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Holiday Activities 2017

A day-by-day roundup of holiday events in the Delaware Valley.




Friday, December 1

Christkindlmarkt at Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton. Find gifts and seasonal food at this holiday market and craft fair. 

Christmas Tree Lighting at Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown, PA.

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum, Phila. Visit the Holiday Garden Railway to view a mini city complete with lights and circled by brightly lit trains.

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at Oak & Pacific Aves., Wildwood, NJ. 

Holiday Open House at Rockwood Museum & Park, Wilmington, DE. Festivities include kids’ activities, treats, costumed characters, photos with St. Nick, children’s choirs and a performance of The Snow Queen

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting from Shore Rd. to City Hall, Somers Point, NJ.

Hope for the Holidays at Franklin Square, Phila. Bring donations for those affected by recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Laser Holiday Magic Show at Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro, NJ. 

Night Before Christmas Train on the Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks, PA. Don pajamas to snack on cookies and milk and listen to holiday tales. Runs Thurs. & Fri. through Dec. 22.

Photos with Santa at Giggleberry Fair, New Hope, PA.

 

Saturday, December 2

Be A Gingerbread House Architect at the Center for Architecture and Design, Phila.

Breakfast With Santa at the Philadelphia Zoo, Phila.

Breakfast with Santa at CoCo Key Water Resort, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Enjoy a buffet and snap pics with St. Nick. After, he’ll don a Santa swimsuit at the waterpark.

Breakfast with Santa and Yummie at Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, PA. Enjoy a meal with St. Nick and the village’s gingerbread-man mascot.

Candlelight Christmas Tour at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford, PA. Explore historic sites and homes around town.

Candy Wreath Making at Bellevue State Park, Wilmington, DE. Supplies provided.

Christmas Festival at Peddler's Village, New Hope, PA. See Santa, drink hot apple cider and enjoy the Christmas lights that decorate the Village. 

Children’s Holiday Tea at the Radnor Hotel, St. Davids, PA. Festivities include storytelling, caroling, holiday card making and an appearance by the Toy Soldier.

Christkindlmarkt at Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton, NJ. See Dec. 1.

Christmas Tour of Lewes, DE. Explore decorated homes selected by the Lewes Historical Society.

Christmas Tree Train on the Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks, PA. Travel to Leaman Place Grove to select a fresh-cut Frasier or Douglas fir tree to bring home. Runs Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 17.

Deck the Alley at Elfreth’s Alley, Phila. The country’s oldest street will feature seasonal decorations and refreshments, a visit from Ben Franklin and colonial Pennsylvania character Belsnickel, tours of the block’s historic homes and music.

Dickens Festival in downtown Medford, NJ. A Victorian-era holiday celebration with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pony rides, ice sculptures, movie screenings, jugglers, face painting and shopping.

A Farmer's Christmas at the Delaware Agricultural Museum, Dover, DE. The big draw here is the Avenue of Trees, a fragrant, colorful path lined with more than 40 festively decorated trees. Warm up in the main building with themed crafts (think paper quilling, yarn dolls and bead wreaths), meet-and-greets with the Clauses and live music.

Holiday Gift Workshop at the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. Create two handmade gifts, then wrap them.

Holiday Open House at Rockwood Museum & Park, Wilmington, DE. See Dec. 2.

Kick Off the Holiday Season at Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ. Pick a Christmas tree and wreath to take home, meet barnyard animals and get some holiday shopping done. 

Laser Holiday Magic Show at Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro, NJ. 

Lucia and Christmas Market at the American Swedish Historical Museum, Phila. Celebrate Lucia, a Swedish tradition, with a procession, decorations, food and gifts.

Make and Take: Natural Holiday Gifts at Dilworth Park, Phila. Learn about the longest-lasting evergreens and make an arrangement. 

Nativity Display at Christiana Presbyterian Church, Newark, DE.

Photos with Santa at Giggleberry Fair, New Hope, PA.

Santa Claus Express at Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Greenbank Station, Wilmington, DE. Runs Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 23.

