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Local Events Happening This Weekend

Incase you got all your holiday shopping done early, below are a list of events happening around the area this weekend!

Artisans Exchange Indoor Food and Farmers Market

  • When: Every Saturday until April 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: 208 Carter Dr, West Chester
  • Why Go: This is the region’s first indoor market featuring organically produced foods made right on premise. Enjoy browsing through over 25 local food artisans and farmers, interactive tasting sessions, hands-on demonstrations, live music and more!
  • Cost: Free

The Brandywine Singers present Candlelight Christmas

  • When: Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester, PA
  • Why Go: The Brandywine Singers present a Christmas favorite, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Featuring gorgeous harp accompaniment, this beloved work transports us to the middle ages with a 20th century flair. This will be followed by carol arrangements with Hickory Brass and the Chancel Ringers of First Presbyterian Church.
  • Cost: Free

Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds Holiday Concert

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Exton Square Mall, Exton
  • Why Go: Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds Holiday Concert will feature  beautiful holiday selections to brighten your season.
  • Cost: Free

Holiday Celebrations With Cheese

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22 from Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Yellow Springs Farm, 1165 Yellow Springs Road, Chester Springs
  • Why Go: Come out for an afternoon featuring cheese platters, gift baskets, caramel sauces, cheese accessories, gift certificates and more.  Enjoy a fun time in our tasting room and barn and celebrate the holidays with cheese.
  • Cost: Free


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Breakfast with Santa | December 1st

West Chester Parks and Recreation presents an upcoming family tradition, the Annual Breakfast With Santa, unfolding this Saturday, December 1st! Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa! Children get the chance to sit with Santa, share their Christmas wish lists, and of course, take photos (parents don’t forget those cameras!). Guests must pre-register for the holiday event. There are two seating choices for the breakfast which include: 8:30 and 10:00am times. Tickets are $12.00 and limited to 75 people per seating, so don’t wait, register today by contacting Borough Parks and Recreation at (610) 436-9010.


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Strolling Carolers in Downtown West Chester

The West Chester Downtown Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes community interest in the vitality, culture, and livability of Downtown West Chester through education, preservation and collaboration. To add to the spirit of the season, the Downtown Foundation is sponsoring Strolling Carolers on the second and third weekends of December. Enjoy the carolers at various locations in downtown on Friday evenings, December 9 & 16, 6-8pm; and Saturday afternoons December 10-17, 1 to 3pm. For more information you can check out http://www.downtownwestchester.com!

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West Chester Christmas Parade Tomorrow!

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to bundle up for the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Parade indowntown West Chester. The parade, sponsored by MARS Drinks, will be on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:15 p.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Market and New streets and travel up to Gay Street, then to Matlack Street and back on to Market Street, going against the flow of traffic. The main streets, Gay and Market, will close at 5:30 p.m., and some side streets will close at various times throughout the day.

Santa Claus will make an appearance in the parade and 19 marching bands from around the area will also perform. Many of the bands will participate in a band competition to be judged later in the evening. A new feature of the event will be the addition of a “Salute to the Troops” portion of the parade that will consist of floats and members of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Valley Forge Military Academy, the Navy Club and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Also new this year will be a holiday toy drive sponsored by WSFS Bank. Spectators are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to the parade on Friday; there will be boxes placed around downtown for collection. The toys will benefit the Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children in West Chester. The tree lighting ceremony will be at the corner of High and Market streets at 7 p.m. Also MARS Drinks will offer free hot cocoa and candy on High Street to keep spectators warm. Those in need of holiday spirit after the parade can return to the borough Saturday and Sunday for more festivities. Descriptions and times of all the weekend’s events can be found on the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Website at www.gwcc.org/.

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Downtown Events Coming in December!


  • West Chester celebrates Old-Fashioned Christmas with a four-day event! Friday’s festivities include the arrival of Santa in the Holiday Parade and the Community Tree lighting in front of the Courthouse on Friday evening. The celebration features more than forty activities including guided walking tours of the historic downtown area and performances by a wide variety of musicians from gospel choirs to quartets.


  • The new West Chester University Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Sylvia Ahramjian, is performing at the Chester County Historical Societyon Saturday, December 3 at 3pm. It will feature Christmas concertos by Vivaldi, Corelli, and other composers of the Baroque period. For more information click here


  • To add to the spirit of the season, the West Chester Downtown Foundation is sponsoring Strolling Carolers on the second and third weekends of December. Enjoy the carolers at various locations in downtown on Friday evenings, December 9 & 16, 6-8pm; and Saturday afternoons December 10-17, 1 to 3pm.


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