treats, decorations, live Christmas songs, and lots of great photo opportunities! See ticket information.

RTC presents A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects. Enjoy the beloved holiday story at the new Knauer Performing Arts Center. See ticket information here.
West Chester’s Holiday Magic

The season is ushered in on December 1, 2017 with a “big city-style” parade. The QVC West Chester Parade celebrates its 37th year with more than 4000 participants. QVC Network (headquartered nearby) sponsors the parade and broadcasts LIVE from the event and additionally air segments on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Plan a visit to QVC, just minutes from downtown West Chester, for a Studio tour and shopping easily checking off your holiday gift list.

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