Christmas is over and the New Year is quickly approaching! What are your plans for New Years Eve? If you haven’t already made plans check out some of these awesome places in Downtown West Chester, for more information visit http://www.figwestchester.com.
- Iron Hill Brewery | 610.738.9600: Take advantage of Iron Hill’s special Celebration Menu December 28 to 31, with choices like Crispy Seared Sea Bass, Baked Blue Point Oysters and Pear Financier!
- Kooma | 610.430.8980: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Sushi and Sake! Call to reserve your ticket to Kooma’s NYE Special; $60 per person includes Sushi and Appetzer Buffet, House Sake, House Wine and Domestic Beers. A DJ will be spinning from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Limoncello | 610.436.6230: Ring in 2014 with a memorable meal! Enjoy a three-course dinner with choices like Clams Oreganato, Lobster Ravioli and Chocolate Souffle. Call for reservations.
- Social Lounge | 610.738.3948: Yell “Happy New Year” as you nosh on a special menu and dance to live music from local rock band, VCR. No cover!
- Teca | 610.738.8244: Plan a special night for two! Choose from three dinner seatings and enjoy special featured menu items like Branzino, Ossobucco and Chocolate Mousse.
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
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.
Next weekend, September 26th and 27th, take a ride on the West Chester Railroad Haunted Train as the friendly (and only slightly ghoulish) crew gives out treats (and some tricks) to each of the passengers. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes. It’s not too scary for the little ones; it’s Halloween fun while enjoying the Chester Creek autumn scenery from the comfort of a heated train which departs at 12pm & 2pm. See West Chester Railroad for details.
Hop’ on board the West Chester Railroad and take a 90 minute round trip along the beautiful Chester Creek from West Chester to the historic Glen Mills village. The Easter Bunny will be on board handing out treats to all passengers. During the 20 minute stop at the historic Glen Mills station there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take photos with the Easter Bunny. So be sure to bring your camera! Also, Greg Wright and Friends will be on board playing live music, singing all of your favorite Easter songs. Tickets are available now at West Chester Railroads official website, www.westchesterrr.net. Below is a list of prices for the Eastern Bunny Express.
- Adults – $22.00
- Children (ages 2-12) – $15.00
- Toddlers (9 mo-23-mo) – $6.00
For Valentine’s Day, enjoy a cheese fondue followed by a rich chocolate dessert fondue in the beautiful, intimate setting of the candlelit Lincoln Room (28 W Market, 610-696-2102) from 7pm to 9pm. Adding to the atmosphere are the romantic sounds of classical guitarist Malcolm Johnstone. This event will sell out quickly so call 610-696-2102 for reservations. $40 per couple (gratuities not included). BYOB (no corking fee).
Incase you missed the Annual Groundhog Day prediction over the weekend we wanted to let you know that Punxsutawney Phil predicted that there will be an early spring. He did not see his shadow! According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner. Lucky for us this year means spring is coming early, or so we hope!
Did you know that Groundhog Day as we know it in the U.S. started because the Pennsylvania Dutch farmers wanted to know if spring was coming early or not. That information helped them decide when they should plant seeds and half their hay. Do you agree with Punxsatawney Phil’s prediction?
Come downtown and see what new and what’s cool for the New Year. Stores open late offering specials and refreshments. Downtown West Chester is a browsers paradise with more than 75 retail shops and boutiques offering a diverse and unique shopping experience. Apparel, jewelry, art, and gifts are among the items found in the quaint shops dotting the pleasant and walkable main streets. Below our a few highlights/specials occurring this coming First Friday, for more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com or by clicking here.
The 5 Senses (133 W Market St – 610-719-0170) invites you to come in out of the cold during their Winter Doldrums Sale, with up to 60% off, beginning February 1. Valentine’s Jewelry 15% to 25% off through February 14.
Ruby Slippers Boutique (18 N High St – 610-719-6040) has cozy Alpaca Socks to keep you warm during these cold winter days. “New Lysse” Leggings and Jackets are in!
Bella & Betty (17 W Gay St – 610-719-3259) will be open late on First Friday and getting ready to celebrate their one year anniversary with a one time 25% off coupon on any item from 2/3–2/28.
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.
Tonight (October 23rd), Grab your pumpkin, roll up your sleeves and get competitive for this great pumpkin carve! Side Bar Restaurant will have 2 dozen pumpkins on site to carve up! They will also offer the carving utensils for all participants and will award prizes to the most creative, original and worst-ever carvings seen in-house tonight. The 3rd Annual Side Bar Pumpkin carving contest will begin and run straight through Mystery Box Trivia which starts at 9:30… So bring your carving skills and trivia skills!