WEST CHESTER—Just when you need a dose of nostalgia this holiday season, Old-Fashioned Holiday Weekend launches December 3-5 during Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester.
“Those who make it a tradition to visit West Chester every holiday season – and those who have been meaning to – will not want to miss an Old-Fashioned Holiday Weekend,” said Katie Walker, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester. “We’ll be decked out in thousands of twinkling lights for the borough’s beloved tree lighting ceremony as iconic images of West Chester’s holidays past are projected on borough buildings. It’s all followed by a fabulous holiday market, free photos with Santa, the Little Lincolns Gettysburg Address Competition, holiday home tour, a performance of Scrooge! and much more.”
As visitors discover the one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants that make West Chester so vibrant, they’ll enjoy a jam-packed weekend of festivities including:
First Friday in the borough and stores will be open late. Plus, there will be free street-level parking. Iconic images from holidays past will be projected on borough buildings.
The traditional and festive tree lighting ceremony will take place from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the steps of the Historic Chester County Courthouse on 2 North High Street. Featuring dignitaries, Miss Pennsylvania, Santa, surprise guests and live music from the West Chester University Gospel Choir, West Chester University Marching Band, a cappella group Under A Rest, and West Chester Area School District Honors Choir. In addition to the traditional decorations, the tree will be feature over 60 handmade ornaments created by local non-profits and businesses in Chester County.
From 10 a.m. -to 4 p.m. it’s the Holiday Market and Green Sale at the Chester County History Center on 225 North High Street. Shop in this locally curated market for original items including gifts, green, wreaths and more.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Holiday Home Tour will showcase eight homes on the north side of the borough decked out for the holidays. Tickets available from the West Chester Public Library at wcpubliclibrary.org. Holiday Door Tour also starts Saturday and runs until December 19.
From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., it’s the Little Lincolns Gettysburg Address Competition on the steps of the Historic County Courthouse. Middle school students from across the county put on their best Lincoln attire and recite the Gettysburg Address. More info available at the Chester County Community Foundation at www.chescocf.org.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the West Chester’s Merrie Minstrels Carolers will stroll through the borough and greet visitors.
From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., make sure the kids, and adults too, get free hot chocolate and coffee at Northwestern Mutual’s offices at 200 North High Street, Suite 300 (across from the History Center).
From 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series featuring Peirce Middle School/Henderson High School Jazz Bands and Henderson High School Chamber Choir at the Historic Chester County Courthouse on 2 North High Street.
From 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. don’t miss Scrooge! Produced by West Chester Dance Works in residence at Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts. Located at West Chester United Methodist Church. Tickets at wcdwscrooge2021.eventbrite.com.
From 3 p.m. – Santa is Coming! Wave to Santa as he tours the borough of West Chester on a fire truck.
Evening hours it’s free photos with Santa organized by the West Chester Borough Parks and Recreation Department at Marshall Square Park gazebo (200 E. Marshall St.) Leashed pets welcome. More info at www.west-chester.com.
For more details on daily events, visitors should be sure to check an updated schedule at GWCC.org.
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