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December 2016

Closed to the public, the mall invites kids with special needs to visit Santa in a sensory-friendly setting.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oxford Valley Mall
2300 E Lincoln Hwy
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Closed to the public, the mall invites kids with special needs to visit Santa in a sensory-friendly setting.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Quaker Bridge Mall
150 Quaker Bridge Mall
Lawrenceville, NJ
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During the event, exhibits are modified to provide an opportunity to experience all the museum has to offer for people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities.  There...

Cost: $2.50, adults; $9.50, kids.

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Phila., PA  19103
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Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
, PA
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Enjoy fun for the whole family with wagon rides and visiting barnyard of animals. Choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath, visit with Santa. Shop a variety of gift baskets with fruit, baked...

Where:
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd.
Princeton, NJ  08540
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Live illustrations, interactive storytelling and music by Francis Poulenc bring The Story of Babar to life. Design your own instrument to take home and explore how music...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phila., PA

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Holiday Garden Railway returns. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden...

Cost: $17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, kids 3-17

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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The Historic Houses of Fairmount Park will decorate for the holidays and entertain visitors with four days of special programming to showcase what makes Philadelphia great.

Cost: $8 per house

Where:
Fairmount Park Historic Houses
Cedar Grove Mansion
1 Cedar Grove Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19131
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Sponsor: Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
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Part if the "A Very Philly Christmas" series of events, Family Day sees the Charms of Fairmount Park host activities led by popular kid destinations, such as The Franklin Institute,...

Cost: $8; FREE, ages 12 and younger.

Where:
Charms of Fairmount Park
Phila., PA

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Ride the train with Santa and have your photo taken. Mrs. Claus will be available to help finalize letters to Santa and visitors can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled...

Cost: $18, adults; $11, kids 3-11; $3, kids 2 & younger

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

Cost: FREE, with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Contact Name: Bryan Chan
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In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840's London, as Ebenezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Narberth
Forrest Ave & Haverford Ave
Narberth, PA  19072
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Sponsor: Narberth Business Association
Telephone: 484-430-1792
Contact Name: Ed Ridgway
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Learn the difference between reindeer, caribou, elk, and the local white-tailed deer. Reindeer have unique adaptations that allow them to live in the far north. Hear a story, play reindeer...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norristown Farm Park
Barley Sheaf Dr. & Germantown Pike
E. Norriton, PA  19403
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Sponsor: Montgomery County Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites
Telephone: 610-270-0215
Contact Name: Ruth King
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This afternoon tea for kids is in conjunction with the Christmas exhibit, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.  The tea party is complete with tea, festive treats and a take-home holiday...

Cost: $5

Where:
Collins-Sharp House
2nd & High Sts.
Odessa, DE
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Telephone: 302-378-4119

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Go on a brisk hike to collect natural materials like pinecones and evergreens, then return to the barn for an evening of family-friendly holiday ornaments and hot chocolate.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Rd.
Gladwyne, PA  19035
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Telephone: 610.527.5234 x 106

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Hike, explore and experience an art process. Register online.

Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale , PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Bring your pet to visit and take a picture with Santa in the Bloomingdale's court.

Cost: Price varies

Where:
King of Prussia Mall
160 N Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA  19406
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. The Strasburg Rail...

Cost: $18, adults; $11 kids 3-11; $3 kids 2 & under

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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The theme park transforms into a winter wonderland. Rides are decked in holiday decor; join Santa and his reindeer for storytime; watch a festive aquarium show led by seals Bumper and Mango;...

Cost: $28.40

Where:
Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA
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A cold-weather version of the BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market St. & Columbus Blvd.
, PA
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A new play area for exploring natural history, especially for visitors ages 0-8 years and their caregivers. Investigate fossils, go camping, create a puppet show about New Jersey wildlife...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing. Among the featured toys are green...

Cost: $5, adults; FREE, children 12 and under

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
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This is a vibrant exhibition chronicling the development of children's building toys over the past 150 years. These toys have been instrumental in fostering creativity in generations of kids...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Before loading his sleigh and starting his fast jaunt around the world, Santa has graciously agreed to stop at each Ferry terminal for a breakfast with some of his favorite Delaware Bay children....

Cost: $15, adults; $11, kids before Dec. 1; $17, adults; $13, kids after.

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
1200 Lincoln Blvd
North Cape May, NJ
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Sponsor: Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 1.800.643.3779
Contact Name: Rhona Bronson
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the...

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Whether the family wants to indulge in seasonal goodies, say “hi” to Santa (Sat. & Sun.), cut down your own tree, partake in crafty activities, embark on a caroling hayride or see...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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A Longwood Christmas celebrates the holidays with interactive performances, colorful fountains, twinkling light displays and thousands of seasonal plants and trees, the centerpiece of which is a...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Discover Philadelphia's connection to the founding of the U.S. Navy. The new, permanent exhibit features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public, highlighting the...

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8655
Contact Name: Public Engagement
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The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer.  Visitors can enjoy performances of Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA  19103
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Sponsor: Comcast
Telephone: 215-286-7676
Contact Name: Lisa Ferri

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This is part of a series of selected days from September 2016 through August 2017 with free admission for all visitors.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd.
Millville, NJ  08332
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Sponsor: PNCArts Alive
Telephone: 856-825-6800
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Experience the museum’s decked halls, themed trees and Victorian decorations on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorations tour. 

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St.
Doylestown, PA
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The annual holiday exhibit strives to capture the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  The show features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with...

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch with St. Nick, plus photo ops, holiday crafts and animal visits. Register early; spots fill quickly. There are two seatings: 10:30am and 12:30pn.  

Cost: $30.95, adults; $19.95, kids.

Where:
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd.
Norristown, PA  19401
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Visitors will experience a charming winter bazaar with more than 30 local vendors in white, festively lit tents. Compared to the authentic German Christmas Village (next door at City Hall) with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dilworth Park
1400 JFK Blvd.
Phila., PA  19102
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Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for Zoo Noël. Visit with Santa before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar for some Yuletide treats. Later, visit the Little Elves...

Cost: FREE with Admission

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the indoor/outdoor village boasts more than 50 vendor booths that offer European food, treats, drinks, a variety of international gifts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Shore Park
401 Light St.
Baltimore, MD
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View special exhibit Snow Travelers: Experiencing Winter at the Dawn of the Automotive Age including a display of early tire chains. Explore the Marshall Steam Museum and its collection...

Cost: FREE, members; $5, non-members

Where:
Marshall Steam Museum
3000 Creek Road, P.O. Box 61
Yorklyn, DE  19736
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Sponsor: Marshall Steam Museum
Telephone: 302-239-2385
Contact Name: Susan Randolph
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Quintessence Theatre Group presents "Wilde Tales." A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent local children from playing in it. When the wall is...

Cost: $20, adult; $15, kids

Where:
Sedgwick Theatre
7137 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Sponsor: Quintessence Theatre Group
Telephone: 217-987-4450
Contact Name: Patricia Stranahan
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The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child...

Cost: $18, adults; $17, seniors; $16, kids 2-12; FREE, kids under 2

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington , DE  19808
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Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free spectacle that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-629-4026
Contact Name: Visitor Services
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Love decorating gingerbread houses, but hate the clean up? Leave that to The Market at DelVal! Bring your creativity, and they will supply the rest. Please call for reservations.

Cost: $29.99 per house

Where:
The Market at DelVal
2100 Lower State Rd
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Telephone: 215-230-7170
Contact Name: Robert
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The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides including Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb...

Cost: $27

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 866-464-3566
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Lace up those skates and get that family portrait on ice with Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s Skating Santa.

Cost: $13

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest
101 South Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia PA, PA  19147
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Join Clara and her friends on her voyage meeting mice, giant rats, marching soldiers, snowflakes, flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. Children should plan for a...

Cost: $15

Where:
The College Of New Jersey’s Kendall Main Stage
2000 Pennington Rd
Ewing, NJ  08628
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Sponsor: Roxey Ballet
Telephone: 609-397-7616
Contact Name: Roxey Ballet
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Be transported through space with the all-new show, Holiday Laser Magic, featuring dazzling laser effects set to holiday music favorites.  Showing weekends through Dec. 17; and weekdays...

