Downtown is decked out with Christmas garland and a fabulous Christmas Tree, thanks to the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and their volunteers, all adding to the joy of the season. Enjoy shopping at downtown boutiques, dining at award winning restaurants, while strolling carolers entertain on weekends. Also, make sure to see Santa’s schedule around the West Chester area and don’t miss all the continued Old-Fashioned Christmas events and performances! For more information on all the holiday events visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
The annual Old-Fashioned Christmas parade will be taking place tonight at 7:15pm (rain or shine). More than 30,000 spectators come out to enjoy it and the entire parade route is free and open to the public. Due to its popularity, the downtown will be crowded. It is advisable to come into town early (the streets begin to close in the late afternoon), find parking, and enjoy dining and shopping before the event. Old-Fashioned Christmas is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the event visit www.downtownwestchester.com.
- Old-Fashioned Christmas (mywestchesterpatown.com)
The Santa Band is a local West Chester group of musicians who have acquired a loyal following by playing holiday music and spreading cheer in local establishments during the holiday season. This year they are taking their performances one step further to help raise funds for Safe Harbor. To Participate: Donate $40.00 to Safe Harbor and receive a wristband which entitles you to a voucher kit filled with deals from participating West Chester businesses. For more information on the holiday event visit www.safeharborofgwc.org or click here.
December is right around the corner and you know what that means? Santa is coming to town! Below are some events happening in and around West Chester that are perfect to enjoy with the entire family. For more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
Breakfast with Santa | Saturday, December 7: Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa! Children will have a chance to sit with Santa, share their Christmas wishes, and take pictures with Santa (don’t forget to bring your camera). Limited seating, must pre-register. Download this registration form. Parking at Chestnut Street Garage. Call 610-436-9010 for more information. Buster seats and highchairs are not provided.
- Two-seatings: 8:30am and 10:00am
- Cost: $14 per person (2 years and over)
- Location: Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St.
Meet Santa before the Christmas Parade | Saturday, December 7: Come downtown before the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade begins and meet with Santa to share your wish list and have a picture taken (bring your camera).
- Time: Starting at 6:00pm
- Location: DNB First, 2 North Church Street
Santa’s Express on the West Chester Railroad: Families can join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated and 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. Remember your cameras! Upon return to West Chester, all passengers receive treats from Santa. Passengers will also enjoy the live music of Greg Wright and friends singing all of your favorite Christmas songs. They take requests so don’t be shy! See more information at WestChesterRR.net.
- Dates: November 29, 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
- Times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm | additional 5pm departures December 15, 16, 21, 22
- Location: West Chester Railroad, 230 East Market Street
The holiday season’s biggest celebration is right around the corner! It starts with the Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, Friday, December 6, starting at 7:15pm. Dozens of events continue throughout the weekend to ensure fun for the entire family! Make sure to stop by the Fig West Chester table to pick up the new holiday issue. For more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com or click here for a list of events.
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Visit Tish Boutique in Downtown West Chester now through Thanksgiving weekend for 30% off designer collections! Brands include Milly, Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, Shoshanna, and much more. It’s a perfect time to find an outfit for all those upcoming holiday parties! Hours this weekend: Friday: 10-7, Saturday: 10-6, and Sunday: noon-5.
Also, mark your calendar for next Thursday’s Girls Night Out in Downtown West Chester. Meet your girlfriends Downtown for some serious shopping therapy! Many shops will be open late and offering everything from refreshments to one-night-only sales and promotions. Be sure to visit The 5 Senses, Artistic Eyewear, Kaly, Mainline Custom Clothiers, The Painted Plate, Sunset Hill Jewelers, Taste of Olive, and Tish Boutique.
The 17th Annual West Chester Area Community Chorus (including 100+ choral members) will present its Winter Concert beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the East High School Auditorium at 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA. As frequent attendees and guests can attest, the concert features a variety of musical arrangements, including Broadway, pop, folk, classical, spirituals, and more. You can reserve your $5 ticket by contacting the West Chester Area Community Chorus in advance by email at email@example.com or purchase tickets at the door, space allowing. For more information on the event visit www.westchesterchorus.org or click here.