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Weekend Fun for Families Around the Main Line: 30+ Things To Do With Kids December 10-12

So many ways to get merry on the Main Line this weekend! Get the scoop on all the festivals, shows, holiday markets, and MORE!

Want to really unplug and connect with your kids? Explore 30+ family-friendly events with this roundup of weekend fun for Main Line and Western Suburban families below and fill your calendar with things to do! For even more options, visit Philadelphia Family’s Weekend Fun Roundup and plan ahead with our NEW Community Calendar at mainlineparent.com/events, which will be updated each week!

Please be sure to check with the host location about their health and safety protocols, as well as their registration requirements, prior to heading out!

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THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY AROUND THE MAIN LINE ALL WEEKEND LONG

Holiday Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

The Holiday Garden Railway exhibit is an outdoor miniature display, included with Garden admission. Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. 

The Brandywine Railroad Toy and Model Trains
Brandywine River Museum of Art 1 Hoffmans Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

A holiday favorite since 1972, the Brandywine Railroad offers something for everyone with its dazzling array of both toy and scale model trains made by Lionel, Williams, Atlas, Mike’s Train House, K-line and others.

Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia 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!

Woodland Wonderland Light Display
Anderson Farm Park 499 Hopwood Rd., Collegeville

Walk through our Woodland Wonderland at Anderson Farm Park and enjoy the beautiful light displays! The light display will be open on Thursdays from 5-7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm, until December 18, 2021. Each Friday and Saturday will feature live entertainment.

Christmas Around the Farm
Linvilla Orchards 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

Linvilla Orchards transforms the Garden Center into a Winter Wonderland decked out with handmade wreaths, greens and holly, and a sea of poinsettias. Find your Christmas tree from a selection of pre-cut trees—or cut-your-own. Shop an enormous selection of timeless holiday decorations, children’s toys and collectibles you won’t find anywhere else! Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Santa will visit in an outdoor, covered location.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N. High St., West Chester

In this hilarious holiday family classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, also known as “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a […]

Friday

Jenkins Arboretum Winter Luminary Nights
December 10, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jenkins Arboretum 631 Berwyn Baptist Rd., Devon, PA

As the days grow shorter, we invite you to join us at Jenkins for a celebration of winter light! The Arboretum will be aglow with luminary-lined paths, up-lit trees, hot beverages, and the warmth of friends and neighbors. 

Christmas at Colonial Garden
December 10, 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Colonial Gardens 745 Schuylkill Rd., Phoenixville, PA

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, commemorative ornament, meet-and-greet with characters, and a free candy cane.

Woodland Wonderland Light Display
December 10, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Anderson Farm Park 499 Hopwood Rd., Collegeville, PA

Walk through our Woodland Wonderland at Anderson Farm Park and enjoy the beautiful light displays! The light display will be open on Thursdays from 5-7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm, until December 18, 2021. Each Friday and Saturday will feature live entertainment. 

Wineberry Lane Christmas Light Display & Toys for Tots Collection
December 10, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wineberry Lane 1590 Wineberry Ln., West Chester, PA

Who couldn’t use some Christmas spirit this holiday season? Come on by and view this display of 20,000 lights and 24 inflatables from 5-10pm, every day until on NYE. 

Elf the Musical
December 10, 7:00 pm 
SALT Performing Arts 1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs

This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. 

Mamma Mia!
December 10, 7:00 pm 
The Media Theatre 104 E. State St., Media, PA

ABBA’s hits propel this popular musical about a young woman’s search for her birth father on the eve of her wedding. Tickets available online.

A Longwood Christmas – Fire, Ice, and Everything Nice
December 10, 10:00 am – 9:30 pm 
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.

Saturday

Breakfast With Santa
December 11, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Steel City Coffeehouse 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA

Join Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery along with Santa Claus and Chorus Photography on Saturday, December 11th. Activities begin at 9 am, which includes arts and crafts and more!

Christmas Around the Farm
December 11, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Linvilla Orchards 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

Linvilla Orchards transforms the Garden Center into a Winter Wonderland decked out with handmade wreaths, greens and holly, and a sea of poinsettias. Find your Christmas tree from a selection of pre-cut, or cut-your-own trees. Shop an enormous selection of timeless holiday decorations, children’s toys and collectibles you won’t find anywhere else! Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Santa will visit in an outdoor, covered location.

