DECEMBER EVENTS

VALLEY FORGE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY

December in Montgomery County is marked with historic holiday celebrations, but the calendar also features major concerts, performances by top comedians, award-winning stage shows, and the annual March-In of the Continental Army, one of the largest events of the year at Valley Forge Park. 

See our full list of amazing events coming to Valley Forge and Montgomery County this December:

SPECIAL EVENTS
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WILD LIGHTS AT ELMWOOD PARK ZOO

November 22 - January 5, 2020
Elmwood Park Zoo

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday season with the return of Wild Lights to Elmwood Park Zoo! We’re flipping the switch on millions of lights that will shine throughout the zoo’s entire 16 acres. Take a stroll through Snowflake Central and be dazzled by Rainbow Runway. Catch our giant video show in the giraffe yard, and marvel at the custom decorations in the Wonder Way Christmas Tree exhibit. And of course, be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop for photos with the big man himself!

Each night of Wild Lights will feature live entertainment, including unique animal encounters, performances, character appearances, holiday music, and more. Check out our entertainment calendar for the latest updates!

PARADE OF LIGHTS

December 7
Independence Seaport Museum

'Tis the season to get festive with family!  Parade of Lights returns - a favorite annual holiday event at the Independence Seaport Museum.  

A parade of local working boats will be illuminated in holiday lights for all to see on the Delaware River at 5:30 p.m.  The best spot to take in this unique sight is from the Museum's second-floor terrace.  Warm seasonal beverages and food will be available in our Holiday Hut.

Santa's Workshop on the Water will be merry and bright with tons of activities and handmade crafts.  For an extra $5 construct and decorate a gingerbread boat (limited availability - arrive early!).  To add extra cheer make sure to locate the face painter, she's sure to give you an extra sparkle that day!

Santa himself and Jingle Jack will be spreading holiday cheer around the Museum throughout the day.  Be on the lookout to snap a photo with Santa when he arrives at 2 p.m.!

With so much to see and do, Parade of Lights is a great way to kick off the holiday season! 

NARBERTH DICKENS FESTIVAL

December 8
Narberth

The Narberth Dickens Festival is the biggest holiday festival on the Main Line, where downtown Narberth transforms into 1840s London for one December afternoon every year. The event includes period street vendors and food, caroling, musicians, costumed performers, puppet shows, dance performances, ice sculpting, carriage rides, and much more. Kids join in the free scavenger hunt to search for costumed Dickens characters like Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and win a great prize. Easy access to Septa Regional Rail - 3 stops from 30th St Station on the Paoli/Thorndale line.

The Festival will be bigger and better than ever this year.  The Narberth Business Association is bringing back all the crowd favorites, and expanding with new activities and performances as well.  See the website for times and more information at www.narberthonline.com.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

November 10 - December 8
Theatre Horizon

An ancient curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound, and only three actors.  This hilarious Sherlock Holmes caper is equal parts mystery and side-splitting spoof!c

MARCH IN OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY

December 19
6 pm - 8 pm
Valley Forge National Historical Park

On December 19, 1777, the Continental Army marched in to Valley Forge for what would become a six-month encampment. The anniversary of that first night in camp is celebrated with an encampment at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and a visit by General George Washington.

HAPPY PLACE

October 5th - January 5th
King of Prussia Mall

Happy Place will #MakeItMontco at the King of Prussia Mall starting Saturday, October 5th and will remain open through Sunday, January 5th, 2020. What better way to complete your Montco holiday shopping experience at the largest mall in the country than by grabbing tickets to Happy Place? Tickets on sale now at happyplace.meOpens a New Window..

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Beer, Wine & Spirits Events

Holiday Tea at Cairnwood Estate

December 4 - December 22
Cairnwood Estate

Afternoon Tea is unmistakably a truly Victorian custom known worldwide. Enjoy premium teas by master blender Harney & Sons, traditional tea sandwiches, soup du jour and seasonal salad, family style petit fours and scones with clotted cream and jams. Package include tea service, self-guided tour, & access to the annual gown exhibition.

