All aboard Santa’s Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated West Chester Railroad through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa greets everyone at Market Street Station, then rides along to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glen Mills Station, where there’s plenty of photo opportunities on Santa’s lap, so remember your cameras. There will also be live music by Greg Wright & Friends. Incase you get hungry along the way the on board snack car offers hot dogs, hot chocolate and various snacks (cash only). Santa’s Express is scheduled for multiple weekends this holiday season including: December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 @ 11am, 1pm, 3pm and additional 5pm departures on December 13-14, 20-21. For more information on the event or to learn more about the West Chester Railroad click here.
Tonight, grab the girls and head downtown to visit the many shops that are staying open until 8 p.m. and offering refreshments, discounts and holiday cheer! Finish your Christmas shopping or just treat yourself to something special! Some of the stores staying open late include: The 5 Senses, Main Line Custom Mens, Penwick, Kaly, Malena’s, and many more. For more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
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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.
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The WCPL’s annual Holiday Home Tour is right around the corner! The date of the event this year is Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00am – 3:00pm. The tour features ten beautiful homes plus one special stop in the southern section of the borough.
Tickets are on sale now, you can purchase them online by clicking here, or at the library and at Chester County Book Company. Advance sale ticket prices are $30 per-person; day of price is $40. All proceeds benefit the West Chester Public Library’s services and programs for the greater West Chester community. For more information the event visit, www.wcpubliclibrary.org.
Support the arts this season as you practice the art of thoughtful giving at the annual holiday show at the Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank (16 West Market Street). It features a collection of original works by a variety of regional artists popularly-priced from $25 to $500. Enjoy libations and snacks from 5:00 to 8:30pm while you meet the artists. The event is free to attend and the exhibit continues through January 11. For more information visit www.thearttrust.com.
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.
Tonight come Downtown for the annual Halloween Parade! Enjoy the costumes, the kids, and the fun starting at 7pm for the West Chester Halloween Parade. Parade gathers on Market Street between Church & Darlington and continues down Market and up Gay Street. Marching bands and cheerleading performances are featured as well. Families and groups are welcome to participate. For more information call the West Chester Parks and Recreation at 610-436-9010. There will be free parking offered at the Justice Center Garage (Market & New Streets). Hope to see you there!
Looking for a place to go on Sunday morning with the family? Lucky for you the Olive Branch Restaurant will be hosting a Family Brunch on Easter Sunday, March 31. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious meal accompanied by complimentary mimosas. The feast highlights include berry-stuffed French Toast with Grand Marnier maple syrup, honey-baked ham, rosemary and olive oil-roasted lamb, sweet potatoes whipped with Jack Daniels, green bean almondine, dessert plates, and much more. The cost is $17.95 per person. Reservations are recommended; call (610) 431-7141 to make yours today!