Sounds of the Season at the Fairmount Park Charms, Phila. The historic houses host performances by Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, Play On Philly and Choral Arts Philadelphia

Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May, NJ. Enjoy crafts, music, treats and a visit with Father Christmas.

 

Sunday, December 3

Caring Santa at Montgomery Mall, N. Wales; Oxford Valley Mall, Langhorne; and Philadelphia Mills, Phila. Kids with sensory, developmental and physical needs meet St. Nick in a comfortable environment with no lines, crowds or music.  

Christkindlmarkt at Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton, NJ. See Dec. 1.

Christmas Festival at Peddler's Village, New Hope, PA. See Dec. 2.

Dickens Festival in downtown Narberth, PA. Scrooge and the cast of characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets while families enjoy carriage rides, carolers, period vendors and music, magic shows, ice sculptures, dancers and a scavenger hunt.

Family Day at the Fairmount Park Charms, Phila. Visit the historic houses for live entertainment, kids’ activities and hot chocolate. 

Kick Off the Holiday Season at Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ. See Dec. 2.

Santa’s Workshop and Holiday Brunch at the Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, NJ. Join an elf-training course, a toy building class or an “Acts of Kindness” seminar, then enjoy a meal with St. Nick. 

 

Tuesday, December 5

Reindeer Guide for Kids at Norristown Farm Park, E. Norritno, PA. Get the lowdown on animals from the far north and learn the differences between reindeer, caribou, elk and whitetail deer
 

Wednesday, December 6

Charles Dickens Reading at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Wilmington, DE. Gerald Dickens, a descendant of the author of A Christmas Carol, reads two stories. 

Children’s Christmas Party at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA. Festivities include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, costumed characters, entertainment, face painting, model trains and “Cookie Land.”

Child's Play Series: Holidays at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, Lansdale. Preschoolers learn about holiday traditions and make a craft. 

Stag & Doe Night in Chestnut Hill, Phila. Shops offer special sales and promotions. 

 

Thursday, December 7

Christmas Craft Workshop at Mount Aviat Academy, Childs, MD. 

 

Friday, December 8

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum, Phila. See Dec. 1.

Lantern Light Holiday Tour at the Mill at Anselma, Chester Springs, PA.

Hanukkah Celebration at Franklin Square, Phila. Enjoy dreidel games, latkes and crafts.

Holiday Bash by the Bay at the Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, NJ. This cocktail party for parents features food and drinks, dancing in the ballroom and fire pits.

Cookies & Milk with the Green Guy at Bouncing Off the Walls, Levittown, PA. Join the Grinch for the treat, as well as holiday crafts and open play.

Laser Holiday Magic Show at Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro, NJ. 

Tree Lighting Celebration at Glasgow Park, Newark, DE. Expect music, bonfires, Santa’s Workshop and a holiday market. Bring a camera to take selfies with Santa. 

Saturday, December 9

Breakfast with Santa aboard Battleship New Jersey, Camden, NJ.

Breakfast With Santa at the Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE.

Breakfast with Santa at CoCo Key Water Resort, Mt. Laurel, NJ. See Dec. 2.

Breakfast with Santa at the Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill.

Breakfast with Santa and Yummie at Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, PA. See Dec. 2.

Breakfast with the Trains at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the venue’s railroad, meet its engineer and take part in locomotive-themed activities.

Crafts and Climbs at Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, NJ. Join the Claus family and their elves for meet-and-greets, art creations and a tree lighting.

Celebrate the Holidays: Ornaments & More at the Clay Studio, Phila. Make hand-built ornaments, candleholders or table centerpieces.

Dickens Christmas Party at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Phila. Festivities include photo ops with Santa, carolers, Victorian theater and a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol.

Jingle Bell Hayrides at Bellevue State Park, Wilmington, DE. Take an old-fashioned hayride around the park, followed by hot cocoa and a campfire.

Family Holiday Celebration at the Wildwoods Convention Center, Wildwood, NJ. There will be be holiday craft vendors, selfies with Santa, live music and entertainment.

Holiday Luminaria at the Schuylkill Canal Park, Mont Clare, PA. Check out the decorated Locktender’s house and meet Santa.

Kick Off the Holiday Season at Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ. See Dec. 2.