Cost: $7, adults; $5, ages 12 and under.

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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Dutch Winter Wonderland treats little snow queens and kings to seasonal rides, cookies and milk with Santa, interactions with a princess and the Royal Light Show, a spectacular display of thousands...

Cost: $13.99; FREE, ages 2 and younger.

Where:
Dutch Wonderland
2249 Lincoln Hwy. E.
Lancaster, PA  17603
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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...

Cost: $10, adults; $5, ages 3-12.

Where:
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
347 Quiet Valley Rd.
Stroudsburg, PA
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Two hundred cast members and a menagerie of animals bring the Christmas story to life during the Mt. Laurel Living Nativity. Visitors stroll through 13 outdoor vignettes, then warm up inside the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fellowship Community Church
1520 Hainesport Rd.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
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This colorful, North Pole=reminiscent village is home places like Santa’s Post Office, the Old-Fashioned Bakery, gift shops, decorated glass buildings and displays.

Cost: $9; $7, ages 4-10; FREE, ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Koziar's Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd.
Bernville, PA
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The drive-through light show follows a path lined with fun displays, familiar characters and millions of twinkling lights. Explore the route in your car or opt for an open-air hayride, followed by...

Cost: $25, carload.

Where:
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA
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Watch over 100 Christmas trees magically float on Lake Meone and light up to festive music. It is an orchestrated show of dancing lights and music...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
615 East Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ  08205
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Sponsor: The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Telephone: 609-748-8999
Contact Name: Colonial Inn
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Bring your family out for the 16th annual Holiday Open House with entertainment, children’s activities, costumed characters, refreshments and FREE photos with Santa. The event also...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rockwood Park & Museum
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: New Castle County
Telephone: 302-395-5652
Contact Name: Suzy Casey
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The Berks County park is decorated for the holidays. Walk through the serene country-setting, with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings. Warm up in the...

Cost: FREE; $5, parking.

Where:
Gring's Mill
Spring Township, PA

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Holidays, Horses and Hounds portrays how the mansion may have appeared during a holiday hunt. Colonel Swayne often hunted informally on the property accompanied by local...

Cost: $5

Where:
Hibernia County Park
1 Park Rd.
Coatesville, PA  19380
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Sponsor: Friends of Hibernia County Park
Telephone: 610-383-3812
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In this Panto spin on the classic tale of fairies, awakenings and true love, a land made prosperous by its music industry is now in ruins. The King has banned all record players from Paoli Shoals...

Cost: $46-51

Where:
People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Drawing from the museum's collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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A troupe of actors appear at the historic theater to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for...

Cost: $14.50-$16.50

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
Contact Name: Box Office
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Bring the kids to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus and his friend Olaf, from the movie Frozen. Walkthrough holiday light displays while you listen to the classic sounds of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr
Robbinsville, NJ  08691
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Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Cardholders get FREE weekend access to participating venues, including: Philadelphia: African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, PA

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Shop a European-style holiday market complete with sleigh rides and a visit from Santa.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W Main St
Tuckerton, NJ  08087
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See Santa, drink hot apple cider and enjoy the Christmas lights that decorate the Village. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Peddler's Village
2400 Street Rd
New Hope, PA  18938
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Cost: $9, adults; $7, ages 3-17; FREE, ages 3 & younger.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, spectatorsare taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of...

Cost: $35

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
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The celebration includes twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Kids will watch Scuba Santa and his elf friend swim...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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The annual Grand Court Light Show twinkles with thousands of LED lights projected onto a four-story velvet curtain, accompanied by music from the famed Wanamaker Grand Organ. The scenery extends...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Macy's Center City
1300 Market St.
Phila., PA
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Through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum grounded in project- and passion-based learning, SCH students build resilience and a sense of agency while gaining an unparalleled intellectual...

Where:
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
500 W. Willow Grove Ave.
Phila. , PA  19118
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Telephone: 215-247-4700
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Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
, PA
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Holiday Garden Railway returns. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden...

Cost: $17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, kids 3-17

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Ride the train with Santa and have your photo taken. Mrs. Claus will be available to help finalize letters to Santa and visitors can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled...

Cost: $18, adults; $11, kids 3-11; $3, kids 2 & younger

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

Cost: FREE, with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Contact Name: Bryan Chan
Website »

More information

Hike, explore and experience an art process. Register online.

Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale , PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
Website »

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90-minute seminar targeted to parents and caretakers. The workshop will present a simple, straightforward, relationally-based approach to the parenting of adolescents through some of the most...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc.
6 Stone Hill Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc.
Telephone: 302-594-0754
Contact Name: Beverly Stewart
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. The Strasburg Rail...

Cost: $18, adults; $11 kids 3-11; $3 kids 2 & under

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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The theme park transforms into a winter wonderland. Rides are decked in holiday decor; join Santa and his reindeer for storytime; watch a festive aquarium show led by seals Bumper and Mango;...

Cost: $28.40

Where:
Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

A cold-weather version of the BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market St. & Columbus Blvd.
, PA
View map »

More information

A new play area for exploring natural history, especially for visitors ages 0-8 years and their caregivers. Investigate fossils, go camping, create a puppet show about New Jersey wildlife...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
View map »


Website »

More information

The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing. Among the featured toys are green...

Cost: $5, adults; FREE, children 12 and under

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
View map »


Website »

More information

This is a vibrant exhibition chronicling the development of children's building toys over the past 150 years. These toys have been instrumental in fostering creativity in generations of kids...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St.
Phila., PA  19107
View map »


Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the...

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Whether the family wants to indulge in seasonal goodies, say “hi” to Santa (Sat. & Sun.), cut down your own tree, partake in crafty activities, embark on a caroling hayride or see...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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A Longwood Christmas celebrates the holidays with interactive performances, colorful fountains, twinkling light displays and thousands of seasonal plants and trees, the centerpiece of which is a...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Experience America’s founding documents up close. The National Constitution Center will display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. The Museum of We the People will be...

Cost: $8-$14.50.

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Discover Philadelphia's connection to the founding of the U.S. Navy. The new, permanent exhibit features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public, highlighting the...

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8655
Contact Name: Public Engagement
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The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer.  Visitors can enjoy performances of Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA  19103
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Sponsor: Comcast
Telephone: 215-286-7676
Contact Name: Lisa Ferri

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Experience the museum’s decked halls, themed trees and Victorian decorations on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorations tour. 

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St.
Doylestown, PA
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The annual holiday exhibit strives to capture the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  The show features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with...

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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This program, designed for children 12 months to 3 years, introduces families to the wonders of nature. Expand your child’s cognitive and interactive skills as you venture through the park...

Cost: $3

Where:
Bellevue Arts Center
800 Carr Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Telephone: 302-793-3046
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Visitors will experience a charming winter bazaar with more than 30 local vendors in white, festively lit tents. Compared to the authentic German Christmas Village (next door at City Hall) with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dilworth Park
1400 JFK Blvd.
Phila., PA  19102
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Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for Zoo Noël. Visit with Santa before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar for some Yuletide treats. Later, visit the Little Elves...

Cost: FREE with Admission

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the indoor/outdoor village boasts more than 50 vendor booths that offer European food, treats, drinks, a variety of international gifts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Shore Park
401 Light St.
Baltimore, MD
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Quintessence Theatre Group presents "Wilde Tales." A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent local children from playing in it. When the wall is...

Cost: $20, adult; $15, kids

Where:
Sedgwick Theatre
7137 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Sponsor: Quintessence Theatre Group
Telephone: 217-987-4450
Contact Name: Patricia Stranahan
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Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free spectacle that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-629-4026
Contact Name: Visitor Services
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The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides including Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb...

Cost: $27

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 866-464-3566
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Join Clara and her friends on her voyage meeting mice, giant rats, marching soldiers, snowflakes, flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. Children should plan for a...

Cost: $15

Where:
The College Of New Jersey’s Kendall Main Stage
2000 Pennington Rd
Ewing, NJ  08628
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Sponsor: Roxey Ballet
Telephone: 609-397-7616
Contact Name: Roxey Ballet
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Be transported through space with the all-new show, Holiday Laser Magic, featuring dazzling laser effects set to holiday music favorites.  Showing weekends through Dec. 17; and weekdays...