HOLIDAYS AT HOPE LODGE & BEER TASTING

December 7
Hope Lodge

Come take a self-guided tour of Hope Lodge decorated for Christmas, enjoy holiday music, train displays and much more! Reduced admission charged.

After the tour, join us for tastings of craft beers in our Colonial Kitchen (additional charge).

WHISKEY COCKTAIL WORKSHOP

December 7
Boardroom Spirits

Hands-on craft cocktail workshop for all whiskey-lovers! This is a custom workshop featuring Northbound rye, bourbon, and our very own Boardroom Spirits single malt whiskey! (New Year's of 2018 was the last time we had this single malt available, and it's been maturing quite well ever since!)

YOGA AT THE DISTILLERY

December 8
Boardroom Spirits Distillery

Dig out your yoga mats and join us for an all-levels vinyasa class. The ticket price includes the full yoga class and a cocktail/beer. Kristin Hannings (RYT-200) will be offering this yoga flow suitable for all levels - so whether you're the ultimate yogi or just want to try something new, this is the right class for you. Please bring your own mat, water, and towel. Purchase your tickets here to reserve your spot! Stay for our delicious, fresh brunch afterward.

Valley Forge Beer and Cider Festival

December 14
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks

This thirst-quenching pay-one-price tasting experience, called “a not-to-be-missed event for fans of real beer” by Drink Philly, will be fun-filled day for all—the beer lover and the cider drinker.  The event will break all records of years past with over 150 beers and ciders for sampling.  Shoulder to shoulder with the most popular local breweries and cideries will be amazing producers from across the country and around the world. A sell-out is expected, so get your tickets early. For the 9th year in a row, we are proud to partner with the local Committee To Benefit the Children (CBC) and support them in their efforts to improve the quality of life for children and families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

December 14
Carousel at Pottstown

9AM - 10:30AM, $10 per ticket

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

December 14
Garden Spot Village

Children and accompanying adults can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet plus photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a private tour of the Garden Spot Village Train Room. $14.95 per adult; $9.95 children 3-10; children 2 and under are free. Order tickets online hereOpens in New Window.

Coffee & Tea Festival

December 14 - December 15
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks 

It's the 7th annual Coffee & Tea Festival! Join more than 50 exhibitors from around the nation as they introduce you to delicious, new, and award-winning products. This international extravaganza celebrating all things coffee and tea will offer two days of seminars from well-known industry pros and pioneers, pairings, tastings, delectable sweet and savory foods, and more!

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

December 15
SunnyBrook Ballroom

Relive your holiday memories of The SunnyBrook Ballroom and create new ones with your family at our Third Annual Breakfast with Santa! Bring the kids to meet and get a photo with Santa, decorate cookies and ornaments, and enjoy a special breakfast buffet. Celebrate the holidays with us and create memories to last a lifetime!  

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Energizing Events

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'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

December 1 - December 7 
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

These special evening trains bring the storybook magic of the season to life Join us in your pajamas and sip complimentary hot cocoa as we read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Enjoy Christmas music and the comfort of our Edwardian-era cars, look for lights as the Secret Valley rolls past your window. Rumor has it Santa himself may appear with a gift for every child.  Approx. two-hour round trip.

Friday and Saturday evenings during December First Class Parlor passengers enjoy Holiday Music at our Grand Piano!

Parlor Car Tastings: all tastings include an hors-d'oeuvres plate.

SANTA'S POLAR BEAR EXPRESS

December 1 - December 12
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Join Santa on a magical adventure into Christmas past on one of the most beautiful train journeys in the United States. Sip complimentary hot cocoa or enjoy Christmas cookies and, on some trains, sing favorite carols as the Secret Valley passes by your window. Santa brings a gift for every child, and every child has an opportunity to give their Christmas letter to him (we even provide the crayons!) The Victorian charm of our heated coaches makes Christmas memories to last a lifetime. 

