Don’t Miss these Special Holiday Events
Saturday, November 23
Count down to a holiday tree lighting and meet Santa at Woodmere Art Museum to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in Chestnut Hill with live music by the Norwood Fontbonne Note-ables, hot chocolate, cookies, and the opening of Woodmere’s holiday exhibition, Merry and Bright II: The Christmas Collection of Jeanette Turnbull. 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. Also on view from November 23 – January 5, 2020, Golden Slippers: Images of the Mummers from Woodmere’s Collection shows the colorful and elaborate costumes that have captured the imagination of many of the city’s artists.
Saturday, November 30
Check off everything on your list and support local businesses on the Hill! Shoppers are sure to find the perfect gift for loved ones this season in Chestnut Hill’s trendy boutiques and specialty shops. Horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling Victorian carolers, fresh-roasted chestnuts, and the most magical shopping experience in the Philadelphia region!
Wednesdays, December 4, 11, 18
During Chestnut Hill’s oldest tradition, visitors and locals can stroll along Germantown Avenue, meet and greet Santa, ride in a horse-drawn carriage (12/11 and 12/18), browse boutique shops during extended hours, and enjoy the sounds of carolers and a brass quartet.
Friday, December 6
First Friday’s extended store hours make for another perfect opportunity to fit in holiday shopping on the Hill. Look for specials and complimentary refreshments at select retailers, plus free popcorn and hot chocolate at the Chestnut Hill Welcome Center.
Weekends with Santa
- Saturday, December 7, 11:00am-2:00pm at Market At the Fareway
- Sunday, December 8, 12:00-3:00pm at Laurel Hill Gardens
- Saturday, December 14, 11:00am-2:00pm at Market At the Fareway
- Sunday, December 15, 12:00-3:00pm at Laurel Hill Gardens
- Saturday, December 21, 11:00am-2:00pm at Market At the Fareway
- Sunday, December 22, 12:00-3:00pm at Laurel Hill Gardens
Meet Old St. Nick and give him your Christmas wish list! In December, visit Santa every Saturday at the Market at the Fareway (8221 Germantown Ave.), or you can meet him on Sundays at his headquarters at Laurel Hill Gardens (8125 Germantown Ave.).
When you’re at the Morris Arboretum (100 E. Northwestern Ave.) for Holiday Garden Railway Nights, you can watch model trains chug along a quarter-mile track, admire the miniature village adorned with thousands of lights in the winter garden, and bask in the evening glow of the decorated arboretum.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get inspiration for your holiday décor as you step inside five historic homes that are decked out for the season. This cherished tradition highlights the area’s rich architecture and invites attendees to take advantage of discounts at restaurants and shops. This year’s tour includes a special exhibit of Princess Grace of Monaco’s memorabilia to celebrate the 90th anniversary of her birth. Tickets are available here.
Parade starts at 9 a.m.
Marching bands, floats, antique cars, school groups, and the most anticipated guest of all (Santa!) bring holiday fun down Germantown Avenue for families to enjoy. The parade starts at Germantown & Rex Avenues (8700 Germantown Avenue) and leads to the Market at the Fareway for treats and more live music.
Extended hours during the holidays
- Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays: 10am-6pm
- Wednesdays 10am-9pm
- Thursdays, Fridays 10am-7pm
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 9am-8pm
- December 2-23:
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:30am-6:00pm
- Wednesdays: 9:30am-9:00pm
- Saturdays: 9:00am-6:00pm
- Sundays: 11:00am-5:00pm
- December 24: 9:00am-4:00pm
- December 1-15:
- Sundays-Tuesdays: 10:00am-6:00pm
- Wednesdays-Saturdays: 10:00am-8:00pm
- December 16-23:
- 10:00am-8:00pm everyday
- December 24th:
- Closing every day at 7:00pm
- Stag & Doe Nights (December 4, 11, 18): Closing at 9:00pm
- Beginning December 6th
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays:10:30am-7:00pm
- Sunday: 11:30am-6:00pm
- Monday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm