Holiday Town Festivals to Enjoy All Over Montgomery County
In contrast to last year’s neighborhood drive-bys and virtual lightings, for 2021, Montco towns will dust off their floats and menorahs to restart holiday festival traditions in person. We’re pretty sure Santa will reach 10,000 steps well before Christmas just from all his scheduled appearances in the region. Make it Montco with these joyful local celebrations! Check the festival websites in case of inclement weather or changes due to COVID-19.
Dec. 4 - Chanukah Festival of Lights in Haverford From 6-8pm.
The Kehillah of Lower Merion is holding a Chanukah Festival of Lights at the Kaiserman JCC in Haverford. According to the event organizer, families can enjoy Havdallah, music, snack bags, and playing with lights with a New York City artist. This festival falls on the sixth night of the eight-night holiday, so the menorah-making station can help you prep for Chanukah 2022.
Dec. 4 – Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival
Two sessions per day: 12:30-4 and 6:30-10, VIP tickets start at 12 and 6
Enjoy tastings with your friends at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks and wear your favorite holiday-themed outfit – you might even win the ugly sweater contest. Pretzel necklaces are a recommended accessory. Wine (for the first time) and food trucks complement the hoppy options. The charity partner, Committee to Benefit the Children, is running a toiletry drive to support children and families who face cancer, leukemia, and blood disorders.
Dec. 5 - Dickens Festival
For one winter day each year, Narberth’s population skyrockets, during an 1840s Dickens-themed street fair that has attracted up to 5,000 visitors at once. With hot chocolates and hot toddies in hand, people of all ages can enjoy outdoor carolers, a flea circus, and a puppet show. The kids’ scavenger hunt runs 1pm-3pm, the same time as a reading of “A Christmas Carol” at the local bookshop. Even Scrooge couldn’t say ‘bah humbug’ to this action-packed day (and the famous miser would appreciate that most performances and activities are free).
Dec. 7 and 10 – Glencairn Museum Christmas Homeschool Day
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, $6 adults/seniors/students, free for members and kids under 4
Glencairn Museum will welcome homeschool families back to the castle for an educational and fun morning. The day includes access to the World Nativities exhibition, which features Nativity scenes from over 40 countries, and students can do a scavenger hunt there to win a prize. There will also be Christmas projects to take home and a visit to the Christmas in the Castle tour that explores the Pitcairn family’s 1940s-1970s celebrations. No reservations needed, but for more information on other programming, visit GlencairnMuseum.org or call 267-502-2600.
Dec. 9 - Santa Arrives by Train in Ambler
Starts at 7pm.
Santa will meet children at the Ambler train station and read stories to them at the Borough Hall, with milk and cookies. Adults must bring their own snacks, but don’t worry, if you’re over 12, Ambler has a busy festival season, with their Nov. 26 tree lighting, Dec. 4 parade on Butler Avenue, and Stag & Doe shopping specials every Friday until Christmas. All aboard!
Dec. 12 - Pottsgrove Manor 18th Century Holiday Frost Fair From 11am-5pm.
Living in the 1700s wasn’t easy, but Pottsgrove Manor presents the best of olden food and cheer in their first Frost Fair, an outdoor winter market with vendors and activities. Play games and watch puppets, visit the tavern tent for brewing and songs, and don’t miss the gingerbread baking. Warm up with a tour of the manor, which was built in 1752 for the founder of Pottstown, and learn about colonial Christmas traditions.