Laser Holiday Magic Show at Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro, NJ. 

Old Time Christmas at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, PA. Venture back to the 1800s, where you’ll find a living nativity with animals, stories of farm life, carolers and a visit from Belschnikel, the traditional Pennsylvania German Christmas character. 

Parade of Lights at the Independence Seaport Museum, Phila. A procession of decorated boats illuminates the Delaware River, viewable from the first floor. Get there early to visit Santa’s Workshop for entertainment, “snow” showers and activities.

Puppets Pizzazz Holiday Show at the Phoenixville Public Library, Phoenixville, PA. 

SantaFest at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, West Chester, PA. Enjoy helicopter rides and visits with St. Nick and Mrs. Claus.

Santa Meet-and-Greet at the Mill at Anselma, Chester Springs, PA.

Share the Joy Christmas Party at the Please Touch Museum, Phila. Make decorations and sing along to a performance by Yosi & the Superdads.

Visit with Santa at the Liberty Village Outlet Marketplace, Flemington, NJ.

Parade of Lights

Sunday, December 10

Breakfast With Santa at the Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE.

Breakfast with Santa at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, DE.

Breakfast with Santa at the Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Children’s Tea Party at the Historic Odessa Foundation, Odessa, DE. Tour the Historic Wilson-Warner House and enjoy treats & a craft project.

Hot Cocoa with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE. Enjoy storytime in addition to the cozy drink. Bring a camera.

Kick Off the Holiday Season at Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ. See Dec. 9.

Sankta Lucia Celebration at Old Swedes Church, Wilmington, DE. Festivities include a procession and holiday music.

German American Weekend at Love Park, Phila. Enjoy authentic German cuisine, live music and dancing.

Natural Ornaments Workshop at Norristown Farm Park, E. Norriton. Use seeds, pods, evergreen cones and other natural materials to craft your own decorations.

Latke Fest at Albert Einstein Academy, Wilmington, DE. Toddlers learn how to make potato pancakes.

Latkepalooza at the Gershman Y, Phila. Indulge in potato pancakes served up by the city’s top chefs and live entertainment.

Old Time Christmas at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, PA. See Dec. 9.

Pet Photo Night at the Montgomery Mall, N. Wales, PA.

Santa’s Workshop and Holiday Brunch at the Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, NJ. See Dec. 3. 

Victorian Card Making at the Woodmere Art Museum, Phila. 

 

Tuesday, December 12

Make and Take: Holiday Greens at Dilworth Park, Phila. Learn about the longest-lasting evergreens and make an arrangement. 

 

Wednesday, December 13

Storytime and Pottery Painting at All Fired Up!, Collingswood, NJ. Kids read Olive: The Other Reindeer and paint a picture of the animal.

Stag & Doe Night in Chestnut Hill, Phila. See Dec. 6.

 

Thursday, December 14

Hanukkah Celebration at the Pop Shop, Collingswood, NJ. Light the candles, play dreidel games and sing along to traditional songs.

Holiday Carol Sing and Food Basket Giveaway at the Johnson House Historic Site, Phila. Join community members for a sing-along stroll down Germantown Ave.

Share a Night Fundraiser at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Wilmington, DE. Ronald McDonald is on-site to light the house for the season. For each $15 donation received, a light is added to the display.

 

Friday, December 15

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum, Phila. See Dec. 1.

Holiday Craft Night at the Myrick Conservation Center, West Chester, PA. Kids make natural ornaments, play games and watch a seasonal movie.

Snowman Ornament Workshop at All Fired Up!, Collingswood, NJ. 

Laser Holiday Magic Show at Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro, NJ. 
 

Saturday, December 16

Breakfast with Santa at CoCo Key Water Resort, Mt. Laurel, NJ. See Dec. 2.

Breakfast with Santa and Yummie at Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, PA. See Dec. 2.

Breakfast and Storytime with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Cape May Ferry Terminal, Cape May, NJ.

Chanukah on Ice at the Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ. Whirl around the rink to contemporary Jewish music, make an art project to take home, snack on latkes and watch as a 400-pound menorah ice sculpture is carved during the event.

