Top 21 Holiday Kid Friendly Events

Here's whats happening for the kids this holiday season close to home in the greater Philadelphia Patch region.

December is filled with locally hosted celebrations of the season.  Here is a list of top events and we can almost guarantee your kids will have a wonderful time.

Christmas Around the Farm

  • When: December 1 - December 24
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Come see the farm decorated for Christmas. See the Christmasland display and visit with the animals. The Christmas Shop & Garden Center features wreaths, freshly cut trees, greens & holly, decorations, fruit and gift baskets, Christmas gifts, hot mulled cider & children's crafts.  On Saturdays and Sundays, visit with Santa Clause between 1 - 3 p.m.  Take a hayride to the field and cut down your own Christmas tree. 
  • Cost: Free, Tree cutting costs $59.99

Festival of Lights

  • When: Nightly from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Enjoy dozens of decorated lit trees and festive displays.  Bring the kids to see displays of everyone's favorite characters, Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang and Santa & his Reindeer.  The trees are lit nightly from 5:30 - 9:30 for public enjoyment.
  • Cost: Free

Holiday Garden Railway Grand Opening

  • When: Now through December 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 W Northwestern Ave, Chestnut Hill
  • Why Go: Come see the magical miniature world of the garden railway display, lit up and decorated for the holidays. Model trains zip in and out of tunnels and over bridges along the outdoor quarter mile track that runs through the village of historic Philadelphia landmarks.
  • Cost: Free with admission

Santa's Express 

  • When: Saturday and Sundays until December 16
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Join Santa for a 90 minute journey on a heated decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa will be greeting everyone at Market Street Station and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills. Once at Glen Mills passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo opportunities on Santa's lap inside the station. Upon return to West Chester, all passengers receive treats from Santa!
  • Cost: Adults - $20; Ages 2-12: $13; Toddlers 9 months – 23 months - $6.00

Stag and Doe Nights

  • When: Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: This is one of Chestnut Hill’s most cherished holiday traditions.  Bring the kids out on a Wednesday night to enjoy music, carolers, refreshments, Santa and more along the streets of Chestnut Hill.
  • Cost: Free

Caroling Hayrides

  • When: December 8, 15, and 22 at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Celebrate the ancient tradition of Wassailing and sing Christmas Carols around a campfire. Roast marshmallows and enjoy delicious apple cider.
  • Cost: $5 per person

Christmas at the Farm

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: This is the last chance to visit with the Plantation in 2012. Come see the farmhouse decorated for the holidays, enjoy free tea tasting, and have the children make a cloth doll tree ornament and a pine cone bird seed ornament for the yard before visiting with Father Christmas. Then take part in a tradition by wassailing the orchard at 1 and 3 p.m. Other activities include textile, candlemaking, woodworking and long rifle demos. The Plantation store will be having a sale.
  • Cost: $10 adult admission, $8 child admission (age 4 to 12).

Malvern's Victorian Christmas

  • When: Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8
  • Where: Downtown Malvern, W King St & N Warren Ave, Malvern
  • Why Go: The weekend kicks off with the lighting of the town tree. Santa will be visiting at the pavillion on Friday night from 5:45 – 8 p.m., to hear what is on your Christmas lists. Enjoy hayrides, live music, carolers and more. Throughout Malvern there will be special events and activities for children and families, such as puppet shows, pony rides, craft and ornament making, face painting, and more.
  • Cost: Free

Holidays at the Willows

  • When: Sunday, December 9 from 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Join Radnor Township to celebrate the holiday season at this wonderful, free, family event! The celebration will feature live entertainment, music, refreshments, and even a visit from Santa himself. The Radnor Girl Scouts will be on hand offering arts and crafts projects for participants to enjoy. To cap it all off, the night will conclude at 5 p.m., with an exciting fireworks display.
  • Cost: Free

Dickens Festival

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 from Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Narberth, Corner of Forrest and Haverford Avenues
  • Why Go: Come out for this unique and free family event held each December on the streets of downtown Narberth. In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840's London, as Ebeneezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets. Enjoy professional musicians, costumed performers, and victorian carolers as well as several activities including, a scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides, crafts, professional ice sculpting display, free showings of A Muppet Christmas Carol, free Nutcracker dance performances from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, tatoos and face paintings, and period-authentic vendors and street food.  This event grows larger every year drawing in thousands who want to go back in time.
  • Cost: Free