Cost: $7, adults; $5, ages 12 and under.

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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This colorful, North Pole=reminiscent village is home places like Santa’s Post Office, the Old-Fashioned Bakery, gift shops, decorated glass buildings and displays.

Cost: $9; $7, ages 4-10; FREE, ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Koziar's Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd.
Bernville, PA
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The drive-through light show follows a path lined with fun displays, familiar characters and millions of twinkling lights. Explore the route in your car or opt for an open-air hayride, followed by...

Cost: $25, carload.

Where:
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA
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Kids with special needs are free to bounce, jump and play in a comfortable, sensory-friendly environment.

Where:
Sky Zone
10 Conchester Rd.
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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This club is designed for kids with ADHD, specific learning disabilities, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders (higher spectrum), emotional/behavioral disorders and physical or orthopedic...

Cost: $35; $70, 2 or more children + parking

Where:
Carpenter Sports Building at the University of Delaware
26 North College Ave.
Newark, DE
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Contact Name: Amanda Debus

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In this Panto spin on the classic tale of fairies, awakenings and true love, a land made prosperous by its music industry is now in ruins. The King has banned all record players from Paoli Shoals...

Cost: $46-51

Where:
People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Drawing from the museum's collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Cost: $9, adults; $7, ages 3-17; FREE, ages 3 & younger.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, spectatorsare taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of...

Cost: $35

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
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The celebration includes twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Kids will watch Scuba Santa and his elf friend swim...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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The annual Grand Court Light Show twinkles with thousands of LED lights projected onto a four-story velvet curtain, accompanied by music from the famed Wanamaker Grand Organ. The scenery extends...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Macy's Center City
1300 Market St.
Phila., PA
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Through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum grounded in project- and passion-based learning, SCH students build resilience and a sense of agency while gaining an unparalleled intellectual...

Where:
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
500 W. Willow Grove Ave.
Phila. , PA  19118
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Telephone: 215-247-4700
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Quaker school provides abundant student attention via academic/social curriculum. Global studies through Costa Rican program, on-campus microfarm and Forest's Edge Nursery School (for age 3 by...

Where:
Friends School Haverford
851 Buck Ln.
Haverford, PA  19041
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Telephone: 610-642-2334
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Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
, PA
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Holiday Garden Railway returns. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden...

Cost: $17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, kids 3-17

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Ride the train with Santa and have your photo taken. Mrs. Claus will be available to help finalize letters to Santa and visitors can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled...

Cost: $18, adults; $11, kids 3-11; $3, kids 2 & younger

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

Cost: FREE, with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Contact Name: Bryan Chan
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Every Tuesday in December at 2pm, the library will show a holiday movie. Snacks provided. Please bring a beverage.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milford Public Library
11 S E. Front St.
Milford, DE
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Hike, explore and experience an art process. Register online.

Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale , PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Kids partake in hands-on science with this week's theme: water experiments.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Camden County Library
35 E Browning Rd,
Bellmawr, NJ
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Letters to Santa is a new song cycle that sets letters dating from the 1800’s to the present. 

Cost: $25, online; $30, door; $10, Student

Where:
Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. The Strasburg Rail...

Cost: $18, adults; $11 kids 3-11; $3 kids 2 & under

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This Quaker school, one of the country's 12 oldest continuously-operating schools, hosts an international program with schools in Russia, India, Australia, Kenya, Ecuador, China & France.

Where:
Buckingham Friends School
5684 York Rd.
Lahaska, PA  18931
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Telephone: 215-794-7491
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A PreK-6 Friends school, founded in 1902, provides challenging and creative academic program grounded in Quaker values set in a caring and respectful environment to support student growth. 

Where:
Lansdowne Friends School
110 N. Lansdowne Ave.
Lansdowne, PA  19050
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Telephone: 610-623-2548
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The theme park transforms into a winter wonderland. Rides are decked in holiday decor; join Santa and his reindeer for storytime; watch a festive aquarium show led by seals Bumper and Mango;...

Cost: $28.40

Where:
Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA
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A cold-weather version of the BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market St. & Columbus Blvd.
, PA
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A new play area for exploring natural history, especially for visitors ages 0-8 years and their caregivers. Investigate fossils, go camping, create a puppet show about New Jersey wildlife...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing. Among the featured toys are green...

Cost: $5, adults; FREE, children 12 and under

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
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This is a vibrant exhibition chronicling the development of children's building toys over the past 150 years. These toys have been instrumental in fostering creativity in generations of kids...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St.
Phila., PA  19107
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the...

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Whether the family wants to indulge in seasonal goodies, say “hi” to Santa (Sat. & Sun.), cut down your own tree, partake in crafty activities, embark on a caroling hayride or see...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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A Longwood Christmas celebrates the holidays with interactive performances, colorful fountains, twinkling light displays and thousands of seasonal plants and trees, the centerpiece of which is a...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Classes offer outdoor exploration, assorted art processes, daily sensory stimulations and more. Register online.

Cost: $10, members; $20, non-members

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Discover Philadelphia's connection to the founding of the U.S. Navy. The new, permanent exhibit features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public, highlighting the...

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8655
Contact Name: Public Engagement
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The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer.  Visitors can enjoy performances of Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA  19103
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Sponsor: Comcast
Telephone: 215-286-7676
Contact Name: Lisa Ferri

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Experience the museum’s decked halls, themed trees and Victorian decorations on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorations tour. 

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St.
Doylestown, PA
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The annual holiday exhibit strives to capture the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  The show features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with...

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Visitors will experience a charming winter bazaar with more than 30 local vendors in white, festively lit tents. Compared to the authentic German Christmas Village (next door at City Hall) with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dilworth Park
1400 JFK Blvd.
Phila., PA  19102
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Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for Zoo Noël. Visit with Santa before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar for some Yuletide treats. Later, visit the Little Elves...

Cost: FREE with Admission

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the indoor/outdoor village boasts more than 50 vendor booths that offer European food, treats, drinks, a variety of international gifts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Shore Park
401 Light St.
Baltimore, MD
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Quintessence Theatre Group presents "Wilde Tales." A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent local children from playing in it. When the wall is...

Cost: $20, adult; $15, kids

Where:
Sedgwick Theatre
7137 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Sponsor: Quintessence Theatre Group
Telephone: 217-987-4450
Contact Name: Patricia Stranahan
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Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free spectacle that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-629-4026
Contact Name: Visitor Services
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The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides including Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb...

Cost: $27

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 866-464-3566
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Kids in grades k-3 will attend an expo to showcase what they have made, while grades 4-8 will compete against other students at their grade level.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lansdowne Library
55 S. Lansdowne Rd.
Lansdowne, PA  19050
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Sponsor: little town robotics academy
Telephone: 484-474-0573
Contact Name: dan grant
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Be transported through space with the all-new show, Holiday Laser Magic, featuring dazzling laser effects set to holiday music favorites.  Showing weekends through Dec. 17; and weekdays...

Cost: $7, adults; $5, ages 12 and under.

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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This colorful, North Pole=reminiscent village is home places like Santa’s Post Office, the Old-Fashioned Bakery, gift shops, decorated glass buildings and displays.

Cost: $9; $7, ages 4-10; FREE, ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Koziar's Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd.
Bernville, PA
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The drive-through light show follows a path lined with fun displays, familiar characters and millions of twinkling lights. Explore the route in your car or opt for an open-air hayride, followed by...

Cost: $25, carload.

Where:
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA
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In this Panto spin on the classic tale of fairies, awakenings and true love, a land made prosperous by its music industry is now in ruins. The King has banned all record players from Paoli Shoals...

Cost: $46-51

Where:
People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
Website »

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Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Drawing from the museum's collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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A troupe of actors appear at the historic theater to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for...

Cost: $14.50-$16.50

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
Contact Name: Box Office
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Cost: $9, adults; $7, ages 3-17; FREE, ages 3 & younger.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, spectatorsare taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of...