Breakfast with the Trains at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA. See Dec. 9.

Children’s Holiday Tea at the Radnor Hotel, St. Davids, PA. See Dec. 2.

Family Ornament Making at Elfreth’s Alley, Phila. Create ornaments and learn about the history of Christmas traditions.

Holiday Parade and Sugar Plum Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Phila. After the parade, the neighborhood hosts activities, treats and pics with Santa. 

Howliday Party at the Morris Animal Refuge, Phila. The family dog is welcome to this event that features crafts, snacks, drinks and photos with the Grinch.

Kids’ Holiday Workshop Day at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA. Make candy houses, felted ornaments, winter birds, a holiday tree and a gingerbread person. 

Laser Holiday Magic Show at Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro, NJ. 

Mainstage Holiday Concert and Family Festival at the Dennis Flyer Theatre, Blackwood, NJ. In addition to the performance, expect hot chocolate, a visit with Santa and ornament making.

Victory Lane Photos with Santa at Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE. Bring your own camera for pictures with St. Nick and the Monster Trophy.

Visit with Santa at the Liberty Village Outlet Marketplace, Flemington, NJ.

We Kids Rock Holiday Show at the Kennett Flash, Kennett Square, PA. 

Yuletide Brunch with Santa at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Wilmington, DE.

Chanukah on Ice

Sunday, December 17

Family Arts Academy: DIY Holiday at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila. Make giftwrap, decorations and cards using upcycled materials.

Hooray for Hanukkah at the Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ. Celebrate the holiday with themed stories, snacks, crafts and a performance by a cantor.

Mainstage Holiday Concert and Family Festival at the Dennis Flyer Theatre, Blackwood, NJ. See Dec. 16.

Menorah Lighting at Rittenhouse Square, Phila.

Skate with Santa at the Marple Sports Arena, Broomall, PA. 

Yuletide Brunch with Santa at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Wilmington, DE.

 

Wednesday, December 20

Stag & Doe Night in Chestnut Hill, Phila. See Dec. 6.

 

Friday, December 22

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum, Phila. See Dec. 1.

Gingerbread House Decorating Class at the RiverWinds Community Center, W. Deptford, NJ. Supplies provided.

Sculpting in the Square at Franklin Square, Phila. Watch ice sculptors at work building holiday displays.

 

Saturday, December 23

Breakfast with Santa at CoCo Key Water Resort, Mt. Laurel, NJ. See Dec. 2.

Breakfast with Santa and Yummie at Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, PA. See Dec. 2.

Visit with Santa at the Liberty Village Outlet Marketplace, Flemington, NJ.

 

Monday, December 25

Being __ at Christmas at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Phila. This celebration includes crafts, storytime and a performance by Alex and the Kaleidoscope.

Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment at Washington Crossing State Park, Washington Crossing, PA. Watch historical interpreters reenact the famous crossing of the Delaware River to Trenton, NJ.

 

Wednesday, December 27

Holiday Family Festivities at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE. Explore the galleries and make snow globes.

 

Thursday, December 28

Kwanzaa Celebration at the Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ. Queen Nur engages and teaches the audience with interactive stories and songs. 

 

Friday, December 29

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum, Phila. See Dec. 1.

New Year’s Eve Countdown Night at Franklin Square, Phila. Celebrate early with themed crafts.

 

Sunday, December 31

Countdown 'Til Noon at the Marple Sports Arena, Broomall, PA. Includes a balloon drop, inflatables, face painting, a DJ dance party and noisemakers. 

Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown at Franklin Square, Phila. Festivities include crafts, followed by the Square Drop, a dance party for little ones and the final Electrical Spectacle light show of the season.

New Year's Eve Fireworks at Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA. Get there early for The Count's Countdown to New Year's Eve Celebration. The fireworks are set to Sesame Street tunes.

New Year’s at Noon at the Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ. Sing, dance and count down to noon.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Independence Seaport Museum, Phila. Watch the pyrotechnics over the Delaware Rover at 6pm and 12midnight. Stop by early for a celebration that features noisemakers, party hats and a ginger-ale toast.

Noon Year's Eve at the Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington., DE.

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