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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: December 14–15

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

This week’s High Five is sponsored by The Radnor Hotel.

Start a new tradition and make memories with friends and family while savoring your favorite dishes at The Radnor Hotel’s Champagne Sunday Brunch over the holidays! Call 610-341-3188 for reservations.


 

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

 

Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in Philly!

All Weekend

Charlotte’s Web

December 14 and 15, 2 pm

Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Watch E.B. White’s beautiful story unfold on stage for one weekend only. Tickets available online.

Chatter Splatter Christmas Parties

December 14, 10 am and 1 pm; and December 15, 10 am

1030 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

Enjoy two hours of play, facepainting, balloon art, treats, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Home for the Holidays at Stoneleigh

December 14, 11 am—1 pm; and December 15, 1—3 pm

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden, 1829 East County Line Road, Villanova

 

During this exclusive holiday “open house,” explore the spectacular Main House at Stoneleigh, decked out with nature-inspired decorations. Head outdoors for a stroll, then warm chilly hands by a fire and enjoy toasting s’mores. Carolers and an organist will also perform holiday songs. Register online.

‘Into the Woods’

December 14—28

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester

 

This award-winning musical is equally enjoyable for children and adults as it features a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairytales. Recommended for ages 5 and up (Children under 5 not admitted). Tickets available online.

Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

Through December 24

Hedgerow Theatre Company, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Rose Valley

 

Hedgerow presents its annual performance of this holiday classic. Come 45 minutes early for caroling before the show! Tickets available online.

LEGOLAND Holiday Bricktacular

Weekends in December

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday activities—meet LEGO Santa, build a LEGO ornament and decorate the holiday tree, see MINILAND Philadelphia as a Winter Wonderland, go on a holiday scavenger hunt, and more! Plus, new for this year, grab your family photo on a LEGO sleigh with LEGO reindeer!

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

Weekends through December 29, 5:30—8:30 pm

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

 

Take a stroll through the decorated landscape and enjoy the spectacular lights and displays throughout the grounds. And make sure to catch the light show synchronized to music. Admission includes a free hot chocolate, make your own ornament, meet-and-greet with Santa and a free candy cane.

Brunch with Santa at Elmwood Park Zoo

December 14 and 15; seatings at 9 am, 10:30 am, noon, and 1:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying brunch with Santa! Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch buffet, make holiday crafts, and meet one of the zoo’s education animals. Share your holiday wishes with Santa, take photos with him the big guy himself, and then enjoy exploring the zoo—admission is included in the ticket price. Pre-registration is required.

Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto

November 13—January 5

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

Fairytales collide in this brand new panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. Can a new hero (or heroine) emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? This musical mashup is sure to delight all ages through the holidays. Tickets available online.

Elf: The Musical

November 13—January 12

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

 

Call us cotton-headed ninny muggins, but it’s never too early to get into the spirit with this hilarious musical adaptation of the classic Will Ferrell film. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Weekends in December

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

 

Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. Their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show features an illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to the festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more. This year, Rudolph, along with his friends Clarice, Bumble and Sam the Snowman will be available for photos with guests in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 22—January 5, 6—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Take a stroll through Snowflake Central, be dazzled by Rainbow Runway, and marvel at the custom decorations in the Wonder Way Christmas Tree exhibit. And of course, stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Tickets are available online.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 23—January 5

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

More than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. After the show, sit by the bonfire, take in the sounds and sights of the Tree of Hope, and enjoy some s’mores and hot cocoa (available on site at the Farm Market). You can even visit with Santa at the market.

Christmas Around the Farm at Linvilla

November 23—December 23

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Take your family on a hayride to the Christmas tree fields to select your tree. Plus, visit the Garden Center for a selection of holiday decorations, children’s toys, and other collectibles. And be sure to visit Santa!

A Longwood Christmas

November 22—January 5

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, catch holiday concerts, carolers, sing-a-longs, and more throughout the holidays. Timed admission tickets are required.

Santa’s Paradise Express

December 14 and 15

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks

 

Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back. Kids will get a surprise from Santa, and hop aboard the Candy Cane Trolley for holiday stories. Mrs. Claus will be available at the Station from noon– 4 pm to help children finalize their letters to Santa. Tickets available online.