Cost: $35

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
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The celebration includes twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Kids will watch Scuba Santa and his elf friend swim...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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The annual Grand Court Light Show twinkles with thousands of LED lights projected onto a four-story velvet curtain, accompanied by music from the famed Wanamaker Grand Organ. The scenery extends...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Macy's Center City
1300 Market St.
Phila., PA
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Through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum grounded in project- and passion-based learning, SCH students build resilience and a sense of agency while gaining an unparalleled intellectual...

Where:
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
500 W. Willow Grove Ave.
Phila. , PA  19118
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Telephone: 215-247-4700
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Bright students with learning differences develop skills and achieve scholastic and personal success. Classroom teachers are reading specialists. 

Where:
Center School
2450 Hamilton Ave.
Abington, PA  19001
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Telephone: 215-657-2200
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Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
, PA
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Preschoolers will learn about historic holiday traditions and make a craft to take home.  Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $5

Where:
Peter Wentz Farmstead
2030 Shearer Rd.
Lansdale, PA  19446
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Sponsor: Peter Wentz Farmstead
Telephone: 610-584-5104
Contact Name: Mrs. B
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Holiday Garden Railway returns. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden...

Cost: $17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, kids 3-17

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Ride the train with Santa and have your photo taken. Mrs. Claus will be available to help finalize letters to Santa and visitors can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled...

Cost: $18, adults; $11, kids 3-11; $3, kids 2 & younger

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

Cost: FREE, with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Contact Name: Bryan Chan
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Take a first look at weather. The beginning of winter is a great time to investigate our local atmosphere. Can you tell what the weather will be by looking at the clouds? Learn about the...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norristown Farm Park
Barley Sheaf Dr. & Germantown Pike
E. Norriton, PA  19403
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Sponsor: Montgomery County Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites
Telephone: 610-270-0215
Contact Name: Ruth King
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Call 1.800.448.3883 to purchase your tickets today!

Cost: $22, adults; $19, members; $12, kids 12 & under

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours and Reservations
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Create a hot cocoa themed craft and make a container of hot cocoa mix to go.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Camden County Library
130 S Centre St.
Merchantville, NJ  08109
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Hike, explore and experience an art process. Register online.

Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale , PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Hop on a trolley ride for caroling as it makes its way to Borough Hall, where there will be a tree-lighting ceremony.  After, enjoy donuts with Frosty at the firehouse.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Borough Hall
9508 Second Ave.
Stone Harbor, NJ
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Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, model trains, antique dolls, trees adorned with critters and Cookie Land.

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Hillary K. Holland
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. The Strasburg Rail...

Cost: $18, adults; $11 kids 3-11; $3 kids 2 & under

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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Extraordinary educators prepare boys to be future-ready in a supportive learning environment designed to bring out the best in each student. Haverford strives to develop a well-balanced boy who is...

Where:
Haverford School, The
450 Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA  19041
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Telephone: 610-642-3020
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The theme park transforms into a winter wonderland. Rides are decked in holiday decor; join Santa and his reindeer for storytime; watch a festive aquarium show led by seals Bumper and Mango;...

Cost: $28.40

Where:
Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA
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A cold-weather version of the BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market St. & Columbus Blvd.
, PA
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A new play area for exploring natural history, especially for visitors ages 0-8 years and their caregivers. Investigate fossils, go camping, create a puppet show about New Jersey wildlife...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing. Among the featured toys are green...

Cost: $5, adults; FREE, children 12 and under

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
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This is a vibrant exhibition chronicling the development of children's building toys over the past 150 years. These toys have been instrumental in fostering creativity in generations of kids...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St.
Phila., PA  19107
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the...

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Whether the family wants to indulge in seasonal goodies, say “hi” to Santa (Sat. & Sun.), cut down your own tree, partake in crafty activities, embark on a caroling hayride or see...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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A Longwood Christmas celebrates the holidays with interactive performances, colorful fountains, twinkling light displays and thousands of seasonal plants and trees, the centerpiece of which is a...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Montessori-based academics in mixed-age classrooms foster intellectual curiosity and independent learning in a peaceful, respectful environment. Country's first PreK-8 Fair Trade school.

Where:
Walden School, The
901 N. Providence Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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Telephone: 610-892-8000
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Discover Philadelphia's connection to the founding of the U.S. Navy. The new, permanent exhibit features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public, highlighting the...

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8655
Contact Name: Public Engagement
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Nature discoveries, stories and art projects are all part of the fun. Whenever possible, participants will venture outside, so please dress accordingly. All programs meet at the Arts Center,...

Cost: $4

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Telephone: 302-793-3046
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The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer.  Visitors can enjoy performances of Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA  19103
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Sponsor: Comcast
Telephone: 215-286-7676
Contact Name: Lisa Ferri

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Experience the museum’s decked halls, themed trees and Victorian decorations on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorations tour. 

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St.
Doylestown, PA
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The annual holiday exhibit strives to capture the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  The show features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with...

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Visitors will experience a charming winter bazaar with more than 30 local vendors in white, festively lit tents. Compared to the authentic German Christmas Village (next door at City Hall) with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dilworth Park
1400 JFK Blvd.
Phila., PA  19102
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Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for Zoo Noël. Visit with Santa before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar for some Yuletide treats. Later, visit the Little Elves...

Cost: FREE with Admission

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the indoor/outdoor village boasts more than 50 vendor booths that offer European food, treats, drinks, a variety of international gifts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Shore Park
401 Light St.
Baltimore, MD
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Quintessence Theatre Group presents "Wilde Tales." A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent local children from playing in it. When the wall is...

Cost: $20, adult; $15, kids

Where:
Sedgwick Theatre
7137 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Sponsor: Quintessence Theatre Group
Telephone: 217-987-4450
Contact Name: Patricia Stranahan
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The workshop centers on creativity-oriented themes. Each session will be a mix of staff-led activities and take-home projects. Themes include; Collage/Assemblage, Sculpture,...

Cost: $15

Where:
Empowering U Center
511 W. Main St.
Collegeville,, PA  19426
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Sponsor: Pillars of Light and Love
Telephone: 484-854-1162
Contact Name: Genia
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Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free spectacle that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-629-4026
Contact Name: Visitor Services
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The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides including Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb...

Cost: $27

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 866-464-3566
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Be transported through space with the all-new show, Holiday Laser Magic, featuring dazzling laser effects set to holiday music favorites.  Showing weekends through Dec. 17; and weekdays...

Cost: $7, adults; $5, ages 12 and under.

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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This colorful, North Pole=reminiscent village is home places like Santa’s Post Office, the Old-Fashioned Bakery, gift shops, decorated glass buildings and displays.

Cost: $9; $7, ages 4-10; FREE, ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Koziar's Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd.
Bernville, PA
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The drive-through light show follows a path lined with fun displays, familiar characters and millions of twinkling lights. Explore the route in your car or opt for an open-air hayride, followed by...

Cost: $25, carload.

Where:
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA
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The inclusive, all-ages Autism Delaware Bowling Night is held every Wed. Parents and siblings are welcome to bowl, with bumpers available for those who want to use them. There is no score...

Cost: $2.25 per game; $2.25 shoe rental.

Where:
Bowlerama
3031 New Castle Ave.
New Castle, DE
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Contact Name: Karen Tuohy

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The Berks County park is decorated for the holidays. Walk through the serene country-setting, with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings. Warm up in the...

Cost: FREE; $5, parking.

Where:
Gring's Mill
Spring Township, PA

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On Wednesday nights throughout the holiday season, stroll around Chestnut Hill’s festively decorated shops, with extended store hours. Enjoy the joyful, holiday atmosphere with live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chestnut Hill Business District
Germantown Avenue
Phila., PA  19118
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In this Panto spin on the classic tale of fairies, awakenings and true love, a land made prosperous by its music industry is now in ruins. The King has banned all record players from Paoli Shoals...

Cost: $46-51

Where:
People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Drawing from the museum's collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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A troupe of actors appear at the historic theater to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for...

Cost: $14.50-$16.50

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
Contact Name: Box Office
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Cost: $9, adults; $7, ages 3-17; FREE, ages 3 & younger.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, spectatorsare taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of...