The Brandywine Railroad Toy and Model Trains
December 11 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art 1 Hoffmans Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, PA

A holiday favorite since 1972, the Brandywine Railroad offers something for everyone with its dazzling array of both toy and scale model trains made by Lionel, Williams, Atlas, Mike’s Train House, K-line and others. 

SantaFest
December 11, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
American Helicopter Museum & Education Center 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester

Santa lets the reindeer rest for the upcoming big day and instead arrives via helicopter! He flies in at 11 am, ready to hear children’s wish lists in our colorful Santa’s Workshop. Bring your cameras to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, too. 

Victorian Christmas Holiday Tours at Historic Pennypacker Mills
December 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville

A holiday tour at Pennypacker Mills celebrates the best in vintage Christmas décor and history. Recalling a time when electricity was not available, visitors will enter an early 1900s family home resplendent in shine with sparkling glass ornaments and gold and silver Dresden foil ornaments.

Holiday Garden Railway
December 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Morris Arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

The Holiday Garden Railway exhibit is an outdoor miniature display, included with Garden admission. Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. 

Wayne Art Center Holiday Shopping Weekend
December 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Wayne Art Center 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

Over 25 local craft and culinary artisans representing jewelry, apparel and accessories, giftables, ceramics and cuisine. This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. Three chances to shop: Friday, December 10th, 5pm-8pm; Saturday, December 11th, 10am-5pm; and Sunday December 12th, 10am-3pm.

Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia
December 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA

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!

A Longwood Christmas – Fire, Ice, and Everything Nice
December 11, 10:00 am – 9:30 pm 
Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA

Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season.

Kennett Square Holiday Village Market
December 11, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 
The Creamery of Kennett Square 401 Birch St., Kennett Square

The beloved Kennett Square Holiday Village Market is back! The market, which is modeled on the classic German Christkindlmarkt, features dozens of curated artisan and vintage vendors in addition to live music, ice sculptures, food trucks, Santa Claus, and more in the magical setting of  The Creamery.

Winterfest
December 11, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
King of Prussia Town Center 155 Village Dr., King of Prussia

King of Prussia Town Center’s annual Winterfest celebration is back! The seasonal celebration, presented by Xfinity, will feature interactive outdoor experiences and fun family activities including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, an ornament workshop, a custom photo moment, meet and greet with favorite holiday characters and more!

Winter Sparkle & Gather at Providence Town Center
December 11, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Providence Town Center 10 Town Center Dr., Collegeville

Gather the kids and stop by for some Winter Sparkle & Fun! It’s all FREE in the Providence Town Center plaza in front of Old Navy from 1-4pm on Saturday, December 11th. Event includes sing-along with Elsa; meet and greet Jack Frost, the Snow King and Ice Queen; face painting; complimentary hot chocolate and cupcakes; sticker crafts; giveaways; and a DJ.

Elf the Musical
December 11, 2:00 pm 
SALT Performing Arts 1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs

This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 11, 2:00 pm 
Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N. High St., West Chester

In this hilarious holiday family classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, also known as “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids. 

Mamma Mia!
December 11, 2:00 pm
The Media Theatre 104 E. State St., Media

ABBA’s hits propel this popular musical about a young woman’s search for her birth father on the eve of her wedding. Tickets available online.

Christmas Festival at Upper Main Line YMCA
December 11, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Upper Main Line YMCA 1416 Berwyn Paoli Rd., Berwyn

Santa and one of his reindeer make their annual visit to the Upper Main Line YMCA, now held at UMLY’s outdoor Holiday Artisan Village! Families can take photos with Santa while also enjoying all of the festive outdoor activities including the North Pole Treat Trail, kids holiday craft workshops, reindeer games, winter science wonders, fire pits and roasting marshmallows, bounce houses, and food trucks for dinner and dessert. 

Jenkins Arboretum Winter Luminary Nights
December 11, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jenkins Arboretum 631 Berwyn Baptist Rd., Devon

As the days grow shorter, we invite you to join us at Jenkins for a celebration of winter light! The Arboretum will be aglow with luminary-lined paths, up-lit trees, hot beverages, and the warmth of friends and neighbors.

Woodland Wonderland Light Display
December 11, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Anderson Farm Park 499 Hopwood Rd., Collegeville

Walk through our Woodland Wonderland at Anderson Farm Park and enjoy the beautiful light displays! The light display will be open on Thursdays from 5-7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm, until December 18, 2021. Each Friday and Saturday will feature live entertainment.