Portraits at Santa’s Village

December 14—15, noon—4 pm

Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, 101 W. State St., Media

 

Stop by for free photos with Santa, no reservations necessary. On Sunday, bring your pets for Santa Paws photos!

Clover Market’s Holiday Market

December 14—15, 10 am—4 pm

Baldwin School Athletic Center, 701 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

This indoor market will feature 70 carefully selected vendors with high quality products specifically for towards holiday gift-giving.

Saturday

Breakfast with Santa at Radnor Middle School

December 14, 8:30—11 am

150 Louella Ave., Wayne

 

Come for a pancake breakfast, gingerbread house decorating, facepainting, crafts, and of course a picture with Santa! $5 per adult, $8 per child.

Pancakes with Santa

December 14, 9—11 am

Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford

 

Bring your family to the CREC for a delicious breakfast with Old St. Nick. You’ll get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him about your Christmas wishes. Pre-registration is required. Free for kids age 2 and under.

Breakfast with Santa at GPCC

December 14, 9—10:30 am

Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Rd., Plymouth Meeting

 

Eat a light breakfast, take photos with Santa, and play in the game room. Pre-registration is required; call 610-277-4312 to register. Kids 2 and under are free!

Family Program: Natural Ornaments

December 14, 10—11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Use natural materials such as cones, greenery, and seed pods to create decorative ornaments for your home or yard. Go on a walk to collect natural materials, then come back inside to create your masterpieces. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Register online.

SantaFest at American Helicopter Museum

December 14, 10 am—1 pm

1220 American Boulevard, West Chester

 

Santa arrives via helicopter at 11 am, and will visit with kids in his colorful workshop in the museum. There will also be a holiday-themed craft, holiday movies in the theater, and more. Tickets available online.

A Sugartown Christmas

December 14, 11 am—3 pm

690 Sugartown Road, Malvern

 

Explore the historic village and hear about Victorian Christmas traditions. Kids will get a chance to meet Santa, decorate cookies and a gingerbread village, and try their hand at making Victorian-style ornaments and Christmas cards. There will also be shopping and treats from local vendors.  $8 per person, free for kids 2 and under.

Family Movie Morning: ‘Elf’

December 14, 11 am—1 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Gather in the library for this modern holiday classic!

Santa Visits Learning Express Toys

December 14, 11 am—1 pm

160 Market St., Collegeville

 

Skip the lines at the mall, and come visit Santa! This is a free event and registration is not required.

Christmas Cookie Decorating

December 14, 11 am—2 pm

Heart Stone Coffee, 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville

 

Iron Works Church and Heart Stone Coffee welcome neighbors to gather together for a free event of decorating cookies, photo booth, complimentary coffee, and celebrating the season as live music fills the air.

Local Author Expo

December 14, 11 am—2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Meet local and regional authors as they share their books. Books available for purchase and signing.

King of Prussia Town Center Winterfest

December 14, noon—5 pm

155 Village Dr., King of Prussia

 

Celebrate the season with a free afternoon of live entertainment, horse and carriage rides, kids’ crafts, and visits with Olaf from Frozen!

Winter Wonderland

December 14, noon—2 pm

Conshohocken Community Center at the Fellowship House, 515 Harry Street, Conshohocken

 

Participate in the holiday spirit and seasonal cheer by spending time with your community, joining in on arts and crafts, games, and an appearance by Santa! Online registration is required.

Reindeer Holidays Event at Sweet and Sassy

December 14, 12:30 pm

250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville

 

Celebrate the holidays with a reindeer party updo, holiday makeup, holiday craft, singing and dancing, hot chocolate bar, and more. Book online.

Holiday Workshop Day

December 14, 1–3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

 Wayne Art Center invites children ages 4-12 for a fun-filled afternoon of holiday crafting, just in time for the holidays! Admission is free, and card making and gift wrap to finish off the handmade gifts your kids will make in the workshops. Add on your choice of six workshops for $6 each (except the Tree Decorating Workshop, which is $10), or do all six for $35: Melting Snowman Cookies, Silly Snowman, Tree Decorating, Snowy Ornaments, Snow Fairies, and Gingerbread Houses.