SCEE Winterfest

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 - 8 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Bring the kids and celebrate the season at this fun family festival.  Enjoy shopping from eco-artist vendors and crafters, DIY craft workshops - including wreath making, nature walks, storytime and more.  The kids will love it when WXPN's Kids Corner joins in on the fun from 2 - 6 p.m. with host Kathy O'Connell bringing the entire Science Thursday line-up including chemist Lisa Chirlian, naturalist Jane Kirkland and SCEE's own Mike Weilbacher.  Stick around for a stargazing workshop from 6 - 8 p.m. in the meadow and visit the campfire to make s'mores! 
  • Cost: Suggested Donation $5

Brandywine Ballet The Nutcracker and Tea

Hanukkah Celebration

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go:  Elmwood Park Zoo would like to invite the community to our first annual Hanukkah Celebration. The celebration will begin with Hanukkah games, delicious food samples from a local Jewish bakery and the lighting  of the first candle on our 6-foot tall menorah.
  • Cost: Free with Zoo admission

Chanukah Extravaganza 2012

  • When: Sunday, December 9 from 12:30- 2:30 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: A Hanukkah Extravaganza at the Kaiserman JCC features a Clothesline Art Exhibit by the Wilf Pre-school students, free latkes, jelly donuts, gelt, Chanukah games and Kindergym, Kosher dairy lunch provided by Shalom Pizza, a Chanukah art project, face painting, inflatables, dreidel game, olive press, and a multi media Chanukah presentation.
  • Cost: $5 per person (ages 3 and up)

Chanukah in Chocolate Land

  • When: Sunday, December 9 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Suburban Square, next to Starbucks, Ardmore
  • Why Go: Featuring a giant chocolate Menorah, a Jewish Dance Revolution, Latkes, Chocolate Fondue, Decorating Donuts, Guess the Dreidel and more! There will be an outdoor Menorah lighting at 5 p.m. Sponsored by Chabad Main Line
  • Cost:

Pajama Party & Ventriloquist Show

  • When: Monday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Chabad Main Line to Suburban Square, next to Starbucks in Ardmore
  • Why Go: At 5 p.m, join in the parade from Chabad Main Line to to Suburban Square.  At 5:30 p.m., the menorah will be lit and at 6 p.m. enjoy a ventriloquist show, milkshakes, donuts, and a dreidel game. 
  • Cost: Free

Germantown Jewish Center Celebrates Hanukkah

  • When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Enjoy a latke dinner, dreidel-off, games, candle lighting, singing, hot cocoa, jelly donuts and free classes for adults in yoga, Israeli dancing, and The Jewish Warrior Queen with author Judy Petsonk. RSVP by December 7 to program@germantownjewishcenter.org.
  • Cost: $5 per person, $25 family maximum

Dicken's of a Weekend

  • When: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
  • Where: Downtown Chestnut Hill
  • Why Go: Enjoy a Victorian Christmas celebration with victorian carolers, storytelling and characters from right off the pages of A Christmas Carol. Enjoy holiday shopping, visiting with Santa, dining and drinks, and merriment along Germantown Ave. 
  • Cost: Free

Winter Wonderland

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Where: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
  • Why Go: Kids 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited to celebrate the holiday season both indoors and out, with a hot chocolate and cookie bar, multicultural crafts and activities perfect for holiday gift-giving, special storytimes, and warming up by getting active with PLAY!
  • Cost: $10 non-members

Firebird Children's Theater: Winter Holiday Revue

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Firebird Children’s Theatre proudly presents their first annual Winter Holiday Revue. Kids of all ages will enjoy a fun filled afternoon celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, while singing along to toe tapping holiday music and a live musical comedy play suitable for young audiences.
  • Cost: $10

Santa Arrives by Whirly Bird

  • When: Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Santa trades in his sleigh for a helicopter and lands at the American Helicopter Museum for photos, treats and fun. Helicopter rides are also offered from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $10






Stephanie December 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
And don't forget about Children's Saturday Afternoon Holiday Tea at The Radnor on 12/08 and 12/15! All information can be found here: http://radnorhotel.com/events_children.htm
Deanna December 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
And Braxton's for Santa pictures with your Pet on Saturday, December 8th!
Ezzie Klein December 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Also add to this list, Marple Newtown High School's fall play, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", December 13-15 at the new Marple Newtown Performing Arts Center! Go to www.mnpac.net for ticket information.


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