Christmas at Colonial Gardens
December 11, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colonial Gardens 745 Schuylkill Rd., 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, commemorative ornament, meet-and-greet with characters, and a free candy cane.

Wineberry Lane Christmas Light Display & Toys for Tots Collection
December 11, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Wineberry Lane 1590 Wineberry Ln., West Chester

Who couldn’t use some Christmas spirit this holiday season? Come on by and view this display of 20,000 lights and 24 inflatables from 5-10pm, every day until on NYE.

People’s Light Presents “A Christmas Carol”
December 11, 7:00 pm
People’s Light 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern

Callous Scrooge, shackled Marley, and the haunting spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future spring vividly to life in our fresh adaptation of a favorite yuletide ghost story.

Broadway in Berwyn Does Christmas
December 11 @ 8:00 pm
Footlighters Theater 58 Main Ave., Berwyn

The Footlighters Theater is excited to bring back to its stage their incredibly popular, music-filled, annual fundraiser, Broadway in Berwyn Does Christmas. For one red and green-filled weekend only (December 10,11, & 12), Footlighters will be over-flowing with Christmas cheer through musical theater Christmas songs!

Sunday

Wayne Art Center Holiday Shopping Weekend
December 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wayne Art Center 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

Over 25 local craft and culinary artisans representing jewelry, apparel and accessories, giftables, ceramics and cuisine. This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.

Kennett Square Holiday Village Market
December 12, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Creamery of Kennett Square 401 Birch St., Kennett Square

The beloved Kennett Square Holiday Village Market is back! The market, which is modeled on the classic German Christkindlmarkt, features dozens of curated artisan and vintage vendors in addition to live music, ice sculptures, food trucks, Santa Claus, and more in the magical setting of The Creamery.

Sunday Family Skate in Ardmore
December 12, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore

Join PSCHS on Sundays for family skating in their beautiful ice rink. It’s a great indoor activity on cold winter days. $10 admission and $5 ice skate rental. Masks required.

Jenkins Arboretum Winter Luminary Nights
December 12, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jenkins Arboretum 631 Berwyn Baptist Rd., Devon

As the days grow shorter, we invite you to join us at Jenkins for a celebration of winter light! The Arboretum will be aglow with luminary-lined paths, up-lit trees, hot beverages, and the warmth of friends and neighbors.

Christmas at Colonial Gardens
December 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colonial Gardens 745 Schuylkill Rd., 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, commemorative ornament, meet-and-greet with characters, and a free candy cane.

Wineberry Lane Christmas Light Display & Toys for Tots Collection
December 12, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Wineberry Lane 1590 Wineberry Ln., West Chester

Who couldn’t use some Christmas spirit this holiday season? Come on by and view this display of 20,000 lights and 24 inflatables from 5-10pm, every day until on NYE.

Broadway in Berwyn Does Christmas
December 12, 8:00 pm 
Footlighters Theater 58 Main Ave., Berwyn

The Footlighters Theater is excited to bring back to its stage their incredibly popular, music-filled, annual fundraiser, Broadway in Berwyn Does Christmas. For one red and green-filled weekend only (December 10,11, & 12), Footlighters will be over-flowing with Christmas cheer through musical theater Christmas songs!

Renaissance Noel
December 12, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Church of the Good Samaritan 212 W Lancaster Ave., Paoli

This season marks the 35th consecutive year of the magical Renaissance Noël concert by the Vox Renaissance Consort. Celebrating the glorious Renaissance Christmas music of Old Europe, Renaissance Noël features masterpieces for single and double chorus, solo voices, and period instruments. A unique feature of these concerts is the Renaissance Consort performers exquisitely attired in lush period costumes. Come and experience a joyful and traditional old-world Noël!

DISCLAIMER: HEY PARENTS, AS WE WELL KNOW, THINGS CHANGE DAY TO DAY… EVEN HOUR TO HOUR SINCE WE HAVE ENDURED A GLOBAL PANDEMIC TOGETHER. PLEASE CHECK THE SPECIFIC EVENT WEBSITE FOR TIME CHANGES, RAIN DATES, COVID POLICIES, AND EVENT CANCELLATIONS BEFORE YOU PACK UP THE WHOLE CREW OR GATHER AROUND THE LAPTOP TO LOG ON.

Lead photo featuring the Holiday Garden Railway courtesy of Morris Arboretum.

Main Line Parent Writer & Calendar Editor. Email beth@familyfocus.org.

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