Cost: $35

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
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The celebration includes twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Kids will watch Scuba Santa and his elf friend swim...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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The annual Grand Court Light Show twinkles with thousands of LED lights projected onto a four-story velvet curtain, accompanied by music from the famed Wanamaker Grand Organ. The scenery extends...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Macy's Center City
1300 Market St.
Phila., PA
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AIM Academy, where students with language-based learning differences in Grades 1-12 thrive in a rigorous setting, taught by highly committed, experienced and creative faculty. These teachers have...

Where:
AIM Academy
1200 River Road
Conshohocken, PA  19428
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Telephone: 215-483-2461
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Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
, PA
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Holiday Garden Railway returns. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden...

Cost: $17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, kids 3-17

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Ride the train with Santa and have your photo taken. Mrs. Claus will be available to help finalize letters to Santa and visitors can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled...

Cost: $18, adults; $11, kids 3-11; $3, kids 2 & younger

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

Cost: FREE, with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Contact Name: Bryan Chan
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Call 1.800.448.3883 to purchase your tickets today!

Cost: $22, adults; $19, members; $12, kids 12 & under

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours and Reservations
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Hike, explore and experience an art process. Register online.

Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale , PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Join a registered dietician from the ShopRite in Hainesport to make a healthy snack using seasonal ingredients. Stick around afterward for an activity or craft. Please alert the library...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Burlington County Library
5 Pioneer Blvd.
Westampton, NJ
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Join members of the Delaware Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing. Learn constellations and an introduction to observing the night sky. This program is appropriate for beginners...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Rd.
Wilmington, DE
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. The Strasburg Rail...

Cost: $18, adults; $11 kids 3-11; $3 kids 2 & under

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This festive musical staple will feature acts Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Ellie Goulding and Tove Lo.  

Cost: Cost varies.

Where:
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S Broad St
Phila., PA
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The theme park transforms into a winter wonderland. Rides are decked in holiday decor; join Santa and his reindeer for storytime; watch a festive aquarium show led by seals Bumper and Mango;...

Cost: $28.40

Where:
Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA
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A cold-weather version of the BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market St. & Columbus Blvd.
, PA
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A new play area for exploring natural history, especially for visitors ages 0-8 years and their caregivers. Investigate fossils, go camping, create a puppet show about New Jersey wildlife...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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Website »

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The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing. Among the featured toys are green...

Cost: $5, adults; FREE, children 12 and under

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
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This is a vibrant exhibition chronicling the development of children's building toys over the past 150 years. These toys have been instrumental in fostering creativity in generations of kids...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Website »

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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the...

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

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Whether the family wants to indulge in seasonal goodies, say “hi” to Santa (Sat. & Sun.), cut down your own tree, partake in crafty activities, embark on a caroling hayride or see...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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A Longwood Christmas celebrates the holidays with interactive performances, colorful fountains, twinkling light displays and thousands of seasonal plants and trees, the centerpiece of which is a...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Classes offer outdoor exploration, assorted art processes, daily sensory stimulations and more. Register online.

Cost: $10, members; $20, non-members

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Enjoy storytime, then make a themed masterpiece with paint.

Cost: $12

Where:
Paint-a-Treasure
614 Station Ave.
Haddon Heights, NJ
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Discover Philadelphia's connection to the founding of the U.S. Navy. The new, permanent exhibit features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public, highlighting the...

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8655
Contact Name: Public Engagement
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The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer.  Visitors can enjoy performances of Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA  19103
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Sponsor: Comcast
Telephone: 215-286-7676
Contact Name: Lisa Ferri

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Experience the museum’s decked halls, themed trees and Victorian decorations on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorations tour. 

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St.
Doylestown, PA
View map »

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The annual holiday exhibit strives to capture the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  The show features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with...

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Kidz Bounce offers moonbounces, Marple Mountain, toys, balls, scooters, parachutes and more.

Cost: $5

Where:
Marple Sports Arena
611 S Parkway
Broomall, PA  19008
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Sponsor: Marple Sports Arena
Telephone: 610-338-0111
Contact Name: Kelly
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Visitors will experience a charming winter bazaar with more than 30 local vendors in white, festively lit tents. Compared to the authentic German Christmas Village (next door at City Hall) with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dilworth Park
1400 JFK Blvd.
Phila., PA  19102
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Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for Zoo Noël. Visit with Santa before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar for some Yuletide treats. Later, visit the Little Elves...

Cost: FREE with Admission

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the indoor/outdoor village boasts more than 50 vendor booths that offer European food, treats, drinks, a variety of international gifts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Shore Park
401 Light St.
Baltimore, MD
View map »

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Quintessence Theatre Group presents "Wilde Tales." A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent local children from playing in it. When the wall is...

Cost: $20, adult; $15, kids

Where:
Sedgwick Theatre
7137 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19119
View map »


Sponsor: Quintessence Theatre Group
Telephone: 217-987-4450
Contact Name: Patricia Stranahan
Website »

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Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free spectacle that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-629-4026
Contact Name: Visitor Services
Website »

More information

The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides including Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb...

Cost: $27

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA  19047
View map »


Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 866-464-3566
Website »

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Be transported through space with the all-new show, Holiday Laser Magic, featuring dazzling laser effects set to holiday music favorites.  Showing weekends through Dec. 17; and weekdays...

Cost: $7, adults; $5, ages 12 and under.

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
View map »


Website »

More information

This colorful, North Pole=reminiscent village is home places like Santa’s Post Office, the Old-Fashioned Bakery, gift shops, decorated glass buildings and displays.

Cost: $9; $7, ages 4-10; FREE, ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Koziar's Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd.
Bernville, PA
View map »

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The drive-through light show follows a path lined with fun displays, familiar characters and millions of twinkling lights. Explore the route in your car or opt for an open-air hayride, followed by...

Cost: $25, carload.

Where:
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA
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Watch over 100 Christmas trees magically float on Lake Meone and light up to festive music. It is an orchestrated show of dancing lights and music...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
615 East Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ  08205
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Sponsor: The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Telephone: 609-748-8999
Contact Name: Colonial Inn
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Stroll through the festively decorated Laurel Hill, Woodford, and Historic Strawberry Mansion on this candlelight tour.

Cost: $45

Where:
Lloyd Hall
1 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Sponsor: Historic Strawberry Mansion
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The Berks County park is decorated for the holidays. Walk through the serene country-setting, with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings. Warm up in the...

Cost: FREE; $5, parking.

Where:
Gring's Mill
Spring Township, PA

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In this Panto spin on the classic tale of fairies, awakenings and true love, a land made prosperous by its music industry is now in ruins. The King has banned all record players from Paoli Shoals...

Cost: $46-51

Where:
People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
View map »

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Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
View map »


Telephone: 215-299-1000
Website »

More information

Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
Website »

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Drawing from the museum's collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

A troupe of actors appear at the historic theater to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for...

Cost: $14.50-$16.50

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
View map »


Telephone: 215-574-3550
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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Cost: $9, adults; $7, ages 3-17; FREE, ages 3 & younger.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, spectatorsare taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of...

Cost: $35

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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The celebration includes twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Kids will watch Scuba Santa and his elf friend swim...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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The annual Grand Court Light Show twinkles with thousands of LED lights projected onto a four-story velvet curtain, accompanied by music from the famed Wanamaker Grand Organ. The scenery extends...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Macy's Center City
1300 Market St.
Phila., PA
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Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
, PA
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Holiday Garden Railway returns. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden...

Cost: $17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, kids 3-17

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Ride the train with Santa and have your photo taken. Mrs. Claus will be available to help finalize letters to Santa and visitors can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled...

Cost: $18, adults; $11, kids 3-11; $3, kids 2 & younger

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

Cost: FREE, with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Contact Name: Bryan Chan
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In Sweden, a traditional Julbord celebration gathers family and friends to enjoy one another's company during a lavish meal, created from both cultural and family traditions.  Enjoy an...

Cost: Reg: $16.99/adult, $4.99/child, IKEA FAMILY: $12.99/adult, $2.99/child

Where:
IKEA South Philadelphia
2206 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19148
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Sponsor: IKEA South Philadelphia
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Hike, explore and experience an art process. Register online.

Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale , PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Make nature-inspired ornaments, snack on popcorn and watch a movie. Bring a bagged dinner and drink.

Cost: $20, members; $30, non-members

Where:
Brandywine Red Clay Alliance
1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road
West Chester, PA  19382
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Telephone: 610-793-1090

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There will be music, refreshments and Santa’s Workshop with activities and more. New this year: Festive Holiday Market featuring gifts, local foods, holiday decorations and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Glasgow Park
US Route 40 and DE Route 896
Bear, DE  19702
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Sponsor: New Castle County
Telephone: 302-395-5652
Contact Name: Suzy Casey
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More than 140 luminaries will be lit on the house’s lawn, casting a glow onto the 306-year-old home  The inside of the house will be decorated for the holidays, and Jolly Old St....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Burrough-Dover House
9201 Burrough Dover Lane
Pennsauken Township, NJ  08110
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Sponsor: Pennsauken Historical Society
Contact Name: Michelle Holmes

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. The Strasburg Rail...

Cost: $18, adults; $11 kids 3-11; $3 kids 2 & under

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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Friends of Folk is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of folk music in Delaware. This concert series is made possible by a grant from the Kent County Fund for the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Old State House
25 The Green
Dover , DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: First State Heritage Park

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The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale presents their annual holiday concert series Sing, Choirs of Angels!  A percentage of ticket sales goes to Benefit HelpUSA and the New Conversion of...

Cost: $25

Where:
, PA


Sponsor: Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale
Telephone: 215-222-3500
Contact Name: Stephan Stoeckl
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The Crefeld School provides challenging, individualized, college preparatory program for students. A co-educational program, Crefeld creates an environment for bright, sensitive and creative...

Where:
Crefeld School, The
8836 Crefeld St.
Phila., PA  19118
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Telephone: 215-242-5545
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The theme park transforms into a winter wonderland. Rides are decked in holiday decor; join Santa and his reindeer for storytime; watch a festive aquarium show led by seals Bumper and Mango;...

Cost: $28.40

Where:
Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA
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A cold-weather version of the BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market St. & Columbus Blvd.
, PA
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Holiday Garden Railway returns in 2016 with  five Friday Night Lights every Friday in December. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks...

Cost: $9, adults; $3, kids; $16, adults (non-member); $8, kids (non-member)

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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A new play area for exploring natural history, especially for visitors ages 0-8 years and their caregivers. Investigate fossils, go camping, create a puppet show about New Jersey wildlife...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing. Among the featured toys are green...

Cost: $5, adults; FREE, children 12 and under

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
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Attend the Jaycees Christmas Parade, followed by a tree lighting ceremony and parade awards ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Bring the family inside the Wildwoods Convention Center...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk
Wildwood, NJ  08260
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Sponsor: Greater Wildwoods Tourism Authority
Telephone: 609-846-2653
Contact Name: Beverly Trapp
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This is a vibrant exhibition chronicling the development of children's building toys over the past 150 years. These toys have been instrumental in fostering creativity in generations of kids...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St.
Phila., PA  19107
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the...

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Whether the family wants to indulge in seasonal goodies, say “hi” to Santa (Sat. & Sun.), cut down your own tree, partake in crafty activities, embark on a caroling hayride or see...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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A Longwood Christmas celebrates the holidays with interactive performances, colorful fountains, twinkling light displays and thousands of seasonal plants and trees, the centerpiece of which is a...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Enjoy storytime, then make a themed masterpiece with paint.

Cost: $12

Where:
Paint-a-Treasure
614 Station Ave.
Haddon Heights, NJ
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Discover Philadelphia's connection to the founding of the U.S. Navy. The new, permanent exhibit features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public, highlighting the...

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8655
Contact Name: Public Engagement
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The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer.  Visitors can enjoy performances of Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA  19103
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Sponsor: Comcast
Telephone: 215-286-7676
Contact Name: Lisa Ferri

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Experience the museum’s decked halls, themed trees and Victorian decorations on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorations tour. 

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St.
Doylestown, PA
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The annual holiday exhibit strives to capture the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  The show features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with...

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch with St. Nick, plus photo ops, holiday crafts and animal visits. Register early; spots fill quickly. There are two seatings: 10:30am and 12:30pn.  

Cost: $30.95, adults; $19.95, kids.

Where:
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd.
Norristown, PA  19401
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Visitors will experience a charming winter bazaar with more than 30 local vendors in white, festively lit tents. Compared to the authentic German Christmas Village (next door at City Hall) with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dilworth Park
1400 JFK Blvd.
Phila., PA  19102
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Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for Zoo Noël. Visit with Santa before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar for some Yuletide treats. Later, visit the Little Elves...

Cost: FREE with Admission

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the indoor/outdoor village boasts more than 50 vendor booths that offer European food, treats, drinks, a variety of international gifts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Shore Park
401 Light St.
Baltimore, MD
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Quintessence Theatre Group presents "Wilde Tales." A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent local children from playing in it. When the wall is...

Cost: $20, adult; $15, kids

Where:
Sedgwick Theatre
7137 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Sponsor: Quintessence Theatre Group
Telephone: 217-987-4450
Contact Name: Patricia Stranahan
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Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free spectacle that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-629-4026
Contact Name: Visitor Services
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The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides including Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb...

Cost: $27

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 866-464-3566
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Be transported through space with the all-new show, Holiday Laser Magic, featuring dazzling laser effects set to holiday music favorites.  Showing weekends through Dec. 17; and weekdays...

Cost: $7, adults; $5, ages 12 and under.

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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Take a ferry ride to the winter carnival at the Lewes Ferry Terminal with ice skating, amusement rides, crafts and activities at Santa's Workshop.   The Ferry offers shuttles to...

Cost: Cost varies.

Where:
Cape May Ferry Terminal
1200 Lincoln Blvd
North Cape May, NJ  08204
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This colorful, North Pole=reminiscent village is home places like Santa’s Post Office, the Old-Fashioned Bakery, gift shops, decorated glass buildings and displays.

Cost: $9; $7, ages 4-10; FREE, ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Koziar's Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd.
Bernville, PA
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The drive-through light show follows a path lined with fun displays, familiar characters and millions of twinkling lights. Explore the route in your car or opt for an open-air hayride, followed by...

Cost: $25, carload.

Where:
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA
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Watch over 100 Christmas trees magically float on Lake Meone and light up to festive music. It is an orchestrated show of dancing lights and music...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
615 East Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ  08205
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Sponsor: The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Telephone: 609-748-8999
Contact Name: Colonial Inn
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Shopping includes in-store events, gift ideas, horse-drawn carriage rides and live holiday entertainment. Luminarias will light up along the Downtown sidewalks, complementing the trees...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Haddonfield
Haddonfield , NJ  08033


Sponsor: Partnership for Haddonfield
Telephone: 856-216-7253
Contact Name: Haddonfield Information Center
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The Berks County park is decorated for the holidays. Walk through the serene country-setting, with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings. Warm up in the...

Cost: FREE; $5, parking.

Where:
Gring's Mill
Spring Township, PA

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In this Panto spin on the classic tale of fairies, awakenings and true love, a land made prosperous by its music industry is now in ruins. The King has banned all record players from Paoli Shoals...

Cost: $46-51

Where:
People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Drawing from the museum's collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Cost: $9, adults; $7, ages 3-17; FREE, ages 3 & younger.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, spectatorsare taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of...

Cost: $35

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
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The celebration includes twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Kids will watch Scuba Santa and his elf friend swim...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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The annual Grand Court Light Show twinkles with thousands of LED lights projected onto a four-story velvet curtain, accompanied by music from the famed Wanamaker Grand Organ. The scenery extends...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Macy's Center City
1300 Market St.
Phila., PA
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Festivities includes a Lucia procession, treats and kids’ activities. Times:  Fri., Dec. - 6pm & 8pm Sat., Dec. 10 - 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm Sun., Dec. 11 - 2pm, 3:30pm and...

Cost: $13, adults; $7, kids under 12.

Where:
Old Swedes Church
Phila., PA

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Chestnut Hill is bringing holiday cheer with the help of live entertainment, floats, and an appearance from Santa Claus!

