Great 2010 Holiday Events Around the Main Line

By AML Publisher
Photos not credited are courtesy of Belle Vie Photography

All Aboard! Ride the rails with Santa and Mrs. Claus this holiday season!

All Aboard!
Ride the rails with Santa and Mrs. Claus this holiday season!

West Chester Railroad
The Santa Express

Every weekend through December 20th
Train Departs at 11am, 1 and 3pm
West Chester, PA
www.westchesterrr.com
Adults $15, Children 2+ $10

A ride on the West Chester Railroad’s Santa Express this holiday season offers kids young and old a trip back to a simple time along the beautiful Chester Creek in Chester County. The route is part of the old Pennsylvania Railroad central division on the West Chester and Phoenixville branch.

Christmas Tree Train – New for 2010!
Sundays December 12th & 19th
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

West Chester Railroad is hosting its first Christmas Tree train this holiday season! For the first time, we have partnered with Wiggins Tree Farm in West Chester, PA. The train will board at the intersection of Adams St. and Nields St. There is a gravel parking lot at the intersection. Visit www.wigginschristmastrees.com for additional information about the tree farm. All trees have the special price of $40 for all Tree Train ticket holders.


Strasburg Railroad
Santa’s Paradise Express

November 26th-28th, December 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th
Strasburg, PA
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Just in time for the holidays, Santa’s Paradise Express is pulling in to Strasburg Rail Road Thanksgiving weekend, starting November 26, 2010. Join Santa on his journey to spread the magic of the season to thousands of families who believe. Trains start running at 11:00 am each weekend. Tickets are priced at $17 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-11, and $3 for kids 3 and under. For a complete listing of dates and times, or to purchase tickets go to www.StrasburgRailRoad.com or call (717) 687-7522. Click here to read a full feature on this season’s Strasburg Railroad on AroundMainLine.com.


The New Hope Railroad & Ivyland Railroad
The North Pole Express

November 20th-December 23rd on select days
New Hope, PA
www.newhoperailroad.com

The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad once again welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a whole host of holiday revelers. The North Pole’s most famous resident will be parking his sleigh and riding aboard the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad’s steam powered “North Pole Express.” Santa will be visiting onboard with children, while posing for photographs and offering them a small gift and holiday wishes!


Wayne Hotel’s Old Fashioned Christmas is Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th.

Wayne Hotel’s Old Fashioned Christmas is Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th.

Wayne Hotel’s Old Fashioned Christmas
Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th
Wayne, PA
www.waynechristmas.com

Wayne Hotel Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday December 3, 2010

  • Winter Carriage rides – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Ornament decorating – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Tree lighting – 7:30pm with Christmas carols led by VFMA beforehand

Face painting and tree ornament crafts at the Radnor Fire Co. Carolers stroll the streets of Wayne. The Valley Forge Military Academy & College Choir sings Christmas carols at the Wayne Train Station. Then the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and countdown.

Wayne Hotel Santa Parade
Saturday December 4, 2010

  • Santa Parade starts from Acme – 10:00am
  • Santa greets children on the porch of the Wayne Hotel – 10:30am-12:00noon

Santa rides into Wayne with the Radnor Fire Company and meets with children on the porch of the Wayne Hotel.


Malvern’s Victorian Christmas
Friday evening, December 3rd 6-8:30p.m.
Saturday, December 4th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Malvern, PA
www.malvernsvictorianchristmas.org

Celebrate the lighting of the town Christmas tree (approximately at 6:15 p.m.) with special host Harry Hairston of NBC10. The tree lighting will be followed by musical performances throughout town, strolling street performers, children’s shows, horse and carriage rides, a hay ride and more. Special events throughout town on Saturday, December 4th.


West Chester’s 31st Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration
2nd Annual Jingle Elf Run

Friday, December 3rd Run 6:30p.m; Parade 7:30 p.m.
www.gwcc.org/chamber-events/old-fashioned-christmas-sponsored-by-flavia

Get ready to ring in the season with the MARS drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in Downtown West Chester set to kick-off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The parade, presented annually since 1980 by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester (GWCC), is the highlight of the four day Old Fashioned Christmas celebration held Thurs., Dec. 2. through Sun., Dec. 5 featuring over forty events including theatrical and musical performances, guided walking tours, a holiday craft bazaar and breakfast with Santa.

Prior to the parade, many businesses and organizations throughout the downtown will host Holiday Open Houses featuring refreshments and seasonal entertainment. At 6:30 p.m., the Second Annual Jingle Elf Run, sponsored by First Niagara Bank, kicks off at Market and High Streets with a 2-mile run and a 1-mile walk. Proceeds from the Jingle Elf Run benefit Family Service of Chester County.

25th Annual Candelight Christmas in Chadds Ford
Saturday, December 4th
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Chadds Ford, PA
www.chaddsfordhistory.org

Make the self-drive Candlelight Christmas tour your first weekend date in December!
Read about all the houses on this year’s tour on chaddsfordhistory.org!


Chestnut Hill’s Stag and Doe Nights return Wednesdays December 8th, 15th, 22nd 6-9 p.m. Photo courtesy of Vida Carson Photography

Chestnut Hill’s Stag and Doe Nights return Wednesdays December 8th, 15th, 22nd 6-9 p.m. Photo courtesy of Vida Carson Photography

Chestnut Hill’s Stag and Doe Nights
Wednesdays December 8th, 15th, 22nd 6p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chestnut Hill, PA
www.chestnuthill.com

Chestnut Hill will truly shine on our special Wednesdays nights in December as our one-of-a-kind shops open their doors and welcome you with wonderful gift ideas, refreshments and personalized, friendly service. Stroll the Avenue and savor the beauty of the holiday season in Chestnut Hill where white lights twinkle in the trees, carolers sing on the street, fresh pine boughs decorate the shops and the crisp winter air reminds you of what the holiday season should be.


The Narberth Dickens Festival
Saturday December 11th Noon-4pm
Narberth, PA
www.narberthonline.com

The Narberth Dickens Festival draws thousands to Narberth every year, and is the fastest-growing holiday event in Montgomery County. It’s a free family event held each December on the streets of downtown Narberth. In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840’s London, as Ebeneezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for an afternoon.


While attending “A Christmas Carol,” guests are welcome to explore the Byers’ Choice Visitor Center, which pays homage to Dickensian England!

While attending “A Christmas Carol,” guests are welcome to explore the Byers’ Choice Visitor Center, which pays homage to Dickensian England!

Byers Choice Ltd.
Gerald Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday December 11th and Sunday December 12th
Chalfont, PA
www.byerschoice.com/Page-Dickens-Returns_47.aspx

It will be a Dickens of a weekend at Byers’ Choice Ltd. when Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of famed author Charles Dickens, captures audiences as he performs his one-man show of “A Christmas Carol” from December 11th and 12th.

While attending “A Christmas Carol,” guests are welcome to explore the Byers’ Choice Visitor Center, which pays homage to Dickensian England as gas lanterns and cobblestone streets pave the way through a life-size recreation of an olde London street scene.

Show times at Byers’ Choice are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $18 each and can be purchased online at www.byerschoice.com or by calling 215-822-6700. Seating is limited and previous performances have sold out. Interested guests are encouraged to reserve seats early.


Kennett Square Borough Historical Commission
2010 Candlelight Holiday Home Tour
Sunday, December 12th 4p.m. to 7 pm.
Kennett Square, PA
www.kennettsquarehistory.org/candlelighthometour.html

Prepare to remember holidays past! Organized by the Kennett Square Borough Historical Commission, the committee has selected an array of homes which highlight the unique and varied history of the borough. The tour is self guided and the brochure will have a brief history of each home and what you can expect to see there. Visit the website for full details and to purchase tickets, which are $20 per person.


A Taste of Britain's Winter Wonderland Full Afternoon Tea is Sunday, December 12th.  Photo courtesy of Courtney Apple Photography.

A Taste of Britain's Winter Wonderland Full Afternoon Tea is Sunday, December 12th. Photo courtesy of Courtney Apple Photography.

A Taste of Britain
Gingerbread Workshop

Saturday, December 11th
11am or 3pm seatings
www.easyelegance.net/events.html

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays by making a gingerbread house! This will be a special creation for your centerpiece at the dinner table, a unique gift for a friends and family and a lifelong memory.
You and your child will create a gingerbread house with gingerbread by using the creative & festive candy supplies we provide. Workshop will be led by one of our fabulous bakers!

Beverages and Snacks will be provided for all. $45.00 per gingerbread house-Call 610-971-0390 to reserve your seat! Limited space available.

A Taste of Britain
Winter Wonderland Full Afternoon Tea

Sunday, December 12th
10am to 6pm
Eagle Village Shops
Wayne, PA
www.easyelegance.net/events.html

Enjoy a full afternoon British tea throughout the day at Eagle Village Shops’ A Taste of Britain. Reservations will be accepted from 10am to 6pm.

A BYOB, A Taste of Britain is offering both an adult and children’s menu. The cost is $28 per person, $18 per child.


Eagle Village Shops is hosting a fun Ladies Night Out on Thursday, December 16th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Photo courtesy of Courtney Apple Photography

Eagle Village Shops is hosting a fun Ladies Night Out on Thursday, December 16th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of Courtney Apple Photography

Ladies Night Out at Eagle Village Shops
Thursday, December 16th , 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wayne, PA
Click here to RSVP on the Facebook event page for Ladies Night Out

“Tuck in the Kids, Kiss the Spouse, Now it’s Time to Get Out of the House!”

Join the shop owners of Eagle Village Shops on Thursday December 16th from 4pm to 7pm at Eagle Village Shops and enjoy shopping, treats and fun with friends at all of your favorite stores and restaurants.

Participants include, Ellie, Vivi G Shoes, Gramercy Boutique, Skirtin Around, J. McLaughlin, Fresh Ayer, Interiors, Kat Bradley Accessories, Silverspoon Cafe, A Taste of Britain, Christas
and The Little House Shop.

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