SANTA'S TROLLEY

December 4 - 5, 11 - 12 
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Join us as we take a magical little journey on our specially-decorated Santa's Trolley!

Join Santa on an adventure into Christmas past on our 1930 Philadelphia-built Brill Motorcar! Cocoa, cookies, a free souvenir, and a visit with Santa are included on this roughly 40-minute excursion.  Santa visits with each child and reads a story with all on-board. 

Please Note: Our motor car is not handicap accessible, we apologize, but for these expeditions, we CANNOT accommodate wheelchairs or walkers.

Please Also Note: There are NO RESTROOM FACILITIES on our Brill Motorcar and we do not have concessions available for purchase, we apologize for the inconvenience.

SECRET VALLEY EXPEDITION

December 13
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Board one of our meticulously restored century old rail cars for a two hour expedition into one of the most scenic and historic regions in the northeast. Once the province of pioneers and patriots, the Colebrookdale is your ticket to a verdant land lost in time.

Prices may vary when there is a tasting in the parlor car.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

December 21
Stoneleigh: a natural garden

The gardens at Stoneleigh steal the show from spring to fall, but in wintertime the warmth of the Main House beckons. During this exclusive holiday “open house,” explore the spectacular Tudor Revival-style mansion that was the Haas family home for three generations. Natural Lands’ staff and volunteers will be on hand to share the vibrant history of this grand, former estate. The halls will be decked with nature-inspired decorations… a festive setting for hot cocoa and cookies. Registration required to reserve your spot. 

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Historic Events

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HOLIDAY TEA AT CAIRNWOOD ESTATE

December 4 - December 22
Bryn Athyn Historic District

Afternoon Tea is unmistakably a truly Victorian custom known worldwide. Enjoy premium teas by master blender Harney & Sons, traditional tea sandwiches, soup du jour and seasonal salad, family style petit fours and scones with clotted cream and jams. Package include tea service, self-guided tour, & access to the annual gown exhibition.

TWELFTH NIGHT TOURS

December 1 - January 5
Pottsgrove Manor

Uncover the origins of many holiday traditions alongside some forgotten favorites on guided tours of Pottsgrove Manor. The entire house will be transformed for the season, sharing the stories of both the endless preparations done by the household staff and the celebrations that the Potts family would have enjoyed.

LACE & LININGS: TURNING THREE GENERATIONS OF HISTORIC FASHIONS INSIDE OUT

December 3 - December 29
Bryn Athyn Historic District

Our annual Christmas gown exhibition includes elegant fashions worn by the ladies of the house.

Cairnwood is open for guided historic tours Tuesday – Sunday at 11 am

  • Tours by appointment at alternative times are welcome depending on availability. Call to make a reservation.
  • Reservations required: please call 215.947.2004 ex 33
  • Adults: $10; Students: $8; Seniors: $8.
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Closed for private events, call ahead for availability.

DR. STEPHANIE L. FULMER: THE INTERPLAY OF CLINICAL AND FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN AN ADULT INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

December 3
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Why do some people involved in the criminal justice system get referred to psychiatric hospitals rather than jails or prisons? What do the terms “competency to stand trial” or “not guilty by reason of insanity” actually mean? Dr. Stephanie Fulmer will discuss these topics, along with her expertise treating the needs of justice-involved individuals who experience serious mental illness.

Dr. Stephanie Fulmer, Psy.D., serves as the lead psychologist to the only female unit of a maximum-security forensic hospital in the state of New Jersey. Her education and training focuses on specialized psychological assessments, which are used to assist the courts in determining how best to treat individuals who suffer from serious mental illness within the criminal justice system.

CAIRNWOOD BY CANDLELIGHT

December 12
Bryn Athyn Historic District

The most sparkling time of year comes alive by the glow of candlelight! Explore three floors decorated for the season by professional florists, enjoy yuletide desserts, live music, and the cheer of the holiday!