Winter Holidays Puppet Show presented by Puppets Pizzazz

December 14, 3—3:45 pm

Phoenixville Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville

 

Featuring slapstick skits and sing-along songs about the December holiday season, punctuated by jokes and riddles, this interactive puppet show is a perfect way to celebrate and share together in the joy of the winter season. Free; registration requested online.

Comfort & Joy: A Holiday Show

December 14, 3 pm

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore

 

The Valley Forge Chorus presents a show of holiday classics. Tickets available online.

Winter Solstice Celebration and Luminaries Lighting

December 14, 4:30—6:30 pm

Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens avenues, Ardmore

 

This free event includes tot chocolate, s’mores, fire pits, and beautiful luminaries lighting.

‘Frozen 2’ Event at Sweet and Sassy

December 14, 4:45 pm

250 Plaza Drive, Collegeville

 

Celebrate the next Frozen chapter with a Frozen-themed makeover, dance party, coronation with tiara and wand to take home, and more. Book online.

Paint with Santa

December 14, 6—7:30 pm

Color Me Mine Wayne, 109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

 

Santa is coming to Color Me Mine! Choose from a set of three flat ornaments or an 11-inch plate to paint. Then enjoy storytime, treats, and let your kids tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas (and take photos!). Book online.

Sunday

Warm Up To Winter Chanukah Concert

December 15, 10-11 am

Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood

 

Get ready for Chanukah and the long winter season with a rocking concert from Ross M. Levy and Chana Rothman. Free to attend; all are welcome!

Brunch with Santa at Spasso

December 15, 10 am—1 pm

1 W. State St., Media

 

Brunch with Santa! 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Family Support Line to help protect children from abuse. Call to make your reservation: 610-565-7803.

Family Workshop: Gingerbread House and Ornaments

December 15, 10 am

Sur la Table, 690 West DeKalb Pike, Suite 2068, King Of Prussia

 

Add tasty and colorful goodies to your gingerbread house to make it the most unique house on the block! Plus, bake and decorate a variety of ornaments to bring home some of that holiday spirit. Pre-registration is required online. For ages 7 and up.

Jack Frost Saves Christmas

December 15, noon

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

 

This popular one-hour musical for children, now in its fifth year on stage at The Media Theatre, tells the story about a boy who freezes everything he touches, and learning to accept and embrace differences. Tickets available online.

Photos with Santa at Workhorse Brewing Company

December 15, noon—3 pm

250 King Manor Drive, King of Prussia

 

Stop by the Taproom for free family photos with Santa—complete with a tripod set up and professional lighting so you can be sure to take a great photo. Plus, enjoy $5 beer specials all day.

Makin’ Music Free Holiday Show

December 15, 12:30 pm

118 North, 118 N. Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

A free kids’ holiday party with Miss Jen and the Makin’ Music Band. RSVP online.

Skate with Santa

December 15, 1—2:30 pm

Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore

 

A unique Santa visit (and photo op) on ice!

Festival of Bell Instruments with Music Play Patrol

December 15, 1:30—2:15 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Festival of Bell Instruments teaches children how to create harmony and melody using handbells, pan drum and a glockenspiel (metal xylophone). This is a hands-on program that allows participants to explore all of the instruments. Great for ages 2 and up. Register online.

Menorah Workshop at Home Depot

December 15, 2-3 pm

700 Reed Rd., Broomall

 

Chabad of Delaware County hosts a workshop where kids can get hands-on and create their own menorah (plus enjoy delicious treats!) with the help of Home Depot. Space is limited; RSVP necessary: rikki@jewishdelco.org

Santa Sundays at Monkey Fish Toys

December 15, 2:30—4:30 pm

662 Downingtown Pike, West Chester; and 510 Simpson Drive, Chester Springs

 

Take a free photo with Santa, and enjoy free ornament making and facepainting.

Santa at Narberth Train Station

December 15, 2:30 pm

211 Elmwood Ave, Narberth

 

Santa will arrive and lead the local kids in Christmas carols in Train Station Circle with music, cookies, and hot chocolate.  Then Santa will make a grand exit on a fire engine.

Gypsy Wonderland

December 15, 4:30—8:30 pm

The Gypsy Saloon, 128 Ford St., Conshohocken

 

Meet live reindeer, enjoy treats and kids’ crafts, pictures with Santa, and more holiday fun!

 

Photograph courtesy of The Radnor Hotel.

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