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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: December 22–23

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Wayne Ballet Theater presents ‘The Nutcracker’

December 22, 3 pm and 7 pm; December 23, 1 pm

Upper Merion High School, 435 Crossfield Road, King of Prussia




Join the dancers of Wayne Ballet Theater for their annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition! Tickets available online.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Screenings at Colonial Theatre

December 22, 4:30 pm; and December 23, 1:30 pm

227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville



Share one of the most beloved Christmas movies with your family as Colonial Theatre shows it on the big screen! Tickets available online.

Santa’s Little Helper Camp

December 22—23

Bounce U, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville



Get those last minute things done and let the kids have fun!  Pre-registration required.

Christmas at The Grange

December 22—23, 1—4 pm

143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown



The historic Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room. Take a tour, and be sure to check out their fabulous train display.

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

Weekends through December 23, 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.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

Through January 6, 2019

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley


More than 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.

Santa’s Village at FMFCU

December 22—23, noon—4 pm

100 West State Street, Media



Visit with Santa at FMFCU for photos and wishes.

‘Cinderella: A Musical Panto’

Through January 6, 2019

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern


Enjoy this musical tradition as People’s Light puts their signature spin on the magical tale of fairy godmothers and glass slippers. Best for kids ages 5 and up.

Brunch with Santa at Elmwood Park Zoo

December 22 and 23, 10:30 am and 12:30 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.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

December 22 and 23, 6—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Be sure to add on a visit Bubby’s Dessert Party and enjoy seasonal treats with Bubby the Bison. Tickets are available online.

Longwood Gardens’ Breakfast with Santa

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square

December 22 and 23, 9–10:30 am


Enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet with Santa at The Terrace at Longwood Gardens. The event is likely to sell out, so reserve your seats early.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

December 22 and 23, 1–8 pm (til 7 pm on Sunday)

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne


During the holidays, Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. New for this year, their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show, has a brand-new illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more.

A Longwood Christmas

November 22—January 6

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 carolers, sing-a-longs, and more. Timed admission tickets are required.

Linvilla Orchards’ Christmas Around the Farm

Through December 23

598 Linvill Rd., Media


Get your Christmas tree, visit the Christmas shop, and even see Santa (he’s there Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm).

LEGOLAND Holiday Bricktacular

December 22 and 23

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!



Santa and Mrs. Claus Stroll Suburban Square

December 22, 10 am—1 pm

6 Coulter Ave., Ardmore



Come out to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus as they spread holiday cheer throughout the square!

Star Wars Baking and Decorating for Kids

December 22, 10 am

Sur la Table, 690 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia



Star Wars fans (age 8-12) will love mixing and rolling dough and cutting out cookies shaped just like their favorite characters, and practice decorating their handiwork in the form of Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Yoda and C-3P0. Plus, they’ll take home a set of cookie cutters to recreate treats at home. Pre-register online.

Cold Moon Project

December 22, 11 am—1 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr



Make a glow-in-the-dark project and munch on moon snacks to celebrate the longest night of the year.

Santa’s Paradise Express

December 22, rides begin at 11 am

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 Tinsel 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.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Bryn Mawr Film Institute

December 22, 11 am

824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr


This week’s BMFI’s Family Saturday Matinee is a true holiday classic. Tickets available online. Recommended for kids age 9 and up. After the screening, head down the block to Ludington Library for games and holiday-themed activity sheets.

Children’s Tea in Paris at The Bercy

December 22, noon

7 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore


Formal tea, finger sandwiches, pastries, and a ballet performance of scenes from The Nutcracker! Contact The Bercy for reservations and more information: 610-589-0500.

Fun and Games with the Grinch and Magic Elf

December 22, noon—3 pm

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



Come for holiday fun and games with the Grinch and Magic Elf. Children will also enjoy strolling interactive magic.

Winterfest at King of Prussia Town Center

December 22, 1—4 pm

155 Village Dr., King of Prussia



Winter fun with a snow globe bounce house, live entertainment, and tasty treats.

‘A Christmas Story’ at Colonial Theatre

December 22, 1:30 pm

227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville


The holidays aren’t complete without a screening of this classic comedy, and now you can see it on the big screen! Tickets available online. Recommended for ages 6 and up.


Playdate with Santa

December 23, 9:30 am—noon

Lulu’s Casita West Chester, 109 N. High St., West Chester



Santa will be at Lulu’s for a playdate and breakfast. Bring your letters and camera! $20 per child.

Drop and Shop: Kids Holiday Cookie Decorating

December 23, 10 am

Sur la Table, 690 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia



Kids ages 8-12 can learn mixing, rolling dough, cutting out, and decorating sugar cookies. Pre-register online.

‘Jack Frost Saves Christmas’

December 23, noon

Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media


At just one hour in length, this annual show is perfect for ages 4 and up, and a hilarious heartwarming adventure for the holidays. Tickets available online.

Winter Wonderland Tea at A Taste of Britain

December 23 (timed reservations required)

A Taste of Britain, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne




A Taste of Britain’s festive menu includes holiday-themed treats like gingerbread petit fours, peppermint macarons, and a limited edition seasonal scone. Adults get a mimosa alongside their tea, and there is a special kids’ menu in case your frittata isn’t in line with your toddler’s palate. Kids will enjoy the whimsical decor and mismatched place settings, as well as little surprises like Christmas crackers (containing paper crowns, naturally).





Photograph by Kory Aversa.

Contributing Writer