The high expectations and stress of the holiday season make getting out with family and friends more vital than ever. Fortunately, activities like an afternoon of Wassailing and stringing popcorn and cranberries or a cozy evening carriage ride through festively decorated streets are just minutes away. See Patch's top picks for getting into the spirit of the holidays.
Patch's Best Bets for the Holidays
Where/When: Veteran's Memorial Park at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Why Go: Bring the whole family for this fun community event featuring plenty of holiday-themed fun culminating in the lighting of the township tree. This year's tree is a Norway Spruce chosen with the help of the Tree Commission.
Where/When: Paxon Hollow Middle School at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Why Go: Bring the whole family to relax and enjoy the sounds of the holidays with a free concert played by local musicians. The Marple Newtown Community band will hold their annual holiday concert for residents and beyond to enjoy.
Where/When: Paper Mill House Museum at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Why Go: The Newtown Square Historical Society will host their annual holiday party and all are invited. Come meet some of your local historians and dive into history while taking in the Christmas decorations made by local elementary school students.
Pricing: $15 per person, also available at the door.
Where/When: Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Why Go: See the historic farmhouse decorated by the Springfield Garden Club, enjoy tea and MacDougall's Victory Cake tastings and bring the kids for visits with Father Christmas and making Christmas decorations. Take part in the plantation tradition of Wassailing the orchards at 1 and 3 p.m. Other activities include textile, woodworking and long rifle demonstrations, stringing popcorn and cranberries and seeing the farm animals in their holiday finery. As this is the closing day of the plantation, take advantage of 50 percent off on all plantation store inventory.
Pricing: $10 adult admission, $8 child admission (age 4 to 12).
Where/When: Newtown Public Library from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Why Go: The hardworking library staff takes care of set-up and clean-up, leaving you with the simple delight of decorating gingerbread houses with the kids. Take advantage of this great tradition for children of most ages where sampling is the best part. Best for ages 2 & up with an adult.
Pricing: Free, registration required.
Where/When: Felinton Hall at Beth El-Ner Tamid Congregation from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Why Go: Celebrate the holidays in style with the Delaware Valley Dance Society at the beautiful ballroom in Broomall. The evening will begin with a Waltz dance lesson, followed by great music and social dancing. Dress to impress. Invite your friends - the more the merrier.
Pricing: $12 per person.
Where/When: Newtown Grill from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18.
Why Go: Dig in at a spectacular brunch featuring an omelet station, pastry tables, grilled vegetable, pancakes, bacon, sausage, pasta and much, much more. Make reservations early for this very popular event.
Pricing: $24.95 adults, $12.95 kids 4-12.
Where/When: Rose Tree Park at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Why Go: Experience the spectacle of dozens of decorated lit trees and festive displays. Stroll the glimmering walkways and grounds, linger in the festive atmosphere and pay a visit to childhood figures such as Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang and Santa and his reindeer. On opening night, enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and coffee and a holiday performance by the Springton Lake Middle School Chorus. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa. Trees are lit nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through January 2nd.
HOLIDAY DELIGHTS CRAFT FAIR
Where/When: Edgmont Country Club in Newtown Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Why Go: Browse one-of-a-kind gifts from over 25 vendors and crafters. Bring the whole family for make-and-take crafts, visits with Santa and sleigh rides. Enjoy food and beverages while you're there. This event benefits the Marines Toys for Tots, Cookies for Kids Cancer and Delaware County Historical Society's Passport to History.
Pricing: Free admission and free parking.
NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL DROP
Where/When: State and Jackson Streets in Media from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31.
Why Go: Ring in the New Year right here in Media with live music by "Philly Gumbo" starting at 11 p.m. Join the countdown for the real-live ball drop at midnight.