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19118
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Kids will enjoy the holiday season with festive games, crafts, and activities for ages 5 – 10! Space is limited for this camp, so pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Cost: $40, members; $45, non-members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
, PA
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Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via helicopter ready to hear childrens' wish lists.

Cost: $10, adults; $8, seniors/students/kids under 12; FREE, kids under 2

Where:
American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Boulevard
West Chester, PA  19380
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Holiday Garden Railway returns. The buildings and trains are all decorated for the holidays with lights along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden...

Cost: $17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, kids 3-17

Where:
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Peter and Tinkerbell lead Wendy, Michael and John off to Neverland for adventure and fun with pirates, Indians and the Lost Boys. There are laughs and thrills for audiences of all ages in this...

Cost: $12; $10, seniors; FREE, kids under 3

Where:
Ambler Theater
108 E, Butler Avenue
Ambler, PA  19075
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Sponsor: Family Stages
Telephone: 215-886-9341
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Independence Seaport Museum is hosting its annual Parade of Lights for one-night only! Before the lighted boat parade, visit the Museum early for family-friendly festivities.  

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Ride the train with Santa and have your photo taken. Mrs. Claus will be available to help finalize letters to Santa and visitors can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled...

Cost: $18, adults; $11, kids 3-11; $3, kids 2 & younger

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

Cost: FREE, with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Contact Name: Bryan Chan
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Santa is coming to Carousel Park. Visit Santa’s workshop, make a craft, and then stay to explore the Kids Corral and take a hayride around the park. New this year: visit the Holiday Shop and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Carousel Park and Equestrian Center
3700 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: New Castle County
Telephone: 302-395-5652
Contact Name: Suzy Casey
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Celebrate the holidays with food, followed by fun with Santa and a character named Lollipop. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Old Paths Church of Christ
Georgetown, DE


Telephone: 302-644-3410

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Activities include a visit from Santa, carolers, and a reading of Louisa May Alcott. Josh Hitchens will also perform his one-man show of Dickens classic A Christmas Carol....

Cost: $20; FREE, children 10 & younger;

Where:
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 West Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia,, PA  19144
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Sponsor: Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
Telephone: 215-438-1861
Contact Name: Diane Richardson

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Enjoy an interactive showing of the original classic Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hockessin Library
1023 Valley Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
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You will be welcomed and escorted by the Radnor's Toy Soldier to where fun and entertainment are plentiful. Refreshments will be served. Once tea is finished, enjoy interactive and...

Cost: $59.95 (for 1 adult & 1 child)

Where:
The Radnor Hotel
591 East Lancaster Ave.
St. Davids, PA  19087
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Sponsor: The Radnor Hotel
Telephone: 610.341.3138
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Families work together to solve science mysteries and engineering challenges. Learn all about sound with some noisy hands-on activities. Create your own musical instrument to take home. This...

Cost: $14, adults; $5, ages 6-14; FREE, ages 5 and younger.

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Delight in the sights and sounds of a bell choir performing on the porch, as well as a Victorian Santa Claus to share Christmas wishes & a photo, and living historians who bring the mansion to...

Cost: FREE; $2, suggested donation.

Where:
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Rd.
Schwenksville, PA  19473
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Sponsor: Pennypacker Mills
Telephone: 610-287-9349
Contact Name: Linda Callegari
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Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the museum in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be...

Cost: $16-$34

Where:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19130
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Sponsor: Watson Adventures
Telephone: 877-946-4868
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Each of the Family Adventures is designed for beginning Naturalists ages 7 through adults.  Join us to explore a different aspect of nature in New Jersey, led by one of our skilled...

Cost: $5, members; $7, non-members

Where:
Plainsboro Preserve
80 Scotts Corner Rd.
Cranbury, PA  08512
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Sponsor: Plainsboro Preserve
Telephone: 609-897-9400
Contact Name: Anna Wright-Piersanti
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Enjoy a festive, old-fashioned hayride around the park followed by s’mores and hot cocoa at the warm and welcoming campfire. Must pre-register by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 8. Meet...

Cost: $8

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Telephone: 302-761-6963

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Come along and share some holiday fun this winter season as puppets Jampot, Beanpole, and Bayberry, North Pole friends, prepare for the perfect holiday by sharing Holiday songs and finding out that...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Phoenixville Public Library
183 Second Avenue
Phoenixvillle, PA  19460
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Sponsor: Children's Library
Telephone: 610-933-3013 x124
Contact Name: Rebecca Krause
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See the twilight forest by candlelight on the annual lantern walk. Wander the woodlands to a fire for s’mores.

Cost: $5

Where:
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128
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Sponsor: Schuylkill Center
Telephone: 215-482-7300
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Festivities include holiday lights, messy arts, an ice carving demonstration, gingerbread house building, s’mores making and live music. The Hacktory and Jr. Music Executive provide the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhosue
3500 Reservoir Dr.
East Fairmount Park
Phila., PA  19121
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Sponsor: PECO
Telephone: 215-765-4325 x101
Contact Name: c/o Smith Memorial Playground
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Hike, explore and experience an art process. Register online.

Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale , PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Learn about local nocturnal animals such as bats, moths and flying squirrels as you hike the trails. Afterward, warm up by the campfire and roast marshmallows.  

Cost: FREE

Where:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Rd.
Gladwyne, PA  19035
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Telephone: 610-527-5234 x106

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Help riase money to fund bright, young artists to excel in both their artistic skills and everyday life. Catered food and wine. Gift baskets and raffle prizes throughout the evening....

Cost: $25; $10 per child for childcare

Where:
Germantown Mennonite Church
21 W. Washington Ln.
Phila., PA  19144
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Sponsor: Yes! And... Collaborative Arts
Telephone: 215-278-4264
Contact Name: Michael Brix
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. The Strasburg Rail...

Cost: $18, adults; $11 kids 3-11; $3 kids 2 & under

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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“In this wan Christmas concoction, lumbering human Buddy (Will Ferrell) leaves the elfin toy-making community that raised him and heads south to find his Hobbesian father Walter Hobbs (James...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge St
Phoenixville, PA  19460
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Sponsor: The Colonial Theatre
Telephone: 610-917-1228
Contact Name: Kirsten Van Vlandren
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The acclaimed picture-book author will showcase all four of his popular works, including The Butt Book, Poopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down! and Belches, Burps  and Farts--Oh My!...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Barnes & Noble
911 Haddonfield Rd.,
Cherry Hill, NJ
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The theme park transforms into a winter wonderland. Rides are decked in holiday decor; join Santa and his reindeer for storytime; watch a festive aquarium show led by seals Bumper and Mango;...

Cost: $28.40

Where:
Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA
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A cold-weather version of the BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market St. & Columbus Blvd.
, PA
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Join an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit with the Brandywine River Museum of Art Railroad. Discover how the extensive layout, one of the world’s largest, is created and the complicated...

Cost: $25; $20, members.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Hillary K. Holland
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A new play area for exploring natural history, especially for visitors ages 0-8 years and their caregivers. Investigate fossils, go camping, create a puppet show about New Jersey wildlife...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake breakfast with Santa. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and bring your camera to take photos. Make decorations and enjoy a few up-close animal...

Cost: $15, members; $18, non-members

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Brandywine Park
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
Telephone: (302) 571-7747
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The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing. Among the featured toys are green...

Cost: $5, adults; FREE, children 12 and under

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
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Feed your holiday excitement with breakfast with Santa. Bring a camera to get a perfect picture with your little one. Please call for reservations.

Cost: $15 adult; $10, child 1 & older

Where:
The Market at DelVal
2100 Lower State Rd.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Telephone: 215-230-7170
Contact Name: Robert
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Attend the Jaycees Christmas Parade, followed by a tree lighting ceremony and parade awards ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Bring the family inside the Wildwoods Convention Center...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk
Wildwood, NJ  08260
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Sponsor: Greater Wildwoods Tourism Authority
Telephone: 609-846-2653
Contact Name: Beverly Trapp
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Dine with St. Nick at the park's Logan Square Café.