  • $25 per person
  • Space is limited; reservations required

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Special Events

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GOLDEN SLIPPERS: IMAGES OF THE MUMMERS FROM WOODMERE’S COLLECTION

December 1 - January 5
Woodmere Art Museum

The Mummers Parade, held annually in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day, is one of the oldest folk festivals in the United States. The performers’ colorful and elaborate costumes have captured the imagination of many of  the city’s artists, whose work will be on view in this exhibition. Untitled, date unknown, by Gilbert Lewis (Woodmere Art Museum: Gift of Eric Rymshaw and James Fulton, 2017)

MERRY AND BRIGHT II: THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION OF JEANETTE TURNBULL

December 1 - January 5
Woodmere Art Museum

Jeanette Turnbull will “deck the halls” at Woodmere with a creative installation of vintage and contemporary decorations that will captivate visitors of all ages. In addition, children’s toys, holiday trimmings, an extraordinary dollhouse replica of a Germantown home, and a sculpture of Belsnickel, a Christmas figure from German folklore—on loan from the Germantown Historical Society—will bring nineteenth- century holiday traditions to life. Merry and Bright installation, 2018 (Collection of Jeanette Turnbull) Photograph by Darryl Moran

WINTER GROUP SHOW: EARTH, WIND, & FIRE

December 1 - February 16
Exhibit B Gallery

Get pumped, our Winter group show is about to open! This year's theme is "Earth, Wind, & Fire". The show features work from 30 artists and includes tons of media, size, price points, and techniques. You're really going to love it. Opening reception is Friday, 11/15/19 5-9 and runs through 2/15/20. (facebook only allows us to post this event through 1/5 but ti definitely runs into February:) Visit our site for gallery hours, free parking info, and more

A CZECH CHRISTMAS: CAROLS, VESPERS AND SONATAS FROM THE ARCHBISHOP’S PALACE IN KROMERÍŽ

December 6
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

A vocal quartet, trumpets, recorders, strings, organ and theorbo usher in the season with glorious 17th-century music collected by Bishop-Prince Karl II von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn.

GHOSTFACE KILLAH (WU TANG CLAN) AT AMH 12/13

December 13
Ardmore Music Hall

See Ghostface Killah (of the Wu Tang Clan) live at The Ardmore Music Hall on December 13th, 2019!

 

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LIVE PERFORMANCES

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On the Stage

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LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD: A MUSICAL PANTO

November 22 - January 5
People's Light

Fairytales collide in our brand new holiday panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. (Gasp!) Can a new hero, or heroine, emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? Set in the 1940s with a dash of the medieval, this hilarious, musical mashup is our most inventive panto yet. For tickets and more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/2qfrg4h

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - A LIVE RADIO PLAY

December 6 - December 15
DCP Theatre

Back to the DCP Stage by popular demand! This heart-warming holiday classic follows George Bailey, who hopes to travel from his hometown, Bedford Falls, and lasso the moon for the lovely Mary Hatch. When George’s plans continue to fail and life’s hardships seem worse than ever, an angel named Clarence comes down to earth to show him that he really does have a “wonderful life”.  Enjoy this story along with your favorite holiday songs and 1940’s commercials.   

THE NUTCRACKER (2PM & 6PM)

December 7
Phoenixville Middle School Theatre

The Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company (SVRDC.orgOpens in New Window) Presents its 48th Edition of  THE NUTCRACKER

Featuring over 50 local dancers and professional guest artists. Come join Clara, The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy and their friends as they journey through the Land of Sweets for this warm family Christmas tradition!

Performance Date and Times: Sat. Dec 7, 2019 @ 2pm or 6pm showtimes.

Phoenixville Middle School Theater (Rt.29).  

Price: $20 Adults and $15 Children under 12.

Tickets & Information: Available Online beginning November 2nd: www.tututix.com/svrdcOpens in New Window

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

December 8
Ursinus College

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio has been a tradition at Ursinus since 1937. Bring along your score and join us for an afternoon celebration of choral singing as the Ursinus College Choir and Meistersingers present selections from Handel’s iconic Messiah.

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