Cost: $15.95, kids 12 & under; $22.95, adults; FREE, kids 1 & under

Where:
Logan Square Cafe
200 N 18th St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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This is a vibrant exhibition chronicling the development of children's building toys over the past 150 years. These toys have been instrumental in fostering creativity in generations of kids...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Before loading his sleigh and starting his fast jaunt around the world, Santa has graciously agreed to stop at each Ferry terminal for a breakfast with some of his favorite Delaware Bay children....

Cost: $15, adults; $11, kids before Dec. 1; $17, adults; $13, kids after.

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 1.800.643.3779
Contact Name: Rhona Bronson
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the...

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Whether the family wants to indulge in seasonal goodies, say “hi” to Santa (Sat. & Sun.), cut down your own tree, partake in crafty activities, embark on a caroling hayride or see...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA  19063
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A Longwood Christmas celebrates the holidays with interactive performances, colorful fountains, twinkling light displays and thousands of seasonal plants and trees, the centerpiece of which is a...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Enjoy a family-friendly breakfast buffet as kids visit with Santa and hear a Christmas story. Bring your Christmas lists and enjoy treats for the kids.

Cost: $17, adults; $12, kids 3-12.

Where:
Inn of Cape May
7 Ocean St.
Cape May, NJ  08204
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Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC)
Telephone: 609-884-5404
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Enjoy storytime, then make a themed masterpiece with paint.

Cost: $12

Where:
Paint-a-Treasure
614 Station Ave.
Haddon Heights, NJ
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Including hot apple cider, holiday hayrides, marshmallows by the fire, locally grown Christmas trees, locally made wreaths, handcrafted gift baskets and holiday goodies. Schedule

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fifer Orchards Farm and Country Store
1919 Allabands Mill Road
Camden-Wyoming, DE  19934
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Telephone: 302-697-2141
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Discover Philadelphia's connection to the founding of the U.S. Navy. The new, permanent exhibit features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public, highlighting the...

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8655
Contact Name: Public Engagement
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The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer.  Visitors can enjoy performances of Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA  19103
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Sponsor: Comcast
Telephone: 215-286-7676
Contact Name: Lisa Ferri

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Experience the museum’s decked halls, themed trees and Victorian decorations on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorations tour. 

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St.
Doylestown, PA
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The annual holiday exhibit strives to capture the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  The show features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with...

Cost: $8-$14

Where:
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
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Take your family out for some fresh air this winter. Gather in the Discovery Center for story time and then hit the trails for guided exploration and discovery every week.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128
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Sponsor: Schuylkill Center
Telephone: 215-482-7300
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Kids and parents to participate in nautical activities and experience adventures of distant shores, from making pirate battle rattles to sailor valentines. The program is also ideal...

Cost: $16, adults; $12, ages 3-12; FREE, ages 2 and younger.

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Phila., PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-413-8616
Contact Name: Nya Sturrup
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In this workshop, children and their caregiver will work together to create a special holiday gift to give or keep.

Cost: $48

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Visitors will experience a charming winter bazaar with more than 30 local vendors in white, festively lit tents. Compared to the authentic German Christmas Village (next door at City Hall) with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dilworth Park
1400 JFK Blvd.
Phila., PA  19102
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Visit the website below or call to find out the week’s featured craft.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
340 W. DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA  19406
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Learning Store
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Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for Zoo Noël. Visit with Santa before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar for some Yuletide treats. Later, visit the Little Elves...

Cost: FREE with Admission

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the indoor/outdoor village boasts more than 50 vendor booths that offer European food, treats, drinks, a variety of international gifts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Shore Park
401 Light St.
Baltimore, MD
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Quintessence Theatre Group presents "Wilde Tales." A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent local children from playing in it. When the wall is...

Cost: $20, adult; $15, kids

Where:
Sedgwick Theatre
7137 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19119
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Sponsor: Quintessence Theatre Group
Telephone: 217-987-4450
Contact Name: Patricia Stranahan
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The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child...

Cost: $18, adults; $17, seniors; $16, kids 2-12; FREE, kids under 2

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington , DE  19808
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Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free spectacle that illuminates the Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-629-4026
Contact Name: Visitor Services
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The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides including Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb...

Cost: $27

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 866-464-3566
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Lace up those skates and get that family portrait on ice with Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s Skating Santa.

Cost: $13

Where:
Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest
101 South Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia PA, PA  19147
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Be transported through space with the all-new show, Holiday Laser Magic, featuring dazzling laser effects set to holiday music favorites.  Showing weekends through Dec. 17; and weekdays...

Cost: $7, adults; $5, ages 12 and under.

Where:
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ  08625
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Dutch Winter Wonderland treats little snow queens and kings to seasonal rides, cookies and milk with Santa, interactions with a princess and the Royal Light Show, a spectacular display of thousands...

Cost: $13.99; FREE, ages 2 and younger.

Where:
Dutch Wonderland
2249 Lincoln Hwy. E.
Lancaster, PA  17603
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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...

Cost: $10, adults; $5, ages 3-12.

Where:
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
347 Quiet Valley Rd.
Stroudsburg, PA
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Take a ferry ride to the winter carnival at the Lewes Ferry Terminal with ice skating, amusement rides, crafts and activities at Santa's Workshop.   The Ferry offers shuttles to...

Cost: Cost varies.

Where:
Cape May Ferry Terminal
1200 Lincoln Blvd
North Cape May, NJ  08204
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Two hundred cast members and a menagerie of animals bring the Christmas story to life during the Mt. Laurel Living Nativity. Visitors stroll through 13 outdoor vignettes, then warm up inside the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fellowship Community Church
1520 Hainesport Rd.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
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This colorful, North Pole=reminiscent village is home places like Santa’s Post Office, the Old-Fashioned Bakery, gift shops, decorated glass buildings and displays.

Cost: $9; $7, ages 4-10; FREE, ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Koziar's Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd.
Bernville, PA
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The drive-through light show follows a path lined with fun displays, familiar characters and millions of twinkling lights. Explore the route in your car or opt for an open-air hayride, followed by...

Cost: $25, carload.

Where:
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA
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Watch over 100 Christmas trees magically float on Lake Meone and light up to festive music. It is an orchestrated show of dancing lights and music...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
615 East Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ  08205
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Sponsor: The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Telephone: 609-748-8999
Contact Name: Colonial Inn
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The Berks County park is decorated for the holidays. Walk through the serene country-setting, with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings. Warm up in the...

Cost: FREE; $5, parking.

Where:
Gring's Mill
Spring Township, PA

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In this Panto spin on the classic tale of fairies, awakenings and true love, a land made prosperous by its music industry is now in ruins. The King has banned all record players from Paoli Shoals...

Cost: $46-51

Where:
People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Phila., PA  19103
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Telephone: 215-299-1000
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Magical Talking Tree: 12-5pm. The Magical Talking Tree wakes up every weekend to talk to the young and young at heart. Christmas Train Ride: 10am-8pm The Christmas Train will take you on a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
615 East Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ  08205
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Sponsor: The Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Telephone: 609-748-8999
Contact Name: Colonial Inn
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Drawing from the museum's collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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A troupe of actors appear at the historic theater to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for...

Cost: $14.50-$16.50

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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Telephone: 215-574-3550
Contact Name: Box Office
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Bring the kids to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus and his friend Olaf, from the movie Frozen. Walkthrough holiday light displays while you listen to the classic sounds of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr
Robbinsville, NJ  08691
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Cost: $9, adults; $7, ages 3-17; FREE, ages 3 & younger.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, spectatorsare taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of...

Cost: $35

Where:
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Phila., PA  19107
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The celebration includes twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Kids will watch Scuba Santa and his elf friend swim...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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The annual Grand Court Light Show twinkles with thousands of LED lights projected onto a four-story velvet curtain, accompanied by music from the famed Wanamaker Grand Organ. The scenery extends...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Macy's Center City
1300 Market St.
Phila., PA
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Festivities includes a Lucia procession, treats and kids’ activities. Times:  Fri., Dec. - 6pm & 8pm Sat., Dec. 10 - 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm Sun., Dec. 11 - 2pm, 3:30pm and...

Cost: $13, adults; $7, kids under 12.

Where:
Old Swedes Church
Phila., PA

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